describes responsibilities for the DCCP position of Digital Trade and e-Commerce Technical Advisor. The Technical Advisor will support the African Union’s Commission’s Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) on digital trade and e-commerce for a period of up to 22 months.
The Technical Advisor will be based in Addis and work under the supervision of the Director of the Department of Trade and Industry and the Head of the Trade Division.
Because of COVID-related restrictions, the position is likely to begin virtually until physical placement can take place in the African Union Commission building.
In 2018, African Union (AU) member states signed on to the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). This milestone agreement brings Africa closer to its goal of boosting intra African Trade, as the AfCFTA is expected to increase consumer spending to about $1.
4 trillion in 2020, and inter-African trade by as much as $35 billion per year, according to UN estimates.
At the Heads of State Summit in February 2020, the AU adopted an African Digital Transformation Strategy (DTS) 2020-2034, which calls for the development of sectoral implementation strategies and action plans to operationalize the DTS.
The AU Heads of State and Government also agreed to have Phase III negotiations focused on an AfCFTA protocol on e-Commerce immediately after the conclusion of Phase II.
Negotiations are expected to begin in early 2021 tentatively. Heads of State also agreed to seek capacity building support throughout 2020 for AU member states and other AfCFTA stakeholders to prepare for the upcoming negotiations.
While digital trade represents a multi-trillion dollar market globally, Africa currently claims only a small share of e-Commerce revenues.
Nevertheless, digital trade in Africa is rapidly growing and is expected to constitute a growing share of trade under the AfCFTA.
Staff in the AU Commission Department of Trade and Industry, as well as many AU member state policy makers, require additional expertise and knowledge in policies related to digital trade and e-Commerce.
The AU Commission will benefit from the technical assistance for the development and implementation of the Digital Trade Implementation Plan of the DTS.
In addition, AU Commission staff and policy makers will benefit from capacity building on issues of digital trade and e-commerce.
This will also enable them to participate in the development of relevant policies as well as internal policy debates on digital / e-Commerce, and make informed decisions on the potential trade impacts that policy decisions may have on the African economy.
In this regard, the services of a Digital Trade and e-Commerce Technical Advisor are being sought.
Scope of Work :
Technical Leadership :
Capacity Building & Knowledge Management :
Requirements / Qualifications :
The position, which is open to citizens of AU member states, requires an advanced university degree (Master’s or equivalent) in an area that is demonstrably related to digital trade / e-Commerce issues, such as International Trade, Economics policy, law, or engineering.
A combination of relevant academic qualifications and extensive work experience in the area of trade policy and information technology issues may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
trade associations, civil society organizations; think tanks; academic institutions; or companies, and at least three (3) years of experience working in policies related to the digital economy (e.
g., privacy policies, cybersecurity frameworks, data protection, taxation, and general Information Communications and Technology policies).