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Job Title:
Political Analyst and Public Diplomacy Officer

$42,027 USD per annum

Vacancy type:

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



Harare, Zimbabwe

Closing date for applications:
25-01-2019 At midnight UTC+1 / GMT+1

Summary of position:
Under the direction of the Program Manager for Foreign Policy and Diplomacy Services, the successful candidate will:

a) Provide analysis, advice and reports on political, economic and foreign policy matters;
b) Promote Canadian foreign policy priorities, values and interests;
c) Create, maintain and enhance a strong network of contacts including key individuals, institutions, and organizations instrumental to achieving Embassy objectives;
d) Develop and implement public diplomacy initiatives including the proactive management of the Embassy’s social media presence;
e) Assist in the monitoring and evaluation of projects in receipt of funding from the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives; and,
f) Perform other duties as required.

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.

• Bachelor’s degree from a recognized university in a related field e.g. political science, economics, international relations, history, etc.

• Advanced oral and written fluency in English
• Advanced oral and written fluency in Shona and/or Ndebele.

• Minimum 18-months recent experience in analysis and report-writing in English on political issues or on a related area (international relations, legal affairs, economics, journalism, etc.).
• Demonstrable recent* experience in administering corporate social media accounts (“administering” means: identifying opportunities for social media activities; composing; testing; adapting to other languages; posting social media messages, or interacting with the public via the various platforms).
• Demonstrable recent* experience with the organisation of public diplomacy events and strategies.
* “Recent” is defined as having been acquired within the past 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, a written examination, an oral interview, role-play, practical tests, presentations and/or psychometric assessment.

• The political and economic environment in Zimbabwe.

• Effective oral and written interactive communication
• Effective interpersonal relations
• Proactivity & Initiative-taking
• Adaptability and flexibility
• Strong and proven research and analysis abilities

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.
• Demonstrable knowledge of the political and economic environments in Botswana and/or Angola;
• Working-level knowledge of French and/or Portuguese;
• Relevant and significant (minimum of 1 year) recent* experience working for an international organization or diplomatic mission;
• Relevant and significant (minimum of 1 year) recent* experience working on programming with civil society.
*Recent is defined as within the past 5 years

Organizational Needs:

Operational Requirements:
• Occasional overtime will be required;
• Some travel (including internationally) will be required.

Condition(s) of Employment:
• Candidates must have a valid work authorization covering the entire employment period.
• Before an offer of employment can be made, candidates must provide a local address as proof of residence in the specific city, region or country so that if selected, it will appear on the offer letter.
• Obtain and maintain a reliability rating (security clearance) from the Government 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. Applications which do not include all of the requested documents or information will be rejected.
• 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.

Area of selection:
This vacancy is open to all external and internal applicants residing in Zimbabwe who meet all of the essential qualifications and whose applications are received by the closing date. Please note that the Embassy of Canada to Zimbabwe does not sponsor work authorizations directly or indirectly. The Government of Canada 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.

Important Notes:
• 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 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.
• The Embassy of Canada in Zimbabwe 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 Zimbabwe 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:

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