Head, Trade Policy and Economic Development

Contract Type
Consulting & Project Management, Government & Public Sector, Management
Castries, Saint Lucia
Competitive Salary
Date Posted
Expiry Date
The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) invites applications from suitably qualified candidates to fill the position of Head, Trade Policy and Economic Development,



The Head of the Trade Policy and Economic Development Unit is accountable for leading, developing, promoting and supporting the implementation of actions that advance the goals of the Revised Treaty of Basseterre and the Global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), through the pursuance of cohesive trade policies and economic development strategies throughout the Economic Union.

In executing this role, a modality that builds upon and integrates the national development plans and trade policy initiatives of OECS Member States is imperative, thereby requiring close collaboration with stakeholders and the use of innovative information technology-based solutions.



Under the general direction of the Director of the Economic Affairs and Regional Integration Division (EARID), and in close collaboration with other Heads of Unit within the EARID, the Head of Unit of the Trade Policy and Economic Development Unit (Head, TPED) shall be responsible for developing, managing, and implementing the units work programme through effective  leadership and management of the staff of the unit.  The major elements of work in this Unit are:

  • OECS Development Policy and Strategy Formulation and Implementation.  This will include continuous monitoring and review of the OECS Growth and Development Strategy at national and regional levels. The Head, TPED will also play a lead role in refining and updating the Strategy to reflect changing development conditions in OECS Member States, particularly within the context of implementation of the OECS Economic Union. The incumbent will also provide direct support to the Commission’s Senior Management, particularly the Director of Economic Affairs and Regional Integration (EARI), in guiding the implementation process of the Strategy.
  • Specific Sector Policy and Strategy Development and Implementation. In the context of (a) above, this work element will address the specific sectors identified as priority and will provide for detailed sector-level policies and strategies to be considered and adopted by the Member States and by the OECS Commission, informed by appropriate economic analysis of development options at both the microeconomic and macroeconomic levels – see also (c) below. It will also deal with the implementation processes related to the agreed policies and strategies, particularly through the relevant organs of the Commission and other specialised agencies in the OECS and wider region.  Particular attention will be paid to Trade, Tourism, and Agriculture as lead economic drivers, but with support provided to policy and strategy formulation and implementation in other sectors of interest identified by the Commission and Member States. 
  • Macroeconomic Analysis of Development Issues.  This work element will focus on following international and regional economic developments that will influence the policy choices and responses of OECS Member States, on a short as well as medium to long term basis, and their relationship to and impact on (a) and (b).  High-quality analytical work and research on macroeconomic issues/policy and trade policy options of relevance to the development challenges and prospects for small island developing states will receive special focus.
  • Monitoring of Fiscal Management Issues in Member States.  This work element will require close collaboration with the ECCB and will focus mainly on the aspects of fiscal policy coordination outlined in the Revised Treaty of Basseterre Establishing the OECS Economic Union.
  • Trade Policy coordination and support. Analysing and formulating trade policy recommendations for the benefit of the OECS member states and provide technical assistance and advice to member states in resolving trade-related issues or concerns in specific markets.
  • Trade Analysis and reporting. Analyse and report on the developments in the global and regional trading environments which will impact the trade performance of the OECS and ensure the production of high-quality analysis and research on trade-related matters for the Commission and Member States countries.
  • Technical and policy advice and guidance. Provide to Member States and the Commission technical advice and guidance on critical trade and development related issues and lead on the conceptualization of new focus areas in order to ensure that the Unit continues to be at the forefront of knowledge and trends in the delivery of trade policy and development support to the OECS member states.
  • Represent at regular structured interface forums and activities, and collaboration with Member States on the above issues, especially through involvement in and support to national processes of economic policy and strategy development and implementation as required.
  • Interface, collaborate and coordinate with the OECS private sector on Trade, macroeconomic and sectoral development policy and strategy issues.
  • General and specific research on issues related to the work of the Unit and Commission and presentation and dissemination of findings and recommendations to internal and external audiences.
  • Build internal and external partnerships for the progression of the work of the Commission.



  • Build a high performing team capable of delivering the strategic plans of the unit.
  • Lead the formulation and execution of annual work plans that are aligned with the Commission’s strategic goals;
  • Prepare monthly reports on the attainment of key performance indicators;
  • Comply with HR policies to ensure the efficient management of TPED
  • Represent the TPEDU on the EARID’s management team;



  • A Bachelor’s degree in Economics PLUS a Masters / Graduate Degree, with a specialisation in International Trade, International Business, Economics or Development Administration
  • At least seven (7) years’ technical working experience in Development planning and or trade policy development
  • No less than three (3) years experience in a leadership role
  • Relevant experience working with key regional or multilateral development and or trade agencies would be an asset.



  • Drive with Purpose and Vision
  • Create an Environment of Trust
  • Build Effective Teams
  • Ensure Accountability
  • Demonstrate Decision Quality
  • Communicate Effectively



Job Location

The OECS Commission is headquartered in Saint Lucia. The position of Head, Trade Policy & Economic Development Unit is open to nationals of OECS Member States and the position is placed at the OECS Commission headquarters in Saint Lucia. 



The position is on the permanent establishment subject to satisfactory annual reviews. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience and exempt from income taxes. In addition to the basic salary, the post attracts other allowances. The incumbent will be eligible for membership in the Organisation’s non-contributory Group Health and Life Insurance Scheme, and the Group Pension Plan. Reasonable location expenses will be reimbursed where applicable.


Only applications under consideration will be acknowledged.


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