Officer - Trade Relations Division

The EFTA Secretariat provides services to the EFTA States (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland). EFTA has established preferential trade relations - primarily in the form of free trade agreements and joint declarations on cooperation - with more than 50 countries and territories outside the EU and is continuing to develop this worldwide network.

The Trade Relations Division (TRD) of the EFTA Secretariat in Geneva consists of 12 staff members. It provides comprehensive services related to the exploration, negotiation, administration and upgrading of EFTA’s preferential trade relations.

This position is open to nationals of one of the EFTA Member States (Norway, Iceland, Switzerland, and Liechtenstein).

Division
Trade Relations Division
Location
Geneva
Lattitude
46.2197682
Longitude
6.1381131
Category/Level
A4
Duration of Appointment
Fixed term 3 years. If considered desirable and in the organisation’s interest, an additional three-year contract may be offered.
Start Date
1 November 2018
Closing Date
09-09-2018
Job Reference
VA 08/2018

Scope

The officer will have substantive and organisational responsibilities in support of EFTA’s engagement with partner countries outside the European Union. Her/his specific area of activity will centre on trade in goods issues, with a particular focus on customs and origin matters. The position will also include country desk responsibilities (coordination of EFTA’s preferential trade relations with several partner countries) and may extend to a range of other trade policy areas covered by EFTA’s comprehensive free trade agreements.

Qualifications

• Full customs training, possibly with further relevant educational qualifications, or university degree with extensive knowledge of customs matters;
• Knowledge of relevant international agreements and organisations, such as WCO, WTO and EFTA would be an asset.

Experience

• Specific know-how and experience regarding customs issues, including preferential rules of origin;
• Expertise in the field of international trade policy and rules relating to trade in goods, with sound knowledge of relevant international frameworks, in particular of the WTO;
• Relevant work experience in a national administration, international organisation, and/or related research or private sector activity, preferably involving international relations.

Skills

• Service-mindedness and tact;
• Very good communication and negotiation skills;
• Readiness to cooperate closely in an international team;
• Ability to work under time pressure and to meet deadlines;
• Strong organisational skills and self-reliance;
• Open-mindedness and flexibility, including availability for frequent international travel.

Languages

• Excellent oral and written command of English (EFTA language);
• Knowledge of French, and possibly other work-related languages, would be an asset.

Employment Terms

Grade: A4
Annual salary: CHF 160,054

Appointments are made at the first step of the grade. The Secretary-General reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a level different from that advertised.  Through its recruitment policy, the EFTA Secretariat wants to ensure diversity in terms of gender, age and culture.

Salaries and related payments are exempt from taxation by the EFTA Member States, and as regulated in headquarters agreements, in the EFTA host States. Depending on the candidate’s family status, benefits and allowances may apply. Applicants must be nationals of one of the EFTA Member States.

Applicants must apply online via the EFTA e-recruitment tool. Please note that only applications received via our web tool will be considered.

For further information on this post, please contact:
Mr Martin Zbinden, Deputy Secretary-General, TRD, tel. +41 22 33 22 630
Mrs Inga Hanna Gudmundsdottir, Head of HR, tel. +32 2 286 17 06

Deadline for applications: 9 September 2018