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Ethiopia: Technical Specialist: Trade and Economic Development Specialist Job Vacancy in Ethiopia

Organization: World University Service of Canada
Country: Ethiopia
Closing date: 09 Sep 2018

Position title: Technical Specialist: Trade and Economic Development Specialist

Position location: Ethiopia

Reports to: Project Manager, FSSP Ethiopia

Application deadline: 09 September 2018


African regional integration has the potential to connect otherwise small, isolated or fragmented markets into a viable regional market that can produce economies of scale for sustained and inclusive growth. The Pan-Africa Regional Development Program is currently supporting the process of economic integration and enhanced intra-African trade, including the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) and other trade facilitation and inclusive economic development initiatives. In this context, the Program wishes to emphasize the role of women as economic agents and women’s economic rights, including reducing harassment and gender based violence, increasing access to gender-sensitive infrastructure.


The services of a trade and economic development specialist is required to provide expert technical services and to undertake diverse tasks in order to ensure the effective and efficient results-based management of Canada’s Pan-Africa Regional Development Program.

Scope of work / key activities

Activities of the specialist will include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Technical assessment of key sub-regional and continental integration initiatives such as the AfCFTA, Regional Economic communities (RECs), market access, and other economic development issues.
  • Monitor progress of African countries participation in key regional and continental initiatives (AfCFTA, African RECs, African Risk Capacity), including gender content;
  • Organize and execute project monitoring activities;
  • Provide timely reports, analytical papers, guidance notes, success stories, lessons learned, and results captured relating to overall regional integration efforts in Africa and their concrete impact on inclusive economic growth;
  • Review, analyze and comment on key program documents and strategies;
  • Support policy dialogue and pipeline development through sound analysis and recommendations relating to the status of key sub-regional and continental issues; and,
  • Perform other related tasks relevant to the effective implementation of the Pan Africa Regional Development Program and Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy.

Required Competencies and Experience

a) Essential

  • Minimum 7 years of demonstrated professional experience in delivering technical analysis, advice, planning and training to civil society organizations, private sector, government and/or international/multilateral organizations on private sector development and trade;
  • Advanced University degree in relevant field in business, international trade or related field;
  • Demonstrate knowledge of gender, trade and private sector development issues, and Results Based Management;
  • Demonstrate knowledge and experience working on key international trade, regional integration, economic development, energy and gender issues such as Intra-African Trade, WTO accession and trade facilitation agreements, aid-for trade, gender, natural resource management regional infrastructure development in Africa; and,
  • Demonstrate knowledge and experience working with women’s rights organizations and relevant trade and gender related protocols and frameworks in Africa and globally.

b) Abilities and Experience (essential):

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English;
  • Proven analytical capacity;
  • Proven ability to synthesize information based on various sources of information and present written recommendations; capacity to work independently and under tight deadlines.

c) Abilities and Experience (not essential): ‘

  • Past working experience with Global Affairs Canada or other international development organizations;
  • Knowledge of Global Affairs Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy (FIAP).

Time frame

The consultant will be available from September 2018 to June 2022.

Level of effort

The consultant could be required to work for up to 7 days per month during the period indicated above.

How to apply:


WUSC is an equal opportunity employer. We welcome and encourage applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. No telephone calls please.

If you wish to apply for this position, please send your resumé with a covering letter to:

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