Australian Embassy

Senior Research and Program Officer (Agriculture)(LE5.1)



Department of Agriculture and Water Resources


Australian Embassy, Beijing


Senior Research and Program Officer (Agriculture)

Position number






Reports to (title)

Senior Policy Officer


Ongoing, Full-time

Gross Monthly Salary

RMB16,840.85 (plus loading where applicable)

Commencement date

January 2018












About the Australian Government’s Department of Agriculture and Water Resources

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR) leads the development of policy advice and provides services to improve the productivity, competitiveness and sustainability of agriculture, fisheries, forestry and related industries as well as to help people and goods move in and out of Australia while managing the risks to the environment and animal, plant and human health.

The Department has a network of overseas officers to help maintain and expand market access for Australia’s agricultural exports and to manage the agricultural relationship with key trading partners.

The Department works closely with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and other Australian Government agencies as part of a whole of government approach to advance Australia’s global, regional and bilateral interests.

About the position

Under limited direction, the Senior Research and Program Officer supports the Agriculture Counsellors – both Policy and Technical - to facilitate trade of agricultural products between Australia and China, provide advice on the Chinese agriculture market, and build relationships with relevant Chinese agricultural agencies and industry.

To support this work, the Senior Research and Program officer will; provide high-level research, analysis and evaluation on agriculture related matters and produce succinct and accurate reporting material; develop and maintain strong working relationships with key stakeholders; provide highly technical translation and interpreter support to Agriculture Counsellors and to visiting delegations (often including very senior officials and ministers from Australia); and, under the direction of the Senior Policy Officer (LE6), supervise and support the Research and Program Officer (LE4).

Key responsibilities

  • Provide highly technical translation from both English to Chinese and Chinese to English and interpreter support to Agriculture Counsellors and visiting delegations.
  • Undertake independent research, analysis and evaluation on matters relating to Australia-China agriculture trade (using both Chinese and Australian sources) and produce succinct, accurate and timely reporting material.
  • Build new and maintain effective networks of key contacts with relevant Chinese government agencies, key industry associations, Chinese and Australian producer groups, importers, exporters and distributors to progress key priorities and monitor appropriate policy environments.
  • Represent Agriculture Counsellors at conferences, events and industry meetings.
  • Respond to enquiries and calls on issues such as bilateral agricultural trade and import/export administration and requirements.
  • Organise and facilitate programs for visiting government officials, including ministers, and Australian business representatives.
  • Manage the financial and administrative requirements of the Agriculture Section.
  • Supervise and support the Research and Program Officer (LE4).


***** This position is being readvertised. Previous applicants need not reapply ******


Selection Criteria

Applicants should address all five (5) of the selection criteria below, clearly outlining their claims and specific experience that makes them suitable for this position.

  • Demonstrated ability to communicate with high-level of fluency in both Mandarin and English (verbal and written), and strong abilities in both translation and interpretation of highly technical agricultural terminology in a professional environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with limited direction; prioritise a busy workload; work under pressure; and meet deadlines with close attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated ability in representation and contact building with internal and external stakeholders. 
  • Demonstrated research skills and an ability to conduct research with limited direction.
  • Strong familiarity with the Australian Government’s agriculture trade policy goals (including tertiary qualifications in a relevant discipline are desirable), and knowledge of the agricultural and biosecurity relationships between Australia and China.


What we offer

  • A diverse and inclusive workplace and attractive remuneration package
  • Exciting and fulfilling work in a diplomatic mission
  • The opportunity to work with strong, smart, visionary and experienced leaders who encourage and support to develop your skills.



Your application, written in English, should include:

  1. Curriculum Vitae (maximum 2 pages)

Please attach  current curriculum vitae.

  1. Selection criteriaComplete Attachment A

Applicants are required to address the selection criteria by completing Attachment A.  For each criterion, applicants should limit their response to 250 words.  Appendix 1 provides useful information on how to address the selection criteria.  Applications that do not address the selection criteria will not be considered.

  1. Contact details for two work-related referees - Complete Attachment B

You need to provide contacts for two referees who are familiar with your professional as well as personal skills and competence.  In most cases referees are not contacted unless you are shortlisted for the position, however if we have a tight timeframe we may contact referees before interviews.

****Optional requirement****************************************************************

  1. Employment & Qualification Background  - Complete Attachment C

The form is attached for completion.


Applications should be submitted in writing by email to the Human Resources Section of the Australian Embassy, Beijing at:

Please email your application before 17:00 on Sunday, 19 November 2017.  Applications received after the closing date and time will not be considered. 

For further information about this position, please contact

Please note that only applicants short-listed for interview will receive a written reply. If you have not received any communication from the Human Resources Section within four weeks after the close of application, please consider your application unsuccessful. Thank you for your understanding and your interest in working at the Australian Embassy in Beijing.

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