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Job Title:
International Business Development Trade Officer

24,003 KWD annual salary

Vacancy type:
Fixed term

Term Details:
Term contract for the fixed period starting Nov. 12, 2017 – Aug. 30, 2018



Kuwait City, Kuwait

Closing date for applications:
15-10-2017 At midnight UTC+1 / GMT+1

Summary of position:
Reporting to the Senior Trade Commissioner, with responsibility for several priority and reactive trade sectors (including but not limited to Education, Agri-Food and ICT) contributes to the delivery of Canada’s International Business Development program at the Embassy of Canada to the State of Kuwait. The officer:

• Provides ongoing market intelligence and business leads to Canadian clients in selected priority sectors to promote increased trade and investment with the State of Kuwait;
• Conducts research and analysis and formulates strategic advice for senior management and clients to enhance Canadian competitiveness in the local market;
• Develops and maintains a network of key local business and government contacts;
• Initiates, organizes and manages promotional events and activities in support of Canadian clients.

Essential qualifications:
Successful completion of a university degree from a recognized university in a relevant field, for example, Business Administration, Economics, International Business, Marketing, Engineering, Environmental Sciences, Life Sciences.

• Fluent English (oral and written)
• Fluent Arabic (oral and written)

• Minimum of 3 years of recent* experience in a manager level position in International Business Development
• Minimum of 2 years of recent* experience in project planning and management including establishing network relationships, drafting project proposals and writing reports.
*Recent is defined as within the last 5 years.

• Of GCC business, markets, trade trends and/or of the Kuwait market and opportunities and local business practices, particularly with regard to the Education, ICT and Agri-Food sectors;
• Of global economic and trade trends and issues;
• Of International Business Development practices including excellence in client service delivery, market research and competitive intelligence gathering and general project management principles and practices including but not limited to full life cycle project proposal and development processes;

• Proficient in the use of office technology;
• Ability to set business priorities
• Ability to organize plan and execute events
• Decision-making
• Strong communication skills including use of media and social media;
• Interpersonal skills;
• A self-starter, able to work independently with limited supervision;
• Possesses excellent judgement;
• Client focused, able to work with high profile clients and contacts;

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

• Established networks/relationships in the GCC and/or Middle East region;
• Previous experience working for an Embassy;
• Knowledge of Canadian business and markets;
• Knowledge of French (oral and written).

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:
• Capacity to travel throughout the GCC and Middle East region and Canada, including for events and training courses and to meet clients and stakeholders;
• Willingness to assist with other Embassy initiatives as and when needed for example for official visits;
• Willingness to work additional hours as required, including evenings and weekends;

Condition(s) of Employment:
• Right to live and work in Kuwait;
• Standard 1 year probation period;
• Able to obtain and retain an enhanced reliability security clearance;
• Valid passport.

Area of selection:
This position is open to external applicants residing in Kuwait, to all employees occupying an indeterminate or term position in the mission in Kuwait and employees of other Canadian Embassies in the Maghreb and Middle East region, who meet all 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 the State of Kuwait does not reimburse any travel costs to and from interviews/exams nor does it reimburse any relocation costs.
• Please note that the High Commission of Canada in Kuweit, does not sponsor work permits directly or indirectly.
• 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 the State of Kuwait, 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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