Vacancy Netherlands Embassy in Singapore: Agricultural Policy Advisor (part-time)


The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Singapore is looking for an:



Agricultural Policy Advisor

(Part time: 18.75 hours per week)




The Agricultural Policy Advisor represents the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality, aiming to foster cooperation and business in the fields of food and agriculture between Singapore and the Netherlands. The Agricultural Policy Advisor makes an essential contribution to strengthening the international position of the Netherlands by means of:


  • Maintaining intensive contacts with the Dutch and Singaporean authorities, businesses and knowledge institutions.
  • Providing business services to the Dutch agribusiness sector in Singapore and vice versa;
  • Cooperatingintensively with the Singaporean authorities.


Emphasis is on promoting trade and knowledge transfer, attracting investments and facilitating the market access processes for Dutch agriproducts and -services with the Singaporean authorities. The Agricultural Policy Advisor adopts a proactive approach, seeking out opportunities for Dutch agribusiness and establishing direct contact with the relevant players via network opportunities, newsletters, social media and websites.


As the Agricultural Policy Advisor you will:

  • Be responsible for gathering and providing information to prepare, plan, support and guide Dutch trade missions and other promotional activities, such as participation in fairs and exhibitions, representing Dutch interests and policy;
  • Establish and maintain contacts with relevant parties and liaise with organisations for the preparation and execution of missions and troubleshooting export issues;
  • Identify bottlenecks in trade transactions and have a proactive and independent approach to resolve them;
  • You collect, identify,analyse, interpret and report on information and developments in the relevant area of operation that are of importance for the development of Dutch agriculture policy. You advise on the relevant policy and contribute to research;
  • Generate content for;
  • Havean understanding of the local political/administrative environment, establish and maintain network contacts in order to carry out the above tasks;
  • Report activities into an existing software system;
  • Design, plan,organiseand evaluate bilateral partnership programs of agricultural (innovative) projects;
  • Contribute to policy development through market analysis and exploration. This includes markets for animal and plant export products, taking into account local veterinary and phytosanitarylegislation and regulations.


Function requirements

Desired knowledge and experience:

  • General knowledge and understanding of agriculture, forestry, nature and fisheries policy, legislation and regulations, government structure and agribusiness;
  • An appropriate network of contacts in relevant fields is a desirable;
  • Good verbal and written command of English;
  • A command of the Dutch language is a plus, as is familiarity with and ability to adapt to Dutch culture and customs;
  • At least an education on a higher professional level (minimum bachelor);
  • At least 5 years of relevant experience.


Desired skills:

  • Good communication and contact skills;
  • Capacity to build, maintain and expand a network of contacts in relevant fields;
  • Skill in translating insights and information into recommendations, plans and reports and assessing the resultant policy consequences.


Working environment

The Agricultural Policy Advisor falls within theorganisationalstructure of the Netherlands Embassy in Singapore. The Agricultural Policy Advisor reports to the Agricultural Counsellor, who is based in Jakarta. There is close cooperation with the other departments at the Embassy, such as the economic department and the innovation department.


Employment conditions

It involves a renewable local contract for an initial fixed term of 1 year. 



For more information please contact Ms Nienke Gelderloos, Agricultural Policy Advisor (tel: +65 9752 6541 or or Mr Louis Beijer, Agricultural Counsellor based in Jakarta (tel: +62 811886011 or or Mr Hajo Prov√≥ Kluit, Head of the Economic Department in Singapore (tel: +65 67391115 or


Interested candidates can send their cover letter with CV and, if applicable, details of residency/work permit before 17 October 2018 to Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.