Policy/Technical Officer, Exports Division, Department of Agriculture, Canberra ACT

Closing: 20-Jun-2018 11:00 PM (AEST)

The Exports Division provides export inspection and certification services and develops strategies to gain, improve or maintain market access for a wide range of food, inedible products of animal origin, live animal and reproductive materials. It provides residue monitoring services to Australian primary industries and administers 33 tariff rate quotas for products to the European Union, United States of America and Japan. The division also includes the Codex contact point which coordinates technical input from both industry and government to develop Australia’s position on international food standards.

The Meat Exports Branch works in close partnership with internal and external stakeholders to develop and maintain national export inspection and certification services for meat (red meat, poultry, pork, sheep and game meat). This includes the development of legislation, operational policy and guidelines, instructional material, technical training development and delivery, reporting and engagement of industry and government stakeholders. The central office team manages the export certification system (EXDOC) and provides operational support to the department’s technical service delivery streams who are responsible for inspection, verification and certification of meat and meat products across Australia. The branch also includes the division’s certification integrity unit that evaluates the effectiveness of the division’s export systems.

The Operational Integrity Section ensures that product integrity and traceability systems are supported operationally and that policies are developed which will maintain and enhance market access. The areas of responsibility include official marks and seals for export product, returning Australian meat for re-export, and the halal certification systems of export red meat and red meat products. The team centres around operational policy development, management of existing systems, initiating the development of new processes, and providing operational support to the veterinary and technical streams responsible for inspection, verification and certification of export meat and meat products.

The Job
The Operational Integrity team is looking for a highly motivated and well organised policy/technical officer with strong communication skills to provide a variety of planning, business and technical support and coordination activities. The successful candidate will be required to remain flexible within the role, be willing to take direction, display initiative and sound judgment, and be able to work to (and meet) critical deadlines. The role may involve providing technical support and advice to the branch, stakeholders or industry, contributing to maintaining overseas market access for meat and meat products and assisting in the creation of essential policy documentation and instructional material. In a professional and informed manner you will also represent the branch in meetings with stakeholders or industry and accurately minute the outcomes of these meetings

Knowledge and experience
An existing understanding or qualifications and experience related to animal health/disease control/food safety/public health/animal production systems are highly desirable for this role.

Skills and capabilities
The successful candidate must have:

•  well-developed communication skills with a strong focus on the provision of client service and the development and maintenance of strong working relationships
•  strong analytical and research skills with the ability to make well researched and sound recommendations
•  demonstrated flexibility and adaptability whilst working to manage changing circumstances and competing priorities
•  the ability to operate independently or as a member of a team and to actively involve others in the decision making process
•  the ability to rapidly learn export operations and procedures (particularly relating to the Meat Program) and the capacity to rapidly learn to use complex departmental-specific and web-based IT systems.

Desirable Qualifications
Qualifications related to animal health/disease control/food safety/public health/animal production systems are highly desirable for this role.

Eligibility/Other requirements
To be eligible for employment with the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, an applicant must be an Australian citizen. An applicant’s suitability for employment with the department will be assessed through a pre-employment screening process. This process includes a requirement for the applicant to undergo and satisfy a National Police Check, referee checks, character clearance and where relevant a pre-employment medical assessment, specified mandatory qualification(s) validation and a probation period of 6 months. Any applicant that, in the course of their work, requires unescorted access within an aviation or maritime security zone will be required to obtain and maintain an Aviation Security Identification Card (ASIC) or Maritime Security Identification Card (MSIC).

Source: Department of Agriculture – Policy/Technical Officer

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