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Organization Overview
Each year the Canadian Government offers opportunities to young Canadian university students or recent graduates to fill contract positions in various government agencies. The High Commission of Canada in Australia is seeking a candidate who is interested in obtaining work experience in international affairs, government relations, trade policy/market access, public diplomacy or in other areas where there is a specific requirement.

The position will provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to be involved in an area of government to government affairs and to gain a general understanding of Canada-Australia relations.
The successful applicant will be mainly involved in the promotion of the Canadian food industry through assisting in the facilitation of Canada’s involvement at the Fine Food Australia trade show, being held in Melbourne, 10th to 13th September 2018.

The program is open to Canadian citizens or permanent residents who either are enrolled in or have graduated from colleges and universities in Canada and Australia.

The term is for around six months commencing in mid-June 2018.

Remuneration and Benefits
The successful applicant will be paid the Australian (AUD) equivalent of CAD 2,000 per month with no deductions. For Canadian income tax purposes, the contractor will receive a T-1204.

The High Commission of Canada is not responsible for medical expenses, housing, repatriation, transportation, food, visa, travel (both international and domestic) or any other expenses for the contractor. The contractor is responsible for ensuring that he or she is covered by a national health plan in Australia or by an adequate private insurance policy for the entire duration of the contract including travel time.

• Normal working hours are Monday to Friday, 37 ½ hours per week.
• Applicants must be able to work legally in Australia ( We strongly encourage applicants on a working holiday visa to apply if they will have at least six months remaining on their visa as at the START DATE.
• Fluency in English, both oral and written, is a requirement.
• Knowledge of French, both oral and written, is an asset.
• Experience with Social Networking in a commercial context is an asset.
Job Title
Canadian Food Industry Promotion Contractor
Job Type
Job Category
Government & Defence
Job Location - State
Australian Capital Territory
Location within State
Job Description
The Statement of Work has been designed to provide:
• Practical experience in event planning and logistics and in the promotion of Canadian products at a trade show, and in assisting trade delegations on international visits;
• Work experience including intelligence gathering, research, analysis and report writing in relation to the Canadian agri-food sector;
• Insight into Australian-Canadian trade relations, not limited to the agri-food industry; and
• Practical work experience in the day-to-day operations of a Canadian mission abroad, including media monitoring, logistical tasks, security, event planning and execution and operations.

The Statement of Work includes the following:

• Attend the 2018 Fine Food Australia Trade Show in Melbourne and provide assistance as required to colleagues at the Show.
• Provide assistance to Canadian participants at the 2018 Fine Food Australia Trade Show in the period leading up to the Show, during the period of the Show and after the Show.
• Follow up tasks post show, e.g., leads and enquiries.
• Draft emails, prepare notes and liaise with the appropriate contacts to ensure that logistical and other issues associated with the attendance of Canadian participants at the 2018 Fine Food Australia Trade Show are resolved satisfactorily.
• Assist with research on issues associated with the 2018 Fine Food Australia Trade Show.
• Prepare draft reports and briefings, including to Canadian participants at the 2018 Fine Food Australia Trade Show, on issues associated with the Australian agri-food market and the Australian and Canadian agri-food industries.

• Assist in researching and analyzing market access, trade and economic issues.
• Prepare draft reports, correspondence and briefings on issues.
• Assist Trade Commissioners in their trade promotion work.
• Other trade work as directed by Trade Commissioners.

• Prepare correspondence on routine administrative matters.
• Arrange appointments for Commercial Section staff.
• Arrange hotel accommodation and transportation.
• Respond to enquiries and provide routine information.
• Assist with the organization of events.
• Other duties as required.
Closing Date
13 May 2018
How to Apply

Applications are invited for the temporary contract from young Canadians who have graduated recently (or are in the final year of studies) with majors in relevant areas such as Marketing, Agriculture, Business, Economics or Government or have a relevant combination of work and studies. Applicants who are temporarily resident in Australia are also encouraged to apply.

Enquiries regarding this position should be directed in the first instance to Mr. David Ingham,

The Statement of Work is detailed above

Application Requirements
To apply, send the following documents by e-mail to
or fax 61 2 6270 4081 no later than 23:59 AEST Sunday 13th May 2018.

1. Your resume.
2. A letter explaining why you are interested in this opportunity and addressing the selection criteria below.
3. An academic transcript.
4. Two letters of recommendation (academic/employment).

Selection Criteria
1. Ability to use initiative and demonstrated strong organisational skills, including the ability to complete tasks with limited supervision.
2. Excellent written and oral communication skills.
3. Strong interpersonal skills.
4. Good judgement and the ability to work in an international setting.
5. Post-secondary qualifications in Marketing, Agriculture, Business, Economics or Government are preferred.

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