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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

There are no available employment opportunities at this time.


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

1. Part-time Regional Representative (Greater Toronto Area)

Position Status: Part-time consultant (approximately 6 days per month)

Start date: January 2018

Objective

To represent TFO Canada in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and to establish and maintain relationships with local importers, trade support organisations and locally based trade representatives of TFO Canada’s client countries, in order to promote and advance TFO Canada’s mandate of forging market linkages between developing country exporters and the Canadian marketplace.

Responsibilities:

  1. Work collaboratively with the Ottawa TFO Canada team on identified priorities.
  2. Maintain and build TFO Canada’s database of buyers/importers registered on the TFO Canada web site.
  3. Identify, build and maintain working relationships with appropriate GTA business associations, networks and business media in order to broaden TFO Canada’s base of Canadian importers and enhance TFO Canada visibility, including attending relevant trade shows in the GTA.
  4. Participate in activities of these organisations that are relevant to TFO Canada’s mandate and which will promote TFO Canada services to Canadian importers, including where feasible making formal presentations about TFO Canada and its services.
  5. Maintain and build relationships with selected developing country foreign commercial officers/trade representatives based in the GTA in order to promote TFO Canada services.
  6. Conduct regular meetings, seminars, discussions or other activities to build the capacity of commercial officers/trade representatives based in GTA.
  7. Contribute information on regional activities to TFO Canada newsletters and other communications produced by TFO Canada and help identify success stories.
  8. When requested, assist other TFO Canada staff and TFO Canada Associates in the identification of importers and other appropriate contacts for incoming trade missions in the Greater Toronto Area which are receiving support from TFO Canada.
  9. When requested, assist with securing supplier relationships (e.g. hotels, logistics) for incoming trade missions.
  10. When requested, participate in TFO Canada staff meetings approximately once per year.
  11. Prepare a brief work plan and budget and submit quarterly reports.
  12. Submit time sheets and expense claims in accordance with TFO Canada policies and procedures.

 

Qualifications:

  1. 5 years experience facilitating exporters to access the Canadian Market
  2. Expertise in one or more of the following sectors: fresh fruit and vegetables, processed food, textiles and apparel, handicrafts and home décor, foot ware, cosmetics
  3. Knowledge of key stakeholders and regulations related to importing to Canada
  4. Experience with developing countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America
  5. Speak English and one other language (Spanish/French)
  6. Good organization and communication skills

 

Resources provided by TFO Canada

  1. Reimbursement for required travel to Ottawa, or other parts of Canada (on a pre-authorised basis).
  2. Reimbursement for approved expenses (e.g. local travel, participation in local trade association activities, organizing seminars, etc.)
  3. Microsoft e-mail account with online access

 

All applicants must be eligible to work in Canada. TFO Canada strives to ensure equal opportunities for men and women in its programs and employment.

To apply, please submit your CV and a letter outlining your interest and qualifications to hr@tfocanada.ca by December 15, 2017.

2. Call for Experts for SIAL and CPMA 2018

TFO Canada is currently seeking highly qualified and experienced consultants with expertise in the Canadian market and sectors and products listed below for SIAL-Montreal and CPMA-Vancouver in April/May 2018. Experts are needed to assess export-readiness of companies and their products, set up buyer meetings and provide targeted support to companies before, during and after the trade shows.

Consultants should have at least 5 years of experience in at least one of the sectors/products listed below. Previous experience working with clients from Asia, Africa and Latin America, and previous experience promoting trade for women-owned businesses would be considered assets. Please indicate your fluency in English, French and/or Spanish.

We are currently seeking consultants for the following high demand areas:

  1. Fresh fruit and vegetables
  2. Processed food
  3. Specialty Foods (ethnic, organic, superfoods, etc.)
  4. Cacao

All applicants must be eligible to work in Canada. TFO Canada strives to ensure equal opportunities for men and women in its programs and employment.

To apply send your CV and a cover letter outlining your relevant experience to mary.heather.white@tfocanada.ca.

Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis.

3. TFO CANADA – REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL

Canadian Market Access and Capacity Building Services,

Consultant(s) for Market potential analysis for Senegalese products in Canada

TFO Canada (Trade Facilitation Office Canada), a non-governmental non-profit organization, is currently implementing the Canadian Mraket Access and Capacity Builsing Services program (CMAS) with funds provided by Global Affairs Canada .

Through one of its components, the Trading Partners Responsive Facility (TPRF), TFO Canada is executing the Export Launchpad Senegal project, a joint initiative with the International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation (ITFC), and in collaboration with the Senegalese Export Promotion Agency of Senegal (ASEPEX); and seeks proposals from firm/individual(s) to:

  • Undertake analytical research and market overview of four pre-identified sectors
  • Rank sectors based on export potential and suitability for the Canadian market
  • Provide market entry recommendation for top sectors

 

A detailed Terms of Reference (ToR) 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 January 15th, 2018, should be in English and should include the following elements (max 10 pages):

  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 CV of the individual making the proposal; if the proposal is made by a firm, the CVs 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 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 24 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 import markets in Canada and experience working with/in developing countries, preferably Senegal
  • Experience working with and understanding challenges faced by women exporters
  • At least seven recent years of relevant experience and track record of conducting trade market research and writing about Canadian sectors
  • Excellent written communication skills in English and good communication skills 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: Market potential analysis for Senegalese products in Canada” no later than 17:00 hours on January 15th, 2018.  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.

To read the Terms of Reference 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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