The European Union Delegation to Egypt

Trade Affairs Policy Assistant

26/07/2021 - 08:29
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The successful candidate will perform policy-related tasks, analysis and reporting, and contribute to the work of the Trade and Economics Section, reporting to the Head of section. Depending on the needs of the Delegation, other tasks could be attributed.

The European Union (EU) is a supranational organisation embodying the economic and political partnership between 27 European countries. It plays an important role in international affairs through diplomacy, trade, development aid and working with global organizations.  The EU is represented through more than 140 diplomatic representations in the world, known also as EU Delegations, which have a similar function to those of embassies.

The European Union is represented in Australia by the Delegation of the European Union in Canberra, which was established in 1981. The Delegation is responsible for the conduct of official relations between Australia and the European Union. In all matters pertaining to the European Union, the Delegation works closely with the diplomatic missions of EU Member States based in Australia

We offer

We offer a post of Trade Affairs Policy Assistant. The successful candidate will perform policy-related tasks, analysis and reporting, and contribute to the work of the Trade and Economics Section, reporting to the Head of section. Depending on the needs of the Delegation, other tasks could be attributed.

This is a full time permanent position with a salary package starting at $78,000 gross (before tax) per year. It is a competitive position in an international environment with superannuation and medical insurance.

We are looking for

We are looking for a motivated person to contribute to the Delegation’s mandate in the field of the ongoing EU-Australia Free Trade Agreement negotiations, EU-Australia relations in the fields of economic policy, trade policy, investment, economic-analysis-and-reporting, and public outreach.

The candidate should have at least 2 years professional experience in the field of trade and economic analysis.  Experience in European affairs/international relations, and in-depth knowledge of the EU and its policies is an asset.

A University degree in economics, political science, law or a related area is desirable.

Eligible candidates must be Australian citizens or EU citizens with full working rights in Australia. 

Detailed job description and job requirements can be found on the Delegation's website

Interested applicants can send their application and supporting documents (including a cover letter and detailed CV) to the attention of the Head of Trade Section, by email to:

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. The Delegation will constitute a reserve list of suitable candidates with a validity of 12 months. .

Please note that the Delegation does not supply additional information or discuss the selection procedure by telephone. Please address any queries concerning this procedure to

Applications close on MONDAY 23 AUGUST 2021at 12.00 PM AEST


Job Description for Trade Affairs Assistant


EU Delegation

Canberra, Australia


18 Arkana Street, 2600 Yarralumla, ACT

Duration of contract


Possible extensions



Job description


LA – Group 2

e-Del-HRM and Sysper2 references

45526 / 112036

Position in the organisation chart

Trade & Economics

Reporting relations/responsibilities

reporting to the Head of Trade & Economics Section

Working hours

Full time   

Working environment/conditions

multicultural environment, office work, missions   

Job objective

To contribute, under the supervision of the Head of Sector, to the fulfilment of the mandate of the Head of Delegation as regards, in particular


  • Planning and organisation of Commercial Counsellors meetings (including trade reporting for HoMs and other trade meetings).
  • Assisting in the organisation of FTA rounds and trade events
  • Preparation of trade briefings / trade analysis (notably on agriculture)
  • Regular liaising with Australian Ministries: monitoring of trade / economic policy changes
  • Regular contacts with press, academic, business circles on all trade / economic matters
  • Regular and detailed follow-up of sanitary and phyto-sanitary issues
  • Regular and detailed follow-up of TBT issues
  • Monitoring of specific AD cases;
  • Preparation, assessment and forecasts on trade flows
  • Monitoring of technical issues related to Market access: notably Customs, Rules of Origin, IP and Trade Facilitation;

Monitoring of relations with other DGs:

  • Taxation (DG TAXUD);
  • Economic analysis and reporting (DG ECFIN);
  • Financial services, competitiveness, SMEs policy (DG GROW);
  • G20 matters (DG ECFIN, DG GROW)
  • Communication services (DG CNECT)
  • Data protection / privacy (DG JUST / DG HOME)


Other Duties

+   Sectoral Reporting and Information to Head of Delegation and Headquarters

* Monitor and report, regularly and in a timely fashion to Headquarters on all trade issues, and the external economic relations of the EU in a broader sense (industrial policy, agriculture) as well as in response to any specific requests.

* Send regular press/media reviews concerning local coverage of issues of importance to Headquarters.

* Provide on request briefings, draft speeches, statements, press releases and articles concerning the area assigned.

* Provide early warnings on potential problems and disputes with particular emphasis on market access issues.





+ Information and communication, representation and participation in the host country/region

* Provide the necessary working relations with the relevant national authorities (Ministry of Trade and other ministries involved in trade activities, Customs service, Statistical and Standards Office, etc.), private sector representatives and professional organizations and other local operators in the field.

* Develop close working contacts with the local Member state representatives (i.e. economic and trade counsellors) and EU business community and representatives.

* Liaise with other regional and international organisations dealing with trade issues and/or regional integration.

* State, explain and defend the EU trade policies and EU position in all trade and WTO matters to domestic audiences particularly local and regional authorities, press, civil society, business and academics.

* Prepare and participate in FTA negotiations or joint committee meetings.

* Represent the EU and participate in conferences, meetings


Character references 

  • Must be a strong team player.
  • Must be service-oriented and flexible
  • Must have discretion ; Awareness; Able to behave appropriately; Ability to multi-task
  • Communicating

-  Ability to communicate in meetings.

-  Capacity to communicate technical or specialised information.

-  Assertiveness.

  • Delivering Quality and Results

-  Ability to work in a proactive and autonomous way.

Ability to work in a team.

Minimum physical requirements 

Normal office work 


Job specifications





A University degree in the relevant sector (economics, trade, political science or related fields) is desirable.



Professional experience

The candidate should possess at least 2 years' professional experience in the field of trade and economic analysis and reporting.



Knowledge of languages 

  •   Fluency in English is essential.


  • Proficiency in other European languages would be an advantage.


Specialist  Knowledge


  • Excellent knowledge of Australian / EU economic and trade relations and landscape will be crucial.
  • In depth knowledge of the European Union and its policies will be an asset.
  • Experience in a diplomatic mission will be welcome but not a prerequisite.




  • Must be able to communicate clearly, present speeches and presentation materials,
  • Excellent drafting and editing skills and preparation of trade statistics (Excel)
  • Good computer skills
  • Must be able to manage and continuously expand contacts with a number of stakeholders including Federal and State Government Departments, academics, business organizations, diplomats etc.
  • Must be capable of delivering high quality, detailed work under time pressure and within short deadlines.
  • Ability to understand new subjects quickly is necessary.  The position requires analysing and communicating clearly on a wide variety of subject matters.
  • The capacity to focus on priorities and to organize work under time pressure to be delivered on time.



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