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Job Title:
Readiness and Security Program Officer (RSPO)

50.862 euro gross per year, plus benefits

Vacancy type:

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



Brussels, Belgium

Closing date for applications:
07-10-2018 At midnight UTC+1 / GMT+1

Summary of position:
Under the general supervision of the Detachment Commander of the Military Police Security Service (MPSS) in accordance with the instructions of the Mission Security Officer (ASM) of the Canada's diplomatic representations in Belgium (referred to as Mission), the incumbent is responsible for providing services to enhance the planning, preparedness and resilience of the operational and physical security of the Mission. The incumbent is responsible for providing security analysis, preparing and providing briefings on security issues, contributing to maintaining a culture of security in the mission, and assisting in the response to security incidents that affect its staff, information and assets; and contributes to the Mission's overall emergency management (EMR) and Business Continuity Planning (BCP).

Essential qualifications:
Candidates will initially be screened against the Essential Qualifications relating to education, experience and language. Candidates must clearly demonstrate in their cover letter and/or CV how they meet each of these essential qualifications. It is not sufficient to simply state responsibilities. They must also demonstrate and explain how they meet the criteria, not simply list the criteria they meet.

• A bachelor's degree from a recognized university in a field related to the position* OR a combination of education/training and at least five (5) years of experience in a field related to the position*.

* An area related to the position is defined as defense, security, safety, police, military forces, crisis management, administration, and corporate security coordination.

• Ability to communicate effectively* in French (reading, writing, and speaking);
• Ability to communicate effectively* in English (reading, writing, and speaking);
• Good knowledge** of Dutch (reading and speaking)

*NB. Communicate effectively is considered to be the equivalent to B2 level per the Common European framework of reference for languages .
**NB. Good knowledge is considered to be the equivalent to B1 level per the Common European framework of reference for languages.

• Experience working with or liaising with State Security institutions (e.g. Federal police, Military forces) or International Security institutions (e.g. Security Officer at an embassy or a UN agency) for a consecutive period of three (3) years minimum within the last eight (8) years.

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, written examinations, an oral interview, role-play, practical tests, presentations and/or psychometric assessments.


• Knowledge of the Belgian security environment, as well as the structures and organizations of the Belgian security forces;
• Knowledge of security procedures;
• Knowledge of best practices in emergency management;
• Knowledge of computer literacy and ability to find, gather and quickly summarize relevant information from a variety of sources, including social media;
• Knowledge of administrative procedures (text preparation and formatting, official correspondence management, letters, e-mails and filing).

• Ability to use Microsoft Office computer software (Outlook and calendar messaging, Word, PowerPoint and Excel).
• Ability to manage priorities;
• Ability to interpret and analyze information quickly and efficiently;
• Ability to communicate in French, English and Dutch as per the level required;
• Showing initiative
• Interpersonal skills
• Good judgement
• Discretion
• Client service orientation
• Adaptability

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/or CV.
• Basic knowledge of financial management, budgets including invoice processing;
• Proficiency in Dutch (reading, writing, and speaking).

Organizational Needs:

Operational Requirements:
• Must be available to work overtime, evenings or weekends during times of emergency.

Condition(s) of Employment:
• Candidates must have a valid work authorization covering the entire employment period. If the employment is indeterminate, the work authorization should be permanent or itself lead to a permanent work authorization.
• Before an offer of employment can be made, candidates must provide a local address as proof of residence in Belgium so that if selected, it will appear on the offer letter.
• Candidates who hold visas, electronic A-cards or non-renewable documents, such as student visas, can not apply for this job, unless they are exempted from the obligation to obtain a work permit.
• Documentation proving your citizenship and allowing you the right to work in Belgium is required upon applying.
• A reliability rating (security clearance) is required to obtain this position at the Canadian Embassy in Brussels and will be subject to audits. This rating must be maintained throughout the employment - loss of the latter employment is sufficient reason to dismiss the employee.

How to apply
• Please follow the link and complete the online application form.
• Candidates are also required to upload a cover letter and CV in English or French.
• Candidates are also required to upload any document (i.e. copy of passport, proof of identity with photograph issued by the authorities of a State or other document) proving that they have legal right to reside AND work in Belgium upon applying for the position.
• Our application tool allows candidates to upload two documents only : the cover letter and the CV. Please make sure to include a copy of your citizenship document and the document proving that you have legal right to work in Belgium at the bottom of the cover letter.
. Applications which do not include all of the requested documents or information will be rejected. Paper applications or applications directly sent by email to are not accepted and will not be taken into consideration.
• Candidates who are unable to submit their application due to technical difficulties must report these to: prior to the closing date. Failure to do so will result in the application being rejected.

Area of selection:
This selection process is open to candidates who, upon applying, can legally reside and work in Belgium, who meet all the essential criteria mentioned and whose applications are received on the closing date.

Important Notes:
• Only applications submitted in one of the official languages of Canada will be accepted (English or French).
• Communication for this process will be sent via email. It is the responsibility of the candidates to ensure accurate contact information is provided and updated as required.
• Candidates who apply to this vacancy should include an email address that accepts email from unknown users and regularly check their email, including spam folder.
• Reference checks will be sought for candidates that reach interview stage and may form part of the selection process.
• Proof of educational qualifications can be required during the process.
• The Embassy of Canada in Belgium does not reimburse any travel costs to and from interviews/exams nor does it reimburse any relocation costs.
• Candidates requiring any special assistance in attending exams or interviews are requested to inform us.
• The results of this recruitment process may also be used to establish an eligibility list of qualified candidates for similar openings at the Embassy of Canada in Belgium which might arise in the 12 months following the completion of this recruitment process.
• If you have any questions at any stage of the recruitment process, please contact us, only by sending an email to the following address :

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