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Job Title:
Readiness and Security Program Officer (RSPO)

81,055 GHS per year + benefits

Vacancy type:

Term Details:
Term Details: This position is a LES (Locally Engaged Staff) position, subject to the Terms and Conditions of Employment for LES in Ghana.



Accra, Ghana

Closing date for applications:
23-08-2018 At midnight UTC+1 / GMT+1

Summary of position:
The RSPO supports the Mission Security Officer (MSO) in his/her duties, mainly ensuring the mission is always in a state of readiness to respond to emergencies affecting Canadian communities abroad as well as maintaining and enhancing the mission’s operational and physical security. Under the direction of the MSO, the RSPO may be required to: supervise contract guards as directed by the MSO; compile Security Standard Operating Procedures; recommend and implement standard mitigation features and practices for ensuring security of persons, information, and physical property; conduct training for employees; develop and maintain a network of contacts with local community and governmental security services; and perform other related duties.

Essential qualifications:
Applicants must clearly and explicitly demonstrate in both their application letter and résumé that they meet the essential qualifications on education, language and experience criteria listed to be screened into this competition. Only candidates that meet the language, experience and education qualifications will be invited for assessment.

• Minimum bachelor’s degree from a recognized university or a combination of relevant education, training and experience in the field of security, i.e. Emergency or crisis management, security awareness training, Government or private security firm experience.

• Fluency in English (oral & written)
• Ability to speak one or more recognized official local dialects (Akan, Ga, Ewe, etc.)

• Minimum 5 years’ experience within the last 7 years in the field of Security, Emergency and/or Crisis Management;
• Minimum 2 years’ experience in developing and implementing operating procedures, processes, best practices guidelines;
• Minimum 2 years supervising, and conducting training, for employees

Rated Requirements
The Rated Requirements relating to knowledge, abilities and competencies will also be assessed. 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.

• Knowledge of relevant security, emergency and crisis management concept, standard operating procedure as carried out by a private or local government organizations;
• Knowledge of standard security mitigation features and practices for ensuring security of persons, information, and physical property; and
• Superior knowledge of the local communities, culture, norms, values and ethics and governmental security services.

• Effective interactive communication (oral and written);
• Excellent planning and organizational skills;
• Discretion;
• Professional integrity;
• Initiative;
• Dependability; and
• Adaptability/flexibility.

• Ability to use office software products including Microsoft Office proficiently;
• Ability to utilize social media tools and resources;
• Ability to build and maintain a professional relationship with clients, colleagues and network of contacts

Asset Qualifications:
Preference may be given to candidates who meet the Asset Qualifications. Where applicable, candidates must clearly demonstrate how they meet any asset qualifications in their cover letter and CV.

• Experience with an international organization, governmental organization, or diplomatic mission in the area of security or emergency management;
• Experience supervising a locally hired guard force or other like-minded group;
• Specialized education in corporate security, emergency management, or risk analysis;
• Ability to speak/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:
• Ability to work overtime, periodic evenings and weekends during high work load periods and emergencies; and
• Ability and willingness to travel in the country and / or region.

Condition(s) of Employment:
• Ability to obtain and retain a Government of Canada Enhanced Reliability security screening;
• Ability to meet the medical requirements as defined by the employer. Successful candidate(s) may be required to undergo a medical evaluation;
• Must be able to obtain and retain a valid travel document and be willing, able and legally admissible to travel within and outside of Ghana.

This position is open to individuals who are eligible to work in Ghana, who meet all of the essential requirements stated above, 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.

Area of selection:
This competition is open to locally engaged staff at the High Commission of Canada in Accra and to all people who have the right to legally reside and work in Ghana, who meet all of the essential qualifications and employment conditions and whose applications are received before the closing date.

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 who are unable to submit their application due to technical difficulties must report these to: prior to the closing date. Failure to so will result in the application being rejected.
• Only applications submitted in one of the official languages of Canada will be accepted (English or French). Candidates are entitled to participate in the recruitment process in the official language of their choice and to indicate their preferred official language in their application.
• 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 High Commission of Canada to Ghana does not reimburse any travel costs to and from interviews/exams nor does it reimburse any relocation costs.
• The High Commission of Canada in Ghana does not sponsor work permits directly or indirectly
• The results of this competition may also be used to establish an eligibility list of staff for similar openings at the High Commission of Canada to Ghana 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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