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Job Title:
CDA - Administrative Assistant

QAR 131 909 per annum plus thirteenth (13th) month bonus equivalent to one month of the base salary

Vacancy type:
Fixed term

Term Details:
Fixed term - end date March 31, 2020



Embassy of Canada to Qatar

Closing date for applications:
23-10-2017 At midnight UTC+1 / GMT+1

Summary of position:
The position is part of the Canadian Defence Attaché (CDA) section and reports to the Senior General Relations Officer at the Embassy of Canada to Qatar and the CDA Administrative Assistant at the Embassy of Canada to the UAE. The position provides administrative support to the Defence Relations Section including the drafting and tracking of correspondence such as Diplomatic Notes, translation services to/from Arabic/English, liaison with local government authorities and foreign embassies. The position also provides diplomatic clearance administrative support, including on the issue of visas. In addition, the position will entail providing support to other sections within the Embassy of Canada to Qatar as appropriate.

Essential qualifications:
Candidates will be screened on the essential criteria below and must demonstrate in their covering letter how they meet these elements. Only candidates who meet the screening criteria will be invited for further assessment:

• Bachelor’s degree from a recognized university or a college diploma plus 2 years of experience over and above what is specified below.

• Fluency in English, both written and spoken, is essential.
• Fluency in Arabic, both written and spoken, is essential.

• Minimum 2 years of recent* experience working in an office environment in an administrative support or program assistant capacity (*recent is defined as within the last 3 years).

• Knowledge of office practices and procedure, including scanning, photocopying, filing and/or other tasks assigned when required.
• Excellent knowledge of Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, PowerPoint and Excel).

• Ability to work as part of a team but with minimal supervision
• Able to set priorities, multi-task and manage time/workload effectively
• Able to work under pressure and within deadlines;
• Effective communication – oral and in writing
• Judgement and professional integrity
• Adaptability and flexibility
• Attention to detail

Asset Qualifications:
Preference may be given to candidates who have the following asset qualifications:

• Previous experience with international organizations, militaries, and/or government agencies/Embassies
• Knowledge of local administrative and governmental procedures
• Ability to speak, read and write in French

If candidates meet the factors listed in the asset qualifications they must also clearly demonstrate how they meet these factors in their covering letter.

Organizational Needs:

Operational Requirements:
• Work in a pressured environment
• Willing to do overtime on weekdays and/or during weekends if required
• Hours of Work: Office employees are required to work thirty-seven and a half (37.5) hours a week from Sunday to Thursday

Condition(s) of Employment:
• Obtain and maintain necessary Government of Canada Reliability Status clearance
• Successful completion of a one year probation period

Area of selection:
The competition is open to external applicants (including emergency employees) residing in Qatar and to all mission’s employees occupying an indeterminate or term position who meet all of the essential qualifications and whose applications are received by the closing date. The Canadian Government is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from diverse sections of the community. Candidates will be considered on merit regardless of ethnic origin, religious belief, gender, age, sexual orientation, disability or any other irrelevant factor.

Important Notes:
• Candidates are also required to upload a CV and a covering letter. Applications which do not include all of the requested documents or information will be rejected.
• Candidates must demonstrate concisely in their cover letter how they meet the essential and asset qualifications.
• Candidates are entitled to participate in the appointment process in the official language of their choice. They are asked to indicate their preferred official language in their application (English or French).
• Communication for this process will be sent via email. It is the responsibility of the candidate to ensure accurate contact information is provided and updated as required.
• Candidates who apply to this selection process should include an email address that accepts email from unknown users (some email systems block these types of email).
• Candidates selected at the screening stage will be invited for further assessment. Methods of assessment may include, but are not limited to, a written examination, an oral interview, role-play, practical tests, presentations and/or psychometric assessment.
• Reference checks will be sought for candidates that reach interview stage and may form part of the selection process.
• The Embassy of Canada to Qatar does not reimburse any travel costs to and from interviews/exams nor does it reimburse any relocation costs.
• If candidates need any special assistance in terms of attending exams or interviews then please let us know during the application process.
• The results of this competition may also be used to establish an eligibility list of staff for similar openings at the Embassy of Canada to Qatar, which might arise in the 12 months following the completion of this competition.
• If you have any questions at any stage of the process please send an email to

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