View Vacancy - Economic & Trade Policy Officer, Western Canada

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Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (Policy & Political roles)
Economic and Prosperity

Main purpose of job:

The British Consulate General in Vancouver is inviting applications for the Economic & Trade Policy Adviser, Western Canada, position within the Economics and Trade Team. The successful candidate will support the UK’s economic and trade policy outcomes across Western Canada.

The role will include a focus on:

  • Developing a deep understanding of the economic and associated political dynamics in four Canadian Provinces (British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan).
  • Seeking mutually beneficial opportunities to enhance bilateral trade and economic policy cooperation in order to boost two-way trade and investment between the UK and Western Canada.
  • Working with UK businesses to identify and, where appropriate, resolve barriers to doing business across Western Canada.
  • Supporting the implementation of the UK-Canada Trade Continuity Agreement (TCA), including monitoring Provincial implementation and leading on a small number of Federal policy and Committee areas that include standards and regulation.
  • Supporting the Trade Promotion teams in their work to ensure that UK businesses utilise the preferential market access within the TCA and understand specific regulations and standards across Western Canada.

Success will require the jobholder to undertake both external representation to deliver organisation objectives, as well as participate in policy development and delivery. The jobholder will need to be adaptable to emerging organisation priorities and will be called upon to assist in other portfolios as required.

The role is Vancouver-based due to the importance of the UK’s trade and economic relationship with British Columbia, and adding to the existing footprint of the network/team. However, the post-holder will be able to work remotely in observance of all public health measures to protect their personal health and the health of others.

Roles and responsibilities / what will the jobholder be expected to achieve?: 

  • Work with the Provincial Governments in Western Canada to further open the market to UK trade and investment. This includes:
    • Political and economic analysis of Provincial dynamics and policy developments relating to industry, the economy and trade.
    • Monitoring Provincial compliance with the UK-Canada Trade Continuity Agreement (TCA).
    • Working with DIT colleagues to ensure that the opportunities created by the TCA and subsequent clarifications/refinements are understood by business and they are taking advantage of them.
    • Leading on specific Federal-level implementation committees within the TCA.
    • Focused work on tackling market access barriers across four Western Canada Provinces.
    • Seeking mutually beneficial options for enhancing two-way UK-Western Canada trade and investment through a future UK-Canada Free Trade Agreement.
    • Maintaining strong relationships with trade associations and key sector stakeholders across Western Canada and the UK.

Resources managed (staff and expenditure):

1 x Direct Report

  • An undergraduate degree in economics, trade policy, or related discipline (or appropriate work experience).
  • Knowledge of current trends in Canadian trade policy, economic policy and political dynamics.
  • Strong project or programme management skills and experience.
  • Understanding of the Canadian federal and provincial system, and machinery of the federal government.
  • Ability to write clearly for range of audiences in varying degrees of detail.
  • Proven ability to work within changing circumstances and willingness to be adaptable to new priorities.
  • Language: English.
  • Experience working in the Canadian federal or provincial governments, industry association, or other diplomatic missions.
  • Knowledge of UK government trade and economic policy priorities.
  • Language: French
Changing and Improving, Making Effective Decisions, Delivering at Pace, Engaging Internationally
23 May 2021
C4 (L)
Fixed Term, Full-time
9 months
Americas, Caribbean & Overseas Territories
British Consulate General
26 July 2021

Learning and development opportunities:

The British Consulate General has a strong learning and development offer, including the ability to achieve qualifications through the UK’s Diplomatic Academy.

There is also a Learning and Development budget available for all staff to bid into.

Working patterns:

The job is full-time and the British Consulate General is currently offering remote working in accordance with public health policies and personal health protection requirements.

Must have the legal status to live and work in Canada. 

The contract will last until 31 March 2022.

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This opportunity is closed to applications.