British High Commission Jobs in Johannesburg & Pretoria SA - Trade Policy Officer Vacancies

British High Commission Jobs in Johannesburg & Pretoria SA - Trade Policy Officer Vacancies

Job Category
  • Department for International Trade roles
    Job Subcategory
  • Department for International Trade (DIT)
    Job Description
    Main purpose of job:

  • You will concentrate on the following objectives, with a particular focus on South Africa, Lesotho and Eswatini:
  • Build strong relations with government stakeholders in South Africa, Lesotho and Eswatini to support the conclusion of the UK’s Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) trade discussions with those countries, and the ratification of the agreement.
  • Support work to ensure the successful implementation of the new EPA in South Africa, Lesotho and Eswatini, including through:
  • Engagement with government and business to raise awareness, and mitigate impact, of the transition from the EU EPA to the UK EPA;
  • Designing and implementing the institutions of the new EPA, in collaboration with Southern African governments and trade bodies;
  • Monitoring and evaluation of the use of the new EPA, developing innovative proposals for improvement;
  • Devising UK positions on market access issues with a strong development component.
  • Work with businesses, academics and civil society in Southern Africa to understand and improve the development impact of the trade policy elements of the EPA;
  • Support design and delivery of DFID’s trade-focused centrally managed programmes and the FCO’s trade-related programmes in Southern Africa.
  • Consider opportunities for engagement with Angola.

    Roles and responsibilities
  • The UK has a development-focused trade agreement with the Southern African Customs Union (Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa) and Mozambique via the European Union, known as the EU-SADC Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA).
  • As part of our preparation for leaving the EU, the UK Government is working with the national governments of the Southern African Customs Union (SACU) and Mozambique to replicate the effects of the EU-SADC EPA, to help avoid trade disruption when the UK leaves the EU.
  • Within this context, you will support the UK Government’s work to implement our new development-focused trade agreement with SACU and Mozambique, working closely with UK government colleagues in London and in the region, and in close partnership with national governments, the business community, civil society and trade bodies across Southern Africa.
  • In the immediate term, you will work on the transition from the EU to the UK EPA, including support for the conclusion of the bilateral EPA discussions and work with national governments on ratification of the EPA.
  • You will advise on any UK Government support to respond to challenges facing governments or businesses that arise from the transition, including providing advice to support UK aid-funded activity.
  • In the longer term, you will be responsible for working with national governments to establish the political and technical EPA institutions.
  • You will support the development of UK positions on any implementation issues, including market access issues where there is a strong development equity.
  • Throughout, you will build evidence on the development and poverty alleviation impacts of the EPA, including on marginalised groups such as women, youth and the rural poor. You will use this evidence to drive the UK’s EPA policy development.

    Resources managed:
  • You will advise on UK aid-funded projects in Southern Africa.
  • You will also have the opportunity to design and manage programmatic activity to support EPA implementation in South Africa, Lesotho and Eswatini.

    Essential Qualifications, Skills and Experience
  • Undergraduate degree in economics, international trade, development, social science, humanities or related fields.
  • Knowledge of international trade policy.
    Knowledge of international development theory and practice.
  • Desirable qualifications, skills and experience
  • Postgraduate degree or professional qualification in economics, international trade, development, social science, humanities, project and programme management or related fields.
  • Experience of delivering complex projects and programmes, particularly aid-funded programmes.
  • Experience of government work or policy-making, particularly in trade policy and related fields.
  • Experience of quantitative data analysis.

    Required competencies
  • Seeing the Big Picture, Making Effective Decisions, Leading and Communicating, Engaging Internationally

    Other benefits and conditions of employment

    Learning and development opportunities :

  • The UK Government’s International Trade Profession provides a structured approach to increasing your knowledge and skills in the area of international trade.
  • You will also have access to wider learning opportunities provided by the British High Commission and the UK Government, and will be able to bid into funds that support learning and development.
  • Once you have successfully completed your probation the British High Commission will contribute 9% of your monthly salary to a Provident Fund Annual leave entitlement of 25 days
  • Working hours per week of 36.5

    How to Apply
  • This role would be based in both Johannesburg and Pretoria with the jobholder splitting their week between our Department for International Trade office in Johannesburg and our High Commission in Pretoria.
  • Precise working arrangements to be discussed.
  • Please complete the application form in full as the information provided is used during screening.
  • Please check your application carefully before you submit, as no changes can be made once submitted.
  • The British High Commission will never request any payment or fees to apply for a position.
  • Employees recruited locally by the British High Commission in Pretoria are subject to Terms and Conditions of Service according to local employment law in South Africa.
  • All candidates must be legally able to work and reside in the country of the vacancy with the correct visa/work permit status or demonstrate eligibility to obtain the relevant permit.
  • The responsibility lies on the successful candidate to;
  • Obtain the relevant permit
  • Pay fees for the permit
  • Make arrangements to relocate
  • Meet the costs to relocation
  • The British High Commission do not sponsor visas/work permits except where it may be local practice to do so.
  • Employees who are not eligible to pay local income tax: e.g. certain third-country nationals and spouses/partners of UK diplomats will have their salaries abated by an equivalent amount.
  • Information about the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Competency Framework can be found on this link: Please note: AA=A1, AO=A2, EO=B3, HEO=C4, SEO=C5
  • Reference checking and security clearances will be conducted on successful candidates.
  • Please log into your profile on the application system on a regular basis to review the status of your application
  • Interested candidates should apply online by 4th March 2019
  • For more information and job application details, see; British High Commission Jobs in Johannesburg & Pretoria SA - Trade Policy Officer Vacancies

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