Programme Officer – Regional Trade – Job Grade 6

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Programme Officer – Regional Trade - Job Grade 6 :

  • Harare
  • Full Time

Job Summary

The Southern Africa Development Community Secretariat (SADC) is seeking to recruit highly motivated and experienced professionals who are citizens of Member States of the SADC to fill the following regional positions to its Organization Structure.

Programme Officer – Regional Trade - Job Grade 6

Purpose of the job:
Support the Senior Programme Officer in facilitating and coordinating policy, planning, programming and M&E work aimed at increasing intra and extra SADC-trade on the basis of fair, mutually equitable and beneficial trade arrangements

Duties and Responsibilities

Duties and Responsibilities
• Facilitate and coordinate the following activities with regard to promotion of regional trade in SADC:
- Development, strengthening and harmonisation of policies, strategies, regulations, and standards
- Review and development of the SADC Protocol on Trade
- Monitoring and reporting on the implementation of the SADC Protocol on Trade
- Development, review and implementation of relevant strategies and plans
- Development and implementation of programmes/projects
- Organisation of relevant Technical & Policy Meetings, Committees & Workshops; preparation of documentation and technical papers for the meetings, and participation
- Procurement of consultancies and supervision of consultants Monitoring and evaluation of the implementation of programmes and preparation of M&E reports
• Promotion of the relevant SADC programme portfolio, pipeline, specific projects and programme impact
- In conjunction with other Units responsible for implementation of the Protocol on Trade, Protocol on Trade in Services, in particular Standards and Quality Assurance and Customs, monitor and facilitate the implementation of mechanisms to eliminate Technical Barriers and Non-Tariff Barriers to trade
• Facilitate implementation of decisions on the SADC’s Customs Union
• Assist the Senior Programme Officer to:
- Maintain, register and monitor the implementation of decisions made by SADC Policy organs regarding the SADC Trade Policy regime
- Monitor the implementation and compliance with provisions of the SADC Protocol on Trade by Member States with particular reference to Tariff phase downs, Rules of Origin, Non-Tariff Barriers and Trade Facilitation
- Monitor notifications by Member States on all changes made to trade related laws, regulations, procedures and requirements
- Monitor existing and new bilateral agreements entered into or being negotiated by Member States with third parties to ensure consistency with the SADC trade policy regime
- Coordinate SADC’s input and participation in Tripartite, Continental and other regional trade and economic integration processes, agreements and activities
• Make presentations to various stakeholders / audiences on relevant issues pertaining to regional trade
• Coordinate research, analysis and dissemination of information on regional trade:
- Regularly collect data and information on status/profile in Member States, using primary and secondary research techniques
- Co-ordinate research projects in the region
- Analyse the data and information from the research commissioned
- Regularly populate the regional database on regional trade
- Prepare data for publishing on the SADC website and other forms of media

• Mainstream cross cutting issues (e.g. Gender, HIV / AIDS, poverty etc.) in own programmes
- Integrate cross cutting issues in all programme documents
- Invite relevant stakeholders on these cross-cutting issues to participate in the key discussion meetings and workshops
- Monitor and draft a report on the extent of mainstreaming
- Maintain effective contact with Member States in all matters related to the regional trade programmes
- Liaise with other programme directorates, as and when there is a need for joint / synergised programme implementation
- Research and adopt best practices in own specialised area of work, and maintain high level of knowledge in order to effectively undertake the duties of the post
• Perform any other duties as may be assigned by the supervising officer

Qualifications and Experience

Position Requirements
• A Master’s Degree in International Economics, Development Economics, Trade Law, International Relations and/or in a related area from a recognised Institution

Professional Certification
Trade Policy Analysis, Trade Agreements and Trade Negotiation

Specialised Knowledge
• Knowledge of the region's economic and business environment as well as both private and public sector operations
• Knowledge of trade agreements, negotiations, and other trade related issues
• Knowledge of the political environment and its influence on trade and regional integration development
• Proficient in the use of computers and computer software relevant to the Position

At least 7-10 years of similar trade policy experience within a public or
private sector, regional or international organization

Skills Requirements

• Communication and presentation skills
• Interpersonal skills
• Negotiation, networking and relationship building skills
• Organisational skills (planning, budgeting, time management, work prioritisation)
• Research, analytical and problem-solving skills

Competency Requirements
• Capable of maintaining quality whilst working under pressure and adhering to deadlines
• Conceptual and practical thinking
• Customer focused
• Decisive
• Demonstrate ability to work independently and largely unsupervised
• Demonstrated ability to work well in an international, multi-cultural and highly political environment
• Maintain confidentiality and respectful of sensitive situations
• Methodical and organised, with a high level of attention to details
• Organisational awareness with an understanding of how to engage the organisation to get things done
• Professionalism and adherence to good work ethics
• Question status quo / conventional approaches and encourage new ideas and innovations for progress
• Resilience and personal drive, self-motivation
• Results and performance driven
• Team player

How to Apply

The positions are open to qualified applicants who:

• Are 50 years old or younger. This requirement is based on the Organization’s need to recruit staff who can serve for a reasonable period of time before reaching the mandatory retirement age of 60 years.

• Are from the following eligible Member States: Angola, Botswana, Comoros, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eswatini, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Closing Date and Submission of Applications: Applications must be submitted to the SADC National Contact Point of the eligible Member States not later than or on 23 May 2022.

Applications should be accompanied by the following:

a) a cover letter stating the position that you want to be considered for and describe how your qualifications, experience and competencies are relevant to the position;
b) Not more than five (5) pages updated curriculum vitae;
c) certified copies of your degree(s), Diploma(s) and Certificate(s); and
d) duly signed and completed SADC Application Form.

Should you be shortlisted, you will be required to produce evidence of educational and professional qualifications supporting your application, on the day of your interview.

Gender Mainstreaming

SADC is an equal opportunity employer and particularly encourages applications from female candidates.

If you are results orientated, you have a passion for the transformation and development of Southern Africa, and possess the required competencies, please submit your application.

Only applicants who meet the requirements of the SADC Secretariat and being considered for interview, will be contacted. Should you not hear from the SADC Secretariat within two months after the closing date, kindly consider your application as unsuccessful.

For further details on the position that you want to apply for, job profiles and SADC Application Form, refer to the SADC Website:

Details can also be obtained from the National Contact Point in your respective country.


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