Manager, Trade Development

Saudi Arabia
Apply by 16 May 2018
Posted on 16 April 2018

Job Description

Position Name

Manager, Trade Development


Trade & Business Development


Trade Development





Reporting To (Functional Title)

Senior Manager, Trade Development

No. of Direct Reports



This role is responsible for implementing the organization’s strategies to emerge as a recognized catalyst, network builder and facilitator of international trade across the OIC member countries assigned. This role will take the lead in implementing specific initiatives geared to develop and promote trade, and enhance export competitiveness across the member countries assigned.


Core Responsibilities:

Core Responsibilities:

  • Supporting the Senior Manager, Trade Development with the enhancement of trade cooperation with public and private sector stakeholders across the OIC member countries in a targeted and sustainable manner through the implementation of specific programs.
  • Building in-depth understanding of the trade environment and strategic enablers as well as bottlenecks for effective trade within the OIC member countries assigned. Remaining up-to-date on the economic and socio- political developments impacting trade in these countries, as well as the strategic commodities and sectors which are critical from a trading perspective.
  • Providing –in agreement with the Senior Manager, Trade Development - advisory services to assigned OIC member countries and relevant stakeholders on programs to support their economic development efforts.
  • Promoting trade amongst OIC member countries through intra-trade cooperation by facilitating trading opportunities as well as promoting export opportunities in the member countries.
  • Supporting the other T&BD Divisions’ efforts to mobilize resources for the implementation of Trade Development programs and initiatives.
  • Preparing progress reports in the bilateral and multilateral program and initiatives, as well as required Division’s activities reports;
  • Liaising with the Policy & Partnerships Division in order to build in-depth understanding of the specific needs and areas of focus for Trade Development initiatives in the region assigned.
  • Supporting and participating in conducting a thorough Need Analysis in order to identify the key enablers required to foster trade in the concerned OIC member countries, from an infrastructure, trade relations or product development perspective.
  • Implementing programs in assigned OIC member countries that can create trade-related investment opportunities.
  • Implementing and managing bilateral and multilateral programs and initiatives in line with the OIC member countries’ national economic needs and priorities.
  • Implementing jointly with Trade Finance sector-specific integrated trade programs in OIC member countries.
  • Monitoring implementation for the initiatives being undertaken against the milestones established, addressing areas of concern, and initiating corrective action, where required, to drive successful completion.
  • Contributing to the deal origination and preparation of necessary approval documents.

  • Fostering the knowledge transfer between OIC member countries through intra-trade cooperation with the purpose to establish reverse linkages.
  • Contributing to the seminars and programs that promote economic integration of OIC member countries, developing training program content and conducting them.
  • Supporting trade-related technical assistance (TRTA) programs to help OIC member countries to improve human and institutional capacity.
  • Providing Trade Finance with all necessary information and training necessary to identify opportunities for trade cooperation and to promote trade programs.
  • Managing the existing Trade Cooperation & Promotion Program of ITFC to take care for any ad-hoc requests.


Key Performance Indicators:

  • Number of programs/initiatives monitored
  • Number of activities implemented
  • Outcome and Impact related metrics (to be defined)
  • Number of countries covered
  • Beneficiary types in countries: Private and/or public Sectors, SMEs, TPOs
  • Number of projects funded (by sovereign or non-sovereign donors)
  • Number of Capacity Building programs implemented


Educational Qualifications

  • Post Graduate Degree, preferably with a specialization in International Trade, International Business, Economics or Development


  • N/A

Functional Competencies

  • Awareness of the International Trade Landscape – Advanced
  • Awareness of Economic Policies Impacting International Trade – Intermediate
  • Development Economics and Macro-economic Policies for International Trade Development – Basic
  • Understanding of Target Sectors and Strategic Commodities – Advanced
  • Networking Skills – Advanced
  • Fund Raising Principles and Strategies – Intermediate
  • Capacity Building for International Trade –Intermediate
  • Knowledge of Field Research Methodologies and Survey Planning – Advanced
  • Project Management – Advanced
  • Business Acumen and Trading Strategies – Intermediate
  • Knowledge of the Cross Border Trading Process – Advanced
Please refer to the ITFC Functional Competency Profile for this Department for a detailed understanding of the functional competencies applicable to this role

Language Skills
  • English and either French or Arabic are compulsory
  • A third language is preferable

Years of Experience

  • 5 to 7years

Nature of Experience

  • Prior experience with trade related areas of developmental organizations

About the Organization

The International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation is an autonomous entity within the Islamic Development Bank Group created with the purpose of advancing trade to improve the economic condition and livelihood of people across the Islamic world. ITFC has consolidated all the trade finance businesses that used to be handled by various windows within the IDB Group. It commenced operations in Muharram 1429H (January 2008G). The consolidation of the IDB Group’s trade finance activities under a single umbrella increased the Corporation’s efficiency in service delivery by enabling rapid response to customer needs in a market-driven business environment.

As a leader in Shari’ah-compliant trade finance, ITFC deploys its expertise and funds to businesses and governments in its member countries. Its primary focus is to encourage intra-trade among OIC member countries. As a member of the IDB Group, ITFC has unique access to governments in its member countries and it works as a facilitator to mobilize private and public resources towards achieving its objectives of fostering economic development through trade. The Corporation helps businesses in member countries gain better access to trade finance and provides them with the necessary trade-related capacity building tools in order to help them compete successfully in the global market.

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