Director Trade and Customs

DIVISION: Trade and Customs
REPORTING TO: Assistant Secretary General (Programmes)
Under the direct supervision of the Assistant Secretary General (Programmes) and general direction of the Secretary General you will perform the following functions:


(a) You will be the focal point of the Division responsible for providing leadership, direction and ultimately coordinating all activities of the Trade and Customs Division;
(b) Promote partnerships with International and Regional Institutions and other stakeholders for effective implementation of trade arrangements and related programmes; and
(c) Be responsible for supervising officers in the Trade and Customs Division, ensuring that targets and objectives are met.
(a) Co-ordinate the implementation of the Customs Union with a Common External Tariff, Free Circulation of Goods and Revenue Sharing;
(b) Co-ordinate the consolidation of the Free Trade Area, with the elimination of non-tariff barriers for the successful implementation of the Customs Union;
(c) Co-ordinate and monitor customs systems and procedures aimed at facilitating the movement of goods across borders, including the implementation of a Common Customs Regulation and Common Tariff Nomenclature;
(d) Co-ordinate the implementation of the COMESA Services Liberalization Programme;
(e) Assist the Secretariat in co-ordinating and promoting joint programmes with other Regional Economic Communities (RECs);
(f) Assist the Secretariat in negotiating trading arrangements with other economic groupings or countries;
(g) Provide advice on World Trade Organization negotiations;
(h) Supervise the administrative structure for managing the Customs Union;
(i) Provide overall guidance and technical inputs into activities of the Division;
(j) Ensure timely preparation of annual work plans in close collaboration with other Divisions of the Secretariat;
(k) Provide technical support to the business community on trade policies, trade strategies and practices as well as market access in COMESA and in the global economy;
(I) Co-ordinate and facilitate preparation of project documents for donor support;
(m) Co-ordinate timely and quality preparation of reports on implementation of programmes;
(n) Provide managerial and methodological support to the Division;
(o) Design training programmes for the Division with assistance from the Human Resources Department;
(p) Supervise technical studies undertaken in the Division; and
(q) Perform any cognate activities which may be assigned to you by the Secretary General or the Assistant Secretary General (Programmes) from time to time.

A minimum of a Master's degree in International Trade, Commerce or Business Administration with adequate knowledge of monetary economics, with good communication skills and interpersonal relations.
10 years minimum experience in international trade and economic related areas with proven track record of management

Candidates are required to submit the following with their applications:
(a) a copy of their Curriculum Vitae detailing the requisite qualifications and experience, and demonstrating suitability for the job;
(b) at least 3 referees with contact details;
(c) COMESA APPLICATION FORM which can be accessed on the COMESA website: https://www.comesmintkategory/opportunities/.
(d) Certified copies of certificates and transcripts.
Qualified and interested candidates should apply to the following address with a clearly marked envelope for the post being applied for by Monday, 16 September 2019:

The Permanent Secretary
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade
Munhumutapa Building
Cnr. Samora Machel Avenue and Sam Nujoma Street
P. 0. Box 4240
Harare, Zimbabwe

Created: September 08, 2019
Category: Strategic, Business Management, Consultancy
Location: Harare
Expiry Date: Sept. 16, 2019

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