Position Description

Intern, Trade Facilitation, Gender, SMES and Development
Job category Intern
Group Policy & Institutional Impact
Location Geneva
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(3-6 MONTHS)
The World Economic Forum, committed to improving the state of the world, is the International Organization for Public-Private Cooperation.
The Forum engages the foremost political, business and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas.
Why we are recruiting
The Forum serves on the secretariat for the Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation. This pioneering global initiative brings together government donor support with business community skills and experience to accelerate the implementation of trade facilitation reforms that deliver commercially meaningful impact.
The Forum is recruiting an intern to support the Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation in operationalizing its knowledge and best practices strategy. A particular focus will be on assessing the development impact of trade facilitation, including gender-related aspects and links to SMEs.
Reporting lines and interactions
The Trade Facilitation, Gender, SMEs and Development Intern will report to the Knowledge and Best Practice Lead.
The intern will collaborate with colleagues across the Forum and the Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation, including team members at the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the Centre for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).
Main responsibilities
• Conduct research on mainstreaming gender in trade facilitation programmes (What are the main challenges faced by women-led businesses in international trade? What have been the impacts of trade facilitation reform on gender equity and women empowerment?)
• Conducting research on support SMEs through trade facilitation (What are the main trade facilitation challenges faced specifically by SMEs? Which trade facilitation provisions have the greatest potential to benefit SMEs? What has been the impact of trade facilitation on businesses of different sizes?)
• Identify and summarize lessons and best practices from external stakeholders (e.g. international organizations, bilateral development agencies, private sector) on topics listed above and suggest how they can be incorporated into the alliance’s operations
• Draft short papers documenting lessons learned and best practices that can be applied to alliance operations and/or disseminated to external stakeholders as part of the alliance’s broader communications strategy.
The successful candidate will be assessed on
• Ability to develop tangible, evidence-based proposals for improving the development impact of trade facilitation reform activities
• Ability to powerfully communicate improvement opportunities, leading to take-up by the Global Alliance and others
Preferred requirements and experience
• MBA or master’s degree in international economics, supply chain management or related field, with a focus on trade practice
• Fluency in spoken and written English
• Strong research and analytical skills with ability to quickly synthesis large volumes of information
• Excellent writing skills, able to organize complex issues into clear formats for non-technical audiences
Why work at the Forum
We believe that progress happens by bringing together people from all walks of life who have the drive and the influence to improve the state of the world by building awareness and cooperation, shaping mindsets and agendas and driving collective action. Join us and become a driver for positive change.
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