Job Vacancy –Trade Justice Coordinator

The Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network (AFTINET) is a network of community groups and individuals that campaigns for fair trade based on human rights, labour rights and environmental sustainability.

This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced graduate passionate about global justice. The position is for 28 hours per week for one year, renewable. Remuneration, including 10% superannuation, is $75,130 per year.

The focus of the campaigns is the social impact of trade agreements, including bilateral agreements like the Australia-UK Free Trade Agreement, regional agreements like the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), and World Trade Organisation agreements.


The trade justice coordinator reports to the Convener and the management committee. Key tasks of the role include to:

  • analysis of the text of trade agreements for submissions to the Dept of Foreign Affairs & Trade (DFAT) and to parliamentary inquiries
  • circulate draft submissions to members, incorporating feedback
  • attend meetings with DFAT negotiators
  • organise meetings with politicians
  • organise and speak at public meetings and meetings with member organisations
  • monitor media on trade negotiations and write media releases, website posts and social media posts as required
  • write and distribute regular bulletins
  • organise monthly committee meetings
  • maintain membership records, organise membership subscriptions and renewals and assist with fundraising activities.



The successful applicant should have a university degree in a relevant area of study and must be able to demonstrate:

  • commitment to human rights and trade justice principles;
  • excellent written and verbal communication skills;
  • ability to represent agreed policy positions;
  • knowledge of political and government structures and policy processes;
  • understanding of trade agreements, Australia's trade policy and how they relate to human rights and social policy issues;
  • skills in consultation with community groups and membership-based organisations;
  • ability and experience in using word processing, website and database packages
  • skills in using social media for advocacy and campaigning;
  • proven ability to work with limited supervision and an ability to meet deadlines;
  • commitment to EEO, WHS and cultural diversity practices.

Applications must address the selection criteria and contain contact details for two referees.  Please send your application by email by close of business, Wednesday July 14 to Lesley Gruit, Selection Committee Chair