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Job Opportunity: Advocacy Manager


Job Summary


The Canada-ASEAN Business Council (CABC) is seeking a full-time Advocacy Manager based in the ASEAN region.


Reporting to the Executive Director, Advocacy Manager to lead its advocacy efforts guided by the CABC Advocacy Roadmap, focusing on priorities, including, increasing Canada-ASEAN trade, facilitating business and investment, and maximizing connectivity and information exchange between the two regions. The Advocacy Manager will be responsible for developing and implementing advocacy strategies, engaging with key stakeholders, and driving initiatives to address regulatory and policy challenges hindering business opportunities in the region.



Responsibilities


Primary

  • Support the development and execution of advocacy strategies aligned with CABC's priorities

  • Support engagements with government officials and stakeholders, including ministerial-level meetings, roundtable discussions, and trade negotiations.

  • Work with CABC members to identify and prioritize advocacy issues and develop targeted initiatives to address them.

  • Coordinate member engagement activities, including delegations, trade missions, and sector-specific working groups, to foster government relations and private sector connectivity in key ASEAN markets.

  • Stay up-to-date on legislative and regulatory developments in Canada and ASEAN member states, providing analysis and updates to CABC members.

  • Develop advocacy materials, including policy briefs, position papers, and the annual Canada-ASEAN Business Outlook Survey Report, to support CABC's advocacy initiatives.

  • Lead CABC’s research and thought leadership development including sourcing and coordinating research partnerships with leading think tanks and universities

Secondary

  • Provide input to CABC’s marketing and communications activities to support CABC’s advocacy efforts

  • Represent CABC at external events, conferences, and forums to promote its advocacy objectives and enhance its visibility in ASEAN.

  • Support the execution of all day-to-day business, administration, and corporate governance for a small non-profit



Required Qualifications

  • Possesses the right to live and work in ASEAN-6 economies

  • Minimum education qualification: Bachelor's degree

  • 2-5 years of experience in advocacy, government relations, public affairs, or a related field, with a strong understanding of Canadian and ASEAN political and regulatory environments

  • Exceptional written communication skills and comfortable presenting/speaking to large groups

  • A demonstrated interest in CABC’s mission

  • Willingness to travel internationally as required.



Desired Experience

  • Work experience in both Canada and ASEAN countries or relevant to CABC’s interests

  • Events management

  • Working with/managing volunteers

  • Fluency in any of the major ASEAN languages and/or French

  • An MBA, Master of Public Policy, or other relevant graduate degree preferred


CABC offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience.


Applicants can send their CV and cover letter, with an indication of their earliest start date, to support@canasean.com (Attn: Nicky Lung, Executive Director).




About the Canada-ASEAN Business Council (CABC)


Established in 2012, the Canada-ASEAN Business Council (CABC) is the pre-eminent organization with an ASEAN region-wide mandate to promote and increase trade relations between Canada and ASEAN headquartered in Singapore with a representative office in Montreal, Canada. The CABC was founded in 2012 by Canadian private sector companies operating in ASEAN, at the request of Canada’s Minister of International Trade through Global Affairs Canada, at the first ASEAN Economic Ministers (AEM)-Canada Consultation in Cambodia.


As the voice of the Canadian private sector in ASEAN, the CABC represents the interests of over 80 leading businesses and organizations, demonstrating the diverse strengths of Canadian businesses and the range of commercial opportunities available in the region. To foster stronger Canada-ASEAN business and investment ties through policy advocacy, networking events, and research initiatives.


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