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Call for Applications: Trade Policy and Promotion Consultant

The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada (APF Canada) is looking for a Trade Policy and Promotion Consultant.  The Consultant will deliver a research report (6000 - 8000 words) that provides a deeper understanding of the micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) provisions in free trade agreements (FTA) and the policies and programs of the Canadian government designed to support MSME participation in trade. This position will work virtually on a self-directed remote work schedule but will be expected to be available for meetings with the research team based in Vancouver.  The Consultant’s work progress will be monitored primarily through periodic review meetings for planning and weekly virtual meetings.

APF Canada has been contracted to provide technical assistance activities to strengthen the readiness of government officials in the Association for Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) for trade negotiations with Canada and the implementation of a potential ASEAN-Canada FTA. Technical assistance has been requested by the ASEAN Secretariat to deepen Member State understanding of MSME provisions in FTAs and the policies and programs of the Canadian government designed to support MSME participation in trade. The purpose of this research is to provide a comprehensive understanding of the provisions in Canada’s trade agreements designed to promote greater MSME participation in trade.

Major Responsibilities

The applicant must be able to deliver a timely report and have a willingness to receive feedback.

The ideal candidate should be knowledgeable about Canadian trade agreements and the provisions that promote MSME participation in international trade, policies and programs to support MSME inclusion in international trade. A strong understanding of inclusive trade policies that focus on gender and social inclusion will be an asset. The Consultant will report to the Program Manager, APEC-Canada Growing Business Partnership and will be expected to collaborate and support this technical assistance project by completing a research report (6000 - 8000 words).  Topic areas in the report include but are not limited to the following areas:  

  • A detailed examination of the provisions in Canada’s trade agreements that are designed to promote greater MSME participation in trade;
  • Identifying specific provisions of Canada’s trade agreements related to or that potentially impact MSMEs, the purpose of their inclusion and the approaches and level of commitments by Canada;
  • MSME-related trade provisions involving gender (especially women), Indigenous Peoples, minorities and other underrepresented groups and how these provisions can potentially help these groups overcome the barriers they currently face;
  • The Government of Canada’s approach to inclusive trade, how it defines this concept and the ways that Canada seeks to reduce the barriers to the participation of MSMEs owned or led by women, Indigenous Peoples, minorities and other underrepresented groups;
  • How Canada has integrated measures to promote social inclusion in trade agreements, including provisions to encourage MSME participation in trade;
  • An overview of Canadian trade-related policies and programs for MSMEs, their effectiveness and best practices.

Successful applicants will have the following qualifications

  • Graduate education, such as a master’s degree or Ph.D. in international political economy; public policy, business administration, or other relevant fields of study at the graduate level.
  • Previous work experience in government, think tanks, non-profit organizations, international development-related organizations or writing for non-academic audiences;
  • Considerable knowledge of Canadian trade agreements and the provisions that promote MSME participation in international trade;
  • A working understanding of Canadian policies and programs to support MSME participation in international trade;
  • Knowledge of Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy (FIAP) and efforts to support gender equality;
  • Policies and programs of Canadian federal and provincial governments to support MSME participation is an asset;
  • An understanding of Southeast Asia will be considered a plus.

Eligibility:

Applicants should be eligible to work in Canada and should have completed or are currently enrolled in a graduate degree program. The successful applicant will work remotely and will complete the program of research based on the schedule of work below. We will consider applicants regardless of geography but expect that if successful, the applicant should be amenable to maintaining office hours according to the Pacific time zone.

Value of Contract:

The amount of the contract will be $4,000.00 and will be payable in two equal installments at the mid-point and end of the research program upon successful receipt of the research report.

Start/End Dates:

The successful candidate should be able to complete the program of research between October and December 2021 according to the following schedule of work below. The dates may change with input from the Program Manager.  

Deliverables

  1. Research outline and methodological approach (2-3 pages) – October 25, 2021
  2. Detailed research outline incorporating feedback given on draft outline (3-4 pages) – November 1, 2021
  3. First draft submission of research on provisions in Canadian trade agreements designed to promote greater MSME participation in trade and Canada's conceptual approach to inclusive trade. (Length: 6000-8000 words) – November 29, 2021
  4. Final submission of the report – December 13, 2021

Application Procedures

Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applicants should submit the following documents listed below in ONE single PDF file.  Please click here to apply.

