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Job Title:
FPDS Assistant

25,444 USD gross per annum

Vacancy type:
Fixed term

Term Details:
(Duration until end of March 2019)



Erbil, Iraq

Closing date for applications:
31-12-2017 At midnight UTC+1 / GMT+1

Summary of position:
Under the supervision of the Foreign Policy and Diplomacy Section (FPDS) Program Manager provides administrative support to mission programs, carries out translation and interpretation between local languages and English; provides clerical support to the mission programs; and performs other duties as required.

Essential qualifications:
• A bachelor’s degree from a recognized university or two (2) year’s equivalent experience over and above the experience specified below working in an administrative support capacity.

• Fluency in English (oral, written)
• Fluency in Arabic (oral, written)
• Fluency in Kurdish (oral, written)

• Three (3) years of experience working in an office with main duties related to most or all of the following areas - administration, redaction of official letters, notes and e-mails, research, reporting, translating documents, cultural and media relations, event management, client service and public affairs.

• Knowledge of Kurdistan region of Iraq
• Familiarity with MS Office Suite
• Knowledge of standard office procedures and practices

• Effective interactive communication
• Interpersonal skills
• Planning and Organizing
• Judgement
• Initiative
• Adaptability and flexibility
• Client focus

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

• Ability to communicate in French
• Experience in a diplomatic mission or international environment

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:
• May be required to work overtime
• May involve periodic domestic travel

Condition(s) of Employment:
• Must obtain Reliability security clearance
• Must be legally entitled to work in Iraq
• The candidate must be eligible to work/be employed in Iraq’s Kurdistan region as work permits are not sponsored

Area of selection:
Open to external applicants residing in Iraq, and to employees occupying an indeterminate or term position at the Office of the Embassy of Canada to Iraq in Erbil and the Embassy of Canada in Baghdad, 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.
• Please note that some email systems may block emails from unknown users. Candidates should include an email address that accepts email from unknown users and regularly check their email, including junk mail.
• 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.
• Please note that the Embassy of Canada to the republic of Iraq does not sponsor work permits directly or indirectly.
• The Office of the Embassy of Canada to the Republic of Iraq in Erbil 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 in Erbil or Baghdad, which may 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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