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Job Title:
Trade Officer (Science and Technology)

The annual starting salary for a full-time position 54,338 EUR gross

Vacancy type:

Term Details:
Full-time (FTE 37.5 hours per week). This position is an Locally Engaged Staff (LES) position, subject to the Terms and Conditions of Employment for LES in Germany.



Berlin, Germany

Closing date for applications:
08-11-2020 at 23:59 UTC/GMT

Summary of position:
The primary role of the Trade Officer (Science and Technology) is to the support the planning and implementation of the Canadian International Business Development (IBD) program and the associated development of operational goals, objectives and policies as well as solutions to program requirements. Reporting to the Counsellor for Science and Technology, the officer will have the responsibility to support TCS clients and partners with innovative enabling technologies who are in the pre-commercial phase as well as to foster R&D cooperation between the Canadian and German academic and public sector. The successful candidate will be required to work constructively and positively with other officers within the science and innovation team and with sector officers across the Germany-wide TCS network.

Key activities will include:

• Contribute to the provision of advice on the planning, development, implementation, and reporting for the IBD program.
• Provide services to TCS clients and partners (e.g. assess potential for cooperation, find vetted business contacts)
• Conduct meetings with local contacts to uncover collaboration opportunities for Canadian clients and partners and to promote Canadian technologies and expertise.
• Establish and maintain a network of contacts in particular with multipliers and influencers to support Canada’s strategic commercial and R&D objectives with Germany.
• Plan and implement visits, partnerships and matchmaking activities, and other events to support the R&D collaboration between Canada and Germany and enhance commercial opportunities for Canadian innovative companies through co-innovation.
• Draft project related documents such as presentations, plans, briefing notes, notices, funding estimates, contracts, reports, and communication materials.
• Contribute to the research and analysis of trends and policies related to technologies that could have a significant effect on Canadian interests
• Coordinate the science and innovation team virtual presence and social media activities.

Essential qualifications:
Candidates will initially be screened against the Essential Qualifications relating to education, language, and experience. Candidates must clearly demonstrate in their cover letters and C.V. how they meet each of the essential qualifications.


• Higher education degree (minimum Bachelors).


• Professional fluency in English and German, both written and spoken. (level C1 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)

• Intermediate knowledge of French, written and spoken. (level B2 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)


• Minimum of 3 years of work experience out of the past 10 years in business development with either the public or private sector.

• Experience in supporting the planning and organisation of events.

• Experience in providing services to clients.

• Experience preparing corporate communication material (e.g. Website and Facebook posts, Tweets, Linkedin)

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 Canadian Trade Commissioner Service.

• Knowledge of support programs available to Canadian Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to foster and support collaborative industrial research and development projects with high potential for commercialization between Canada and Germany.

Abilities and skills:

• Ability to communicate effectively in English, German, and French both orally and in writing;
• Ability to analyze business information and provide strategic advice;
• Ability to build and sustain a network of contacts;
• Ability to develop and implement projects;


• Adaptability and flexibility
• Client focus
• Effectiveness/Achievement orientation
• Cross-cultural sensitivity
• Commitment to public confidence

Asset Qualifications:

Organizational Needs:

Operational Requirements:
• Ability to travel and work overtime according to operational needs.

Condition(s) of Employment:
• The employee must be able to obtain and maintain an Enhanced Reliability Clearance from the Government of Canada.

• 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.

Area of selection:
Open to internal and external applicants who are legal residents or citizens of Germany, 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 Germany, 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. 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:
• Note: Due to Covid-19, you may experience some delay in the recruitment process. We are working hard to minimize any disruption. You may find more information in the sections below.

How to apply:
• Please complete the online application form and submit your cover letter and C.V. in English or French. Please include in your C.V. document copies of any certificates of employment from your last place of work and copies of certificates of education, including any relevant certificates of language proficiency and work permit, by creating one pdf document.
• Please submit a cover letter in English or French explaining why you are interested in the position and how your previous work experience applies to the position. Candidates must demonstrate concisely in their cover letter how they meet all essential qualifications.
• Applications that do not include the requested documents or information in the C.V. or cover letter 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 do 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 online portal. Candidates should only apply using a laptop or desktop computer.
• 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 candidate to ensure accurate contact information is provided and updated as required.
• Candidates who apply to this vacancy should include an email address that accepts emails from unknown users and regularly check their email, including spam folder.
• The Embassy of Canada in Berlin 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 interviews or exams 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 term, indeterminate part-time or full-time openings at the Embassy of Canada in Germany or the Consulates in Düsseldorf or Munich that may arise in the 12 months following the completion of this recruitment process.

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