Vacancy at the British Embassy Chisinau - Trade Policy Officer

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Job Category: Department for International Trade roles (DIT)

Job Subcategory: DIT

Job Description (Roles and Responsibilities):

Due to COVID-19, you may experience some delay in the progress of this recruitment campaign. We are working hard to minimise any disruption.

The British Embassy in Chisinau is part of a world-wide network, representing British political, economic and consular interests overseas and is now looking to recruit a dedicated Trade Policy Officer.

The main purpose of this new role is two-fold: 

(1) to field enquiries from UK businesses who wish to export to Moldova, including identifying barriers to that trade and working with the UK Department of International Trade (DIT) network to tackle them;

(2) to work with DIT to provide advice and support to inform the transition and implementation of the bilateral trade agreement.

Main duties and responsibilities include:


  • To develop a comprehensive understanding of the Moldovan trade system and how this relates to UK trade policy interests, including market access and the bilateral trade agreement;
  • Provide expert advice to the British Embassy and DIT in London on the opportunities to increase trade, by ensuring an in-market perspective, including surveying upcoming legislation and checking it for compliance with Moldova’s bilateral obligations with the UK;
  • Support engagement with all relevant Moldova stakeholders, in support of the UK’s bilateral trade interests;
  • Support engagement with British business in Moldova, to service UK export and market access enquiries;
  • Represent the British Embassy and DIT at events locally and possibly internationally.


  • Understand, and represent to others, the UK’s trade policy priorities, and the extent to which the bilateral arrangements between the UK and Moldova underpin the UK’s existing - and possible future - bilateral trade and investment interests;
  • Scoping and analysing the business environment and trade sectors in Moldova by establishing a comprehensive network of stakeholders and conducting desk research;
  • Develop strong working relationships with all Government of Moldova bodies responsible for trade and the bilateral trade arrangements between the UK and Moldova, and liaise between them and DIT London, in support of UK interests;
  • Provide a Secretariat function for those mechanisms, on behalf of DIT London;
  • Keep up to date with, and provide written analysis to, DIT London and the British  Embassy, on relevant developments in Moldovan trade policy;
  • Work closely with the British Embassy and DIT commercial staff to identify any barriers (market access) to trade and the strategy and resource needed to address these, including via bilateral trade arrangements and other engagement;
  • Liaise with British Embassy colleagues leading on the political elements of the UK -Moldova relationship, so that the objectives and activity of both this, and our trade aspects of the relationship, are mutually reinforcing;
  • Working on small projects with the British Embassy Programme team to deliver value for money and in line with our Country Business Plan.


Essential qualifications, skills and experience:

  • High proficiency in written and spoken English and Romanian;
  • Graduate degree holder with a proven professional track record in international trade law, or international trade policy development;
  • Excellent (policy-oriented) research skills: the ability to find, manage, analyse, summarise and present complex and technical information;
  • Excellent networking and stakeholder management skills;
  • Strong analytical and presentation skills;
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Customer focused.

Desirable qualifications, skills and experience:

  • Experience of working in, or collaborating with, Moldovan government institutions or agencies;
  • Experience of working internationally or on behalf of an international organisation;
  • Project or programme management;
  • A valid driving licence.

Required competencies: Leading and Communicating, Achieving Commercial Outcomes, Delivering Value for Money, Managing a Quality Service

Application deadline: 16 December 2020

Grade: B3 (L)

Type of Position: Fixed Term, Full-time

Working hours per week: 35

Duration of Post: 12 months

Location (City): Chisinau

Starting monthly salary (MDL): 30,209 gross

Start Date: 18 January 2021

Other benefits and conditions of employment:

This is a full-time permanent position of 35 hours (net) per week. The gross monthly salary is 30,209 MDL payable in 12 equal instalments.

All applicants must currently hold the independent right to live and work in Republic of Moldova and be prepared to ensure that right remains the scope of the contract. The British Embassy does not sponsor for work permits. Staff recruited locally by the British Embassy in Chisinau are subject to Terms and Conditions of Service according to local employment law.

The British Embassy, Chisinau prides itself on having a strong one-team approach with good coordination between all sections.  The jobholder, after DIT induction training, will have considerable autonomy, and there will be plenty of scope for acquiring and developing wider core trade skills. DIT and the Foreign Commonwealth & Development Office have a strong Learning and Development (L&D) culture supporting a 70:20:10 learning posture (70% on-the-job informal learning, 20% informal learning from others, 10% formal learning).  

In a relatively small Embassy, the job holder will be involved in corporate issues (e.g. as a member of the Post Management Committee, L&D development and undertaking the Duty Officer role along with other UK-based staff).  You will also be expected to be a member of Post Crisis Management team.

Additional information:  

Please note that the deadline for applications is 23:55 on the day mentioned in the above field “Application deadline”. We advise you to allow enough time to complete and submit your full application, since only applications completed and submitted before the deadline will be considered. Please be aware that the deadline for submitting applications is considered to be the time zone for the country where the vacancy has arisen.

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