The officer will have substantive and organisational responsibilities in support of EFTA’s engagement with partner countries outside the European Union. Her/his specific area of activity will centre on trade in goods issues, with a particular focus on customs and origin matters, as well as SPS and TBT. The position will also include country desk responsibilities (coordination of EFTA’s preferential trade relations with several partner countries) and may extend to a range of other trade policy areas covered by EFTA’s comprehensive free trade agreements.
• University degree with extensive knowledge of customs matters, or full customs training, possibly with further relevant educational qualifications;
• Knowledge of relevant international agreements and organisations, such as WCO, WTO and EFTA would be an asset.
• Expertise in the field of international trade policy and rules, with sound knowledge of relevant international frameworks, in particular of the WTO;
• Specific know-how regarding customs issues, including preferential rules of origin, and/or SPS and TBT would be an asset;
• Relevant work experience in a national administration, international organisation, and/or related research or private sector activity, preferably involving international relations.
• Service-mindedness and tact;
• Very good communication and negotiation skills;
• Readiness to cooperate closely in an international team;
• Ability to work under time pressure and to meet deadlines;
• Strong organisational skills and self-reliance;
• Open-mindedness and flexibility, including availability for frequent international travel.
• Excellent oral and written command of English (EFTA language);
• Knowledge of French, and possibly other work-related languages, would be an asset.
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