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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

Project Manager

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 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.

 

Qualifications

Requirements

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).

Desirable

1. Working knowledge of French and Spanish

2. CAPM/PMP or CITP designation.

3. Business development experience.

Compensation

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

Applications

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

Director, Program Development and Partnerships
TFO Canada
130 Slater Street, Suite 1025
Ottawa, Ontario  K1P 6E2
hr@tfocanada.ca

No Phone calls please.

Only candidates to be interviewed will be contacted.

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.

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

For more information on TFO Canada visit www.tfocanada.ca


Project Manager, Asia & Middle East

(Canadian Market Access Services)

TFO Canada is currently recruiting for a new full-time Project Manager position located in Ottawa. The successful candidate will be involved in the execution of a five-year Canadian Market Access that TFO Canada began implementing in early 2014. 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 Ottawa-based trade representatives for developing countries in Asia & the Middle East. Most of the Project Manager’s time will be focused on the delivery of services to five TFO Priority Countries in Asia and the Middle East (Bangladesh, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Vietnam and Jordan). 

Duties

  • Manages and, as required, participates in the execution of trade-related technical assistance and capacity building projects/activities such as seminars, training courses, workshops, trade missions, including trade fairs, and other assistance projects in Canada and abroad;
  • Participates in programme development of TFO Canada’s trade-related technical assistance and capacity building projects and activities;
  • Contributes to the development of project proposals and programme documents;
  • Develops and monitors project budgets and provides related project administration in collaboration with TFO Canada’s support staff;
  • Prepares project activity and participate in project tracking, reporting and follow up (including conducting surveys); for outcome reports
  • Coordinates the activities of project consultants (TFO Canada Associates), partners and suppliers to ensure the successful implementation and management of TFO Canada’s trade-related technical assistance and capacity building projects;
  • Provides logistical and related support to the project consultants;
  • Monitors ongoing project implementation by associates and partners (including travel abroad to do so) and contributes to evaluation activities;
  • Manages and participates in special projects from time to time, and performs other duties as required related to the successful execution of TFO Canada’s mandate.

Qualifications

  • Five (5) years of experience in project management or implementation, including planning, budgeting, procurement and contracting of external service providers, monitoring & reporting
  • Strong ability to manage stakeholder relations
  • At least three (3) years of combined experience in international development and/or international trade or promotion: export marketing, importing/sourcing and/or providing trade development services for exporters
  • Sound understanding of the Canadian import market and sources of information
  • Previous experience organizing and facilitating trade shows would be an asset
  • Experience in results based reporting and impact measurement
  • Relevant work experience in at least one of the countries of focus
  • Excellent oral, presentation and written communication skills, including report-writing
  • Excellent computer application skills, particularly Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint as well as some experience working with database applications
  • Experience in training (e.g. delivery of workshops or seminars) would be an asset
  • Fluency (oral and written) in English, French and /or Spanish are considered an asset
  • Ability to travel (4-8 weeks per year)
  • Relevant university degree, preferably at the Master’s level; a CITP designation preferred

 

Compensation

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

Applications

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

Program Director
TFO Canada
130 Slater Street, Suite 1025
Ottawa, Ontario  K1P 6E2
hr@tfocanada.ca

No Phone calls please.

Only candidates to be interviewed will be contacted.

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.

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

For more information on TFO Canada visit www.tfocanada.ca


Volunteer Opportunities

TFO Canada offers unpaid internships 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

TFO CANADA – REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL
Canadian Market Access and Capacity Building Services
Consultant(s) for Technical Assistance for SMEs
Specialty apparel/textile, Home décor and Fashion accessories

TFO Canada (Trade Facilitation Office Canada), a non-government non-profit organization, funded by Global Affairs Canada seeks proposals from firm/individual(s) to work closely with implementing partners in Canada to:

1. Provide Exhibition show preparedness support to 30 SME exporters of specialty apparel, textile, home décor and fashion accessories from 08 Least Developed Countries (LDCs)-Lesotho, Uganda, Madagascar, Ethiopia, Haiti, Bangladesh, Cambodia and Nepal. For more informnation of the SMEs and their products please see http://www.artisanhub.ca/.

2. Provide support for the above SMEs from LDCs by promoting their products to Canadian buyers/importers and arranging B2B meetings during the tradeshow in Toronto.

A detailed Terms of Reference for this role as well as background on this project and its objectives is provided in the annex. 

Proposals should be submitted no later than 17.00 hours (EDT) on April 10th, 2017, should be in English and should include the following elements:

1. A presentation of the firm/individual making the proposal highlighting their relevant experience and current activities which demonstrate their capacity to fulfill the responsibilities of this position.  The presentation should include a current C.V. of the individual making the proposal; if the proposal is made by a firm, the CV of the proposed consultant(s)/resource person(s) must be provided.

2. A brief description of three (03) recent projects that the proponent has worked on that are similar in nature.

3. A workplan in line with the Terms of Reference (ToR) and timeline presented below. Please highlight any suggested and/or required changes to the ToR.

4. Consultancy costs (in terms of person-days). TFO Canada estimates that it will require a total of up to 51 days to complete this assignment.

Selection Criteria

In the assessment of submissions, consideration will be given to technical competence, qualifications and experience, including:

  • Master’s degree in Business Administration, International Marketing or a related field.
  • Sound understanding of specialty apparel, textile, home décor and fashion accessories market in Canada and in developing countries (preferably least developed countries).
  • At least ten years of relevant experience and track record of providing business development support/consulting services in the specialty apparel, textile, home décor and fashion accessories sectors in developing countries, including but not limited to, product development, trade promotion and technical assistance (one-on-one consultations, B2B matchmaking etc.) for trade missions to Canada/USA for SME producers/exporters.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English and in French.

 

Selection Method

Following the assessment of submissions, the most technically capable and appropriately experienced applicant will be invited to provide the consultancy services. TFO Canada reserves the right to accept or reject late applications or to cancel the present invitation partially or in its entirety. It will not be bound to assign any reason for not engaging the services of any applicant and will not defray any costs incurred by any applicant in the preparation and submission of proposals.

Proposals should be submitted to Amandine Gakima, Project Manager- Africa and Carribean (amandine.gakima@tfocanada.ca) with the subject line “Proposal: Artisan Hub” no later than 17:00 hours on April 10, 2017.  Any questions/clarifications required in order to complete a proposal can be sent via e-mail or by phone (613-233-3925 Ext. 22) between 09:00 and 17:00 hours Monday to Friday.

For more information click here

Many thanks for your interest in this assignment and for your time and effort in preparing your proposal


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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