Trade Reform Advisor

chemonics
Chemonics International
Published
02/07/2020
Location
Pristina
Category
Listing Type
Jobs  

Description

The USAID-funded Kosovo Economic Governance Activity is a 5-year project started in April 2019 to reduce public perception of and opportunities for economic corruption through improvement to economic governance, thereby encouraging investment in Kosovo’s economy. This result will be achieved through three main objectives:

  1. Business Environment Improvement;
  2. Strengthened Public Financial Management; and,
  3. Enhanced Strategic Communications.

POSITION DESCRIPTION

The Trade Reform Advisor will support the Activity’s public and private sector partners to improve Kosovo’s trade regime and administration through improved policies, laws and their effective implementation in a manner that increases simplicity, transparency, and predictability of interactions, and allows for free movement of goods internally and across borders. The Trade Reform Advisor will support specific reform initiatives, based on Government of Kosovo (GoK) and Activity priorities, including alignment of critical trade legislation and implementation with the foundational requirements of the EU acquis, World Trade Organization (WTO), and other international principles and practices, applied effectively in the Kosovo context.

The Trade Reform Advisor will support improved internal process of key partners, including the Ministry of Trade and Industry, with the development of simple, transparent, accountable, and responsive governance processes that are successfully applied during and beyond the life of the project.

As effective trade reform requires many intersecting elements, including Customs and border processes, WTO principles, proper understanding of voluntary standards and mandatory technical regulations, and product conformity, extensive coordination with many GoK, private sector and supporting partners is essential.  This includes coordination with USAID-funded projects, including the regional USAID Economic Development, Governance, and Economic Growth in Europe and Eurasia (EDGE) Project, as well as European Union and World Bank / IFC-supported trade efforts.

The term of assignment is initially for one (1) year, with the possibility of extension, subject to continuation of activities in the respective subject area and satisfactory performance. The Trade Reform Advisor shall at all times adhere to, and act according to Chemonics’ Professional Code of Ethics (“Living Our Values”).

Specific Tasks and Responsibilities

  • Support appropriate international alignment of any evolving primary and secondary trade legislation, working closely with other international and local experts engaged by the Activity, and in close coordination with other Kosovo-specific and regional USAID efforts.
  • Support GoK counterparts to implement trade reforms to increase efficiency and accountability of administration, and reduce barriers to trade, including through alignment with the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement.
  • Support Activity partners engaged in trade administration to improve internal operations to facilitating the establishment and sustained execution of fair and transparent trade oversight.
  • Work in close coordination with the project Public-Private Dialogue Advisor, Strategic Communications Advisor, and Monitoring, Evaluation, Learning and Analytics Advisor to identify and support opportunities to expand and institutionalize mechanisms for engagement between the GoK and the private sector on trade issues.
  • Meet or exceed all quantitative project goals and performance deadlines linked to this position as articulated in the project Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Plan and annual work plans.
  • Develop the internal capacities of key GoK and private sector counterparts to engage in simple, transparent, accountable, and responsive governance processes in the area of trade during and beyond the life of the project.
  • Other tasks as required.

QUALIFICATIONS

  1. Experience (Required) - Minimum 5 years of general working experience and minimum 3 years of specific working experience in international trade policy, trade law, or related field.
  2. Education (Required) – University degree in law, public administration, economics or other trade-related area.
  3. Language Skills (Required) – English and Albanian fluency, with excellent writing and presentation skills. Serbian language skill preferred.
  4. Computer Skills (Required) - Word processing (Microsoft Word), spreadsheet (Microsoft Excel), e-mail (Microsoft Outlook).
  5. Interpersonal Skills (Required) – Proven ability to work professionally, constructively and collaboratively as part of team, meet deadlines, communicate effectively, and deal with diverse partners (including high-level government officials, entrepreneurs and international donors) in a challenging environment.
  6. Self-Motivation and Guidance (Required) – Strong individual initiative and ability to manage daily activities and achieve expected results with or without direct oversight.

Please send electronic applications, including ONLY a CV and cover letter, to info@usaidega.org by July 15, 2020 no later than 3:00 PM. Please indicate the position title in the subject line. No telephone inquiries, please. Finalists will be contacted.

Chemonics is an equal opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, age, or other legally protected characteristics.