Government of Canada
Symbol of the Government of Canada

Government of Canada



  1. Home
  2. >
  3. Our Office
Job Ref:

Job Title:
Junior International Business Development Officer

54.422 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:
21-12-2018 At midnight UTC/GMT

Summary of position:
The Canadian Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) is a world-wide network of professionals in international business development (IBD), with preferred access to business knowledge and contacts, who are committed to advancing Canadian interests abroad in accordance with TCS Client Services policies.

Under the direction of the commercial Counsellor, with a focus on different sectors including reactive sectors, the Junior International Business Development Officer implements the Embassy of Canada’s trade, investment and science and technology/innovation objectives; researches and analyses commercial activities relating to Canadian commercial interests and advises clients of strategies for resolving problems encountered; collaborates with and seeks guidance from senior colleagues on issues having substantial policy implications; establishes and maintains networks with both the local and Canadian business community; prepares replies to enquiries and provides services to Canadian clients and local contacts; participates in commercial event planning and execution (e.g., trade fairs, official visits, networking sessions).

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.

University degree from a recognized institution with a major in a discipline related to the position (e.g. Engineering, Commerce, Marketing, Business Administration, International Trade, Economics).
Post-secondary diploma or professional certification in Business AND five (5) years of professional experience in fields related to the position within the last eight (8) years.

• Ability to communicate effectively* in both official languages of Canada: English and French (speaking, reading and writing).
*NB. Communicate effectively is considered to be the equivalent to C1 level per the Common European framework of reference for languages in one of the two official languages of Canada and B1 in the second official language of Canada.

• A minimum of three (3) years of recent* professional experience in Business Development, Investment Prospection, Event organization or Communications.

*Recent experience being defined as within the last five (5) 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 at least one of the Trade Commissioner Service’s sectors (aerospace, Information & Communications technology (ICT), infrastructure, life sciences, sustainable technologies);
• Knowledge of trends and developments in Canadian business sectors.
• Knowledge of local business trends and players;
• Extensive knowledge of common software applications (e.g. Microsoft suite, Adobe)

• Client-focus orientation;
• To maintain working relationships with internal and external contacts;
• To be flexible and adaptable;
• To have sound judgment;
• Ability to research and gather information;
• Multitasking;
• To have strong communication skills;
• To have interpersonal skills;
• Initiative;
• Teamwork.

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.

University degree from a recognized institution with a background specific to a priority sector (e.g. life sciences, clean technology, ICT).

• Effective experience with social media tools (e.g. Linked-In, Twitter);
• Effective experience in sector specific work (e.g. ICT, aerospace).

• Knowledge of how federal and regional governments function in Belgium as well as in Luxembourg;
• Knowledge of EU-level funding programs (e.g. EUREKA, H2020);
• Knowledge of company search tools (e.g. commercial databases).

• Ability to read, write and speak in Dutch.

Organizational Needs:

Operational Requirements:
• Occasional overtime upon short notice;
• Willingness to travel;
• To have and maintain a valid passport.

Condition(s) of Employment:
. Please note that the Embassy of Canada to Belgium does not sponsor work permits directly or indirectly.
• 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.
• Candidates must be admissible for travel abroad.

The Government of Canada applies the principles of equal opportunity under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms of Canada.

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 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:
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 will 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 :

Sorry, this vacancy is closed.

Primary navigation