Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry
Posted Job
over 1 year ago

Project Administrative Assistant

Zambia has been implementing the Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF) Programme under Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry (MCTI) since 2010. The Programme has contributed to building the capacity of MCTI and other national implementing agencies to effectively formulate and implement pro=poor trade policies and strategies. In 2012 t0 2015, the EIF supported MCTIto implement a project to support the development of the honey sector in Zambia. The Project, Trade and Investment Project for Enhanced Competitiveness of Zambia’s Apiculture Sector (TIPEC-ZAS) Project was implemented on

behalf of MCTI by SNV Zambia.

Building on the EIF capacity enhancement support and TIPEC-ZAS Project, the Government of Zambia through MCTI and with the support of the EIF will implement the Cooperatives Development and Sustainability Project (CDSP). The overall objective of the Project is to enhance Zambia’s nontraditional exports through improved productivity of cooperatives and to strengthen the capacity of the Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry to effectively coordinate trade mainstreaming. The project has two components, namely, Enhancing Capacity of Cooperative Officers to Deliver Competitive Business Development Services component and Sustainability Support to MCTI and other national implementing agencies component.

The objective of the Cooperative Development Component of the Project is to contribute to the promotion of non-traditional exports in selected value chains; and improved livelihoods and competitiveness of cooperatives. The Project will focus on cooperatives in the in sectors and value chains which have been prioritized in the National Export Strategy. The Project will encourage participation of youth cooperatives and female headed cooperatives and cooperatives with at least 50% female membership. Towards the attainment of this objective, this component of the project will seek to enhance the capacities and capabilities of District Cooperative Officers to deliver business development services to primary and secondary cooperatives. This in turn is expected to increase production and enhance productivity, market access, and improve quality of products.

The objective of the Sustainability Support component of the project is to reinforce and sustain the capacity of MCTI to effectively plan, implement and coordinate the EIF Programme and other Aid for Trade initiatives in Zambia.

The Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry now invites applications from suitably qualified candidates to fill in the following vacancies as part of the EIF National Implementation Unit.

Tasks and Responsibilities

  • The Project Administrative Assistant (PAA) will support the Programme Team in implementation of project work plan specifically in the day to day organisation of work schedule, programmes and activities of the project.

Reporting to the NIU Coordinator, the Project Administrative Assistants key areas of responsibility will be the following:

  • Checking documents, letters, memos, forms, applications, or other materials for accuracy, completeness, grammar and format
  • Compose all correspondence and memoranda in accordance with instructions;
  • Prepare and process bills, invoices, receipts, statements, checks, and other financial documents and other financial duties that may be assigned by the NIU Coordinator
  • Assist the Accountant in managing all project assets
  • Organize meetings and act as the secretary to project meetings / prepare minutes
  • Schedule appointments, maintain conference room availability, and reserve and assign motor vehicle and other equipment to staff;
  • Keep logs and records of telephone calls, clients or visitors served;
  • Handle and process mail including performing typing duties incidental to the work; and
  • Any other responsibilities as determined by the EIF NIU Coordinator.


  • A degree in social sciences, public administration, media and communication, economics, development studies, or related
  • Experience and Skills Required
  • At least 1 year administrative assistance experience, of which preferably; experience in
  • providing assistance in project coordination and implementation.
  • Basic understanding of Zambia tax and labour laws
  • High level of computer literacy (Microsoft Office, Internet)
  • Strong drive and proven ability to meet tight deadlines;
  • Strong decision-making/problem-solving skills with a meticulous attention to detail;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English; and,
  • Able to travel extensively and willing to work flexible hours.

Contract Duration and Location:

  • The engagement is for a period of three years based on satisfactory performance

How to apply

Please submit your applications together with your curriculum vitae, including a list of 2 referees and relevant supporting documents (including copies of academic qualifications) to:

The Permanent Secretary Ministry Of Commerce,

Trade & Industry,

Po Box 31968,

New Government Complex,

Nasser Road,


Attention: Director Human Resources and Administration

All interested applicants can submit their applications, clearly indicating the position applied for on the envelope, at the ministry of commerce, trade and industry, 9th floor, government complex in the assigned box. only successful candidates will be communicated to.

Application deadline
10 May 15:00

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