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Job Title:
International Business Development Trade Officer

KD24,412 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 Kuwait.



Kuwait City, State of Kuwait

Closing date for applications:
21-01-2019 At midnight UTC+1 / GMT+1

Summary of position:
Reporting to the Senior Trade Commissioner, with responsibility for several priority and reactive trade sectors (including but not limited to Education, Agri-Food and ICT) contributes to the delivery of Canada’s International Business Development program at the Embassy of Canada to the State of Kuwait. The officer:
• Provides ongoing market intelligence and business leads to Canadian clients in selected priority sectors to promote increased trade and investment with the State of Kuwait;
• Conducts research and analysis and formulates strategic advice for senior management and clients to enhance Canadian competitiveness in the local market;
• Develops and maintains a network of key local business and government contacts;
• Initiates, organizes and manages promotional events and activities in support of Canadian clients.

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.

• Successful completion of a university degree from a recognized university in a relevant field, for example, Business Administration, Economics, International Business, Marketing, Engineering, Environmental Sciences, Life Sciences.

• Fluent English (oral and written)
• Fluent Arabic (oral and written)

• Minimum of 3 years of recent* experience in a manager level position in International Business Development
• Minimum of 2 years of recent* experience in project planning and management including establishing network relationships, drafting project proposals and writing reports.

*Recent is defined as within the last 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.

• Knowledge of GCC business, markets, trade trends and/or of the Kuwait market and opportunities and local business practices, particularly with regard to the Education, ICT and Agri-Food sectors;
• Knowledge of global economic and trade trends and issues;
• Knowledge of International Business Development practices including excellence in client service delivery, market research and competitive intelligence gathering and general project management principles and practices including but not limited to full life cycle project proposal and development processes;

• Proficient in the use of office technology;
• Ability to set business priorities
• Ability to organize plan and execute events
• Decision-making
• Strong communication skills including use of media and social media;
• Interpersonal skills;
• A self-starter, able to work independently with limited supervision;
• Possesses excellent judgement;
• Client focused, able to work with high profile clients and contacts

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.

• Established networks/relationships in the GCC and/or Middle East region;
• Previous experience working for an Embassy;
• Knowledge of Canadian business and markets;
• Working knowledge of French (oral and written).

Organizational Needs:
• Effective delivery of Client Service as part of the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service’s International Business Development program at the Embassy of Canada to the State of Kuwait.

Operational Requirements:
• Capacity to travel throughout the GCC and Middle East region and Canada, including for events and training courses and to meet clients and stakeholders;
• Willingness to assist with other Embassy initiatives as and when needed, for example for official visits;
• Willingness to work additional hours as required, including evenings and weekends;

Condition(s) of Employment:
• Right to live and work in Kuwait;
• Standard 1 year probation period;
• Able to obtain and retain an enhanced reliability security clearance;
• Valid passport.

Area of selection:
Open to internal and external applicants who are legal residents or citizens of Kuwait, who meet all of the essential requirements stated below, and whose applications are received by the closing date. Please note that the Embassy of Canada to Kuwait 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:
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.

• 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 Kuwait 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 Kuwait 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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