Positions (multiple): Core team roles (including Team Leader) and short-term advisory pool roles

Location: ASEAN

Duration: Up to four years from mid-2024

About us

Adam Smith International (ASI) is a global advisory company that works locally to transform lives by making economies stronger, societies more stable, and governments more effective. Our clients are governments, international organisations, companies, and foundations. They come to us to develop strategies and to design, deliver and evaluate programmes that address the big challenges facing the world. As a company with experience of delivering lasting results, including in fragile states and where there is conflict, we are prepared to manage a high level of risk to achieve our purpose.

Positions (multiple)

ASI seeks experienced trade professionals for positions in both programme core team and short-term advisory pool roles for a series of anticipated donor-funded trade programmes in the ASEAN region. These are anticipated programmes, and the positions are contingent upon award from the donor. ASI will select the preferred candidates for each role based on how robustly their experience matches the criteria and the competitiveness of their expected fee rate.

Core team roles (including Team Leader and programme support roles)


ASI is seeking candidates for our core team to deliver upcoming donor-funded opportunities aimed at promoting increasing trade between ASEAN member states and the rest of the world.

The Role

Our core team will assist the donor Programme Management Team in the strategic planning and execution of the programmes, the assessment of the effectiveness, impact and relevance of programme activities, the preparation and quality control of technical and financial progress reports, and in the overall management of the PMU. The professionals in our core team will maintain linkages with the donors, and other development actors, in order to align strategies and maximize synergies.

Qualifications and skills

  • A university degree in Finance, Economics or a relevant, directly related discipline;
  • Excellent leadership, team management, interpersonal, facilitation and networking skills;
  • Fully computer literate;
  • Excellent communication skills in written and spoken English and proven ability to draft high-quality reports and communication notes.

General professional experience

  • Minimum of 5 years required of professional experience in international trade (15 years for Team Leader role);
  • 5 years professional experience coordinating multi-disciplinary and/or multicultural teams of senior professionals, ideally working with and/or within international organisations (15 years for Team Leader role);
  • Experience working with senior public sector officials in ASEAN would be a strong advantage;
  • Experience in one or more of the following fields would be a strong advantage: trade facilitation and customs, cross-border e-commerce, cross-border data flows, emerging technologies, supply chain resilience.


Subject Matter Experts


ASI is seeking candidates for the roles of subject matter experts for upcoming donor-funded opportunities aimed at promoting increasing trade between ASEAN member states and the rest of the world.

The Role

ASI is seeking short term expertise that can be rapidly mobilized throughout the project lifespan. Short-term advisors will need to have experience working with ASEAN member states on trade related issues, including but not limited to the following topics:

Trade in goods:

  • Trade facilitation (including through digital systems)
  • Customs simplification
  • Rules of origin
  • Trade agreement negotiation
  • Multilateral negotiations
  • Trade disputes
  • Mutual recognition of product standards
  • Conformity assessment
  • Technical barriers to trade
  • Sanitary and phytosanitary measures
  • Supply chain transparency and resilience
  • Cross-border e-commerce

Trade in services:

  • Mutual recognition of professional qualifications
  • Removing market access barriers for services sectors
  • FDI promotion in services industries
  • Servitisation of goods trade (industry 4.0)
  • Digitally delivered services
  • Cross-border data flows/ data protection

Cross-cutting trade issues:

  • Emerging technologies
  • Supply chain resilience
  • Regulatory frameworks/business enabling environment
  • Research (regulations, market opportunities, etc.)
  • Gender
  • Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning

The Roles


  • Advanced degree in a field related to the specific technical discipline;
  • Substantial experience in the related technical area;
  • Experience living and working in ASEAN member states preferred;
  • Fluency in written and spoken English.


Ready to Apply?

Interested applicants should send their CV and cover letter to economic.development@adamsmithinternational.com. Please reference “ASEAN Trade” and the position you are applying for in the subject line.

Applications will be assessed on a rolling basis. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews.