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Policy Officer, International Trade and Economics

Advertiser: National Farmers' FederationMore jobs from this company

Job Information

Job Listing Date
11 Feb 2019
Work Type
Full Time
Consulting & Strategy, Policy

The Organisation

The National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) is the peak national body representing farmers, and more broadly, agriculture across Australia. The NFF is seeking a hardworking and enthusiastic policy officer to contribute to achieving policy outcomes that increase Australia’s agricultural exports and strengthen farm businesses. We seek a candidate that has initiative, is keen to learn about agricultural business and international trade, and has a long-term career interest in international trade, federal policy making, and/or agricultural business development.

The NFF’s work focuses on building valued relationships with key stakeholders including Government, parliamentarians, and bureaucrats and ensuring the NFF is viewed as a credible and effective source of policy advice.  Effective team work is critical to this work and achieving the policy outcomes we seek. The successful candidate will be a valued and active member of the NFF team.

If you are seeking a fast-paced, challenging role responsible for managing diverse issues and engaging with a broad range of stakeholders, we encourage you to apply.

The Role

The successful applicant will be responsible for providing high-level policy research, analysis and development support for the NFF with a particular focus on issues impacting farm businesses, international agricultural trade, and economic analysis.  The role is diverse. Principal tasks are:

  • Undertake research and development on relevant policy that drives the development of a sustainable and profitable agricultural sector.
  • Liaison with internal and external stakeholders to inform policy research and development. Where appropriate advocate policy positions to internal and external stakeholders to drive policy outcomes.
  • High-level administrative and secretariat support for Committees, Taskforces and Working Groups in the Trade and Economics portfolio, ensuring the integrity of the NFF Committee and Taskforce structure and procedures.

The Policy Officer will report to the General Manager, Trade and Economics and the CEO. They may also, on occasion, be required to support other General Managers.

Qualifications and Experience

The successful candidate will have the following essential qualifications and experience:

  • Relevant Bachelor level tertiary qualifications. 
  • An affinity and passion for the Australian agriculture sector.
  • Experience in research and analysis, including document discovery and review, drafting of discussion papers, submissions, summaries and correspondence.
  • Demonstrated skills in Microsoft Office Suite.

It is desirable that the candidate possess the following qualifications and experience: 

  • Tertiary qualifications and/or experience in international relations, political science, economics or commerce.
  • Experience in policy research and development.
  • Experience managing meetings and events.
  • Experience with website software and social media.


The successful candidate will:

  • Possess the highest standards of integrity and professionalism.
  • Demonstrate strategic thinking and analysis.
  • Demonstrate an ability to build internal and external relationships to achieve objectives.
  • Show initiative, and be able to prioritise and self-manage in a fast-paced working environment.
  • Have high-level written and oral communication skills and be an effective communicator.
  • Adhere to Equal Employment Opportunity, Occupational Health & Safety and documented National Farmers’ Federation policies.

To Apply

To apply, please send your CV and a supporting cover letter which outlines your skills and experience for the position.

Applications close at midnight on Sunday 24 February 2019.


The application form will include these questions:
  • Which of the following statements best describes your right to work in Australia?
  • How much notice are you required to give your current employer?
  • What's your expected annual base salary?
  • What's your highest level of education?
  • Which of the following Microsoft Office products are you experienced with?

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