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494998/ECD - Assistant Director, International Labour Team - Executive Level 1

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Work type: Full-time and Part-time
Location: Barton, ACT
Categories: Executive Level 1

Our Opportunity

The position in the Economics and International Labour Branch will work in close collaboration with other areas of the Industrial Relations group, department and across agencies, and will provide leadership to support Australia’s increased engagement with the International Labour Organization (ILO), a specialised tripartite agency of the United Nations dedicated to improving economic and working conditions through labour standards, policies and programs that promote decent work for all.

Our increased engagement with the ILO includes driving Australia’s priority campaign for the ILO Director-General position. Australia has also recently re-established the Minister-Counsellor (Labour) role in Geneva and is a voting member of the ILO Governing Body 2021-2024.

The principal objective of the Attorney-General Department’s engagement with the ILO is to advance, protect and promote Australia’s broader national and international labour interests, by ensuring Australia’s views are reflected in the ILO’s deliberations and outcomes. Engagement with the ILO, including tripartite dialogue with employers and workers, and ratification of international labour standards, helps to ensure Australia’s industrial relations and work health and safety frameworks reflect international best practice and facilitate safe, fair and productive workplaces.

Officers are sought for the international labour policy team to work on a diverse range of international issues that are central to Australia’s national security and foreign policy agendas. The main duties of the position include:

  • supporting the campaign for Australia’s candidate to be the next ILO Director-General
  • providing advice on key ILO initiatives and issues, including in the context of the international impact of COVID -19, to develop and support Australia’s position
  • progressing Australia’s implementation of strategic projects to support Australia’s influence across the multilateral framework, including supporting Australia’s engagement on international labour standards in our region
  • progressing the development of labour provisions in free trade agreements, consistent with Government negotiating mandates
  • progressing the consideration and assessment of ILO conventions to inform Government decisions on potential ratification, in consultation with other parts of the Department, Commonwealth and State and Territory jurisdictions
  • representing the department at relevant international fora (generally currently held virtually) including the ILO Governing Body and International Labour Conference
  • liaising with social partners under the tripartite framework of the ILO, including the management of the International Labour Affairs Committee which is the formal consultation mechanism
  • supporting the new Minister Counsellor in Geneva, including in her role as Coordinator of the Asia Pacific group of governments
  • leading a team of policy officers, and contributing to divisional and branch management.

Who are we looking for?

Applicants should have the capability or relevant experience working on international engagement issues, and a good understanding of international and domestic political, economic and social settings in which multilateral engagement on international labour issues occurs. An interest/background in industrial relations would be advantageous.

You will work in a small team that is focused on achieving results and will work closely with other relevant areas in the division and department and external agencies such as the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. As an Executive Level 1, you will be responsible for:

  • liaising with internal and external stakeholders including by representing the department and the government at high level meetings
  • progressing specific projects within set timeframes and budgets
  • researching, analysing and developing advice on issues in light of domestic and international considerations
  • setting strategic direction and effectively managing staff; and
  • preparing written briefs on high level meetings, emerging issues, or policy options.

Please refer to the AGD Performance Expectations for more detail.

The range and nature of work within the Attorney-General’s Department requires a workforce that reflects our diverse society and the department provides a number of support mechanisms for employees.

As an AGD employee, you will:

  • be part of an inclusive and diverse work environment
  • receive a generous starting salary and work conditions
  • benefit from supportive learning and development
  • be supported by a range of active networks including the Indigenous Employee Network, the Celebrating Ability Network, the Women’s Network, the Pride Network and the Cultural and Linguistically Diverse Network.

To see further information regarding our support for our employees, please see our Workplace Diversity Page.

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