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Job Ref:
4253

Job Title:
Officer (Domestic Policy/Promotion of interests)

Salary:
€ 45 398 annual gross + benefits i.e. possibility of an additional 6.5 hours per month (time accumulated over the 35 hours per week) at 125% the hourly rate + 7 OTR (refunded overtime) days a year, transportation benefit, 13th month, and health insurance benefit.

Vacancy type:
Indeterminate

Term Details:
PERMANENT POSITION

Level:
Officer

Classification:
Locally Engaged Staff (LE-07)

Location:
Embassy of Canada, 130 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, 75008 Paris

Closing date for applications:
27-11-2020 at 23:59 UTC/GMT

Summary of position:
Under the direction of the Head of Unit (Domestic Policy/Promotion of interests), within the political section of the Embassy of Canada in Paris, the Officer develops and maintains strategic networks, advocates Canada\'s position, conducts research and analysis on topics of interest, prepares reports on meetings, visits, political and economic developments and bilateral relations, proposes, plans and coordinates advocacy activities, and supports the planning and implementation of the political section’s program, the development of its goals, objectives and related operational policies, and solutions to meet the program requirements. He/she contributes to the provision of advice and recommendations on domestic policy and bilateral cooperation issues and options, the planning and implementation of advocacy projects and initiatives, program delivery, the development of communication products and strategies, and the planning and organization of official visits and events. Finally, he/she establishes and maintains a network of contacts within local and foreign governments, partner and multilateral organizations and agencies in order to formulate common approaches and to keep abreast of local developments, changes, policies and programs that may affect the implementation of the political section’s program.

Essential qualifications:
Candidates will initially be selected based on the essential qualifications relating to education, experience and the required linguistic profile. Qualifications constituting assets may also be taken into account for the screening of applications.
Candidates will have to clearly demonstrate, in their covering letter (750 words maximum), the manner in which they meet these criteria by explaining clearly and concretely how they meet each criterion of the essential qualifications and where appropriate, the asset qualifications. Please note that it is not sufficient simply to assert that one meets the requirements or to list current responsibilities.
Short-listed candidates will subsequently be assessed in relation to the qualifications with the help of tools such as written exam, interview, role-play, simulation exercises, reference checks and /or psychometric tests.
Education:
University degree (equivalent to French baccalaureate + 3 i.e. a level 6 French diploma or Canadian Bachelor’s degree)

Languages:
Bilingual (French/English), including excellent writing, editing, and speaking capabilities.

Experience:
• Minimum of 3 years recent experience (i.e. acquired within past 5 years) in parliamentary/governmental relations or in public relations in France and/or in Canada
• Experience in developing sustaining partnerships and networks with a wide variety of internal and external contacts; and
• Experience in managing projects, including monitoring deliverables, preparing advocacy plans and strategies, reports and debriefing
Knowledge:
• In-depth knowledge of political and governmental circles in France and in Canada
• Good knowledge of tools, techniques and trends in advocacy and government relations
Abilities:
• To develop and manage advocacy strategies and initiatives including using social networks
• To develop and maintain networks and collaborations with political (at all levels - national, regional and municipal), social and economic partners and actors in France and Canada
• To produce and provide policy analysis to senior-management
Competencies:
• Judgement
• Collaborate with partners and interlocutors
• Result oriented
• Values and ethics
• Team work

Asset Qualifications:
A preference may be given to candidates who, in addition to the essential qualifications, also possess the following asset qualifications. It is incumbent upon candidates to explain and demonstrate in their motivation letter how they meet these asset criteria:
1. Experience in working for an Embassy or organisation with an international mandate
2. Experience in advocacy and networking, including the implementation of campaigns in collaboration with partners
3. Recent experience (i.e. acquired within the last three years) in developing and implementing programs, plans and advocacy initiatives
4. Experience in writing analyses and reports
5. Experience in managing visits and activities (conference, round tables, etc.)
6. Solid experience in using digital tools, particularly social networks, and virtual work spaces

If candidates satisfy the criteria listed in the asset qualifications, they must also clearly demonstrate how they meet these criteria in their motivation letter and/or CV in order for these to be taken into account.

