Economic Affairs Officer, Grade 7

WTO - World Trade Organisation

Geneva, Switzerland

General Functions

Under the overall guidance of the Director of the Market Access Division and the supervision of the Counsellor responsible for the TFAF, the incumbent will be required to:

  • Guide the development of and review applications for TFAF project implementation grants and project preparation grants (PPGs), and advise potential applicants about the requirements for submission of applications, criteria used for their review, and provide feedback on applications received. Contract projects and PPGs approved, provide oversight of project and PPG implementation and evaluation, as required, including reporting and financial oversight. Maintain records of all applications received.
  • Support the development and implementation of the annual work plan of the TFAF. Develop working procedures for the TFAF funding mechanism, including providing support to elaborate the TFAF Grant Program Operational Guidelines, development of templates for grant reviews, development of publication plan for grant-related information on the TFAF website.
  • Cooperate closely with donor Members and international and regional organizations involved in trade facilitation implementation work in order to conduct matchmaking and for contracting projects.
  • Provide assistance on communications and outreach activities, including preparation of project results stories, briefing notes and other materials documenting experiences and good practice in TFA capacity building, and working with the TFAF web coordinator to update content and relevant sections of the TFAF website in this regard. Prepare reports, memos and briefing materials on the TFAF grant program for senior management, TFAF partners, donors and beneficiaries.
  • Conduct national, regional and multilateral workshops, seminars or symposia with particular focus on matchmaking and the difficulties faced by developing countries in the implementation of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement.
  • Work closely with the TFAF team to develop and conduct activities and create products that support implementation of the TFA overall as well as the grant program.
  • Assist with other TFAF activities such as drafting of reports and speeches, conducting and developing materials for workshops and training courses, etc.



An advanced university degree in economics, law, business administration, customs or another relevant field, or a basic university degree combined with proven professional knowledge and expertise equivalent to an advanced university degree in the aforementioned domain(s).

Knowledge and skills:

  • Very good knowledge of customs procedures.
  • Very good understanding of the problems faced by developing countries in the implementation of trade facilitation reforms.
  • Good understanding of the functioning of the WTO would be a strong asset.
  • Excellent analytical skills.
  • Excellent writing skills, including ability to produce information materials and products for different audiences.
  • Good organizational skills.

The following interpersonal capabilities are required: Ability to communicate information in a clear way and to understand information; to present technical facts to knowledgeable specialised audiences; to work independently, under tight deadlines, and to cooperate with others in a diverse multicultural environment; to initiate and build relationships with a variety of people both inside and outside the organization; to exercise tact and discretion and to maintain confidentiality.

Work Experience:

A minimum of three years' relevant experience in the administration and management of technical cooperation projects. Experience in project management including managing or overseeing a capacity building project is required. Experience in customs related projects would be an advantage.


Excellent knowledge of English and either French or Spanish, including the ability to draft accurately, concisely and rapidly and to make effective presentations. Working knowledge of a third WTO language (French or Spanish) is considered a strong asset.

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