Assistant Directors – Agriculture Trade and International
Department of Agriculture, Fisheries & Forest
The Agricultural Trade and Market Access Branch advances the interests of Australia’s rural industries by leading the department’s bilateral interactions with regional trading partners and co ordinating associated portfolio input. This supports efforts to maintain and improve market access, resolve trade impediments and manage partner-country engagement across the portfolio.
There are three bilateral sections and one strategic cross-cutting policy team in the Branch. The bilateral work across relevant DAWE divisions, other departments, overseas counsellors and stakeholders to lead the development of geographic market strategies, maintain and improve agriculture market access and support bilateral negotiations for their respective markets. Our work involves maintaining strong relationships with government departments particularly DFAT, Austrade, Treasury and industry stakeholders to advocate for and provide reporting on trade matters, and engagement and cooperation opportunities. These teams are:
North Asia (Japan, China, Republic of Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Mongolia)
India, Malaysia and Indonesia team (Indonesia, Malaysia, India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, the Maldives and Bhutan)
Regional Markets (South East Asia, Middle East, Oceania, and Africa)
The Agriculture Trade Expansion and Change section works across the department as well as with peak industry bodies to boost activities that expand Australia’s agricultural export markets. This includes collaborating with technical divisions that support export market access and international engagement teams to drive department-wide strategy for market access and diversification and linking with trade reform initiatives. The section works closely with Australian export industries in delivering the Agricultural Trade and Market Access Cooperation (ATMAC) grant program, partnering to support trade expansion into emerging and high-growth export markets.
Across the branch there are a wide range of duties required for EL1 positions including:
leading a team, managing performance and establishing effective team culture
supporting the work of the Overseas Agriculture Counsellor network
developing agricultural policy positions on markets for international engagement in bilateral trade negotiations and via multilateral approaches
representing the department in negotiations with stakeholders and bilaterally with trading partners
developing consolidated, strategic policy advice to Cabinet, ministers, departmental executive and other Commonwealth agencies on country specific bilateral agriculture trade matters
building constructive and collaborative relationships with ministers’ offices, across the department, Commonwealth agencies, stakeholders, international organisations and foreign counterparts
providing intelligence and analysis to industry, government on bilateral agriculture trade
providing support to international agriculture trade activities including through effective procurement, project and program management.
ensuring robust governance, risk management and probity to grant programs and the selection and management of grants through adherence to whole of government Commonwealth Grant Rules and Guidelines and other applicable legislation.
working with grant recipients to negotiate agreement of planned activities, track and record progress and final project outcomes, and provide ongoing support as required.
Please note that the merit pool established through this selection process, which is valid for a period of eighteen months from the date the vacancy was advertised in the Public Service Gazette, may be used to fill future vacancies in the division where the duties are of a similar nature.
What we are looking for:
We are looking for forward-thinking and motivated individuals to work efficiently and collaboratively. Previous experience in trade policy and market access is not essential. The successful applicant will:
Knowledge and experience
Experience developing high quality analysis and advice for ministers and departmental executives.
Experience working in a complex regulatory environment.
Experience in prioritising and managing a complex program of work.
Experience building, maintaining and utilising effective working relationships with a range of government and non-government stakeholders, including delivery partners.Experience in trade policy, international engagement, or grant management will be highly regarded.
Skills and capabilities
Ideal candidates will have the following skills and capabilities:
strong leadership and people management skills and experience
strong organisational skills to support management of a program of work
strong focus on supporting staff, peers, and senior executive to achieve the goals of the work area, agency and minister
solid judgement and the ability to contribute to a small team working on complex matters
well-developed communication and interpersonal skills
self-motivated, highly organised and with strong attention to detail
the ability to work independently, as well as part of a group, and respond flexibly to changing priorities
The ability to identify problems and formulate solutions
the ability to develop effective working relationships across the department and with external stakeholders
excellent oral and written communication skills, including demonstrated experience briefing Senior Executives
Qualifications in the fields of agricultural economics, science, veterinary science, international relations, trade, economics, or law are desirable.
Job Reference: 2022/7825
Flexible employment arrangements are available with the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources.
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