The Pacific Islands Forum


The Forum (PIF) is an Employer of Choice in the region, aiming to recruit and employ staff based on merit and organisational needs, and ensures that employment selection upholds its values and commitment to Forum membership, gender balance and building a diverse and inclusive organisation. PIF is committed to achieving gender balance and being fully representative of our member countries.  Our workforce is currently over 50% female, and we have representatives from twelve of the eighteen Forum member countries. To achieve greater workforce representation from our member countries we strongly encourage applicants from the following countries to apply: Federated States of Micronesia, French Polynesia, Nauru, Niue, New Caledonia, and Palau


The Opportunity


The Forum invites suitably experienced and qualified individuals from Forum member countries only to apply for the position of Trade Commissioner – PTI Australia. The role is based in Sydney Australia and reports to the Director Programmes & Initiatives under the supervision of the General Manager PTI for the operational and strategic outcomes of the PTI Australia Office. The position holder’s accountabilities will be aligned, but not limited to the key responsibilities outlined below:


  • Leadership and People Management;
  • Services delivery, Liaison and Networking;
  • Work Programming and Marketing;
  • Administration/Reporting; and
  • Financial & Management Support/Advice.


Applicants should have a postgraduate university degree in one of the following fields: Business Studies, Business Administration, Management, or International Marketing and minimum of eight (8) years demonstrated experience of the same at practitioner level. Candidates with trade facilitation and investment promotion experience between Australia and the Pacific will be held in high regard.


Further, candidates with a track record in strategic planning, financial management, marketing, international trade and or investment and practical knowledge and experience in business including enterprise development and facilitation and proven knowledge and understanding of global and regional social and economic conditions, are encouraged to apply.


The Benefits


The position carries a competitive and attractive remuneration benefits package:

  • Starting salary:                         AUD101,530 / annum.
  • Cost-of-living allowance:        AUD32,490 / annum.
  • Housing Allowance:                   AUD83,400 / annum (capped).
  • Education allowance:               AUD94,347* / annum (*capped amount for three dependent children).
  • Vehicle: Sydney office vehicle for official and private use (incl. fuel, maintenance and insurance)
  • Insurance: Health (family cover), Life and Accident cover


Note: Salary and allowances are paid in SDR. Stated amounts are as of 1 May 2024 foreign exchange rate and actual amounts will be based on foreign exchange rates at the time of payment.


How to apply


Interested applicants can find out more information on our website: where an information package containing the full responsibilities, selection criteria and remuneration details is available. Candidates must include in either their application or Curriculum Vitae the full contact details of three referees. To be eligible for this position, the applicant must be a national of a Forum member country*. Applicant must be willing to travel periodically via economy class.


Deadline for applications is at 5pm (Fiji time), Friday 2 August 2024.


*Member States of the Pacific Islands Forum: Australia, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, French Polynesia, Kiribati, Nauru, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu.

Position Description

Type: Contract - International

Category: Economics

Reference ID: LN000070

Date Posted: 04/07/2024