Terms of Reference

ITC Internship programme

 

Division: Division of Market Development

Section: Trade and Market Intelligence

Name of supervisor: Mr. Yared Befecadu

Duration: Starting from February 19 until July 13 2018

Background

ITC is a joint agency of the United Nations and the World Trade Organization for trade-related technical cooperation in developing countries. ITC’s Trade and Market Intelligence (TMI) section provides easy-to-use analytical information to support development of trade strategies for governments, trade support institutions and companies in the developing world.

In close collaboration with other international organizations, TMI has implemented a large-scale project on non-tariff measures (NTM), including a company survey on the non-tariff obstacles to trade faced by exporters and importers in many different developing and least-developed countries.

Encouraged by the positive results achieved in the area of goods trade, TMI is about to extend this initiative to services trade. The Services Trade Measures (STM) team has developed a set of questionnaires addressing 3 key services sectors with inclusive value chains: Transport & Logistics, Travel and Tourism and the Information and Communication Technology (ICT). Trade in services is expanding at a fast pace and service exports make an important contribution to the national income of developing countries as well as to the competitiveness of merchandise exports. But there is still a large untapped potential for countries to benefit from services exports. Promoting, negotiating or improving the competitiveness of services, however, requires a profound understanding of the regulations underpinning them and the experiences of enterprises producing, consuming and trading them. The outcome of the survey in the selected sectors can contribute identifying new venues for trade related technical assistance interventions and facilitating the expansion of trade as a whole.

The successful implementation of this brand new offer will require identifying funding opportunities and defining the analytical and logistic requirements needed for the launching of an initial pilot phase. This empirical work will be crucial to validate the survey methodology and proceed with the roll out of large-scale company surveys.

Duties and responsibilities

Working as part of the NTM team, under the overall guidance of the NTM Programme Manager and of the Assistant Market Analyst, the incumbent will:

  • Provide statistical support in the analysis of the data already collected by the team and the treatment of new data emerging from the project pilot phase
  • Adapt the sectoral questionnaires already prepared by the team and adapt them to the specific reality of the countries were the survey will be piloted
  • Develop online version of the questionnaire to facilitate the collection and analysis of survey data
  • Identify useful databases of company contacts and test the questionnaires on the phone or though face to face interviews
  • Contribute to raise awareness on the projects objectives through internal and external briefs and continuous activities on social media
  • Attend meetings with other partner organizations as WTO and World Bank and prepare presentations (PPT, Prezi), when need.
  • Provide additional support to the NTM team as required

On top of the working experience gained in the young and multicultural environment of the TMI section, the successful candidate will also have access to a large number of trainings (provided by ITC, UNCTAD and WTO) and useful applications developed by ITC that will allow him/her to start building his/her carrier as a trade professional.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor or Master degree in International Economics, Statistics and/or International Relations.
  • Knowledge in the area of Trade in Services and Non-tariff Measures is a strong asset.
  • Experience in survey software (e.g. NetSurvey) and survey design is a strong asset
  • Working knowledge of statistical software as Excel and SAS
  • Good writing skills
  • Fluency in both spoken and written English is essential. Working knowledge of French or Spanish is a strong asset.

Other requirements

  • Interest in international trade and development issues
  • Interest in empirical and quantitative research;
  • Team spirit

Application procedure

Please email your CV to ntm@intracen.org and register to the ITC internship roster at http://legacy.intracen.org/Appli1/InternsOnLine/Users/Register.aspx?application=interns