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Job Title:
Public Diplomacy / Advocacy Officer

Starting Annual Gross Salary: RMB 179,344 (before tax and employee social insurance contributions; 13th month bonus and employer social insurance contributions are paid on top of the gross salary; salary is non-negotiable)

Vacancy type:




Closing date for applications:
18-07-2018 At midnight UTC/GMT

Summary of position:
Under the direction of the Counsellor for Public Diplomacy (PD), and in accordance with the Government of Canada’s priorities in China, the incumbent is responsible for: managing programs that facilitate the mobility of Canadian and Chinese students between each other’s countries; devising ways to bring more Canadian students to China; and managing relations with China-based alumni of Canadian institutions. The incumbent is also responsible for developing and conducting advocacy activities aimed at raising Canada’s profile in a number of functional areas such as energy, natural resources and the environment. In general, duties include: 1) planning and staging of PD/advocacy events/activities; 2) managing relations with the media and development of communications activities; 3) building networks of influential contacts; and 4) planning and implementing high-level outreach programs.

Essential qualifications:
• Minimum Bachelor’s degree from a recognized university in a discipline relevant to the position or an acceptable combination of education, training and work experience in the field of public affairs

• Proficiency in English (reading, writing, listening and speaking)
• Proficiency in Mandarin (reading, writing, listening and speaking)

• Minimum one year’s recent experience in every of the following areas:
o Experience in developing, planning and implementing public affairs events; and managing related budgets
o Experience in preparing communications products, such as news releases, speeches, backgrounders, articles, newsletters, fact sheets; as well as other materials, such as reports, visit programs, scenario notes
o Experience in media relations and using social media in communications work
o Experience in establishing and expanding a network of influential contacts

• Knowledge of the Chinese political, economic and social landscape (its dynamics and developments) and who the influential actors are in China
• Knowledge of China’s media and social media environment
• Knowledge of the Government of Canada's priorities in China
• Knowledge of events/project management practices and how to effectively manage each stage of the project life cycle
• Knowledge of how to conduct targeted advocacy campaigns that reach top influencers and decision-makers

• Ability to research and analyze the Chinese public environment, policies, issues, trends in order to provide advice and write briefs and reports
• Ability to write in English and Chinese effective communications products (speeches, talking points, media backgrounders, Qs&As, fact sheets, etc.) and other documents (scenario notes, itineraries, visit programs, biographies, etc.)
• Ability to effectively conceive, manage and deliver seamless advocacy events that attract influential audiences
• Ability to effectively plan and manage budgets and ensure that expenditures align with initial forecasts
• Ability to use a camera and video equipment to capture film and images that can later be used on social media.

Personal suitability:
• Initiative – Identifies and deals with issues proactively and persistently
• Judgment – Thinks things through and applies sound judgment
• Effectiveness/Achievement Orientation – Meets and exceeds goals, and actively develops and puts more effective tools/methods in place
• Adaptability and Flexibility –Easily changes gears when circumstances demand it, juggles multiple tasks, and makes sure the desired standards are met
• Teamwork and Cooperation – Works well with others and actively contributes to the efforts of the team (this is critically important)
• Networking/Alliance Building – Develops and maintains a network of relationships with key targets, colleagues and partner, and uses own network to identify opportunities and gain support/cooperation.
• Commitment to Public Confidence – Demonstrates values and ethics, and takes actions to uphold or protect organizational integrity

Asset Qualifications:
• A basic understanding of French language

Organizational Needs:

Operational Requirements:
• Ability and willingness to work overtime on short notice, as required
• Able to travel domestically and internationally as required

Condition(s) of Employment:
• Ability to obtain and maintain a valid working authorization in China. The Embassy / Consulates General can only facilitate working visas for Canadian citizens
• Ability to obtain and maintain a valid “Reliability Status” security clearance

Area of selection:
This position is open to external applicants residing in China and employees occupying an indeterminate or term position in China Missions who meet all of the essential qualifications and whose applications are received by the closing date. Short-listed candidates should be able to participate in tests and/or interviews in Beijing at own expense. The successful candidate will be required to relocate to Beijing at his/her own expense.

Important Notes:
Candidates must apply using our online application. Applications submitted by email will not be accepted.

We are seeking high quality written applications to establish a shortlist for further testing. Your application must include an Application Letter and your Curriculum Vitae (CV) in either English or French.

Your Application Letter should indicate how and why you meet the mandatory requirements as listed above under the Area of Selection, Education, Language, Experience, Abilities/skills and Personal suitability factors.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

The results of this competition may be used to create an eligibility list to staff similar openings (either indeterminate or term duration) which may arise at the Embassy.

We thank all applicants for their interest. Please ensure that you provide contact information (e-mail, phone, mobile, etc.) so that we can easily contact you.

If you have any questions, please send email to

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