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Job Title:
Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Officer

25,065 EUR gross per annum (pro-rata according to term)

Vacancy type:
Fixed term

Term Details:
This position is a LES (Locally Engaged Staff) position, subject to the Terms and Conditions of Employment for LES in Riga, Latvia. Fixed Term (maternity leave – estimated duration from mid-September 2019 to November 2020.



Riga, Latvia

Closing date for applications:
28-07-2019 at 23:59 UTC+1 / GMT+1

Summary of position:
Under the general supervision of the General Relations Program Manager, the incumbent is responsible for promoting Canadian interests through Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs initiatives which involves reaching the best-targeted and most influential audiences possible. This includes (1) developing and implementing advocacy initiatives in support of Canadian priority objectives; (2) promoting education and coordinating academic relations; (3) managing communications and public affairs activities and assisting HOM in related outreach activities; (4) managing cultural initiatives involving Canadian artists; (5) ensuring media relations related to Public Diplomacy initiatives and/or in support of other programs; and (6) acting as coordinator for Riga, Vilnius and Tallinn for different public diplomacy activities and other. Performs other duties.

Essential qualifications:
Candidates will initially be screened based on the essential qualifications in relation to education, experience and languages. They must demonstrate clearly in their cover letter and CV how they meet each of these essential qualifications. Only those candidates who meet all the Essential Requirements will proceed to the next stage of the process.

• Bachelor degree from a recognized university

• Fluency in English (oral and written)
• Fluency in Latvian (oral and written)

• Minimum 2 years of experience in communications, public affairs, cultural and media relations
• Minimum 2 years of experience in project management, organizing events (including high level public diplomacy events) and budget management

Rated Requirements
Candidates must also meet the Rated Requirements shown below, which will be assessed through any of the following: written examination, an oral interview, role-play, practical tests, presentations and/or psychometric assessment. Unless indicated, rated requirements apply to all positions.

• Knowledge of Canada’s and Latvia’s foreign priorities and programs
• Knowledge of generally accepted office management practices and procedures
• Literate in MS office and other computer software

• Ability to liaise, network, and maintain a wide variety of government and non-government contacts
• Ability to draft reports, speeches, press releases and social media content
• Flexibility, adaptability and “ outside the box” thinking
• Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing
• Ability to organize and plan
• Teamwork and cooperation
• Focus on quality and details

Asset Qualifications:
Preference may be given to candidates who have the following asset qualifications. If candidates meet the factors listed in the asset qualifications they must also clearly demonstrate how they meet these factors in their covering letter and CV.
• Master’s degree in Public affairs, International Affairs, or relevant areas such as Social Sciences
• Experience working for an Embassy or international organization
• Proficient French (oral and written)
• Fluency in Russian

Organizational Needs:

Operational Requirements:
• The position is a Term position, to cover Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs officer during the maternity leave
• Overtime may be required
• Attendance of events outside normal working hours
• Travel, sometimes at short notice
• Ability to work in a remote environment and with colleagues in various offices around Europe

Condition(s) of Employment:
• Maintain legal status to work and reside in Riga
• Able to obtain and retain an enhanced reliability clearance.

Area of selection:
Open to external applicants residing in Latvia and to all mission’s employees occupying an indeterminate or term position who meet all of the essential qualifications and whose applications are received by the closing date. Please note that the Embassy of Canada to Lativia does not sponsor work authorizations directly or indirectly. The Canadian Government 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:
• Candidates are required to upload a cover letter and CV in English or French. Applications which do not include the requested documents or information in the CV or cover letter will be rejected. Any additional information must be included as part of these two attachments.
• 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.
• Candidates must demonstrate concisely in their cover letter how they meet the essential and asset qualifications.

• Candidates are entitled to participate in the appointment process in the official language of their choice. They are asked to indicate their preferred official language in their application (English or French).
• 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.
• Please note that some email systems may block emails from unknown users. Candidates should include an email address that accepts email from unknown users and regularly check their email, including junk mail.
• Candidates selected at the screening stage will be invited for further assessment. 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.
• Reference checks will be sought for candidates that reach interview stage and may form part of the selection process.
• Please note that the Embassy of Canada in Riga, Latvia does not sponsor work permits directly or indirectly.
• The Embassy of Canada in Riga, Latvia does not reimburse any travel costs to and from interviews/exams nor does it reimburse any relocation costs.
• If candidates need any special assistance in terms of attending exams or interviews then please let us know during the application process.
• 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 Riga, Latvia which might 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

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