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Job Title:
Senior Advisor, Political Affairs Section (anticipatory) - Extended to April 30, 2020

JMD 4,862,582 per annum plus 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 Jamaica



Kingston, Jamaica

Closing date for applications:
30-04-2020 at 23:59 UTC+1 / GMT+1

Summary of position:
Under the direction of the Political Affairs Program Manager, the incumbent will:
• monitor, analyze and formulate advice regarding political and economic developments in Jamaica, the Bahamas, the Cayman Islands, and the Turks and Caicos Islands;
• research, analyse and write reports on the political state of affairs for various audiences and purposes;
• coordinate formal contact between bilateral and multilateral partners and stakeholders in all territories covered by the HCC;
• initiate, develop and maintain contacts with key members of the public sector, the executive, and other contacts such as academics with relevant expertise;
• manages event organization including local contractors and service providers as well as the procurement of promotional material;
• Support Political Affairs planning and programming; and
• Supervise the Political Affairs team in the absence of the Program Manager as well as any non-indeterminate local staff hired to assist on specific initiatives.

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.


• A Bachelor’s degree from a recognized university related to Political Science, Humanities, International Relations, Economics, Communications or related field OR
• An equivalent combination of education, training in a parallel field and/or work experience related to the duties and specific areas of competence required for the position.
• Minimum of three (3) years of progressive experience within the past (5) years in providing senior level policy advice or equivalent;
• Experience in research, analysis and writing reports based on open source information related to economic/political themes;
• Experience in establishing and maintaining a network of professional contacts with external organizations, industry stakeholders/territorial or foreign governments; and
• Experience in preparing and delivering official communications material such as speeches, publications, products for written media, social media, radio, and TV.

• Fluency in English (oral and written)

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.


• Advanced knowledge of processes, principles, theories and practices of political and economical policy environment;
• General knowledge of the various government sectors and regulatory institutions in Jamaica and other areas of accreditation (Cayman Islands, Bahamas, Turks and Caicos);
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and Social Media applications and knowledge of web-based search engines;
• Solid knowledge of the principles, theories, concepts and practices of the stakeholder relations/public consultation field and related functions;
• Knowledge of recent regional economic, social and political issues including knowledge of Jamaican business environment and key stakeholders; and
• Excellent understanding of public administration, political processes and political sensitivities.


• Effective interactive communication (oral & written);
• Ability to think and act strategically in a political and community services environment;
• Excellent analytical, problem solving and organizational skills;
• Ability to research, analyze, assess and evaluate information effectively to provide strategic advice, recommendations and to write speeches;
• Ability to work independently and to manage multiple competing demands within tight deadlines;
• Ability to establish and maintain effective and professional working relationships with clients, colleagues and supervisors;
• Ability to foster and maintain harmonious working relationships with key local government offices, the media, private sector organizations and other diplomatic missions related to political and economic foreign policy; and
• Ability to supervise staff.

Personal suitability:
• High level of discretion and tact in handling sensitive information;
• Willingness to learn;
• Focus on quality and details;
• Cultural and political sensitivity;
• Good diplomatic and negotiations skills; and
• Adaptability, 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.

• Experience working in a diplomatic mission or an international organization
• Proficiency in French, written and spoken
• Specialized education (Master’s degree) in political science or international relations

Organizational Needs:

Operational Requirements:
Ability to travel periodically both locally and internationally and to perform overtime when required.

Condition(s) of Employment:
The conditions of employment are mandatory requirements for hiring and continued employment with the High Commission of Canada to Jamaica. These conditions may be reviewed on a periodic basis.
• Legal status to work in Jamaica. 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.
• Obtain and maintain a reliability rating (security clearance) from the Government of Canada covering the entire employment period.
• Before an offer of employment can be made, candidates must provide a local address as proof of residence in the specific city, region or country so that if selected, it will appear on the offer letter.
• Must possess valid travel documents and be willing, able and legally admissible to travel within and outside of Jamaica.

Area of selection:
Open to internal and external applicants who are legal residents or citizens of Jamaica, who meet all of the essential requirements stated below, and whose applications are received by the closing date. Please note that the High Commission of Canada to Jamaica 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 based on merit. Our organization offers an inclusive workplace where respect, teamwork, and collaboration are part of our culture. Canada’s missions abroad are committed to promoting and supporting an environment free from harassment and discrimination, as well as encouraging and supporting employees to learn and develop their skills and competencies.

Important Notes:
How to apply:
• 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.

Important Notes:
• 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.
• Only applications submitted in one of the official languages of Canada (English or French) will be accepted. Candidates are entitled to participate in the recruitment process in the official language of their choice and to indicate their preferred official language in their application.
• 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.
• The High Commission of Canada in Jamaica does not reimburse any travel costs to and from interviews/exams nor does it reimburse any relocation costs.
• 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 High Commission of Canada to Jamaica which might arise in the 12 months following the completion of this recruitment process.

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