  • One-page cover letter detailing the applicant's research interests, career interests, and why they are interested in working at the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada.
  • Résumé detailing the applicant's academic background, skills, and professional experiences relevant to the job description.
  • Name, title, and contact information (email and phone number) for two academic or professional references. References will only be contacted for short-listed applicants.
  • Optional: An original writing sample of a published journal article, book chapter authored by the applicant or a non-academic writing sample will be accepted. A functioning URL link to a sample is also acceptable.

The deadline to apply is Wednesday, October 13, 2021 (at 11:59 pm PT). Applications are considered on a rolling basis; early submission is encouraged. 

Please be sure to add notifications@app.bamboohr.com to your contact list to ensure delivery of all correspondence from us.

For questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with phebe.ferrer@asiapacific.ca
 

Call for Applications: Gender Equity and Social Inclusion (GESI) Consultant.

The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada (APF Canada) is looking for a Gender Equity and Social Inclusion (GESI) Consultant. The consultant will deliver a research report (3000-4000 words) and technical support on the incorporation of a GESI framework for inclusive economic development and international trade. This position will work virtually on a remote, self-directed work schedule, but will be expected to be available for meetings with the research team based in Vancouver.  The consultant’s work progress will be monitored primarily through periodic review meetings for planning and weekly virtual meetings.

APF Canada has been contracted to provide technical assistance activities to strengthen the readiness of government officials in the Association for Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) for trade negotiations with Canada and the implementation of a potential ASEAN-Canada FTA. Technical assistance has been requested by the ASEAN Secretariat to deepen Member State understanding of MSME provisions in FTAs and the policies and programs of the Canadian government designed to support MSME participation in trade. The purpose of this GESI consultant is to provide a comprehensive understanding of the following areas: 

A comprehensive understanding of Canada's conceptual approach to inclusive trade for under-represented groups such as women, MSMEs, and Indigenous peoples.  MSME-related trade provisions involving gender equality, Indigenous Peoples, minorities and other underrepresented groups and how these provisions can potentially help these groups overcome the barriers they currently face;
How Canada has made gender equality and women’s economic empowerment a domestic priority and how these areas of focus are reflected in its international trade policy

Major Responsibilities:  

The applicant must be able to deliver timely a report and have a willingness to receive feedback. 

The ideal candidate should be knowledgeable about policy development related to gender balance and social inclusion and should have proven experience in researching and/or implementing inclusive business models and women's economic empowerment. Knowledge of Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy (FIAP) and gender equality outcomes is required.

The GESI Consultant will report to the Program Manager, APEC-Canada Growing Business Partnership and will be expected to collaborate and support this technical assistance project by conducting inclusive trade research (3000-4000 words) and the creation of a GESI framework (1000 words) used to evaluate project outputs.

Successful applicants will have the following qualifications

  • Graduate education, such as a master’s degree or Ph.D. in gender and equity studies, social justice, sustainable development, international political economy; public policy, business administration, or other relevant fields of study at the graduate level.  
  • Experience in policy development related to gender balance, social inclusion, and gender mainstreaming into projects and tracking of gender and social results.
  • Experience in research and/or development of business inclusive business models and women’s economic empowerment;
  • Knowledge of Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy (FIAP) and efforts to support gender equality; 
  • Previous work experience in government, think tanks, non-profit organizations, or international development-related organizations; 
  • A working understanding of gender policy and hands-on experience with Canadian policies and programs to support MSME participation in international trade in an asset;
  • An understanding of Southeast Asia will be considered a plus. 

Eligibility 

Applicants should be eligible to work in Canada and have completed or are currently enrolled in a graduate degree program. The successful applicant will work remotely and will complete the program of research based on the schedule of work below. We will consider applicants regardless of geography but expect that if successful, the applicant should be amenable to maintaining office hours according to the Pacific time zone.

Value of Contract

The amount of the contract will be $2,500.00 and will be payable in two equal installments at the mid-point and end of the research program upon successful receipt of the research report and GESI framework.  

Start/End Dates

The successful candidate should be able to complete the program of research between October and December 2021 according to the following schedule of work below.  The dates may change with input from the Program Manager. 

