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Job Title:
General Maintenance Technician

€32,401.30 base salary exc. 13th month plus annual increments for 10 years with satisfactory performance. Full time 37.5 hours of work per week.

Vacancy type:
Fixed term

Term Details:
One-year term contract, which may be extended for a second one-year term contract possibly leading to indeterminate. Contractual conditions may have to be modified in accordance with changes to new Dutch labour law effective January 1st, 2020. This position is a locally engaged staff position subject to the Terms and Conditions of Employment for LES in the Netherlands

General Support


The Hague, the Netherlands

Closing date for applications:
02-12-2019 at 23:59 UTC+1 / GMT+1

Summary of position:
Under the direction of the Common Services Officer (Property & Material), the Maintenance Technician is responsible for the completion of general repairs in one or more of the following areas: electrical, plumbing, carpentry, masonry and painting and specific functional maintenance (such as refrigeration, heating, ventilation and air conditioning, boiler operations, auto/vehicle mechanics, audio-visual). Also responsible for duties and schedules for the whole Embassy and/or crown owned or leased assets and equipment.

The incumbent must also assist with preparing preventive maintenance programs as required, and assist other Maintenance Team members in the completion of various projects outside their area of expertise. The incumbent is also required to inspect work performed by contractors to ensure compliance with manufacturer’s specifications, and consult their supervisor when required.

Essential qualifications:
Essential qualifications

• Technical and/or professional diploma, or combination of relevant experience (5 years at least) in the following fields: general construction, building maintenance, plumbing, electricity and/or carpentry.

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

• Minimum of three (3) years of recent* experience working as general maintenance technician in three (3) or more of the following fields:
o Experience with general maintenance, small repairs and minor maintenance work in office, commercial or residential buildings (for instance, carpentry, painting, assembling furniture, troubleshooting, etc.)
o Experience with inspecting office, commercial or residential buildings to identify and/or resolve general maintenance issues, mechanical failure or breakdowns;
o Experience with plumbing and/or electrical systems and/or heating units and/or carpentry;
o Experience with client services related to general maintenance services in office, commercial or residential buildings;
o Experience with general administration related to maintenance, including basic scope of work, coordination, cost estimates, receipts, vouchers and contracts, inventories, scheduled maintenance.

*Recent is defined as 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, a written examination, an oral interview, role-play, practical tests, presentations and/or psychometric assessment.

• Knowledge of building layout and infrastructure
• Knowledge of common hand and power tools
• Knowledge of plumbing, electricity, carpentry, masonry
• Knowledge of using computer (Outlook, Word, Excel)
• Knowledge of health and safety regulations in the Netherlands

• Effective Interactive communication – oral and written
• Ability to complete and relay facts related to incidents (flooding, damages, etc.) orally and in writing
• Ability to co-ordinate conflicting priorities, perform to tight deadlines and prioritize work
• Ability to develop a maintenance workplan and to follow-up on related task until completion of the work
• Ability to work independently with initiative and judgement
• Adaptability/Flexibility
• Attention on quality and details
• Service to clients
• Integrity
• Tact/Discretion
• Teamwork and Cooperation

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.
• Experience working in a general maintenance technician position at a diplomatic mission, government agency or private company
• Experience working in an office environment
• Relevant certification in plumbing and/or electricity and/or carpentry
• Experience and knowledge of auto/vehicle mechanic
• Knowledge of the Canadian building code
• Working level of French oral and in writing
If candidates meet the factors listed in the asset qualifications they must also clearly demonstrate how they meet these factors in their covering letter.

Organizational Needs:

Operational Requirements:
• Required to be in good health, as well as capable of handling heavy materials and furniture
• Required to have a valid driver’s license and to use a utility vehicle provided by the Embassy
• Full-time position, with no possibility of teleworking arrangements or flexible working schedule unless otherwise communicated by the employer. Normal working week 37.5 hours (7.5 hours per day) from Monday to Friday
• Required to work overtime occasionally and on short notice, depending on operational needs
• Work is to be performed on different sites where crown-owned or crown-leased properties are located.

Condition(s) of Employment:
• Any job offer is subject to receipt of satisfactory references, as well as the ability to obtain and maintain an Enhanced Reliability security screening (including a criminal record and credit check).
• Proof of right to work in the Netherlands
• Declaration of fitness for work via medical exam (arranged and paid by the Embassy)
• ** Duties may require the incumbent to move heavy items on a regular basis and/or lift up to 25 kgs

Area of selection:
This position is open to individuals who are eligible to reside and work in the Netherlands, 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 the Netherlands 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:
How to apply

• 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.

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 appointment process in Canada’s 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 e-mail. It is the responsibility of the candidate to ensure accurate contact information is provided and updated as required.
• Candidates who apply to this selection process should include an e-mail address that accepts e-mail from unknown users (some e-mail systems block these types of e-mail).
• 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 the Netherlands does not sponsor work permits directly or indirectly.
• The Embassy of Canada in the Netherlands 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 the Netherlands, which might arise in the 12 months following the completion of this competition.

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