Abt Associates seeks qualified candidates for U.S. Trade Policy Director for the anticipated USAID-funded Africa Trade and Investment Program (ATIP). ATIP will advance Prosper Africa’s goals to boost trade, increase investment, and support business-friendly policy reforms. ATIP will work closely with U.S. Embassy Deal Teams across Africa to identify and close deals. The program will complement the U.S. Government’s trade and investment tools through customized services – from business consulting and transaction facilitation to targeted policy interventions.
The program will have an office based in the Washington, D.C. area with regional offices supporting activities in West, East, and Southern Africa, and later North Africa. The program is a unique whole of government initiative, requiring coordination with USAID, Department of Commerce, State Department and others to complement the U.S. government’s trade and investment tools through regionally tailored services.
The U.S. Trade Policy Director will lead activities in the U.S. that support the acceleration of trade between the U.S. and Africa, and support the improvement of the trade channels and business enabling environment with Africa. Travel internationally and domestically is estimated at 25%.
Position is contingent upon project award to Abt Associates.
Key Roles and Responsibilities
- Lead ATIP’s strategy for trade enhancement between the U.S. and Africa, focusing on the economics and trade policy and regulatory aspects of the program;
- Collaborate with stakeholders relating to policy and regulatory issues surrounding trade with Africa, covering public and private stakehoders especially in the U.S., including USAID, Department of Commerce, U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC), trade associations, Chambers of Commerce and other U.S.-based entities such as the Corporate Council on Africa;
- Coordinate with the ATIP regional trade teams to inform and work on specific issues with African governments and institutions such as customs, export trade agencies, trade associations, and private sector actors. Engage with government, private sector actors, and other stakeholders to address regulatory and other issues impeding or required for enhanced trade, including customs, sanitary/phytosanitary, tariff, and other aspects of the trade environment;
- Work with the regional teams’ trade specialists to understand and facilitate varying needs for meeting trade regulatory requirements and apply expertise for individual business opportunities;
- Develop and maintain strong partnerships with stakeholders and partners;
- Manage and report on trade activities as required to meet USAID program requirements.
- PhD in business law, trade law, economics, or similar field and at least 10 years of professional experience working in trade and regulatory policy or a Master’s and at least 15 years of relevant professional experience
- Proven success developing and reforming policies in Africa that have national and regional-level impacts in jobs and exports or sales to increasing trade in key sectors such as ICT, manufacturing, agribusiness, or services
- Experience serving as Chair or lead consultant on national or regional-level trade or business-related policy working groups in Africa
- Experience in export trade, including experience working with the regulatory environment, intellectual property rights and other legal and policy issues affecting trade, customs, and export requirements
- Experience working with public and private stakeholders and clients
- Relevant work experience in Africa
- At least 5 years of experience in a managerial or leadership role and collaborating with remote teams
- Fluent in English; proficiency in French and/or Arabic is a plus
- MA/MBA (15+) years of experience OR PhD (10 - 15) years of experience OR the equivalent combination of education and experience
About the Organization
Abt Associates is a global leader in research, evaluation and program implementation; driving innovation and measurable impact for more than 50 years. What sets us apart is our evidence-based and multi-disciplinary approach to solving tough challenges in health, social and environmental policy and international development.
Specific areas we work in include:
- Education and workforce development
- Climate change and the environment
- Food security and agriculture
- Housing and communities
- Survey and data collection
Abt is a mission-driven company with a staff of 2,600. Our focus is on using evidence and cutting-edge methods to improve the lives and economic well-being of people worldwide.