Australian Embassy
Also accredited to Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama

Current Vacancy




Senior Research Officer LE 6 (MX023)


About the position


The Australian Embassy in Mexico City requires a bilingual Senior Research Officer for a full-time position that, under general direction, undertakes a range of activities to progress the objectives of the Australian Government’s Department of Agriculture and Water Resources.

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources develops and implements policies and programs to ensure Australia’s agricultural, fisheries, food and forestry industries remain competitive, profitable and sustainable.  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.

Under limited direction, the Senior Research Officer works to support the Counsellor (Agriculture) to maintain and improve trade of agricultural products between Australia and Mexico and Colombia and to strengthen the bilateral agriculture relationships by facilitating policy discussions, coordinating meetings and visits and monitoring cooperation, capacity building and collaborative research activities.




This position supports the Counsellor (Agriculture) in meeting the objectives of the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, including develop and maintain strong working relationships with stakeholders including government officials, producer groups, importers, exporters and distributors; monitor changes to the policy environment; and provide high level analysis, briefings and technical advice on agriculture related matters.  The key responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to:


·               Perform complex research and provide accurate and specialised advice to the Counsellor on matters relating to the Australia-Mexico and Colombia agricultural relationships by collecting, analysing and evaluating information.

·               Provide high-level translation and interpreter support for the Counsellor (Agriculture), other Embassy staff and visiting delegations, as required.

·               Build new and manage stakeholder relationships with relevant Mexican and Colombian government agencies, other sections within the Embassy environment, Mexican and Colombian and Australian producer groups, importers, exporters and distributors to progress key priorities and monitor the agricultural policy environment.

·               Respond to enquiries regarding import and export requirements, legislative and administrative frameworks, process market access requests and facilitate the handling of detained consignments.

·               Organise and facilitate programs for visiting government officials, Ministers or Australian business representatives, including meetings, field trips, workshops and other events.

·               Provide administrative support to the Agriculture Section including but not limited to; writing cables, reports of meetings, records of conversations and monthly activity reports, managing the budget of the agriculture section, maintaining a spreadsheet of market access and cooperation issues and maintaining a database of key contacts.


Selection Criteria:


·               Proven high-level research and analytical skills and subject matter expertise in relation to international agricultural trade and market access, including an understanding of sanitary and phytosanitary measures and technical barriers to trade as they relate to bilateral trade and agricultural market access.

·               A high-level of understanding of Mexican and Colombian agricultural developments including demonstrated strong capacity in public policy analysis and implementation, including in a regulatory context

·               Demonstrated highly developed written and oral communication skills in both English and Spanish, including translation and interpretation of technical terminology in a professional environment.

·               Well-developed representational and interpersonal skills, including demonstrated ability to establish and manage complex relationships with a network of contacts including senior representatives of government and industry.

·               Sound judgment and decision making, and well developed planning and organisational skills, including an ability to work with independence to meet multiple objectives and competing deadlines.

·               Demonstrated ability to contribute effectively to meet objectives of a small team, including proven initiative, cooperation, flexibility and reliability.

·               High level of proficiency in office software applications, including Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint).

·               Tertiary qualifications in an appropriate field, and experience with relevant government and industry, are highly desirable.


The selected candidate will be required to work Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm and be available for occasional overtime as required.

At commencement, monthly salary will be MXN $36,697.56 Mexican pesos per month, plus benefits according to the Locally-Engaged Staff Terms and Conditions of Service of the Embassy, which includes four weeks annual leave and a medical coverage scheme.


Expected commencement date for the position will be Monday 8 April 2019


Application requirements:


If you fulfil the requirements of this position, you are invited to submit a written application of no more than 2 pages and a separate curriculum vitae (CV), both in English, detailing your work experience and demonstrating that you meet the requirements listed above in the selection criteria.  Your application must clearly explain the reasons why you are suitable for the position.  Please include recent written references you have along with the details of up to three business referees who can be contacted by telephone and electronic mail.


Applications should be sent to  Applications should only be sent in an electronic format with all attachments included not exceeding 4 MB.


  • Only applications that fully meet the above selection criteria will be considered.
  • Candidates who are selected for interview will be required to undertake further screening in the form of small tests.
  • Foreign citizens wishing to apply will need to demonstrate that they have an appropriate Mexican work visa or work permit arrangements.



Applications will be received until 5:00 pm on Monday 25 February 2019

(Mexico City time)