Regional Advisor (AfCFTA Support Programme)

ACCRA, Full Time GH 7 Jul-2023

Company Profile:

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) – is a public-benefit federal enterprise working in more than 100 countries worldwide. We work on behalf of the German Government and support public and private sector clients in a wide variety of areas, including economic development and employment, energy and environment, and peace and security. Our activities cover three priority areas: Energy and Climate, which deals with renewable energy and energy efficiency; Training and Sustainable Growth for decent Jobs; and Peaceful and Inclusive Societies, which focuses on good governance.

Project Brief:

• With funding from EU, Germany, Sweden and France, GIZ together with Expertise France and FIIAPP supports the AfCFTA negotiation and implementation process through technical support to the relevant AU organs.
• The project in support of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) works in close collaboration with the AfCFTA Secretariat of the African Union (AU).

Scope of Role:

• The regional trade advisor will be part of the Project Management Unit (PMU) of the EU-TAF towards the AfCFTA Secretariat.
• The advisor will support the content of free trade negotiations in the areas of trade in goods and services, trade facilitation, customs cooperation as well as phase II negotiations for protocols on IPR, Investment, Competition, Digital Trade and Women and Youth in Trade)


• Support the AfCFTA Secretariat through strategic capacity development activities.
• Close collaboration with AfCFTA Secretariat, the GIZ AfCFTA Support Programme (which the advisor is also part of) as well as with RECs.
• Support the bilateral partners in Ghana in fostering their role in implementing the AfCFTA through technical advisory services on the member state level.
• Manage short-term experts to undertake subject-specific research into areas of concern to Member State representatives participating in technical meetings throughout the key project component topics of trade in services, goods as well as the investment protocol.
• Technical advice and project coordination on various aspects of trade integration, including trade in goods, trade in services, trade
facilitation, and stakeholder involvement and possibly also industrialization, value chain and other emerging topics.
• Participate in the AfCFTA Team meetings and bilateral exchanges with AfCFTA advisors throughout the various project components and locations.
• Work with other GIZ projects and be familiar with GIZ internal procurement processes.

Qualification Required & Experience


• Master’s degree in economics, Law, or equivalent.
• Citizenship of one of the AU Member States.
• Fluent in written and spoken English. Fluency in other AU official language is an added advantage.
• Demonstrated experience of at least 4-6 years in trade policy.
• Solid understanding of regional and continental economic integration issues in Africa.
• Experience in development cooperation is an asset.
• Experience in working with AU or other regional organisations is an asset.
• Flexibility to frequently travel.

Location: Accra

How To Apply For The Job

Interested and suitable applicants are to forward their detailed Curriculum Vitae (CV) and a one-page cover letter to:

[email protected] quoting the Job Code 2023/RA-AfCTA/09/06 in the subject line.

Closing Date: 07 July, 2023