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Technical Trade Policy Officer – Ottawa, Ontario

The Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance (CAFTA) and the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) seek a Technical Trade Policy Officer. The successful candidate will have a proven familiarity with trade policy and have good writing, analytical and organizational skills. The position is split between the CCA and CAFTA.

Job Description – CAFTA

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Trade Policy Officer will play an operational support role in backing the mandate of the organization.

The Trade Policy Officer will undertake the following;

  • Assist in the monitoring of trade policy developments and related legislative matters
  • Conduct broad research including on trade statistics, for preparation of trade policy materials (presentations, briefings, monthly newsletter, appearances before parliamentary committees etc.)
  • Assist in the management of the CAFTA office and provide support for operations as needed in accordance with core competencies of the job
  • Coordinate lobby meetings, communications and outreach

Job Description – CCA

Reporting to the Director of Government and International Relations the Trade Policy Officer will support CCA’s domestic and international trade policy development and analysis

  • Monitor international trade notifications and preparation of CCA response when required
  • Maintain and monitor relevant trade data  
  • Develop and maintain country profiles
  • Develop and disseminate trade policy materials (presentations, briefings, communications etc.)
  • Foreign Trade Committee support in partnership with the Director
  • Assist with events and lobby days as part of the CCA Government Relations Team

Desired Skills and Experience
Qualifications:

  • Related university degree
  • Experience conducting research and compiling data on a variety of topics for briefings and reports
  • Strong computer skills in MS Office, especially in Excel
  • Good written communication skills
  • Previous desk research skills
  • Knowledge of international trade, foreign affairs
  • Assets: French

How to apply

Please send your cover letter and resume in one document to cciteau@cafta.org and jacksonf@cattle.ca Please indicate “Technical Trade Policy Officer- last name” in the subject line of your email. No phone calls please.

Work hours and pay

This is a full time position based in the shared CCA/CAFTA office in Ottawa, starting immediately. Limited travel may be required. Salary will be commensurate with experience.

Closing Statement

We thank all applicants for their interest. All applications will be reviewed to determine which candidates' qualifications most closely match the advertised requirements. Only individuals selected for interviews will be contacted. This position will remain open until filled.

About CAFTA

The Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance is the voice of Canadian agri-food exporters, a coalition of national organizations that support a more open and fair international trading environment for agriculture and agri-food. CAFTA’s members include producer organizations, processors, marketers and exporters from the major trade dependent sectors in Canada. Together, these sectors represent 90 per cent of Canada's agriculture and agri-food exports, about $60 billion in business annually and an economic activity that support one million jobs across Canada.

About CCA

The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) is the national voice of Canada’s 60,000 beef farms and feedlots. Founded by producers and led by a producer-elected board of directors, CCA works to address issues that concern Canada’s beef producers.

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Technical Manager, Certification Framework

Location: Calgary, AB or Ottawa, ON
Type: Two-year contract position, with potential for extension
Salary: Based on successful candidate

Job purpose

The Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (CRSB) is seeking a Technical Manager for its Certification Framework (the “Framework”).

The position reports to the Executive Director of the CRSB and works closely with CRSB membership and various partner organizations. Collaborating with stakeholders, the Technical Manager is responsible for planning, developing, maintaining and improving all technical elements of the Framework, including standards, requirements, policies, procedures, guidance, etc. for all product lines and supply chains.

In 2017, the CRSB launched the first outcome-based Certification Framework for beef sustainability in the world. The Framework was developed following the International Social and Environmental Accreditation and Labelling codes of good practice and was guided by three multi-stakeholder committees. Currently, there are 1,300 farms and ranches, 4 packers, 4 further processors and 3 retail and foodservice companies participating in the Framework, with ambitious goals for growth.

The mission of the Framework is to advance and recognize beef sustainability in Canada through a world class operation-level certification framework. The long-term goals are to:

  1. be the most sought-after beef sustainability sourcing framework
  2. advance sustainable beef production
  3. identify and register retail and food service partners interested in utilizing the program
  4. enable the viable sourcing of beef from CRSB Certified Operations
  5. build consumer knowledge and understanding of sustainable production practices
  6. positively collaborate and partner with interested stakeholders and existing programs

Responsibilities

  • Maintain and strengthen working relationships with all relevant stakeholders, including existing Framework users, new potential users, the oversight body, certification bodies and international standards organizations
  • Ensure CRSB’s programming supports Framework users to comply with technical elements
  • Lead all technical Framework-related inquiries and coordinate responses
  • Refine and expand the monitoring and evaluation system; this includes collecting bi-annual reports from Framework stakeholders and completing various data analyses
  • Work planning, budgeting and contractor coordination
  • Assist with business management activities
  • Standardize and centralize data management, administrative processes and technical systems
  • Work with CRSB’s communications and marketing team to develop and refine relevant communication resources
  • Maintain Framework documents, systems and processes (standards, chain of custody, assurance protocols, certification body requirements, conflict of interest policy, auditor training, etc.)
  • Work with the CRSB’s Framework Committee as required to update certification framework elements and seek direction on emerging strategic developments
  • Occasional travel required

