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TFO Canada improves lives through the creation of sustainable trade partnerships for exporters from developing countries with Canadian and foreign buyers.
TFO Canada confronts the challenge of global poverty by promoting sustainable economic development through export information, advice and contact. TFO Canada facilitates access to foreign markets and shares Canadian trade expertise for the benefit of smaller exporters in developing countries. Founded in 1980, TFO Canada is a non-governmental, non-profit organization.

Employment Opportunities

JUNIOR PROJECT OFFICER – HARMONIZED SYSTEM CLASSIFICATION EXERCISE
Spring/Summer Position May-July 2018
TFO Canada is a non-governmental organization established in 1980 that improves lives through the creation of sustainable trade partnerships for exporters from developing countries with Canadian and foreign buyers. It is presently completing the implementation of a five-year Canadian Market Access and Capacity Building Program for twenty-six developing countries in the Americas, Africa, Asia and the Middle East. The organization provides free export and sourcing information, advice and contact services to its registered foreign suppliers (exporters), Canadian buyers (importers) and trade support institutions (TSIs) through its website www.tfocanada.ca.  The free online services are accessible to exporters and TSIs from OECD-Development Assistance Committee’s Countries.

TFO Canada is seeking 1 or 2 people to assist with conducting a record classification exercise during the months of May through July 2018.

The exercise, estimated to require a TOTAL of 30 work days (defined by 7.5 hours/day), requires the review of a proprietary product classification system which contains approximately 2,000 records, and match each record with the most relevant record/code in the Harmonized System (HS-8) method of product classification. This activity will be supported by TFO Canada's Trade Information Systems Specialist and its Office Administrator, and will report to TFO Canada's Project Manager, Trade Information Services.

Job Responsibilities
The candidate(s) will be expected to:

  • Take part in a kick-off/planning meeting, on the phone or over Skype.
  • Consult with support staff on an as-needed basis, on the phone or over Skype, to obtain guidance or clarification on product records. If based in Ottawa, an in-person meeting(s) at TFO Canada's office would be possible.
  • Provide interim updates to TFO Canada staff to review progress
  • Deliver a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet (an initial file will be provided) containing an HS-8 code paired to each record in the proprietary product listing.

Specific instructions and methodology will be provided at the launch of the activity.

Requirements
To undertake this activity, candidates will be ideally familiar with the HS system of classification and have some familiarity with international trade logistics and/or library sciences pertaining to classification systems. Therefore possessing the following requirements:

  • A relevant degree, for example International Development, Library Sciences, International Trade, Customs and Logistics, etc.
  • Knowledge of the World Customs Organization’s Harmonized System of classification (HS Code)
  • Excellent spoken and written English communications skills including report writing; ability to communicate in French or Spanish would be considered an asset
  • Good computer applications skills, particularly Microsoft Word and Excel as well as Outlook
  • Some work experience in using and understanding classification systems
  • Well organized and highly professional
  • Self-starter and independent worker

Applications
Interested candidates should send a CV and a covering letter explaining their interest and suitability for the position to hr@tfocanada.ca  no later than April 27th, 2018. Approximate start date May 14th, 2018.

JUNIOR PROJECT OFFICER
Summer position, May-August 2018

ABOUT TFO CANADA
TFO Canada improves lives through the creation of sustainable trade partnerships for exporters from developing countries with Canadian and foreign buyers.

TFO Canada confronts the challenge of global poverty by promoting sustainable economic development through export information, advice and contact. TFO Canada facilitates access to the Canadian marketplace and shares Canadian trade expertise for the benefit of smaller exporters in developing countries. Founded in 1980, TFO Canada is a non-governmental, non-profit organization.
Our trade experts help to strengthen the capacity of:
- Small and medium-sized businesses, so that they can effectively participate in the Canadian and other global markets;
- Trade support institutions so that they can offer enhanced services to their exporters; and
- Governments so that they can promote trade and attract foreign investment.

TFO Canada executes its projects through our team based in Ottawa and a network associates.

REPORTING RELATIONSHIP: The Junior Project Officer (JPO) will work under the supervision of the Program Director and in collaboration with TFO Canada team, primarily the Project Managers and Project Officers.

