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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

TFO Canada is currently recruiting for a new full-time Project Manager position located in Ottawa. The successful candidate will be involved in the ongoing management and execution of a five-year Canadian Market Access and Capacity Building Services project.  The Project Manager will be responsible for managing trade development projects such as trade missions and seminars on the Canadian market and for maintaining relationships with trade support institutions and Canadian-based trade representatives for developing countries in Asia & the Middle East.


Applications including a cover letter and a current C.V. should be made in writing by mail/e-mail no later than July 21, 2017 to:

Program Director
TFO Canada
130 Slater Street, Suite 400
Ottawa, Ontario  K1P 6E2
Only candidates to be interviewed will be contacted.

For the complete job description click here

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 these internships and application instructions.

Consulting Opportunities

Apply to create Market Entry Studies for Camboadia, Laos and Myanmar

TFO Canada is looking for consultants to submit RFPs for the creation of Market Entry Studies for Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar. The objective of this assignment is to prepare three Market Entry Studies, one for each of the client countries involved in this project - Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar. The Studies will identify exportable products and producers/exporters in the agro-food sector and rank them in order of export potential/suitability for the Canadian market, supply chain capacity and ability (of this sub-sector and products) to generate positive socio-economic development effectiveness/traction in the client country, including quality employment, gender parity/equality and sustainable environmental practices. The reports will also provide specific market entry recommendations for the producers/exporters for the top exportable products in the subject sector.

Application Process
Applicants may submit proposals for one or more countries involved in this initiative. Proposals must be submitted in English. Preference will be given to North-South partnerships. Bidders should provide the following items as part of their proposal for consideration:

  • an annotated outline explaining how your study will incorporate each of the components outlined in these terms of reference;
  • a draft table of contents of your prospective study;
  • curriculum vitae for the main researcher and (if applicable) associates;
  • a cover letter describing you experience (and research team, if applicable) with market research, particularly for export from developing countries to developed markets, including Canada and agro-food sector;
  • a quote indicating the total cost of your services.

Eligibility/Bidder Qualifications: The individual researcher(s) needs to have or be working towards a graduate degree in management, business or commerce. The researcher(s) must have a deep knowledge and experience in the agro-food industry/export market in the respective target country/region. Proficiency in English is required.

Proposals will be assessed on their technical and financial aspects; the lowest bid will not necessarily be the first choice for this contract. (while preference is given to North-South partnership, we encourage applicants that meet the technical requirements to apply)

The extended deadline for applications is July 9th, 2017 by midnight EST. Applications must be sent by e-mail to Maristela Carrara, Project Manager at TFO Canada, at maristela.carrara@tfocanada.ca. Questions/inquiries on this assignment should also be addressed at Ms. Carrara.   

Click here for a complete description of the RFP and application instructions

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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