Qualifications and Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s degree preferred.
  • At least five years’ work experience related to agriculture
  • Demonstrated relationship building skills
  • Demonstrated experience with project management and coordination
  • Exceptional problem-solving skills
  • Ability to professionally navigate competing demands, and identify common interests and potential solutions
  • Exceptional time management, communication and teamwork skills; proven experience managing many priorities
  • Knowledge of sustainable agriculture standards and verification/certification systems
  • Knowledge of the beef cattle industry and associated supply chains
  • Ability to work independently and in a team setting
  • Ability to professionally engage with various stakeholder groups
  • Capacity to express ideas clearly in writing; excellent interpersonal and presentation skills
  • Self-motivated, detail-oriented and organized with the ability to multitask, prioritize and manage time effectively

Please send your resume and cover letter to Monica Hadarits at hadaritsm@cattle.ca by Friday, October 30th.

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CCA Summer Intern Program

Company Description

Established in 1932, and continually evolving with the industry, the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) is a not-for-profit federation comprised of nine provincial member cattle associations that provide representation to over 55,000 beef producers across Canada. Our national, producer-led, board provides the leadership and unity necessary to speak as one voice on issues of importance to the beef cattle industry. Current key areas of focus include business risk management, market access and trade regulations, sustainability, animal care, animal health and food safety, grading/inspection, marketing, government and regulatory affairs, fiscal/monetary policy, and technology and innovation. The CCA’s vision is to have a dynamic, profitable Canadian beef industry with high-quality beef products recognized as the most outstanding by customers at home and around the world.

We are looking for a talented, self-motivated individual to participate in our CCA Summer Intern Program.

Job Description

The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association Summer Intern Program is a unique opportunity for students interested in the Canadian beef industry across a broad range of topics including (but not limited to) public policy, research, communications, and advocacy. Interns will have the opportunity to engage directly with CCA staff, Board Members, and key industry stakeholders to advance on challenges and opportunities important to the Canadian beef industry.  CCA also encourages students to propose summer projects to CCA for consideration. There is one position available based in CCA’s Calgary office.

Responsibilities

  • Participation in lobbying efforts and assist in policy development
  • Assist in communication updates to member organizations
  • Active participation in Association meetings
  • Assisting with advocacy efforts
  • Performs other duties as assigned

Qualifications

  • Applicants must be enrolled in undergraduate, graduate, or post-graduate studies
  • Applicants should be enrolled in an agriculture or associated program, have beef production experience, and/or an expressed interest in pursuing a career in the Canadian beef industry
  • Must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and be available for the duration of the internship
  • Must have excellent research, writing and communication skills
  • Must be able to work in CCA’s Calgary office (COVID measures in place)

Specific Activities for 2021

  • Advocacy communications development regarding value of innovation investments in beef and forage program
  • Support of knowledge and technology transfer strategy that is focused on developing resources for producers and industry stakeholders to support the adoption of relevant production practices
  • Science topic page development related to areas of priority for producers and some public trust topics (animal care, transport, sustainability)
  • Assistance with CBIC/CCA semi-annual meetings and assistance with the Bov-Innovation sessions (development and execution) at CBIC
  • Support the compilation and standardization of CCA policy briefs and supporting documents; including research, writing and collaboration with the CCA policy team across all CCA’s policy files including animal health, animal care, trade, domestic agriculture, food and environment
  • Support communications efforts by developing content on key policy files for CCA’s Action News e-newsletter, the CCA website and social media outreach.
  • Data summary, analysis and report development including organizing and preparing databases for future data-mining activities
  • Working with the Canfax staff to produce analysis and content for the weekly market outlook

This position will remain open until filled, please send your resume and cover letter to:
Brady Stadnicki, Manager of Policy and Programs
Canadian Cattlemen's Association
stadnickib@cattle.ca

Canadian Cattlemen’s Association is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Prohibits Discrimination and Harassment of Any Kind: CCA is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all employees and to providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. All employment decisions at CCA are based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to race, colour, religion or belief, national, social or ethnic origin, sex (including pregnancy), age, physical, mental or sensory disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital, civil union or domestic partnership status, past or present military service, family medical history or genetic information, family or parental status, or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in Canada.

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