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Job Profile: Policy Officer – Trade Affairs Officer

01/05/2019 - 01:23
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Job Title

Policy Officer – Trade Affairs Officer

Overall Purpose

Carry out the Delegation's work on trade, investment and economic affairs matters and also other Union policies (most notably agriculture, SPS, climate change, research and science & innovation).

Functions and Duties

Under the supervision and in close consultation with the Head of Trade Section:

Sectoral Reporting and Information to Head of Delegation and Headquarters

  • Contribute to the monitoring and reporting, regularly and in a timely fashion to Headquarters on all trade, investment and economic issues and the external economic relations of the EU in a broader sense as well as in response to any specific requests.

  • Contribute to the monitoring and reporting, regularly and in a timely fashion to Headquarters on other Union policies (most notably agriculture, SPS, climate change, research and science & innovation) in response to specific requests.

  • Send regular press/media reviews concerning local coverage of issues of importance to Headquarters.

  • Provide on request briefings, draft speeches, statements, press releases and articles concerning the responsibilities assigned.

  • Provide early warnings on potential problems and disputes with particular emphasis on market access issues.

    Information and communication, representation and participation in the host country/region

  • Provide the necessary working relations with the relevant national authorities (Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Ministry of Primary Industries, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment as well as other ministries involved in trade activities, such as the customs service and Department of Statistics), private sector representatives, professional organisations and other local operators in the field.

  • Provide the necessary working relations with the relevant national authorities (Ministry for the Environment, as well as other ministries involved in Union policies), private sector representatives, professional organisations and other local operators in the field.

  • Liaise with other regional and international organisations dealing with trade issues and/or regional integration.

  • Participate in donor cooperation efforts as regards trade and regional integration analysis and policies.

  • State, explain and defend the EU trade policies and EU position in all trade and WTO matters to domestic audiences particularly local and regional authorities, press, civil society, business and academics.

  • State, explain and defend the EU's other Union policies to domestic audiences particularly local and regional authorities, press, civil society, business and academics.

    Monitoring, Analysis and Implementation of Trade Policy

  • Follow all issues having an impact on the negotiation or the implementation of a bilateral or regional FTA with the EU or on other agreements pertaining to trade.

  • Monitor policies in the economic and trade fields of New Zealand and the wider region. Particular attention will be paid to trade flows, forecasts, legislations, fiscal policy, tax system, financial services, land ownership regime, intellectual property rights, competition, foreign investment, etc.

  • Monitor New Zealand's position in on-going or planned multilateral, regional, or bilateral trade negotiations (WTO/DDA, FTA, etc.) and monitor regional integration matters in connection with trade.

  • Follow all national and regional trade policy developments and their possible impact on the trade relations with Europe.

  • Follow up of trade relations with New Zealand and wider region and particularly issues related to access by EU exporters and investors to its market.

  • Promote the mainstreaming of trade and economic integration into the poverty reduction strategies of the Pacific region.

    Management and Planning: contribution to other Section and Delegation activity

  • Prepare and assist in missions from Headquarters and particularly provide assistance to EU FTA negotiators as required.

  • Contribute to the Delegation's various reports as regards trade, investment, economic and regional integration matters and other Union policy matters.

  • Contribute to the Delegation's Press and Information activities and products with respect to trade and regional integration and Union policy issues.

  • Prepare activities in the trade & investment sector and organise, as appropriate, events related to trade& investment.

  • When requested from HQ, prepare activities and organise, as appropriate, events related to Union policies (most notably agriculture, SPS, climate action, as well as science & innovation).

  • Liaise with the other Delegation's sections or experts dealing with political, economic and financial issues, private sector, etc.

    Job requirements

  • Good knowledge of New Zealand policy processes derived from experience.

  • A working knowledge of New Zealand political processes.

  • University degree in a related field or proven experience in politics or economics.

  • Strong oral and written reasoning, communication and presentation skills are essential.

  • Thorough command of English.

  • Proven knowledge of the EU, EU trade and investment policies and programmes related to business and industry cooperation is also desirable.

  • Excellent ability to build positive working relationships with staff and colleagues.

  • Good ability to maintain appropriate working level contacts with the New Zealand authorities, the business Union, media, the academic Union and clusters of civil society.

  • Excellent ability to organise work to deliver results on time.

  • Applicants for this position should have NZ residency or a valid NZ work visa.

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