Provides expert-level support to U.S. commercial programs in Algeria, including direct participation in market development and providing counseling and services to U.S. firms and their local counterparts. Serves as an experienced advisor to the Senior Commercial Officer/Commercial Counselor on matters relating to trade and commercial relations between Algeria and the United States.
Incumbent is a key resource to the Commercial Counselor on important issues requiring analysis and judgment on trade policy, industrial development, relationships of individuals and organizations within the private business community and the public sector at all levels, and coordination with other Embassy sections. These sections include the Economic/Political and Consular Sections, the Office of Military Cooperation, Foreign Agricultural Service, Regional Security Office, and the Ambassador’s staff. In an advisory capacity, (s)he maintains a continuous assessment of the economic and political environment as it relates to commercial matters to provide informational and conceptual background on issues. (S)he also facilitates dialogue for the Commercial Counselor on negotiations and promotion of the commercial programs that contribute to increased U.S. exports to Algeria and overall improved commercial relations between the two countries.
Algeria is a developing country. Accurate official data and information is often rare or non-existent. Therefore, the incumbent is a vital source of information and advice to the U.S. exporter, trader, or investor. The incumbent's translating and interpreting skills must not only be technically excellent, but also impart a crucial understanding of cultural issues and business sensitivities and requirements, both American and Algerian. The incumbent is frequently called upon to provide overall general support to the function and mission of the Embassy (e.g., support of Secretarial visits).