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NEWS: ICCO is recruiting Director of Economics and Statistics (D-1)

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by Impactpool

Published on: 9 November 2016
Do you have at least 15 years professional experience in the area of development economics, academia or multilateral institutions? Leadership experience? In-depth knowledge of the world cocoa economy? Then you should not miss this great job opportunity at The International Cocoa Organization (ICCO) in Abidjan. Closing date: 2016-11-25.
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The International Cocoa Organization (ICCO) located in London, is a global organization, composed of both cocoa producing and cocoa consuming member countries. ICCO was established in 1973 to put into effect the first International Cocoa Agreement which was negotiated in Geneva at a United Nations International Cocoa Conference. There have since been seven Agreements. The Seventh International Cocoa Agreement, negotiated in 2010 in Geneva, came into force provisionally in October 2012.

Now ICCO is looking to recruit to Abidjan, Ivory Coast/Côte d'Ivoire:


(D1/D2 in the United Nations salary scale)

Location: Abidjan, Ivory Coast/Côte d'Ivoire

Grade: D-1, Director

Occupational Groups:

Agriculture and Forestry



Closing Date: 2016-11-25


This exciting position requires a dynamic and forward-thinking personality, a strong commitment to the global cocoa sector and its stakeholders, a proactive and visionary approach, a participative and collaborative management style and active communication with all internal and external stakeholders in the cocoa and chocolate value chain. The ideal candidate will offer a combination of strong interpersonal skills, providing solid intellectual and analytic leadership to the Organization and its stakeholders.

More specifically, the incumbent will be required to: 

  1. Plan, direct and co-ordinate the work of staff members in the Economics and Statistics Division. 
  2. Contribute substantively to the implementation of the economic provisions of the International Cocoa Agreement, 2010. 
  3. Advise the Executive Director on matters relating to his/her area of expertise. 


Desirable skills, knowledge and experience include:

  • Holding a Ph.D. degree in economics (agricultural or related field), with extensive experience in macroeconomics, statistics, or related disciplines. A Master’s degree in Economics, combined with specialized experience in similar organization(s), may be considered in lieu of a Doctoral degree.
  • A minimum of 15 years relevant and demonstrable professional experience, acquired in the area of development economics, academia or multilateral institutions. The last five (5) years should be at a management level.
  • Must have an in-depth knowledge of the world cocoa economy, its challenges and opportunities, within the wider global economy. 
  • Ability to implement continual improvement activities to processes, with a keen eye for detail.
  • Ability to multitask, meet strict deadlines and work under pressure.
  • Strong outreach competencies, with ability to confidently speak at international fora on the cocoa economy and the other economic development issues. Excellent public relations skills with all partners: the press, analysts, academics, professional bodies, multilateral development agencies and other international organizations, and government officials.
  • Ability to think strategically and to design long-term plans and programs to develop staff competencies in line with strategic priorities.
  • Ability to inspire, generate and sustain staff commitment and professional excellence.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English and/or French with a good working knowledge of the other language. Spanish and/or Russian would be an advantage.
  • Competence in the use of standard Microsoft software (e.g. Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint). 

Click here to learn how to apply

Work at ICCO

The ICCO recruits its staff on temporary contracts or fixed-term contracts (evolving into permanent contracts, based on satisfactory performance).

Working as a staff member at the ICCO Secretariat gives you the opportunity to be part of a dynamic, multicultural environment. The staff members of the ICCO, who come predominantly from its Member countries (cocoa-exporting and cocoa-importing countries), have diverse backgrounds, and carry distinct professional and personal experience. ICCO provides an exciting and unique opportunity to be exposed to a broader understanding of the issues facing the global cocoa economy.

Employees at ICCO must be willing and able to travel to various countries worldwide to contribute to the mission of the ICCO. The ICCO is an equal opportunity employer.

Staff members at ICCO are grouped into two main streams: Professional (P) or General Service staff (GS). Directors (D) are part of the Management category.

ICCO also employs consultants, interns and volunteers to assist with special projects and short-term recruitment needs.

Successful applicants will receive attractive remuneration packages, with generous benefits as applicable to their status. This includes tax-free expatriate contracts (where relevant) or local contracts, pension scheme, paid sick leave, paid maternity/paternity leave, life, accident and health insurance, paid holidays, education grant for children of international recruits, etc., based on the United Nations (UN) salary scale.

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