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Project Lead, Digital Trade

Location: San Francisco
Job Code: 327
# of openings: 1


The Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution (“the Centre”) brings together policy leaders and strategists of international, national and sub-national bodies with technology pioneers, business leaders, academic experts from leading universities, and civil society representatives to study emerging technologies, address the resulting transformations and test protocols and policies that could harness and accelerate the benefits of these technologies whilst minimizing their potential disruptive impacts. This multi-stakeholder hub provides policy leaders with the unique opportunity to anticipate and shape the trajectory of emerging technologies.
The Centre in San Francisco is looking for a Project Lead for the Forum’s Digital Trade project. This project focuses on governance issues relating to the international flow of digital products and services, as well as the digitalization of trade processes, including:
  • E-commerce, both goods and services, B2B, B2C, C2C & C2B
  • Cross-border data flows and digital global value chains
  • TradeTech (applying technology to international trade)
The Project organizes and facilitates processes of multi-stakeholder cooperation to develop proposed policy frameworks, protocols and practices that help to better enable digital trade and cross-border data flows within and across jurisdictions. It does so by:
  • Researching and identifying key areas where greater cooperation among stakeholders, such as business, governments, NGOs, and international organizations could be helpful, including with respect to the development of international best practices, policies, laws and regulations, standards, and norms.
  • Organizing processes involving governments, companies, international organizations and academic and civil society experts to develop policy frameworks, protocols or corporate practices that help to adapt trade and other policies to the digital economy and address relevant social and economic policy considerations.
  • Partnering with governments and regional and international organizations to pilot policies and practices.
  • Catalyzing partnerships that apply digital technology to advance progress on specific public goods.
The project is currently preparing to implement workstreams along these lines with the Pacific Alliance, ASEAN, the WTO and other entities. It is part of the Forum’s System Initiative on Shaping the Future of International Trade and Investment.
Duties and Responsibilities
The Project Lead will contribute to the successful delivery of the project, reporting to the Digital Trade Project Head. In this role, you will be responsible for driving one or more of the project’s workstreams as well as scoping additional opportunities to utilize the Centre’s platform for multi-stakeholder cooperation to address significant digital trade and cross-border data flow governance gaps by:
  • Helping the Project Head to define the long-term strategy and overall thought leadership on the Digital Trade Project.
  • Planning, managing, and executing projects (including government or regional trade agreement pilots) with relevant stakeholders.
  • Curating the project’s expert group and community through regular meetings and coordinating their contributions to specific projects.
  • Working with partner organizations to establish goals and roadmaps with key milestones and expected outcomes.
  • Writing and editing Digital Trade policy briefs and assembling and presenting expert and community viewpoints.
  • Supporting the planning and execution of Centre and Forum events.
  • Assisting the Project Head with communications and outreach including through the use of a digital interactive space.
Depending on the phase of the project, the role will entail a mixture of these responsibilities in different combinations.
Qualifications and Skills
  • Master (or higher) or Law degree in International Trade, Public Policy Management, Economics, Engineering, or similar fields.
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in private or public sector, with relevant experience in international trade and/or international investment, sourcing or supply chain, with a focus on digital trade and/or cross-border data flows, e-commerce and platform economy, etc.
  • Strong project management skills to design and drive medium to large-scale project design and delivery.
  • Demonstrated ability to work across different cultures and with high level officials and executives.
  • Excellent presentation and facilitation skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written language skills in English; verbal proficiency in other languages would be an asset.
  • Ability to work in a dynamic and flexible organizational structure.
  • Proficient with recent digital platforms.

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