Deliverables

  • Research outline and draft submission of project-specific GESI framework (2-3 pages) – October 25, 2021
  • Detailed research outline incorporating feedback given on draft outline and framework (3-4 pages) – November 1, 2021
  • First draft submission of research on provisions in Canada's conceptual approach to inclusive trade for under-represented groups such as women, MSMEs, and Indigenous peoples. (Length:3000-4000 words) – November 29, 2021
  • Submission of GESI framework (Length: 1000 words) – December 6, 2021
  • Final submission of the report – December 13, 2021

Application Procedures 

Applications will be accepted in English only.  Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applicants should submit the following documents listed below in ONE single PDF file.  Please click here to apply.

  • One-page cover letter detailing the applicant's research interests, career interests, and why they are interested in working at the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada.
  • Résumé detailing the applicant's academic background, skills, and professional experiences relevant to the job description.
  • Name, title, and contact information (email and phone number) for two academic or professional references. References will only be contacted for short-listed applicants.
  • Optional: An original writing sample of a published journal article, book chapter authored by the applicant or a non-academic writing sample will be accepted. A functioning URL link to a sample is also acceptable.

The deadline to apply is Wednesday, October 13, 2021 (at 11:59 pm PT). Applications are considered on a rolling basis; early submission is encouraged. 

Please be sure to add notifications@app.bamboohr.com to your contact list to ensure delivery of all correspondence from us.

For questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with phebe.ferrer@asiapacific.ca

Call for Applications - Junior Research Scholar (JRS) Situational Awareness (China)

The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada (APF Canada) is looking for a Junior Research Scholar (JRS) - Situational Awareness (China) for a four months term. Subject to pandemic restrictions, the JRS will ideally work on a hybrid on-site and remote work schedule at either of the Foundation's Vancouver or Toronto offices. 

As a part of the Digital Asia team, the JRS will work with the Program Manager and Project Manager in building out the foundation’s Situational Awareness Tool. The JRS will help to monitor various Chinese and international news outlets to identify relevant current events and write brief synopses of their prospective impact for a Canadian audience. The JRS may also collect and format data on Canada - China relations from various sources as required. 

The deadline to apply is Sunday, November 14, 2021 (at midnight PT), though applications will be considered on a rolling basis and early submission is encouraged. 

Responsibilities and Qualifications 

The JRS will work under the supervision of the Program Manager, Digital Asia and the Project Manager, Risk Analysis & Development. The successful candidate will be expected to work collaboratively to support the foundation's work and will engage in the following activities: 

  • Work with the Digital Asia team on the Situational Awareness Tool by supporting the monitoring of various Chinese and international news outlets 
  • Collect and format data on Canada – China relations as requested 
  • Provide other support to other ongoing research initiatives as needed 

Successful applicants will have the following qualifications

  • Working-level capability in Chinese required, other major Asian languages an asset 
  • Knowledge in and exposure to the media landscape and current affairs within the Greater China region 
  • Basic understanding of and interest in policy research, with demonstrated skills in qualitative research methods 
  • Strong teamwork skills and ability to adapt to work in a changing environment 

Eligibility 

Applicants must be eligible to work in Canada and either be enrolled in an undergraduate or master’s-level program or have graduated no later than 12 months prior to the application deadline. . The successful applicant will ideally work out of Vancouver or Toronto, partly remote and partly in-office, Monday to Friday during regular office hours. In-office work expectations will vary due to COVID-19 restrictions

Grant Amount

The amount of the grant will be $12,000.00.  It will be disbursed in three installments, the first at the beginning of the scholarship, the second at the midpoint of the scholarship, and the third upon completing the scholarship deliverables. 

Start/End Dates  

The position will run from approximately December 1, 2021, through March 31, 2022, with the possibility of extension. 

Application Procedures 

Please submit the following documents as a single PDF file.  Please click here to apply: 

  • One-page (maximum) cover letter detailing your research interests, career interests, fit with the job requirements, and why you are interested in working with APF Canada 
  • Résumé detailing your academic background, skills, and/or professional experiences relevant to the job description 

The deadline to apply is Sunday, November 14, 2021 (at midnight PT). Applications are considered on a rolling basis and early submission is encouraged.  

Please be sure to add notifications@app.bamboohr.com to your contact list to ensure delivery of all correspondence from us. 

For questions, don't hesitate to get in touch with nate.wessel@asiapacific.ca and maya.liu@asiapacific.ca