Job Vacancy - AFTINET Trade Justice Coordinator

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

This is an exciting opportunity in global justice advocacy for a graduate in a relevant discipline with at least three years’ work experience relevant to the skills in the selection criteria below.

The election of a Labor government with more progressive trade policies both provides more opportunities for trade justice policies to be implemented and requires strong advocacy to counter opposition to those policies.

The position is for 28-35 hours per week for one year, renewable depending on funding. Remuneration is $89,307 for 35 hours plus 10.5 percent superannuation.

The focus of campaigns is the social impact of trade agreements, including bilateral agreements like the Australia-EU Free Trade Agreement, regional agreements like the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework and multilateral World Trade Organisation agreements, including those dealing with access to medicines.


The Trade Justice Coordinator reports to the Convener and the management committee. Key tasks of the role include:

  • analysis of the text of trade agreements for submissions to DFAT and to parliamentary inquiries.
  • circulating draft submissions to members, incorporating feedback
  • attending meetings with DFAT negotiators
  • organising meetings with politicians
  • organising and speaking at public meetings and meetings with member organisations
  • monitoring media on trade negotiations and writing media releases,
  • writing and distributing regular bulletins;
  • organising monthly management committee meetings
  • website posts and social media posts as required
  • membership records, membership subscriptions and renewals and assisting with fundraising activities



The successful applicant should have a 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;
  • potential to take a planning and leadership role; and
  • commitment to EEO and cultural diversity practices.


Applications must address the selection criteria and include a CV and contact details for two referees. Please send your application by email by close of business, Friday March 3, to Lesley Gruit, Selection Committee Chair