Core functions

Trade policy analysts/specialists and legal/economic affairs officers

Trade policy analysts/specialists and legal/economic affairs officers work in various divisions of COMESA Secretariat. In addition to providing specialist advice in their respective divisions, they provide support to bodies serviced by COMESA divisions (e.g. committees, working parties, negotiating groups, etc.) and contribute to trade policy review mechanisms established at COMESA. They also conduct research and analysis and deliver technical assistance and training on relevant topics.

Requirements: An advanced university degree in international relations, economics, law or a relevant field, knowledge of relevant COMESA agreements and the COMESA system, a high level of drafting skills, research and analytical skills, presentation skills as well as the ability to work as part of a multicultural team.

Research economists

Research economists undertake research on policy-related topics in connection with COMESA’s activities. More specifically, they take a lead role in preparing COMESA's flagship publications, produce other analytical reports and provide economic expertise to other parts of the Secretariat as required. They also deliver technical assistance and training on the relevant topics.

Requirements: An advanced university degree, preferably a Ph.D., knowledge of international trade and other branches of economics, analytical skills, policy-oriented research skills, high level of drafting skills and presentation skills, ability to work as part of a multicultural team.

Statisticians

Statisticians provide quantitative information on economic and trade policy issues.  They collect and organize trade-related data, maintain the relevant COMESA databases, and undertake data analysis and dissemination. The output of COMESA statisticians is made available to the relevant COMESA committees and is utilised in trade policy reviews and in other areas of research.

Requirements: An advanced university degree or equivalent in a quantitative subject such as mathematics, statistics or economics, knowledge of statistical concepts, good IT skills of use for statistical analysis and database/information management, ability to work as part of a multicultural team.

Lawyers

Lawyers contribute to the dispute settlement process of  COMESA by assisting a panel established for a dispute or the Appellate Body members considering an appeal. Their role is to deliver substantive legal advice and to conduct research on legal, technical or procedural issues in dispute settlement or appellate proceedings.

Requirements: An advanced university degree in law (including international trade law and public international law), knowledge of international, legal and economic principles and issues, adjudicative process and practice, a high level of legal drafting skills, analytical and problem-solving skills and presentation skills, as well as the ability to work as part of a multicultural team.