Job - Trade Policy Officer at the British Embassy Chisinau

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Job Category: Department for International Trade roles (DIT)

Job Description (Roles and Responsibilities):  

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. Work with UK Department for International Trade (DIT) to provide advice and support to inform the implementation of the bilateral trade agreement under the titles of the UK-Moldova Strategic Partnership and Trade Cooperation Agreement (SPTCA);
  2. To service and advise on enquiries from UK businesses who wish to export to Moldova, including identifying barriers to that trade, and working with the DIT network to address them.

What will the new hire be expected to achieve?


  • 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 (SPTCA) 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 and compatibility 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 economic and trade policy priorities, and the extent to which the bilateral arrangements between the UK and Moldova underpin the UK’s existing - and future - bilateral trade and investment interests;
  • Scoping and analysing the business environment and trade sectors in Moldova by establishing and extending a comprehensive network of stakeholders and conducting desk research;
  • Develop strong working relationships with all Government of Moldova bodies responsible for trade and bilateral trade arrangements, 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; 
  • Working on small projects with the British Embassy Programme team to deliver value for money and in line with our Embassy Country Plan.

Essential qualifications, skills and experience:

  • Fluency in English and Romanian (both oral and written, minimum C1 level*);
  • 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: 

  • Fluency in Russian is desirable;
  • 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: Seeing the Big Picture, Leading and Communicating, Collaborating and Partnering, Achieving Commercial Outcomes

Application deadline: 30 January 2022

Grade: B3 (L)

Type of Position: Fixed Term, Full-time

Working hours per week: 35

Duration of Post: 24 months

Country: Republic of Moldova

Type of Post: British Embassy

Salary: 30,209 MDL (Monthly gross)

Start Date: 1 March 2022

Other benefits and conditions of employment:  

This is a full-time 24 month contract 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.

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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