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Job Title:
Political / Economic Affairs Officer (Anticipatory)

ZAR 650,285 gross per annum plus 13th month bonus

Vacancy type:

Term Details:
This position is a LES (Locally Engaged Staff) position, subject to the Terms and Conditions of Employment for LES in South Africa.



Pretoria, South Africa

Closing date for applications:
19-01-2020 at 23:59 UTC+1 / GMT+1

Summary of position:
Under the general direction of the Counsellor (Political/Economic Affairs and Public Diplomacy), and with a high degree of judgment and independent action, the Political and Economic Affairs Officer makes a significant contribution to strengthening relations between Canada and countries of accreditation (South Africa, Lesotho, Madagascar, Mauritius and Namibia) by: 1) monitoring, analyzing and reporting on political and economic developments in countries of accreditation, assessing their impacts on Canadian interests and developing policy recommendations for the Head of Mission, Mission management and decision-makers in Ottawa; 2) developing, strengthening and managing a network of stakeholders and contacts, in government, civil society, media, academia, politics, and other sectors; 3) planning and supporting official visits to South Africa and Canada and other countries of accreditation, including recommendations regarding potential events aligned with program objectives and organizing various aspects of the program; 4) developing and evaluating opportunities for collaboration between Canada and South Africa and providing recommendations using judgment and with initiative and discretion; 5) Undertaking advocacy with government interlocutors as required; 6) Contributing to overall mission planning and priority setting and other program objectives including public affairs, cultural programming and communications and supporting social media initiatives as required; and 7) Performing other duties as required.

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.

• Degree from a recognized university in a relevant discipline including but not limited to: Political Science, Journalism/Communications, Law, International Relations, Economics, Business.

• Proficiency in English (reading, writing and speaking)

• 5 years experience within the last 10 years in research, analysis, report writing, briefing notes and presentations as well as the formulation of recommendations and advice in a professional work context
• 5 years experience within the last 10 years in managing partnerships with governmental or non-governmental organizations (civil society and the private sector), multilateral institutions or donors in South Africa or internationally.
• 2 years experience within the last 10 years in advocating on behalf of an organizations interest and providing strategic advice to management or senior officials

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 the current political landscape in South Africa, Lesotho, Madagascar, Mauritius and Namibia, and political and economic issues in South Africa in particular;
• Knowledge of key actors and influencers on political and economic issues in South Africa (including civil society, government institutions, international organizations, media, academia and cultural institutions);

• Ability to manage information, analyze, draft reports and make policy recommendations on various political, economic and social developments;
• Ability to analyze, plan and manage all aspects of complex project and program management;
• Ability to manage time, plan, prioritize tasks and meet tight deadlines;
• Ability to use social media tools (Facebook, Twitter etc) for advocacy, networking and analysis
• Ability to use the Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel and Outlook)

• Effective Interactive communication (oral and written);
• Adaptability and flexibility;
• Judgment;
• Teamwork and collaboration;
• Influence and persuasiveness;
• Initiative.

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.

• Fluency in French;
• Master’s degree from a recognized university;
• Knowledge of the mandate, policies, objectives and priorities of Global Affairs Canada and priorities in South Africa and other countries of accreditation;

Organizational Needs:

Operational Requirements:
• May be required to attend meetings outside of normal working hours
• Overtime may be required
• Ability to travel within Southern Africa and to Canada as required
• May be exposed to stressful situations or difficult working environments

Condition(s) of Employment:
• Able to obtain and maintain a Government of Canada Reliability Status Clearance. Please note that the Reliability Status Clearance must be maintained throughout your employment at the High Commission as failure to do so may result in dismissal. This includes a criminal and credit background check.
• Copies of educational qualifications will be required at the interview stage of the process
• Must be able to obtain and retain a valid travel document and be willing, able and legally admissible to travel internationally including within Southern Africa and to Canada.
• South African citizenship, holder of a valid South Africa residence permit or otherwise legally able to work at the High Commission (please note The High Commission of Canada does not sponsor work authorizations directly or indirectly).
• Ability to meet the medical requirements as defined by the employer. Successful candidate(s) may be required to undergo a medical evaluation.

Area of selection:
Open to qualified applicants who are legally in a position to work for the High Commission of Canada in South Africa. This includes South African citizens, permanent residents, employees of the High Commission of Canada, and dependents/spouses of Canadian Based Staff, who meet all of the essential requirements stated below, and whose applications are received by the closing date. Please note the High Commission of Canada 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:

• 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. 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.

• Please do not use a tablet or cell phone to submit your application, as mobile browsers are not supported by our on-line portal. Candidates should only apply using a laptop or desktop computer.
• Candidates are entitled to participate in the appointment process in Canada’s official language of their choice (English or French). Candidates are asked to specify their preferred official language of Canada in their application.
• 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 may 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 may be sought for candidates that reach the stage of further assessment and may form part of the selection process.
• The High Commission of Canada in Pretoria does not reimburse any travel costs to and from interviews/exams nor does it reimburse any relocation costs.

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