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Vacancy Notice No.: EXT/F/18-10
Title: Director
Grade: 11
Contract Type: Fixed-term
Starting Salary: CHF 187,769 net per annum (approximate)
Issued On: 28 February 2018
(3 day(s) until closing date)
Currently accepting applications
Application Deadline (CET): 28 March 2018
Division:   Rules

Duration:  Two years with the possibility of extension  
In accordance with WTO Staff Regulations and Staff Rules and WTO Pension Plan Regulations.
The World Trade Organization offers an attractive compensation package including an annual net salary (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance), dependency benefits, pension plan, health insurance scheme, separation grant and 30 days annual leave. Benefits for internationally recruited staff may include travel and removal expenses on appointment and separation, installation grant, education grant, rental subsidy and home leave.
Additional information on the compensation package is provided on the WTO website:

The Secretariat of the WTO is seeking to fill the position of Director of the Rules Division.

General Functions

The incumbent will lead the Rules Division, which is responsible for all matters in the areas of subsidies, contingent trade remedies (anti-dumping, countervailing measures and safeguards), trade-related investment measures, state trading enterprises and trade in civil aircraft including negotiations, dispute settlement, implementation and surveillance and technical assistance. Specific responsibilities will include:

1. Leading the Division, including defining the strategic objectives of the Division; setting the objectives for, and motivating, a multidisciplinary staff of lawyers, economists, trade specialists and support staff to meet those objectives; providing guidance to staff in carrying out their duties; reviewing the output and performance of the staff; and supporting the development of the knowledge and skills of staff, and ensuring appropriate staff training plans are in place and executed;

2. Contributing to the goals, objectives and management of the WTO as a senior manager in the organization.

3. Overseeing the work of the Division in respect of the operation of Committees responsible for implementation and surveillance of the Agreements within the Division's competence;

4. Overseeing the work of staff of the Division involved in dispute settlement, and ensuring the efficient management of procedural and organizational aspects of the panel process;

5. Managing the conduct of negotiations in the Rules area, including through advice to the Chairman of the Rules Negotiating Group and to the Senior Management, support to delegations and to WTO Secretariat senior management;

6. Building relationships with the Members in order to serve the WTO as appropriate, be it in committee work, negotiations, dispute settlement, or otherwise, while maintaining neutrality and observing the rules of conduct;

7. Overseeing the participation of the Division in the organization's extensive technical assistance and training programmes with regard to all matters under the Division's purview; such oversight extends to the preparation of teaching and training materials to this end, including for practical hands-on training of investigators and further development of e-learning training tools;

8. Working closely with the Director of the Legal Affairs Division in ensuring consistency in procedures and legal advice given to dispute settlement panels on horizontal/systemic matters;

9. Coordinating the Division's work with that of other Divisions, including providing substantive contributions to the work of other Divisions;

10. Liaising with relevant international organisations, NGOs, and private sector entities, including speaking engagements; and

11. Representing the WTO Secretariat in various public and academic functions in Geneva and abroad that address issues falling within the purview of the Rules Division.


An advanced university degree in disciplines relevant to the job functions listed above.
Knowledge and skills:

Technical Knowledge and Skills:

The successful candidate must demonstrate an expert level of knowledge of the WTO system and of legal and economic issues in the areas within the Division's competence, in international trade law, and the WTO dispute settlement system. He/she must have an excellent knowledge of the goals and objectives of the WTO, including on relevant economic and legal issues. He/she must also possess an expert level of drafting skills in English.

Management Skills:

The Director of the Rules Division must have the skills to guide, empower and motivate a multidisciplinary team of approximately 35 staff members to excel in their jobs. He/she must be able to build a team culture that consistently delivers high-quality results. Excellent demonstrated management and organizational skills (planning and organizing work, managing people and performance, managing resources) are essential.

In addition, the following capabilities are required: ability to interact and work with others in a diverse international setting in a harmonious and effective way; good presentation and communication skills; high level of political awareness and sensitivity; intellectual flexibility including openness to other's views and ability to find solutions; and good political judgement.

High ethical standards and the ability to ensure adherence by others to established rules of conduct are also required.
Work Experience:

At least fifteen years relevant experience including extensive management experience with broad supervisory responsibilities, in either the public or private sectors, is required. Significant experience with trade remedy investigations will be an asset, as would experience in managing multilateral negotiations.

Fluent knowledge of English is essential, including a demonstrated ability to write accurately, concisely and quickly. A good knowledge of French and/or Spanish would also be an advantage.
Additional Information:

Only applications from nationals of WTO Members will be accepted.

The WTO may use various communication technologies such as video or teleconference for the assessment and evaluation of candidates. The recruitment process may also involve the use of various forms of testing, assessment centres, interviews and reference checks.



Please note that all candidates must complete an online application form.
To apply, please visit the WTO's E-Recruitment website at: erecruitment.wto.org. The system provides instructions for online application procedures.
All applicants are encouraged to apply online as soon as possible after the vacancy has been posted and well before the
closing date - Central European Time (CET) - stated in the vacancy announcement.
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