World Trade Organisation and Research Officer

Embassy of Australia to Belgium and Luxembourg, Mission to the European Union and NATO
  • Location
    Brussels, Belgium
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career / Mid Career
  • Apply by
    Aug-01-2021
  • Posted
    Jul 05

Position description

Gross monthly salary of between EUR 4,763 and EUR 4,956 depending on experience plus holiday pay and Christmas bonus

Applications are sought from persons interested in employment at the Australian Embassy in Brussels engaged on local terms and conditions of employment as a Locally Engaged Staff member. Please be advised that the Embassy does not provide relocation assistance and any costs associated with taking up the position would be the responsibility of the successful candidate.

About The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment

The role of the Department Agriculture, Water and the Environment (DAWE) is to work with national and international governments and industry partners to grow the value of Australia’s agricultural trade and reduce risk to our agricultural sector. The department has a diverse role as a policy adviser to government, researcher, program administrator, service provider, market access negotiator and regulator. We work to protect human health and the environment by ensuring the safe movement of people, food and other goods into Australia.

Our work contributes to maintaining and improving market access for our primary producers, encouraging agricultural productivity in our primary industries and supporting sustainable, high-quality natural resources to benefit primary producers and the community. The Department has a network of overseas officers to help maintain and expand market access for Australia’s agricultural exports and to manage the agricultural relationship with key trading partners.

About the position

Under limited direction, the World Trade Organization (WTO) and Research Officer works to support the Minister Counsellor (Agriculture) to participate in agriculture related WTO Committees on Sanitary and Phytosanitary matters, Agriculture and Technical Barrers to Trade.

This position also supports the small agriculture team in Brussels to improve trade of agricultural products between Australia and the European Union and to strengthen the bilateral agriculture relationship by facilitating policy discussions, monitoring changes to the policy environment and providing high level analysis, briefings and technical advice on WTO committee papers and agriculture related matters.

Key responsibilities of the position include but are not limited to:

  • Perform complex research and provide accurate and specialised advice to the Minister Counsellor on matters relating to WTO Committees on Sanitary and Phytosanitary matters, agriculture and technical barriers to trade by collecting, monitoring, analysing and evaluating information, papers and related materials;
  • Develop and manage relationships with relevant stakeholders including WTO members, EU institutions, European Union and Australian producer groups, importers, exporters and distributors to progress key priorities and monitor the WTO and agricultural policy environment. Including participating in meetings of the WTO, including intersessional meetings and special events without the Minister-Counsellor;
  • Respond to enquiries regarding EU import and export requirements, legislative and administrative frameworks, progress market access requests and facilitate the resolution of disruptions to trade in agricultural goods, including detained consignments;
  • Organise and facilitate programs for visiting government officials, ministers or Australian business representatives, including meetings, field trips, workshops and other events;
  • Provide support to the Agriculture team including but not limited to; writing cables, reports of meetings, records of conversations as required.

Qualifications and Experience

  • High level analytical skills and subject matter expertise in relation to the WTO Committees on Sanitary and Phytosanitary matters and Agriculture and international agricultural trade and market access. It is expected that candidates will have a minimum of three to five years work experience in this area;
  • Sound understanding of agricultural policy including demonstrated strong capacity in public policy monitoring, analysis and implementation, including in a regulatory context;
  • Ability to take initiative, set priorities and organise work effectively and efficiently, and to complete projects and assignments with limited supervision;
  • A high level of written and oral proficiency in English with a proven ability to prepare written material to document findings in a logical, succinct and persuasive manner;
  • Excellent team-working, interpersonal and stakeholder management skills including experience working senior representatives of government and industry;
  • High level of proficiency with information technology systems, especially Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel & PowerPoint).

Desirable

  • Appropriate tertiary qualifications (economics, trade law);
  • Proficiency in French and Dutch;
  • Previous experience with government and industry.

General Requirements

  • Candidates must have, or able to obtain, an ability to work in Belgium.

SELECTION CRITERIA

Please address each of the selection criteria for the role in the spaces provided on the application form. Drawing on your prior experience, please provide examples of where you have demonstrated the required competencies or transferable skills.

The word limit is strictly 300 words per response. The panel will not assess responses that exceed the word limit.

  1. A high-level of understanding of agricultural policy including demonstrated strong capacity in public policy monitoring, analysis and implementation, including in a regulatory context;
  2. Proven ability to undertake comprehensive independent research and provide high level analysis in relation to international agricultural trade and market access, and the World Trade Organisation, including an understanding of sanitary and phytosanitary measures;
  3. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (with proficiency in French and/or Dutch) with a proven ability to prepare written material to document findings in a logical, succinct and persuasive manner;
  4. The ability to build relationships for influence; to understand the interests of diverse and senior stakeholders; and from these to build reciprocal and mutually beneficial networks that deliver results;
  5. Ability to take initiative, set priorities and organise work effectively and efficiently, and to complete projects and assignments with limited supervision.

Application instructions

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