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) 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.
This programme 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.
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:
- Pakistan National Export Strategy: Developing and supporting the implementation of Pakistan’s National Export Strategy (NES) elaborated through public and private dialogue;
- Trade Policy: Improving market access opportunities for Pakistani businesses by implementing trade policy reforms and addressing trade barriers, and;
- 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 lead the implementation of the DFID funded -ReMIT project in Pakistan. The National Project Coordinator / Senior Technical Advisor will lead the project design and delivery in Pakistan and will be responsible for successful implementation of the project under the guidance of ITC Geneva based Senior Project Executive and in close cooperation with the ITC Geneva based ReMIT Project Manager.
The outputs expected from the ReMIT Project Coordinator are:
- Lead the Inception phase Lead the Inception phase under the guidance of ITC Geneva based Senior Project Executive and design project interventions
- Represent ITC working group in the ReMIT Project Steering Committee (PSC)
- Delivery of project workplans in a way that ensures expected results
- Represent ITC and manage strategic relationships in Pakistan with external public and private sector partners and beneficiaries
- Coordination with DFID Pakistan on Programmatic, technical, financial and budgeting issues as required
- Communicating the ReMIT project vision to Pakistani stakeholders
- Coordinate with the Headquarter based team of ITC experts and ensure result based project design and implementation
- Putting in place systems for smooth operation of ReMIT program
Functions / Key Results Expected:
Coordination of project activities:
- Lead the local project team in the Inception Phase to design ReMIT interventions;
- Coordinate with ITC Geneva experts and supervise project team and provide technical guidance to implement project workplan;
- Ensure coherence and synergies during project implementation;
- Manage relationships with counterparts and ensure ownership of project initiatives with the different stakeholders and beneficiaries in Pakistan;
- Represent ITC and maintain regular communication with other initiatives and agencies on the ground, ensure good information sharing; liaise with the relevant government departments, ministries and private sector institutions to obtain support for project implementation;
- Put in place and manage systems, with the support of ITC Geneva, for smooth operation of the project including staff management, budget management, activity and results monitoring, project progress reporting, and compliance with UN and DFID regulations;
- Design and operationalize ITC/ ReMIT working Group;
- Participate in ReMIT Project Steering Committee meetings, prepare meeting agendas and other documents required for the review of the committee;
- Ensure project visibility, efficient communication and outreach at the national level and in provinces, including representation of the project at national events, ensure communication with the press where required;
- Identify risks to project implementation and put in place mitigation actions;
- Keep abreast with developments in the country and identify synergies and opportunities with other projects and initiatives;
- Guide other project staff in performing relevant duties;
- Supervise project activities overall and coordinate with project stakeholders and beneficiaries as required;
- Undertake any other tasks agreed with the Geneva-based Project Executive in support of efficient implementation of the project.
- Provide ground intelligence to technical leads in the process of output design;
- Identify new opportunities and work areas for the project across priority sectors;
- Develop new concepts with project partners to activate new opportunities;
- Coordinate development of work plans with technical leads, identify, and ensure linkages and synergies across project activities and implementing partners.
- Maintain efficient information flow between project stakeholders
Impact of Results:
- Achievement of delivery targets and results as outlined in the project work plans
- Strong partnerships with national stakeholders and relevant government agencies and private sector
- Good communication and positive image of the project in Pakistan
ITC’S VALUES are: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
ITC’S CORE COMPETENCIES are: Communication, Teamwork, Planning & Organizing, Accountability, Creativity, Client Orientation, Commitment to continuous learning, Technological awareness.
ITC’S MANAGERIAL COMPETENCIES are: Vision, Leadership, Empowering Others, Managing Performance, Building Trust, and Judgment/Decision making.
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- Proven leadership and strong project management and coordination skills
- Excellent interpersonal and advocacy skills and ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships
- Proven ability to lead and work collaboratively in teams, with colleagues and encourage sharing of knowledge to achieve organizational goals
- Strong problem solving and analytical skills
- Ability to identify priority activities and assignments; adjust priorities as required
- Ability to work with accuracy under time constraints and pressure in a stressful environment; with patience, tactfulness, maintain confidentiality, take initiative and exercise good judgment
- Ability to plan own work and use time efficiently, manage conflicting priorities and work under pressure of tight and conflicting deadlines
- Demonstrated capacity to manage large, complex and multi-dimensional development programmes
- Very good understanding of public and private institutions in Pakistan and their mandates
- Good understanding of the private sector needs and expectations in Pakistan
- Extensive experience in working with government and private sector counterparts
- Very good result-based management skills
- Excellent drafting and communication skills
- Previous experience with the Government of Pakistan in country and outside Pakistan and the UN System would be an asset
Education and Work experience:
- Master Degree or equivalent in International Trade, Business/ Public Administration, Economics, Development Studies / Management Studies or related field with a minimum of 7 years of experience in public sector management, Trade development, Institutional reforms and capacity building including experience in project management in a lead position
- A Bachelor’s degree in International Trade, Business/ Public Administration, Economics, Development Studies or related field with 9 years of experience in public sector management, trade development, Institutional reform and capacity building including some experience in project management , administration or related field in a lead position.
- Advanced English with excellent written and oral communication skills is essential
- Knowledge of local languages is desirable
Required knowledge, experience and skills:
- Demonstrated knowledge of challenges to agricultural and industrial development and trade in Pakistan
- Experience of working on trade policy and trade facilitation issues at national, regional or multilateral level
- Very good understanding of public institutions in Pakistan and their mandates as well as of private sector needs and expectations
- Very good understanding of project result-based management and coordination
- Proven leadership, advocacy and management skills and ability to operate in multi-stakeholder contexts
- A track-record of successfully implementing projects
- Excellent drafting and communication skills
Desirable knowledge, experience and skills:
- Knowledge of the UN system and procedures or experience of DFID-related projects would be an asset
- Experience of working with government of Pakistan in trade related institution within Pakistan and abroad is desirable
HEC attested degrees are a prerequisite for employment at UNDP. During the recruitment process candidates may be required to present HEC attested degrees.
Foreign Qualified Candidates: Foreign degree holders shall be required to(i) Present a verification/certification letter from the university verifying the degree & student enrollment, or ii) Foreign degree Equivalence Letter from HEC.
UNDP provides the Equal Opportunity for all equally qualified male & female including the physically challenged candidates, female candidates are particularly encouraged to apply (local and internal VA)
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) does not charge fee at any stage of the recruitment process including application, interviews, selection or induction etc. Moreover, UNDP does not concern itself with any information on the applicants bank accounts
"UNDP has zero tolerance towards Sexual Harassment (SH) and Sexual Exploitation & Abuse (SEA)”.
Contract Duration: 12 months (with possibility of extension)