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Policy Officer

Policy Officer

Walsingham House, 35 Seething Lane, London, EC3N4AH

Senior Adviser (Shipping Policy)

Deputy Secretary General, Senior Manager (Trade Policy and Employment Affairs), All other ICS Departments as appropriate

Circa £30,000 plus benefits

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) is the global trade association for the maritime transport sector, which moves 90% of world trade. ICS works closely with its member national shipowners’ associations in 40 countries, whose member shipping companies operate more than 80% of world merchant tonnage. Established in 1921, ICS is concerned with all regulatory issues that affect this major
global industry. To represent the interests of shipowners with their intergovernmental regulatory bodies, the ICS Secretariat administers specialist committees which determine ICS policy positions. The Shipping Policy Committee (SPC) is concerned with the smooth operation of shipping’s global regulatory framework and the promotion of free trade principles, liaising inter alia with United Nations agencies and bodies such as WTO and OECD. An entry level position, the Policy Officer will support the work of the SPC and the wider policy team. Responsibilities include co-ordinating and reporting on committee meetings, research on relevant issues, assistance with publications and general support to the Senior Adviser (Shipping Policy) and Deputy
Secretary General on a wide range of shipping and trade policy matters. The role will involve liaising with all ICS departments and provides an excellent opportunity to immediately play an important part within this exciting global industry in the development of its policy positions. It will involve representing ICS as at external meetings including (with time) some international travel.

– Assist with shipping policy and trade issues dealt with under ICS Shipping Policy Committee.
– Provide support to the Shipping Policy Team and represent Policy department both within and outside of ICS.
– Administration of the ICS Shipping Policy Committee Meetings, collating committee papers and drafting minutes.
– Liaison with ICS Member National Associations on issues of interest to the Shipping Policy Committee.
– Attend external meetings (including the UN International Maritime Organization)
– Support ad hoc research projects, e.g. research on external stakeholder

– Excellent and tactful communication skills and very high standard of English literacy and grammar.
– Meticulous attention to detail, organised and able to prioritise and manage own workload.
– Good presentation skills, willingness to represent ICS in intergovernmental public meetings.
– Quick learner, able to grasp a wide range of political, commercial and technical issues quickly, with a sound generalist approach.
– General knowledge, and interest in, politics and international affairs.
– Comfortable with basic statistics and data analysis.
– Willingness to travel abroad engagement, and future Trade Policy
– Update and contribute to development of shipping policy publications, including ICS Industry Flag State Performance Table.
– Contribute to development of other ICS Shipping Policy Tools.
– Liaise with ICS publications and communications teams to keep track of shipping policy publications.
– Update policy databases and webpages as required
– Provide general support to the Senior Adviser (Shipping Policy) and Deputy Secretary General on other ICS matters as required.


-MS Suite: Word, Excel, PowerPoint.

-Knowledge of SharePoint 365 and associated applications is also desirable.


This role is open to candidates who have the right to work in the UK.

Send your CV and a single-page covering letter explaining why you are suitable for the job to
[email protected] and [email protected] by Monday 28 November