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Job Title:
Designated Migration Officer

AED 248,803 AED per annum 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 Abu Dhabi



Embassy of Canada, Abu Dhabi Mall, West Tower, Abu Dhabi

Closing date for applications:
14-11-2018 At midnight UTC+1 / GMT+1

Summary of position:
The Canadian Embassy, IRCC/Visa Office in Abu Dhabi administers an active migration program for residents of several countries in the Middle East, Pakistan and Afghanistan, who wish to go to Canada on either a temporary or a permanent basis. IRCC (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada) Abu Dhabi is an important gateway for Canada, issuing permanent resident visas to skilled workers, business people, those seeking family reunification and refugees, and issuing temporary visas to students, workers, and visitors.
Working in a dynamic, fast paced and stimulating environment, alongside a team of Canada-based officers, the successful candidate will be joining a cadre of well-qualified locally-engaged migration staff. Following a rigorous one year training program and successful completion of a course in Canada, the incumbent would be granted delegated decision-making authority and will be expected to work independently and undertake a full range of complex and rewarding duties.

Key activities:

• Review, process and assess applications to determine whether clients meet eligibility and admissibility requirements for a temporary or permanent resident visa for entry to Canada in accordance with applicable legislation, regulations, policies, guidelines and procedures;

• Supervise staff, conduct performance management; may be involved in staffing;
On occasion, travel to other countries to conduct client interviews or assess applications;

• Participate in promotion and recruitment activities, compose correspondence, prepare reports, and deliver briefings and presentations;

• Perform other duties as required.

Essential qualifications:
Candidates will initially be screened on the essential qualifications below and must demonstrate in their covering letter how they meet these criteria. Please note that the covering letter should consist of no more than 1500 words which clearly explain how you meet the essential and asset qualifications. Covering letters of more than 1500 will not be considered. The grammar and content of the covering letter may also be used to evaluate the candidate’s English language ability and clarity of communication. Only those candidates who meet all the Essential Requirements and demonstrate this clearly within their application will then proceed to the next stage of the process.

• A degree from a recognized university
Copies of educational qualifications will be required at the interview stage of the process.

• Excellent written and oral communication in English

• A minimum of 5 years of demonstrated recent experience* working in an office environment using the internet and standard work processing software (MS Word, Excel etc).
• A minimum of 2 years of demonstrated recent experience** working at the level of providing analysis and/or recommendations leading to decisions, or making decisions, within a legislative and regulatory framework (this must be demonstrated in the covering letter how you meet this requirement with reference to specific legislative and regulatory framework).
* 5 years of demonstrated recent experience is defined as a period of at least five consecutive years within the last seven years.
**2 years of demonstrated recent experience is defined as a period of at least two consecutive years within the last seven years.

Rated Requirements:
Candidates must also meet the Rated Requirements relating to knowledge, abilities and competencies. These may be assessed at a later stage through any of the following: written exam, interview, role-play, practical test, presentation and/or psychometric assessment.

Please note: Candidates screened in to the competition must be present in Abu Dhabi UAE to participate in the written test. Candidates who pass the written test must be physically present in Abu Dhabi UAE to participate in the interview.

• Ability to review, interpret and apply legislation, policies, procedures and other program-specific documents
• Ability to assess and evaluate applications
• Ability to efficiently formulate and defend precise, logical and sometimes complex arguments
• Ability to efficiently draft professional correspondence and reports
• Ability to work independently, and manage and prioritize tasks
• Effectively communicate with colleagues and clients
• Excellent judgement
• Adaptability
• Initiative
• Integrity
• Team work
• Ability to supervise staff, including allocation of work, training and performance management.

Asset Qualifications:
Preference may be given to candidates who have the following asset qualifications. Candidates must also clearly demonstrate how they meet these factors in their cover letter.

• Working knowledge of French (read, write, speak)
• Knowledge of Canada and Canadian immigration objectives, laws, policies and procedures
• Knowledge of other languages, laws, official documentation or customs of the region served by the office
• Experience working in a visa processing environment
• Experience working as a delegated decision maker pursuant to a legislative and regulatory framework (a delegated decision maker is an individual who has been granted the legislative authority to make discretionary decisions pursuant to a legislative and regulatory framework);

Organizational Needs:

Operational Requirements:
• Willing and able to work occasional overtime during evenings or weekends.
• Willing and able to undertake international travel for up to two weeks at a time
• Willing and able to travel to Ottawa for a period of up to six weeks to complete the designation training.
• Hours of work will be 37.5 per week, worked Sunday to Thursday at time to be arranged by the supervisor.

Condition(s) of Employment:
• Any job offer is subject to receipt of satisfactory employment and character references.
• The incumbent will be initially hired as a Migration Program Officer on a conditional basis and paid the LE-08 salary. After a minimum of one year of fully satisfactory performance, he or she will be required to travel to our Headquarters in Ottawa for intensive designation training for a period of 4 weeks. Upon successful completion of the training and examination, the incumbent will be appointed to the full Designated Migration Officer level and paid the LE-09 salary once completed. The salary will increase to 316,817AED per annum. Salary is not negotiable. Successful completion of the designation process within the prescribed period (usually 24 months, depending on the training schedule) is a condition of employment.
• Ability to obtain a UAE residence visa
• Ability to obtain and retain an enhanced reliability clearance (security clearance including a criminal record and credit check).
• As a member of the Canadian diplomatic presence abroad, required to adhere to Canada's Values and Ethics Code for the Public Sector and IRCC Code of Conduct.

Area of selection:
Open to external applicants residing in the UAE and to employees occupying an indeterminate or term position at the Embassy of Canada in Abu Dhabi or the Consulate General of Canada in Dubai, who meet all of the essential qualifications and whose applications are received by the closing date. Note: Under the Canadian Human Rights Act, discrimination based on race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, age, sex, matrimonial status, handicap and/or clothing is not acceptable.

Important Notes:
How to apply:
• Please follow the link and complete the online application form. Candidates are also required to upload a CV and a covering letter in English or in 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: 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 this type of email).
• Reference checks will be sought for candidates that reach interview stage and may form part of the selection process.
• The Embassy of Canada in Abu Dhabi does not reimburse any travel costs to and from interviews/exams nor does it reimburse any relocation costs.
• If candidates need any special accommodation for exams or interviews, please let us know in advance of these assessments.
• The results of this competition may also be used to establish an eligibility list of staff for similar openings at the Embassy of Canada in Abu Dhabi 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

Sorry, this vacancy is closed.

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