Recruitment: Development Officer – Business Action Projects

Development Officer  – Business Action Projects

Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation

CDD: 12 months


The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) is looking for an energetic project development officer to join its team working specifically as part of the Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation (the Alliance). This is an opportunity to be part of an exciting international development initiative working to make trade across borders simpler, faster and more cost-effective, creating new business opportunities, enabling greater economic and social development and reducing poverty.

About the ICC and the Alliance

The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) is the world’s largest business organization representing more than 45 million members in more than 100 countries. ICC’s core mission is to make business work for everyone, every day, everywhere. Through a unique mix of advocacy, solutions and standard setting, we promote international trade, responsible business conduct and a global approach to regulation, in addition to providing market-leading dispute resolution services. Our members include many of the world’s leading companies, SMEs, business associations and local chambers of commerce.

The ICC is one of the lead organisations of the Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation, a public-private partnership for trade-led growth. Alongside the World Economic Forum, the Center for International Private Enterprise and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), we are redefining the way trade facilitation reforms are implemented. The Alliance brings together governments and businesses as equal partners to identify trade facilitation issues such as customs delays and unnecessary red-tape at borders, and design and implement targeted reforms that deliver commercially quantifiable results.

The Alliance’s work is designed to help governments in developing and least developed countries implement the World Trade Organization’s Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA). The Alliance is currently implementing 10 projects across Africa, Asia and Latin America and developing several more. It is supported by the governments of the United States, Canada, Germany, Denmark, the United Kingdom and Australia, and works with private sector partners from small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to the world’s largest multinationals such as DHL, FCA Group, Maersk, UPS and Walmart.

Each host organisation has a distinct set of responsibilities within the Alliance. The ICC is responsible for business engagement, strategic communications and leads the Alliance’s Business Action Project workstream which allows the Alliance’s business partners to propose ideas for trade facilitation projects for selection, validation and implementation by the Alliance.


The Development Officer – Business Action Projects role:

As part of our Business Action Project initiative, you will work to help identify and scope ideas for trade facilitation projects, develop project proposals, and tender for project implementers.

You will be based in Paris and will report to the Development Manager – Business Action Projects. You will work closely with the Alliance’s international team spread throughout the world. You will also work with a broad range of stakeholders, including private sector partners, governments, and multilateral and non-governmental organisations.

You will:

  • Support the solicitation and assessment of ideas for projects submitted by Alliance business partners
  • Work with Alliance business partners, project stakeholders and Alliance cross-organizational and cross-functional teams to support the validation of project ideas and develop project proposals
  • Help to build strong relationships with the Alliance’s business partners and other project stakeholders
  • Participate in missions in-country to validate ideas for potential projects with government and local business stakeholders
  • Coordinate project activities
  • Prepare progress reports
  • Track and report on private sector in-kind contributions
  • Collect and share lessons learned and best practices


The ideal candidate will have:

  • University degree in business administration, economics, international trade, or a closely related field.
  • Minimum 3 years of experience in a customs and export/import control compliance related capacity.
  • Ability to understand complex stakeholder relationships both in developing and least developed countries and within the multilateral sphere
  • Knowledge of trade, logistics, customs processes
  • Excellent interpersonal and network-building skills, preferably in an international context
  • Outstanding organisational skills with the ability to manage multiple projects and priorities under pressure with a ‘can-do’ problem-solving attitude
  • Excellent critical thinking skills and high attention to detail
  • Fluent English and French
  • The ability to travel as needed

Terms and conditions

Applicants should mention whether they are legally entitled to work in France.

Location: The position is located in Paris, France.

Start date: as soon as possible

Contract term: 12 months

How to apply: Please send your curriculum vitae and a cover letter to the selection committee at

Closing date for applications: 3 July 2020