Trade Policy Advisor


Job Description


About ITC

The International Trade Centre (ITC) is a joint agency of the United Nations and the World Trade Organization, focusing in particular on developing the export capabilities of small and medium-sized businesses in developing and transition economies. ITC is 100% "Aid for Trade", supporting trade that delivers inclusive and sustainable development results. ITC’s mandate covers all developing countries and transition economies with special emphasis on the Least Developed Countries (LDCs), Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs), Small Island Developing States (SIDs) Fragile States and Sub-Saharan Africa. ITC Headquarters is located in Geneva, Switzerland. ITC projects and programmes contribute to the global efforts to achieve UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development and the Aid for Trade agenda. ITC works at three levels:

  • Strengthening the integration of the business sector of developing countries and economies in transition into the global economy,
  • Improving the performance of trade and investment support institutions for the benefit of small and medium size enterprises (SMEs), and enhancing the abilities of trade support institutions to better support them,
  • Improving the international competitiveness of SMEs.

About the ReMIT Project:

The ITC - Revenue Mobilisation, Investment and Trade Programme (ReMIT) is a component in the framework of a larger DFID-funded Technical Assistance (TA) to support Pakistan to implement reforms that lock-in macroeconomic stability and improve conditions for high and sustained growth, mutual prosperity, job creation and poverty reduction.

This programme will provide technical assistance worth £5 million over four years (2020-2024) aimed to support Revenue Mobilisation, Investment and Trade in Pakistan, thus contributing to sustainable and inclusive economic development in the country.

The ITC project aims to promote and enhance international trade competitiveness in Pakistan by enhancing the transparency of cross-border requirements, removing regulatory and procedural barriers, strengthening business capability to comply with trade formalities and standards, as well as by improving cross-border trade.

The Action will operate through three areas of intervention:

  • Output 1 - Pakistan National Export Strategy: Developing and supporting the implementation of Pakistan’s National Export Strategy (NES) elaborated through public and private dialogue;
  • Output 2 - Trade Policy: Improving market access opportunities for Pakistani businesses by implementing trade policy reforms and addressing trade barriers, and;
  • Output 3 - Trade Facilitation: Implementing trade facilitation reforms reflecting public-private consensus and improving business compliance with cross-border requirements.

The Action will target its technical assistance towards trade policymakers, trade-support institutions and businesses, with a special focus on women-led enterprises and their participation in international trade. The project will assist in addressing trade barriers faced by women-owned businesses in cross-border trade. For this, women businesses and associations will be key participants in capacity-building activities and consultations, mainstreaming their perspectives on trade barriers and including them in public-private dialogues to address them.

ITC seeks to hire a seasoned professional to contribute in the design and implementation of the DFID funded -ReMIT project in Pakistan. The Trade Facilitation Advisor will assist in the project design and delivery in Pakistan and will be responsible for successful implementation of components of the project under the direct guidance of National Project Coordinator / Senior Technical Adviser and overall supervision of the ITC Geneva based Senior Project Executive in close cooperation with the ITC Geneva based Technical Specialists.

The outputs expected from the ReMIT Trade Advisor (Trade Facilitation Specialist) are:

  • As a member of the management team, ensures the strategic direction relating to Output 3 (Trade Facilitation) of ReMIT is relevant
  • Oversee, contribute to and ensure quality control of the delivery of Output 3 activities of ReMIT
  • Represent ITC and maintain relationships with key counterparts for Output 3 of ReMIT with relevant stakeholders
  • Coordinate with ITC Geneva based Technical Specialists and ReMIT project management team
  • Ensure efficient budget management and coordinate development of technical reports
  • Develop and contribute to technical and financial reports for donors and project Steering Committee
  • Participate in and facilitate project monitoring and evaluation
  • Coordinate with UNDP and other partners for finalizing partnership arrangements and ensures procurement and local recruitment according to ITC rules
  • Coordinate and ensure operational arrangements and effective management
  • Represent/Replace the functions of the National Project Coordinator when absent/not available
  • Develop visibility material and contribute to project communications


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