Organizational Needs:
• Full-time position of 5 days a week from Monday until Friday.
• Regular hours of work: 09:00 to 12:30 and 13:30 to 17:30.
• Willing and able to work extended hours as required, late evenings and sometimes with little advance notice.
• Ability to travel when required.
• Open concept-working environment.
• Availability to start as of January 2021.

Operational Requirements:
• Full-time position of 5 days a week from Monday until Friday.
• Regular hours of work: 09:00 to 12:30 and 13:30 to 17:30.
• Willing and able to work extended hours as required, late evenings and sometimes with little advance notice.
• Ability to travel when required.
• Open concept-working environment.
• Availability to start as of January 2021.

Condition(s) of Employment:
• Reside and be authorized to work as an employee in France on a permanent basis;
• Ability to obtain and maintain security clearance at the level of \"Reliability” from the Canadian Government.

Area of selection:
This position is open to candidates who have their principal residence in France and are legally authorised to work in France permanently as an employee, and who meet all of the pre-requisites, i.e. all the essential qualifications and potentially the asset qualifications, and whose applications are received by the closing date and time. Candidates must have their principal residence in France and their permanent work authorisation in France as an employee at the time of publication of this selection process. Important: The Embassy of Canada does not sponsor and does not assist people in any way in obtaining a residence or work permit. This position is also open to spouses and common-in-law partners of Canada-based staff* posted in one of the three Canadian missions in Paris (Embassy of Canada, Canadian delegations to UNESCO and the OECD), who hold a valid Canadian or French social security number, who meet all of the pre-requisites, i.e. all the essential qualifications and potentially the asset qualifications, and whose applications are received by the closing date and time. *Please note that should a spouse or common law partner of a Canadian based staff who resides in France under diplomatic status win the position, the offered contract duration will correspond the determined duration of the diplomatic posting in Paris (CDD).

Important Notes:
How to apply
• Please complete the online application form. Candidates must also upload their covering letter (750 words maximum) and CV.
• Candidates must clearly demonstrate in their covering letter how they possess the essential qualifications and, if applicable, the qualifications considered to be assets, by explaining clearly and concretely how they satisfy each criterion related to education and experience and linguistic profile with respect to the essential qualifications and, if applicable, with respect to each asset qualification.
• In their covering letter, candidates must also include the names, titles, email addresses and telephone numbers of at least three people, including at least two direct supervisors, who can serve as professional references for work experience acquired over the last three years.
• Third reference may be a client, academic reference or other supervisor.
• Any application missing any of the requested documents or requested information will be automatically rejected.
Important notes
• Communication for this process will be sent by email. It is the candidate’s responsibility to ensure that the contact information provided is correct and updated as necessary.
• Candidates who apply for this selection process must include an email address that accepts emails from unknown users (some email systems block these types of emails).
• Candidates selected at the screening stage will be invited to participate in the following steps of the evaluation process, which will include one or several components. The assessment methods may include written exams, interviews, simulation exercise, role-playing, practical exercises, reference checks and psychometric tests.
• Assessments are planned on 7-8 December 2020.
• Interviews will take place virtually. Written exams could take place by virtual test or by automated or face-to-face testing depending on the evolution of the current situation. How they will be administered will therefore be confirmed at a later date. It will not be flexible.
• Technical arrangements for participation in this selection process will be the responsibility of the candidates.
• After the assessments, a list ranking the candidates according to the results obtained will be established. The position will be offered to the top candidate based on the ranking.
• The candidate will also be required to obtain a valid security clearance to work at the embassy.
• The results of this competition may also be used to establish a reserve list of candidates, valid for a period of twelve months, for openings of similar permanent or temporary positions at the same level to be filled at the Embassy of Canada.
• The Embassy of Canada in Paris does not directly or indirectly sponsor work permits and does not assist people in any way to obtain a residence or work permit.
• All employees hired locally are subjected to the LES Employment conditions booklet for France and required to pay into the French social security system. However, employees hired locally who are Canadian citizens will pay at source Canadian income tax according to the tax Convention between France and Canada https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/programs/tax-policy/tax-treaties/country/france-convention-consolidated-1975-1987-1995-2010.html .
• For any question at any stage of the process, please send an email to paris-rh@international.gc.ca. This email address does not accept any applications, which must without exception, be submitted online.




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