National Advisor, AfCFTA - GIZ Ghana



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With funding from EU, Germany, Sweden and France, GIZ together with Expertise France and FIAPP supports the AfCFTA negotiation process through technical support to the relevant AU organs.

The project in support of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) works in close collaboration with the AfCFTA Secretariat of the African Union (AU).

Scope of the role

  • The trade advisor will be part of the new setup of the technical advisory component of the project towards the AfCFTA Secretariat.
  • The advisor will support the content of free trade negotiations in the areas of trade in goods and services, trade facilitation, customs cooperation as well as phase II negotiations for protocols on IPR, Investment, Competition, Digital Trade and Women and Youth in Trade

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Tasks

  • Support the establishment of the new AfCFTA Secretariat through strategic capacity development activities
  • Close collaboration with AfCFTA Secretariat, the GIZ AfCFTA Support Programme (which the advisor is also part of) as well as with RECs
  • Support bilateral partners in fostering their role in implementing the AfCFTA through technical advisory services on the member state level
  • Manage short-term experts to undertake subject-specific research into areas of concern to Member State representatives participating in technical meetings throughout the key project component topics of trade in services, goods as well as the investment protocol.
  • Technical advice and project coordination on various aspects of trade integration, including trade in goods, trade in services, trade facilitation, and stakeholder involvement and possibly also industrialization, value chain and other emerging topics
  • Participate in the AfCFTA Team meetings and bilateral exchanges with AfCFTA advisors throughout the various project components and locations
  • Work with other GIZ projects and be familiar with GIZ internal procurement processes

Qualification Required & Experience

  • Master’s degree in Economics, Law, or equivalent
  • Fluent in written and spoken English and fluency in other AU official language is an added advantage.
  • Demonstrated experience of at least 4-6 years in trade policy
  • Solid understanding of regional and continental economic integration issues in Africa

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  • Thorough familiarity with the continental developments and the AU Member States
  • Experience in development cooperation is an asset
  • Experience in working with AU or other regional organisations is an asset
  • Flexibility to frequently travel

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