Trade Commissioner

Position Description

Competition Number: 2019-TD-02
Position Title: Trade Commissioner - Agriculture
Location: Embassy of Canada, Hanoi
Classification: LE-07
Starting Salary: 501,858,368 VND per year (plus one month Tet bonus)
Hours of Work: 37.5/week
Closing Date: August 12th, 2019 at 16:30 (GMT +7)

** This competition is Anticipatory Staffing to create eligibility lists for potential indeterminate, term and emergency vacancies that may arise within this domain. We anticipate a vacancy beginning in October 2019. **

Area of Selection:

This position is open to applicants eligible to work in Vietnam who meet all of the essential qualifications and whose applications are received by the closing date. Short-listed candidates should be able to participate in tests and/or interviews in Hanoi. The successful candidate will be required to relocate to Hanoi at own expense.

All Applicants Must:

Submit resumes with a cover letter stating his/her interest and suitability, by the closing date. Note that applications received after the closing date will be disqualified.

Clearly demonstrate in your cover letter how you meet all of the mandatory and/or asset qualifications stated below. Failure to do so will result in your application being rejected.

Job summary

The Canadian Trade Commissioner Service is a world-wide network of professionals dedicated to advancing Canada's global commerce. These professionals work with government and business to identify business opportunities as well as obstacles to trade so that they can act on them for the benefit of Canadian companies.

As a member of the Trade Commissioner Service, the Trade Commissioner will contribute to advancing Canada’s global commerce by, among others, developing and sharing knowledge of the marketplace; providing service, advice and information to clients; building relationships with clients and local contacts; doing troubleshooting as well as planning and executing events.

This sector specialist will play a key role in supporting clients and colleagues across the Government of Canada by capitalizing on expanding opportunities in the agriculture and agri-food sector.

Essential Qualifications


  • Graduation from a recognized university with a degree in international relations, international economics, business, commerce, international trade or international law, or an acceptable combination of post-secondary education and work experience


  • Excellent proficiency in English (reading, writing and speaking)
  • Native fluency in Vietnamese (reading, writing and speaking)


  • At least three (3) years of work experience in the private sector and/or in an international organization in Vietnam
  • Experience in developing and maintaining a network of business and government contacts
  • Experience in conducting business development in Vietnam


  • Knowledge of international business, trade and investment practices internationally and in Vietnam
  • Knowledge of the structure of Vietnamese government ministries and agencies, as well as the private sector
  • Knowledge of the Vietnamese business organizations and associations


  • Ability to organize work to meet conflicting demands and to function effectively in a high-stress environment
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing
  • Ability to initiate, plan, undertake research and analysis on trade and investment-related issues
  • Ability to solve problems and determine potential solutions independently
  • Ability to establish effective interpersonal relationships within the team and with colleagues, supervisors and clients
  • Ability to use and manage social media platforms (Facebook, LinkedIn)
  • Ability to lead projects
  • Ability to use effectively the Microsoft suite of products, including Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

Personal Suitability:

  • Client Focus - Addresses underlying client needs
  • Effective Interactive Communication - Communicates for maximum results
  • Effectiveness/Achievement Orientation - Taking calculated entrepreneurial risks
  • Initiative - Implements longer-term strategic solutions
  • Judgement - Applies sound judgment in difficult situations
  • Networking/Alliance Building - Organizes involvement of key players

Asset Qualifications

Preference may be given to candidates that demonstrate the following skills and knowledge


  • Proficiency in French (reading, writing and speaking) is desirable


  • Experience in providing strategic advice to clients about doing business in Vietnam
  • Experience in developing, planning and coordinating trade events or business missions
  • Experience working in the agriculture and agri-food sector in Vietnam


  • Knowledge of the Canadian economy and business environment
  • Knowledge of the agriculture and agri-food sector in Vietnam and opportunities for Canadian companies

Conditions of Employment

  • Legally permitted to work in Vietnam
  • Willing and able to travel domestically and internationally
  • Willing and able to work overtime, often on short notice
  • The appointment of the successful candidate will be subject to Medical Clearance and Reliability (security) Status Check (RS) obtained by Management.
  • The appointment of the successful candidate will be conditional on a one (1) year probationary period.

How to apply & Selection procedure

Candidates must clearly demonstrate in a cover letter (in no more than 2 pages) how they meet the education and experience factors listed in the essential and asset qualifications. Candidates must explain how they meet the required experience by providing concrete examples. Resumes may be used as a secondary source to validate the experience described in the cover letter. Failure to demonstrate how you meet the screening criteria (essential and asset education and experience) will result in the application being rejected. Candidates who are missing information or submit incomplete information will be screened out.

Candidates screened in will be contacted for further assessment, including: a personal interview with a series of questions designed to evaluate each applicant’s knowledge, abilities, competencies and personal suitability for the position. In addition, tests may be conducted to assist the selection board in assessing the applicant’s qualifications, skills and language ability. Reference verifications shall be conducted as a part of the hiring process.

Send your application (Cover Letter and Resume) by email to: [email protected]

Please quote the competition number “2019-TD-02” in the subject of the email. Applications can be submitted in English or in French.

Only applications received by email and before the cut-off date and time will be considered for screening. Hard copy applications will not be accepted.


  • Only the applicants short-listed will be contacted by the HR section.
  • The results of this competition may also be used to establish an eligibility list of staff for similar openings on an indeterminate, term and emergency basis which might arise in the 12 months following the completion of this competition.
  • The Government of Canada is committed to building a skilled, diverse workforce. We welcome applicants from all backgrounds irrespective of race, color, religion, gender, disability, age or sexual orientation.
  • The Government of Canada is also committed to developing inclusive, barrier-free selection processes and work environments. If contacted in relation to a job opportunity or testing, you should advise us in a timely fashion of the accommodation measures which must be taken to enable you to be assessed in a fair and equitable manner. Information received relating to accommodation measures will be addressed confidentially.
Job Details
Organisation Name: 
Embassy of Canada
Application Deadline: 
Mon, 2019-08-12