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Job Title:
Readiness and Security Program Officer (RSPO)

15,850 KWD gross 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, Kuwait

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

Summary of position:
Under the general direction of the Management Consular Officer (MCO) / Mission Security Officer (MSO), with responsibility for providing security for Government of Canada staff, dependents of Canada-based staff and Embassy operations throughout Kuwait; maintains networks with other security organizations in Kuwait, conducts research, drafts reports and advises the MSO on issues affecting the security of personnel and installations in Kuwait; delivers security program operations in support of MSO, including conducting training and daily supervision of local guard force at Chancery; enhances mission emergency preparedness; provides facilitation and interpretation services between the local language and one or both official languages of Canada; and, performs other duties as required.

Essential qualifications:
• Successful completion of a university Bachelor’s Level University degree in any discipline OR a combination of relevant education, training and experience within security.

• Fluency in English (written and spoken)
• Fluency in Arabic (written and spoken)

• Minimum (3) years of recent* experience in the field of Security and/or Emergency and/or Crisis Management
• Experience in developing and implementing operating procedures, processes, best practices and guidelines
• Experience in the collection and analysis of information
• Experience in conducting briefings and/or training.
• Experience conducting tasks such as organizing meetings, arranging logistics, reports, and letters
* Recent is defined as 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.

Knowledge of:
• Security and emergency management environment throughout Kuwait, including related governmental organisations
• Standard security mitigation features and practices for ensuring security of persons, information, and physical property
• Emergency management concepts, theories, and practices
• Experience in general office, administrative and financial management procedures
• Experience in building and maintaining a network of professional security contacts and liaising with them
• Financial administration, including budgeting, invoices and processing (basic knowledge only required)
• General office procedures, including text preparation and formatting, handling correspondence, letters, emails, tracking systems and filing
• Kuwait customs, values, ethics qualities

Computer Skills:
• Microsoft Office: Excel, Word, Outlook and PowerPoint
• Google Maps

Ability to:
• Conduct training for employees (all levels in the organization)
• Conduct research, online or otherwise
• Conduct vulnerability assessments
• Analyze problems independently and propose variable courses of action
• Meet tight deadlines and work under pressure with a minimum level of supervision
• Respond to sensitive emergency situations with urgency and discretion
• Act as liaison between the local security community and Canada Based Staff (CBS)

Qualities and Competencies:
• Practices discretion and sound judgement at all times
• Works well in teams
• Shows initiative
• Shows a high level of reliability, flexibility, and adaptability
• Promotes positive interpersonal relations
• Quality and detail-focused
• Strong planning and organizational skills

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.
• Working experience with an international organization, governmental organization, diplomatic mission or embassy in the area of emergency management and/or security
• Experience in writing detailed security reports
• Experience overseeing a locally hired guard force
• Experience obtaining quotes from security and emergency management and service providers
• Specialized education in corporate security, emergency management, or risk analysis
• Knowledge of mapping applications
• Ability to speak or write in the French Language

Organizational Needs:

Operational Requirements:
• Reliability and Security: A valid “Reliability Status” security check is required prior to being appointed to this position. Ability to obtain and maintain “Reliability Status” is a condition of employment.
• Legally permitted to live and work in Kuwait
• The successful candidate must maintain fluency in spoken and written English and Arabic at all times during their employment. The successful candidate must undertake to complete language assessments in any of the languages as required by the employer.

Condition(s) of Employment:
• The successful candidate must complete and maintain an Enhanced Reliability Security Clearance.
• The successful candidate must be legally entitled to work in Kuwait.
• The successful candidate must disclose to the Embassy if they hold Canadian citizenship before being employed at the Embassy or if they obtain Canadian Citizenship at any time during their employment with the Embassy.

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. 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:
• 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 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.
• Candidates who apply to this selection process should include an email address that accepts email from unknown users (some email systems block these types of email).
• 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 and/or presentations.
• Reference checks will be sought for candidates that reach interview stage and may form part of the selection process.
• The Canadian Embassy in Kuwait does not reimburse any travel costs to and from interviews/exams nor does it reimburse any relocation costs. The Canadian Embassy in Kuwait does not sponsor work permits.
• 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 Canadian Embassy in Kuwait which may arise in the 24 months following the completion of this competition.

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