Closing date: Wednesday, 20 April 2016
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Vacancy Notice No.: EXT/L/16-23
Title: Programme Officer
Contract Type: L Post
Starting Salary: CHF 84,820 net per annum (approximate)
Issued On: 23 March 2016
Application Deadline (CET): 20 April 2016
Division: Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF) Executive Secretatiat
Duration: One year
In accordance with WTO Staff Regulations and Staff Rules and WTO Pension Plan Regulations.
The World Trade Organization offers an attractive compensation package including an annual net salary (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance), dependency benefits, pension plan, health insurance scheme, separation grant and 30 days annual leave. Benefits for internationally recruited staff may include travel and removal expenses on appointment and separation, installation grant, education grant, rental subsidy and home leave.
Additional information on the compensation package is provided on the WTO website: http://www.wto.org/english/thewto_e/vacan_e/comp_package_e.pdf
The Secretariat of the WTO is seeking to fill a position of Programme Officer to work in the Executive Secretariat for the Enhanced Integrated Framework (ES). The Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF) is a multi-donor programme, which supports Least Developed Countries (LDCs) to be more active players in the global trading system by helping them tackle supply-side constraints to trade. The ES is administratively housed in the WTO.
The purpose of the job is to facilitate the implementation of the EIF Phase Two programme by developing and later managing a bespoke EIF Management Information System (EIF MIS) and to support various other programme functions, such as country coordination, Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E), partnership coordination and communications. The EIF Phase Two’s focus is on strengthening the effectiveness, efficiency and sustainability of its results and reinforcing the collective work as a partnership. This will ensure inclusive impacts and results for the LDCs with a business like focused delivery in expanding trade for sustainable development and poverty reduction in the LDCs. The new EIF MIS will be a key instrument for increasing the effectiveness and efficiency of the EIF programme for Phase Two.
Reporting to the Executive Director of the ES (ED), the incumbent will have the following responsibilities
Develop the design of the new EIF MIS in cooperation with the WTO’s IT department, specialized service providers and the EIF Trust Fund Manager (TFM).
Undertake stakeholder consultations on the new EIF MIS, both at the outset and during the pilot phase, before the system goes live.
Develop manuals for users of the EIF MIS, in particular partners in the LDCs.
Once the EIF MIS is running, monitor and support data and information upload from Main Implementing Entities of EIF projects and the TFM, including troubleshooting where necessary.
Maintain a close cooperation with the WTO’s IT department and act as a point person for the service providers supporting the EIF MIS.
Lead continuous stakeholder consultations, including within the ES, to improve the performance of the EIF MIS in supporting an efficient and effective implementation of the EIF Phase Two programme.
Provide support to ES Country Coordinators in data and information upload as necessary; assist in processing annual and semi-annual narrative reports and provide input for the country annual progress reports.
Provide support to the M&E Coordinator and the Communications team in finalizing the country annual progress reports; help conduct summative evaluations in EIF Countries as well as track progress achieved based on logframe indicators for EIF projects.
Provide support to the Partnerships Coordinator in conducting background research on evolving priorities of EIF Donors, EIF Agencies and the LDCs and preparing briefs that can be used as input for informed decision making with respect to the EIF partnership.
Undertake programme-related missions, as and when required.
Perform any other functions as instructed by the ED and/or depending on the evolving needs and priorities of the EIF partnership.
Advanced university degree or equivalent in international economics, international trade, international relations or related fields, preferably with a development component.
Knowledge and skills
Excellent knowledge and understanding of the role of an MIS for managing a project portfolio and supporting the M&E of projects and the EIF programme as well as a tool for promoting transparency within the EIF partnership.
Knowledge of results based management, reporting and M&E; knowledge of international development issues and in particular Aid for Trade (AfT), including the roles of donors, international agencies and other players in providing and delivering AfT;