ABOUT THE POSITION
Working with the team, the Junior Project Officer (JPO) will support the Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) system for ongoing projects, primarily the Canadian Market Access and Capacity Building Services (CMAS) and TFO Canada - Tim Hortons Coffee Partnership projects. These two projects are in their final year of implementation. The JPO will assist with gathering, analyzing and presenting M&E data. The JPO may also be involved in assessing and streamlining organization-wide M&E systems.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:

I. Assist with M&E for CMAS and Tim Hortons projects
-work with the team to identify data collection needs
-update data collection tools as required
-collect, collate, analyze and present M&E data related to indicators
-summarize and present data to tell the story of the project
-support with collection of project-related results by country
-assist with collection of success stories
-prepare material to disseminate results and lessons learned for different audiences

II. Assist with assessing and stream-lining organizational M&E systems
-Assess existing information collection, storage and analysis systems at the organizational, project level and sub-project levels (discussion with staff, review documentation and filing systems and processes)
-Assess to what extent current systems meet internal and external requirements for reporting, communications, etc. (discussions with staff, review donor contracts, organization strategic plans, etc.)
-Make recommendations for improving data collection, analysis and reporting that are user-friendly; this step also involves providing guidance on definitions of indicators for measuring results, how to roll-up results, different methods for reporting results (e.g. case studies, one-page sub-project summaries, diagrams, videos, etc.)
-Support TFO Canada staff to implement improved systems for data collection, analysis and reporting on Global Affairs Canada-funded projects; this step involves ensuring data collected previously is captured and reported in a comprehensive fashion and new methods of reporting are adopted

REQUIREMENTS
- A relevant degree, example International Development, International Affairs, International Trade and Commerce, etc. degree; a graduate degree would be an asset
- Excellent spoken and written English communications skills including report writing; ability to communicate in French or Spanish would be considered an asset
- Good research skills including previous experience with conducting and summarizing surveys, as well as Internet-based research
- Good computer applications skills, particularly Microsoft Word and Excel as well as Outlook; experience using Microsoft Publisher and data base programs an asset
- Understanding of Results Based Management
- Some work experience in a related field
- Well organized and highly professional
- Self-starter and independent worker
- Able to work well in a team and in a fast-paced environment
- No travel is anticipated for this position, but flexibility to travel internationally would be an asset should the need arise

APPLICATIONS
Interested candidates should send a CV and a covering letter explaining their interest and suitability for the position to hr@tfocanada.ca no later than April 20th, 2018. Approximate start date May 7th, 2018.


Volunteer Opportunities

TFO Canada offers unpaid volunteer roles three times a year (April-June, June-August, September-November) for Ottawa-based volunteers interested in supporting our Canadian market access services and some of our trade capacity building projects, while at the same time gaining experience in research, writing, and results-gathering skills in the fields of international development and trade.  Click here for a complete description of this volunteer role and application instructions.


Consulting Opportunities

There are no available consulting opportunities at this time.


Calling experts on the Canadian import market!

Join our experts in trade roster for exciting new opportunities providing access to companies from developing countries to the Canadian market
TFO Canada is currently seeking to expand its roster of highly qualified and experienced consultants we call TFO Associates.  We are inviting experts on the Canadian market and export products to submit a CV by email to tfocrc@tfocanada.ca.  Along with completing this application form highlighting your experience.

To join the TFO Canada Associates' roster, consultants should have at least 7 years of experience in a relevant field and, ideally, some previous experience applying technical skills in the context of a developing country, in one or more of the following areas:

  • Marketing/branding and market entry for SMEs in Canada
  • Market Research (including writing skills) 
  • Product development process (including product adaptation for export competitiveness)
  • Presentation skills (addressing sector specific Canadian market overview and market entry requirements; typically for seminars/workshops aimed at developing countries exporter audience)
  • SME Exporters Need Assessment/Market Validation for the Canadian Market Entry
  • Organizing targeted B2B meetings with Canadian importers in specific product lines (part of TFO Canada’s Trade Mission Activities: importer identification and recruitment)
  • Packaging and labeling
  • Compliance with import regulations (e.g. food safety, standards/certifications, tariffs, GAP, HACCP, Organic Certifications, Fair Trade, Kosher, Halal)
  • Gender Equality
  • Project Monitoring and Evaluation

Expertise in the Canadian import market in one or more of the following sectors/product groups:

  • Food products (fresh, processed and frozen consumer-ready foods, beverages and ingredients for the food industry, organic products, products for the gourmet, specialty, ethnic or nostalgic market in Canada)
  • Non-Alcoholic Beverages including tea and coffee)
  • Clothing, footwear and fashion accessories (including jewellery)
  • Home furnishings (including furniture, home textiles and decorative items)
  • Floriculture
  • Personal care and natural health products (including cosmetics)
  • Medical supplies and devices (including pharmaceuticals)
  • Building materials
  • Information and communications technology service outsourcing
  • Marble & Granite
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Environmental Management Services
  • Services:
  • Outsourcing – software development
  • Outsourcing – back office support
  • Medical tourism
  • Wellness

Please be sure to indicate if you are fluent in languages other than English. TFO Canada works primarily in English, but regularly undertakes assignments that require Spanish or French, although in some cases interpretation support may be provided.  All applicants must be eligible to work in Canada.
TFO Canada strives to ensure gender equality for men and women in their participation in TFO Canada’s programs, projects and activities, and also in TFO Canada’s employment, contracting and management opportunities.


 
 
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