Trade Information Officer Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) Implementation Unit CARIFORUM Directorate

Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS)
  • Location
    Georgetown, Guyana
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Aug 08

Position description

Under the direction of the Director of the EPA Implementation Unit and in support of the Unit’s practice areas and operational goals, the incumbent coordinates and manages an integrated approach to identifying, capturing, evaluating and disseminating information regarding the benefits, obligations and challenges associated with implementation of the CARIFORUM-EU Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA).


Under the direction of the Director, EPA Implementation Unit, the Trade Information Officer will be required to:

  • SUPPORT the development of EPA monitoring approaches methodically as well as institutionally and FACILITATE the exchange between relevant stakeholders on the establishment and application of a monitoring system;
  • TRACK, CAPTURE and ANALYSE information on the implementation and operation of the Agreement, identifying recurrent and emerging issues, with a view to supporting the development of the Unit’s information management capabilities and contributing to strategy formulation and execution;
  • ESTABLISH mechanisms for tracking decisions of joint EPA Institutions and associated international organisations on EPA-related issues; MONITOR the status of implementation of decisions of Joint EPA Institutions and DEVELOP requirements for implementation of new mandates;
  • UNDERTAKE research, technical inputs and conduct of analyses related to the cross-cutting technical work of the Unit;
  • COORDINATE the preparation and production of diverse print and electronic communication material for target groups, and set production standards for high-quality information dissemination;
  • MANAGE awareness-raising and targeted public education campaigns, in order to: (a) raise the profile of the Unit and its Work Plan and Activities; (b) identify areas and opportunities where the Unit can influence national, regional and bi-regional dialogue on EPA implementation issues, for the benefit of target audiences; and (c) aid in the development of the Unit’s stakeholder partnerships in the trade policy environment (e.g. with the public/private sectors, civil society and other stakeholders);
  • LIAISE with CARIFORUM States on the support required for technical assistance, capacity building and other interventions in the development of their respective Government’s EPA-related awareness-raising campaigns, communications and public education strategies; and
  • CONDUCT liaison work to aid in the development of the Unit’s stakeholder partnerships in the trade policy environment; creating and maintaining effective networks of high-level communications contacts with the media, governmental agencies, intergovernmental organisations and organisations of civil society, including the academic community and social and economic partners.


Candidates should possess a Master’s Degree in Economics, Trade Policy and Business Management or a related field, plus at least five (5) years’ experience in trade information management and policy or a related field. The experience/environment should ideally be from any one or a combination of the following:

  • Ministry of Trade
  • National, regional or international development banks
  • International/regional organisation

The incumbent should possess specialised training or good working knowledge in:

  • Trade, regional integration, monitoring and evaluation
  • EU trade policy and the CARIFORUM-EU EPA
  • The Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas and international and bilateral trade Agreements entered into by CARIFORUM States
  • Trade information analysis and the design and execution of surveys
  • Information Technology (IT) readiness, including knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Regional economic integration initiatives in the Caribbean; cooperation experience with Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat is an advantage

In addition, the candidate must also possess:

  • Excellent communication skills – written and verbal
  • Good research skills and attention to detail
  • Collaborative working style and team-player attitude

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