Why work at the WTO?

Do you believe that trade plays an essential role in supporting economic growth and development around the world?

Do you want trade to be as inclusive as possible so that the gains from trade are better shared across the society?

If your answer to these questions is yes, the World Trade Organization (WTO) offers you the opportunity to be part of an organization that aims to ensure trade flows as freely as possible so that its benefits can be shared as widely as possible.

At the heart of the organization are the WTO agreements, negotiated and signed by the bulk of the world's trading nations. These documents, guided by a number of fundamental principles, provide the legal ground rules for international commerce.

The WTO's core areas of activity are trade negotiations, implementation and monitoring of multilateral trade agreements, dispute settlement, supporting development and building trade capacity.

While the WTO is driven by its member states, it could not function without the WTO Secretariat to coordinate its activities. The Secretariat is a multicultural team of highly qualified individuals who possess a wide range of skills and experience needed to provide high-quality support to the WTO's member governments.

A career at the WTO Secretariat means a lot of things. You will be working in a truly diverse environment, interacting with more than 600 staff members from about 80 countries. Your workplace will be Geneva, Switzerland, in the WTO's headquarters next to Lake Geneva. You will have the opportunity to work in the WTO's three official languages - English, French and Spanish - and participate in the evolution of multilateral trade.

If you find this appealing, a career at the WTO could be for you!

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