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Job Title:
Cooperation Program Assistant

Starting salary 7, 869, 990 CFA gross per annum + social 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 Benin.



Pope Jean Paul II Avenue, Airport Road, Cotonou, Benin

Closing date for applications:
13-10-2019 at 23:59 UTC+1 / GMT+1

Summary of position:
Under the supervision of the manager of the cooperation program, the Cooperation Program Assistant provides support services, generates information and documentation, provides support for the day-to-day activities of the program, responds to requests for services from agents and customers, and perform other tasks as needed. Problem solving is done with easily accessible instructions and advice, and knowledge of the rules, procedures and functions of the program. In addition, the incumbent will need to prioritize multiple projects and tasks, provide services to internal and external mission clients, research and compile information, and maintain databases up-to-date. He will also manage events, ensure their logistics, and manage any impact on the proper functioning of the program operations and its image.

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. It is not sufficient to simply state responsibilities. They must also demonstrate and explain how they meet the following criteria:


• Higher Technician Certificate (BTS) or Higher Technician Diploma (DTS) or University Diploma of Technology (DUT) or Higher Diploma of Secretariat (DSS) / with option Secretariat of Management (BAC + 2).


• Fluency in French (reading, writing, speaking).


• Minimum of two (2) years of recent work experience* as a Program Assistant or Executive Secretary or Secretary-Receptionist, of which at least one (1) in an Embassy, Cooperation Office, International Organization or an international non-governmental organization.

* Recent work experience is defined as being over the past five 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 the Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel, and Powerpoint);
• Knowledge of the Windows environment, Internet Explorer, and search engines;
• Knowledge of the international cooperation environment in Benin.


• Ability to prioritize and multitask;
• Ability to perform complex arithmetic calculations;
• Ability to work effectively under pressure with tight deadlines;
• Professional integrity;
• Sense of initiative;
• Judgment;
• Quality and attention to detail;
• Teamwork and sense of collaboration;
• Adaptability and flexibility.

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.

• Proven training in the management of electronic and / or documentary information;
• Ability to communicate verbally and / or in writing in English.

Organizational Needs:

Operational Requirements:
• Regular hours of work: Monday to Thursday 8:00 to 17:00 and Friday 8:00 to 13:30 ;
• Be able to work overtime occasionally.

Condition(s) of Employment:
• 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.
• Candidates must provide any documentation proving their right to reside and work in Benin.
• Before an offer of employment can be made, candidates must provide a local address as proof of residence in Benin so that if selected, it will appear on the offer letter.
• A reliability rating (security clearance) is required to obtain this position at the Embassy of Canada and will be subject to audits. This rating must be maintained throughout the employment - loss of the latter is sufficient reason to dismiss the employee.
• The appointment of the selected candidate will be conditional to a medical examination by the Office of the Embassy of Canada, as well as a probation period.

Area of selection:
This position is open to individuals who are eligible to work in Benin. While applying, non-Beninese nationals must make it clear that they have the legal right to reside and work in Benin. The candidates must meet all of the essential requirements stated and their applications must be received by the closing date. The Government of Canada applies the principles of equal opportunities and non-discrimination. Candidates will be considered on merit regardless of ethnic origin, religious belief, gender, age, sexual orientation, disability or any other irrelevant factor.

Important Notes:
• 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. Paper applications or applications directly sent by email to or to the Embassy of Canada are not accepted and will not be taken into consideration.
• Candidates can also 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 Benin.
• Our application tool allows candidates to upload two documents only. Please include any copy of citizenship document or the document proving that you have legal right to work in Benin at the bottom of the cover letter.
Application process:
• 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.
• 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 Office of the Embassy of Canada in Benin does not reimburse any travel costs to and from interviews/exams nor does it reimburse any relocation costs.
• The Office of the Embassy of Canada in Benin does not sponsorise any work permits directly or indirectly.
• 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 Office of the Embassy of Canada in Benin, which might arise in the 12 months following the completion of this recruitment process.
• If you have any questions in regards with this recruitment process, please contact us at:

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