Director of the Geneva Trade Platform
PERIOD OF CONTRACT: The position is for 24 months, with possibility to renew, pending funding. Start date ideally 1st of July
ACTIVITY RATE: 100 %
DEADLINE FOR RECEIPT OF APPLICATIONS: 07-06-2020
The Centre for Trade and Economic Integration (CTEI) at the Graduate Institute, Geneva is looking for a Director for the new Geneva Trade Platform (GTP), which will start operations on 1st of July 2020 and be hosted within CTEI.
The Geneva Trade Platform (GTP)
The GTP will aim to strengthen Geneva as a trade hub. The GTP will operate under the following principles: independent body; user-oriented approach; an open and inclusive space; representative arena; a flexible and evolving mandate; a reliable and responsible governance structure; full transparency.
The ‘business of the Platform’ can be thought of as coalescing around three pillars:
- Connect: The GTP will provide a neutral platform that allows partners to meet, exchange, and collaborate. The GTP will be a contributor, a body that provides relevant, fact-based, trustworthy, tailor-made information. To connect stakeholders, the platform will engage in two types of activities:
- Dialogues: The GTP will convene a series of dialogues each year in Geneva to bring together representatives of the public and private sectors, academia, and civil society. Events organized under the GTP will emphasize networking opportunities across sectors and disciplines. These types of activities will allow Geneva actors active in trade to prepare their positions and discuss general strategic issues.
- Information creation, sharing, and showcasing: When relevant, the GTP will produce and publish research papers and policy briefs to outline policy options and recommendations for policy makers and other global trade actors. The GTP will gain wider outreach via traditional publications (the newsletter) and online channels (web, social media). The Geneva Trade Platform will also offer administrative and operational support to external researchers.
- Incubate: The GTP will be a space for innovation. The GTP will act as an incubator, supporting the development of new international processes and instruments, and other measures: creating technical working groups and a digital marketplace of ideas.
- Empower: The GTP will offer technical support in the form of briefings or capacity building to key stakeholders. Support to developing countries, LDCs and small missions, including for countries without representation in Geneva, will be organized through a mix of tools: briefings to leaders that visit Geneva; introductory courses to newly arrived diplomats; and capacity building via “clinics” involving students and experts thereby allowing for “learning by doing”.
Mission and activities
The GTP Director will take the lead in developing the potential of the GTP in close cooperation and support of the CTEI Co-Directors and Managing Director. Geneva in general, and CTEI in particular, are already a long established hubs of trade policy research, diplomacy, advocacy, and scholarship. The Platform is intended to leverage this initial centrality into a much more extensive and inclusive base for all manner of trade-related activities in and around Geneva.
The Directorship is thus first and most a position where entrepreneurship, ambition, and leadership are critical along with network building skills.
The GTP Director will be in charge of overseeing the various activities, including overseeing the logistics of conferences and workshops and the development of communications material; identifying gaps and trends to address; developing and maintaining a broad network of stakeholders; guiding the direction of the newsletter and other material; and ensuring the financial management of the platform. S/he will also be responsible for fundraising for the activities.
- Strategy development: Thinking creatively about what the cutting edge questions in the field of trade are and identifying gaps, trends and trade-related priorities for the GTP to focus on across its events, research and capacity building activities.
- Networking: Developing and maintaining a broad network of stakeholders to engage as part of the GTP, including as implementing partners and collaborators. Convening interdisciplinary teams and stakeholders to address real world questions, etc.
- Overseeing the core activities of the GTP: Coordinating day-to-day activities of the GTP, liaising closely with the CTEI Managing Director and CTEI Co-directors, filtering up priority information as appropriate. Overseeing the logistics of conferences, meetings, workshops, travels and other events of the GTP and ensuring regular update of the website and of the communication policy of the GTP. Revising and drafting communication materials of the GTP, including the newsletters and other related material.
- Team management: Providing leadership to the GTP team: filtering down vision and goals, measuring progress, coordinating evaluations for staff, maintaining staff contracts and personal files, etc.
- Fundraising and reporting: Fundraising for the activities of the GTP. Drafting the annual report of the GTP and, when appropriate, research project proposals, correspondence and any other documents in link with the activities of the GTP.
- Managing the GTP’s accounts and finances: Managing day-to-day accounting operations (financial administration of research and mandated projects, payments and invoices to our partners, maintaining our accounts). Assisting in the preparation of the annual budget and tracking expenditures relative to the budget. Working with own bank, accountants, and auditors, etc. Tracking financial contributions and income related to mandated projects, including drafting financial reports for donors and maintaining a calendar of reporting deadlines and requirements and providing regular reports on income and contributions.
The GTP director will have at least two part time team members to work with, as well as support from the CTEI Co-Directors and the CTEI Managing Director.
The GTP Director should be a trade expert. She/he should have a solid network, access to key stakeholders and have a good overview of the trends, opportunities and challenges in the trade sector.
The required qualifications include:
- Entrepreneurship, ambition, and leadership are critical along with network building skills.
- University degree (Master's or Phd level) in a trade-related field e.g. economics, law, political science or Business/ Public Administration.
- At least 5 years experience in the field of trade.
- Prior experience in fundraising is a plus.
- Excellent communication skills. Excellent ability to work with multiple stakeholders in a changing environment.
- Excellent command of both spoken and written English. Fluency in French a plus.
- Proven experience in team management, including strong interpersonal, networking and coordination skills.
- Experience in project cycle management with ability to manage and oversee all aspects of project implementation, encompassing planning, programming, monitoring and evaluating projects with good knowledge of Results-Based Management and use of logical frameworks.
We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of age, marital status, disability status, race, national origin, color, gender, sexual orientation or religion.
For more information, candidates are encouraged to consult the Institute's website: graduateinstitute.ch
Please note that offers received by post won't be considered.