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Job Ref:
2734

Job Title:
Political and Public Affairs Officer - Foreign Policy and Diplomacy Service

Salary:
32,802 gross per annum

Vacancy type:
Indeterminate

Term Details:
This position is an LES (Locally Engaged Staff) position, subject to the Terms and Conditions of Employment for LES in Amman, Jordan

Level:
Officer

Classification:
LE-09

Location:
Amman, Jordan

Closing date for applications:
05-11-2018 At midnight UTC+1 / GMT+1

Summary of position:
Under the supervision of the Political Counsellor, the incumbent is responsible for managing public affairs, public advocacy, social media and traditional media relations to advance key Embassy and Government of Canada priorities in Jordan, in partnership with other Embassy programmes; gathering information through reading and networking in order to prepare high-quality analytical reporting on complex domestic and regional socio-economic, political and regional dynamics; providing policy advice; providing, when required, translation and interpretation services for Foreign Policy and Diplomacy Service and the Ambassador; and supporting the overall work of the section by advancing the Foreign Policy and Diplomacy Service objectives of the mission and supporting the related activities of the Head of Mission and other team members, including visit support.

As a senior position within the Embassy, the standard expected of the incumbent is that which permits the Embassy to maintain the highest possible level of analysis and policy advice. As such, the position calls for an experienced incumbent with a wide-ranging knowledge of Jordanian society, politics, economy, and other relevant issues listed. Solid judgment borne from experience is required in providing advice. Strong inter-personal skills are required in dealing with contacts and networks. Abilities required include organizing information, prioritizing tasks, preparing work plans, and communicating effectively.

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 CV how they meet each of these essential qualifications.

Education:
• Bachelor’s degree from a recognized university with a major in a discipline related to the job requirements e.g. political science, international studies, modern history, journalism, communications, economics, or another related field. Demonstrated equivalency through a combination of education, training and/or experience for at least three (3) years would be acceptable.

Language:
• English or French – fluent in reading, writing and speaking
• Arabic – fluent in reading, writing and speaking

Experience:
• Minimum one year experience working in public affairs (event planning, promotional activities, social media or media relations).
• Minimum 2 years’ experience working in a professional, cross cultural setting, such as an international organisation, NGO, Embassy or equivalent environment
• Minimum 2 years’ experience writing analytical reports
• Demonstrated experience of translation and interpretation in both directions between Arabic and English and/or French in a professional environment (this could be a part-time component of a job)

Asset Qualifications:
Preference may be given to candidates who have one or more of the following asset qualifications:
• Familiarity with Canada’s foreign policy and governmental priorities;
• Familiarity with Canada’s bilateral relations with Jordan;
• Knowledge of a second official language of Canada (English or French)
• Experience doing research
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:
Candidates who meet the Education and Experience requirements will be assessed on the following rated qualifications. Methods of assessment may include, but are not limited to, a written examination, an oral interview, role-play, practical tests, presentations and/or reference checks.

Knowledge:
• Knowledge of Jordanian society and politics, including key stakeholders and of relevant issues (social, political, economic, security, gender equality, human rights)
• Knowledge of regional political and economic dynamics
• Knowledge of public affairs event organisation
• Knowledge and ability to work with social media tools (Facebook, Twitter, Hootsuite, etc.)
• Basic knowledge of managing the financial aspects of programming e.g. working with budgets, tracking expenditures, and analysing financial reports and budgets

Abilities/Competencies:
• Effective written communication and reading skills English and/or French
• Effective written communication and reading skills in Arabic
• Ability to communicate effectively orally in English and/or French
• Ability to communicate effectively orally in Arabic (Jordanian);
• Ability to prepare formal written correspondence and analytical reports;
• Ability to build and maintain professional networks;
• Ability to multi-task, manage time, prioritize and meet deadlines;
• Ability to analyze information and make recommendations
• Ability to translate documents and articles from Arabic into English and/or French;
• Ability to interpret, as needed
• Effective interpersonal skills
• Judgment

Operational Requirements:
• Normal hours of work are 8:00 to 16:30 Sunday to Wednesday, and 8:00 to 13:30 on Thursdays
• May be required to work overtime on occasion
• May be required to attend meetings outside of normal working hours
• Occasional travel within Jordan may be required

Condition(s) of Employment:
• Candidates must have a valid permanent work permit.
Please note that the Embassy of Canada to Jordan does not sponsor work permits directly or indirectly.
• Before an offer of employment can be made, candidates must provide a local address as proof of residence; it will appear on the offer letter.
• Obtain and maintain a reliability rating (security clearance) from the Government of Canada.

Area of selection:
This vacancy is open to all external applicants residing in Jordan and to all mission employees occupying an indeterminate or term position, including emergency employees, who are eligible to work in Jordan, meet the essential requirements listed below, and whose applications are received by the closing date.

Important Notes:
• Candidates are also required to upload a cover letter and CV in English or French.
• 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: rscema.personnel@international.gc.ca 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 vacancy 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.
• If used, the written exam will require candidates to have access to a computer for the specified time period of the exam and the capacity to use email and the internet during that time.
• Reference checks will be sought for candidates that reach interview stage and may form part of the selection process.
• The Embassy of Canada in Amman 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 Amman 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 send an email to:
rscema.personnel@international.gc.ca




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