The World Bank’s Trade and Competitiveness Global Practice supports technical assistance activities that help developing countries build efficient trade facilitation systems and services. Dedicated to providing technical assistance to governments, the Trade & Competitiveness Trade Logistics Team fosters deep partnerships with the public and private sectors to catalyze trade logistics reforms. Technical Assistance has a clear focus on reducing the time and cost to trade. The Team’s work fuels economic growth through increased trade and private sector savings, potentially leading to investments and job creation.
Work done by the Trade & Competitiveness Trade Logistics Team in Lesotho thus far has led to the proposition of a series of technical assistance activities under the Lesotho Investment Climate Project from FY17-19. These activities cover support in the establishment of a National Trade Facilitation Committee (NTFC) including provision of a Secretariat to this committee.
To date, the Lesotho NTFC has been formed with the purpose of supporting the modernisation of Trade Facilitation procedures and processes in line with Lesotho’s Trade and Development priorities through facilitating the coordination and implementation of the provisions of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) in the National Trade Policy Framework. The NTFC is Chaired by the Ministry of Trade and comprises all Ministries, Government Agencies and Private Sector Representatives who have a stake in cross border trade issues and the Private Sector.
The Lesotho Revenue Authority (LRA), being the Deputy Chair of the NTFC, has been engaged to facilitate the recruitment process of the following two (2) positions to support the NTFC Secretariat. The Secretariat will be located at the Ministry of Trade in Lesotho. These two (2) positions will report to the Chair of the NTFC.
SUMMARY OF PURPOSE
To provide support for the establishment of a National Trade Facilitation Committee and
provide secretarial support to the NTFC in its implementation of Trade Facilitation
Key responsibilities include:
Coordination of meetings, undertake research, dissemination of information to stakeholders, conducting desk reviews of TFA assessments and any other duties that may be assigned.
QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE
- A degree in Economics, Public Policy, Law, Business Economics or equivalent; an Honours degree will be an advantage.
• At least 5 years of relevant experience in development with a preference of experience in trade, investment climate, and competitiveness issues.
• Experience in the following areas will be an advantage:
Coordination and managing different government agencies.
Information collection/Research, analysis and reporting and sharing and dissemination
Analysis and reporting within agreed timelines.
Trade facilitation and/or trade logistics.
Customs and/or border management.
Use of IT in trade facilitation and related areas.
Experience in the area of project management, trade facilitation and/or trade logistics; border management, Customs, use of IT in trade facilitation and related areas will be valuable.
How to apply: Interested candidates who meet the above criteria should fill in the LRA application form obtainable from the LRA website at http://www.lra.org.ls/ and submit it via email. Applicants should clearly indicate the title of the position they apply for in the ‘Subject’ area. Applications should be mailed tothe following mail address; email@example.com
Please note that hard copy applications will not be accepted. The deadline for applications is Friday 08th September, 2017. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.