Trade Facilitation Advisor – Vietnam Trade Facilitation Alliance

AmCham seeks a trade facilitation advisor for the Vietnam Trade Facilitation Alliance (VTFA).

In close cooperation with Vietnam Business Associations, we have created the “Vietnam Trade Facilitation Alliance” to deliver technical assistance in implementing the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement to Vietnam through public-private partnerships. The VTFA is based on a Memorandum of Understanding between USAID, Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI), and AmCham, signed on Dec 12, 2014. The VTFA plans to establish formal consultative relationships between the General Department of Vietnam Customs (GDVC), and other agencies involved in international trade, and business associations, as provided for by the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement and by the WCO Revised Kyoto Convention. The VTFA is intended to serve as a national coalition for business and trade stakeholders to provide regular consultations with GDVC and other ministries or agencies regulating international trade, through regularly scheduled formal monthly and quarterly public meetings.

The purpose of the Trade Facilitation Advisor position is to lead the VTFA in developing and implementing effective technical assistance for Vietnam Customs and related agencies and stakeholders, to enable Vietnam to meet the commitments in the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA), and to prepare Vietnam for implementation of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Free Trade Agreement, not to mention the AEC 2015, and the EU-VN Free Trade Agreement, all of which include commitments similar to those in the WTO TFA. The main place of work for this position will be Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, which accounts for over 80% of all containerised cargo imports and exports, with travel within Vietnam as required by program activities, including participation in many workshops.

Responsibilities include:

Work closely with USAID/GIG staff and consultants to design and develop effective technical assistance (TA) programs in Trade Facilitation.

Work closely with Vietnam partner business associations, including VCCI, VITAS, HAWA, LEFASO, LBC, as well as foreign business associations, to share international experiences and best practices to assist Vietnam customs, trade, and border control agencies with performance related to international Trade Facilitation performance indicators such as the “trading across borders” indicator of the World Bank’s Doing Business annual surveys or World Customs Organization Time Release Studies

Provide technical lead and input and share U.S. and international experience and best practices for Technical Assistance in Trade Facilitation.

Help build partnerships between U.S. government agencies and their Vietnamese counterparts on TF and customs-related issues, with the objective of developing first a Customs Mutual Assistance Agreement, and then a Customs Mutual Recognition Agreement.

Using U.S. trade facilitation practices as templates, such as the Commercial Operations Advisory Committee (COAC), the Automated Commercial Environment (National Single Window), the Border Interagency Executive Council (National Trade Facilitation Committee), and the Executive Order 13659, Feb 25, 2014, as adjusted appropriately for the Vietnam environment, inform and  build Trade Facilitation partnerships with and between the private sector and Vietnam Customs, and other State Management Agencies.

Provide advice and support to Vietnam’s National Trade Facilitation Committee to develop policies and processes to enhance coordination across customs, transport security, health and safety, sanitary, conservation, trade, and phytosanitary agencies with border management authorities and responsibilities to measurably improve supply chain processes and improve identification of illicit shipments.

Serve as primary point of contact and first-line supervisor to ensure proper administrative and technical coordination and execution of VTFA program activities, project managers, and business association liaison officers, as needed.

Prepare monthly, quarterly, and ad hoc technical, financial, and other required contractual reports that meet quality control requirements and are consistent with objectives.

Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field required
  • U.S. Licensed Customs Broker desired
  • Minimum 20 years’  experience working for global trade company(ies), and with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Trade Representative, World Customs Organization, or similar agencies on TF and customs operations
  • Excellent understanding of customs and trade facilitation issues and U.S. free trade agreements
  • Demonstrated track record of achievement in managing similar business – government interactions on Trade Facilitation, and other customs-related programs related to WTO, WCO, and free trade agreement commitments
  • Experience working with emerging economies on Trade Facilitation preferred
  • Good inter-personal and communications skills; excellent written communication and reporting skills, as demonstrated through work experience and products
  • Proven ability to work successfully in a multi-cultural setting and as part of an integrated team
  • Demonstrated leadership, versatility, and integrity
  • Fluent written and spoken English required

Application Instructions:

Send electronic submissions to [email protected] Please include “Trade Facilitation Advisor” in the subject line. No telephone inquiries, please. Finalists will be contacted.

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