English     |     Español     |     Français
Exporting to Canada - Experts in trade for developing countries - TFO Canada
Sign In or Register
Username:     Password:
Remember me   Forgot password?
Not a member? Register here
Not a member? Register here    
Home > About TFO Canada > Employment Opportunities

About TFO Canada

Work With Us

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

Project Manager

Trade Facilitation Office (TFO) Canada is a non-profit organisation that confronts the challenge of global poverty by promoting sustainable economic development through export information, advice and contact. We improve lives through facilitating sustainable international trade opportunities for small and medium enterprises in developing countries

Currently Trade Facilitation Office Canada (TFO Canada) has a number of projects and funding relationships geared towards trade support and capacity building in Southeast Asia, Europe and Africa.  With our experience and history in supporting developing countries across the globe, opportunities exist to work on other meaningful projects that are aligned to our organization’s mission.

TFO Canada is currently recruiting for a new full-time Project Manager position located in Ottawa. Reporting to and working closely with the Director, Program Development and Partnerships, the Project Manager will:

1.  Perform program planning and implementation through ongoing communications with donors and implementing partners/consultants of TFO Canada’s trade development projects/programs. 
2.  Manage strategic partnerships and business development activities, which includes the preparation of new project/program proposals to potential donors.
3.  Develop project budgets and monitor these budgets during program implementation.
4.  Prepare periodic project or program results-based reports for donor(s)
5.  Ensure that appropriate project records are maintained to provide a sound basis for project tracking, reporting and follow up, or review of program activities and results, including external program audits.
6.   Support the Director, Program Development and Partnerships in:

•    Maintaining relationships with implementing partners/donors and trade support institutions (business/exporters associations, chambers of commerce, bi-lateral chambers, Canada-based trade representatives of developing countries etc.).
•    Conducting program planning and needs assessment missions in selected partner countries.
•    Developing performance measurement frameworks to support project implementation.

1. 5 years of experience in project management/implementation, including planning, budgeting, procurement and contracting of external service providers, monitoring, results based reporting and impact measurement.
2. At least 3 years of combined experience in international development and/or international trade (trade development or promotion, export marketing, importing/sourcing and/or providing trade development services for exporters etc.) that include:

•    Successful track record in preparation of project or program proposals for potential donors.
•    Strong ability to manage stakeholder (donors, partners) relations (including donor reporting).
•    Relevant work experience in developing countries.

3. Relevant university degree, preferably at the Master’s level.
4. Fluency (oral and written) in English.
5. Excellent oral, presentation and written communication skills, including report-writing.
6. Excellent computer application skills, particularly Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint as well as some experience working with database applications.
7. Ability to travel internationally (up to 4-8 weeks per year).
1. Working knowledge of Spanish and French 
2. CAPM/PMP or CITP designation.

TFO Canada offers a competitive salary and benefits package commensurate with experience and the norms of the international development NGO sector.

Applications including a cover letter and a current C.V. should be made in writing by mail/e-mail no later than August 31, 2017 to:

Director, Program Development and Partnerships
TFO Canada
130 Slater Street, Suite 1025
Ottawa, Ontario  K1P 6E2
No relocation expenses re-imbursement available. No Phone calls please.
Only candidates to be interviewed will be contacted.


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

There are no consulting opportunities presently

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.

Contact TFO Canada
Meet Our Supporters
TFO Canada
130 Slater Street
Suite 400
Ottawa, Ontario
T 1.613.233.3925
F 1.613.233.7860
Canada Toll-Free:
© TFO Canada   |   Sitemap   |   Terms & Conditions   |   Privacy Policy   |   Contact Us