Junior Associate / Internship – ICTSD Initiatives: E15 and RTA Exchange

Closing Date: 
22 February 2018 to 23 March 2018

The past few years have seen the emergence of a complex landscape of bilateral and regional trade and investment agreements. Over 400 RTAs have been notified to the WTO and there are more than 3,000 international investment agreements contained in trade agreements. Moreover, at least 30 new RTAs, involving more than 110 countries, are currently under negotiation with some “mega-regional agreements” poised to usher in a new order in international economic governance. 

In response to the above, ICTSD launched the E15Initiative (E15) http://e15initiative.org/. ICTSD together with the World Economic Forum have brought together 16 partnering institutions and more than 375 leading international experts in over 80 interactive multi-stakeholder dialogues. The process has stimulated a fresh, strategic look at key challenges and opportunities for the global trade and investment system, and has focused on improving its efficacy, fairness, and inclusiveness as well as its ability to promote sustainable development.

The RTA Exchange was created in the context of the ICTSD’s E15 Initiative http://e15initiative.org/themes/rta-exchange/ examining the challenges and opportunities associated with the proliferation and consolidation of regional trade agreements for the global trade and investment system. The RTA Exchange was developed to share these best practices and promote purposeful, multi-stakeholder dialogues and policy-oriented research.


Details: From May 2018 for 6 months on full-time basis, with stipend 


Under the direct supervision of the Director of Strategic Initiatives, the Junior Associate will be responsible for the following tasks:

 -  Supports the Director and Team with economic and sectoral analysis in the field of Trade Agreements and Sustainable Development;

 -  Assist with background research on E15 and RTA Exchange issues and related programme activities; 

 -  Help review papers, documents and articles for publications and analytical studies;

 - Assists (with the Events Team) the organisation of meetings and dialogues

 - Willing to contribute to other projects and programmes as needed.


Candidate Requirements

Recent Master’s graduate in a relevant discipline - Social Sciences, Economics, Law or related field;

An understanding of, and interest in Trade Agreements, Global Governance, Trade Policy and Sustainable Development;

Research, Writing and Organisational skills;

English fluency (knowledge of French, Spanish or other global languages would be an advantage);

Ability to interact with highly diverse external audiences;

Information and communications technology skills are essential;


Place of Work:

ICTSD, International Environment House 2, 7 Chemin de Balexert, 1219 Châtelaine, Geneva, Switzerland.

ICTSD shall place no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality. In accordance with the ICTSD Statutes, staff selection shall be on the basis of merit, equal opportunity, gender equity and geographic balance, and be without discrimination on grounds of race or creed.


Candidates are encouraged to submit their application as soon as possible, but no later than 23rd March 2018.

Please submit a CV, Cover Letter, and a Writing Sample to 


The position is open to Swiss and EU nationals and to holders of a valid Swiss work permit.