Terms of Reference

ITC Internship programme


Division: Division of Market Development

Section: Trade and Market Intelligence

Name of supervisor: Mr. Yared Befecadu

Duration: 6 months starting asap


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. 

One of the most recent area of intervention in the framework of ITC’s NTM programme concerns the development of new analytical approaches in the area of the obstacles affecting trade in services. Trade in services is expanding at a fast pace and 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. Expanding the NTM programme to the services sector can lead to the identification of new venues for trade related technical assistance interventions to support the expansion of trade as a whole.

In order to provide a thorough perspective over the obstacles that affect trade as a whole, the newly developed methodological approach to the analysis of trade in services obstacles will have to be integrated to the current interventions conducted in the framework of the f ITC NTM programme.

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:

  • Contribute to raise awareness on the project’s objectives through internal and external briefs and continuous activities on social media
  • Draft meaningful messages for ITC main stakeholders and donors that highlight the relevance of the analytical findings provided by the NTM survey programme
  • Adapt the sectoral questionnaires already prepared by the team to the specific reality of the countries were the survey will be piloted
  • Identify useful databases of company contacts and test the questionnaires on the phone or though face to face interviews
  • 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
  • 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.


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

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