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Job Title:
Trade Commissioner - Extended to January 31, 2021

1,786,343.00 HTG plus benefits

Vacancy type:

Term Details:
This position is an LES (Locally Engaged Staff) position, subject to the Terms and Conditions of Employment for LES in Port-au-Prince, Haiti



Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Closing date for applications:
31-01-2021 at 23:59 UTC/GMT

Summary of position:
The mandate of the Trade Commissioner Services (TCS) is to promote Canada’s economic interests in world markets by carrying out various activities, contributing to the expansion of export markets; carrying out activities to foster access to foreign markets; understand and analyze trade policy issues; attract foreign investment to Canada; develop a network of international business contacts; identify and communicate commercial opportunities; foster strategic alliances; link Canadian companies to global value chains; support licensing and venture capital links; promote joint venture partnerships and foreign capital investments; facilitate R&D collaboration and technology transfer; promote corporate social responsibility; facilitate Canadian direct investment abroad.

Under the direct supervision of the Senior Trade Commissioner and under the general direction of the Counselor (Political, Development, Trade and Public Affairs), the Trade Commissioner supports planning and implementation of the Embassy’s trade program in Haiti and contributes to advancing Canadian economic interests in the country. The Trade Commissioner provides advice and information to TCS clients on the Haitian market, economic context, business environment, trade opportunities, among others. He or she builds and maintains an important network of contacts with local and foreign administrations, partners and multilateral organizations in order to stay informed of any new information, eventual changes, policies and local programs that may have an impact on the delivery of trade programs. He or she builds relationships with local contacts to discuss issues related to customer needs, and promotes Canadian business interests and objectives. The Trade Commissioner represents the Government of Canada at events and trade missions, collaborates in the implementation of initiatives related to corporate social responsibility (CSR) or other topics of interest. He or she contributes on an ad hoc basis to other programs of the Embassy of Canada in Haiti including providing support to reports on economic issues and support during official and/or high level visits; also performs other duties as assigned.

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.

Bachelor’s degree from a recognized college or university in Business, International Trade, Economy, or any other field related to the position.

·Fluent in French (reading, writing, speaking).
·Basic knowledge of English.

•Minimum of three (3) years of experience in recent business development ideally in trade and investment promotion
•Recent experience in research and analysis, strategic advice, briefings and written reports to senior management and clients on business/economic matters
•Recent experience in managing relationships with major clients and stakeholders as well as obtaining, preparing, and holding meetings with customers from the private sector (business-to-business meetings, sales meetings, etc.) and with public sector interlocutors.
•Recent experience in project management (including strategic planning, monitoring/reporting on results and budget management.

*Recent experience is defined as professional experience acquired within the last 10 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.

·The Haitian economic context, development, and business challenges.
·The Canadian Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) and its role abroad as well as Global Affairs Canada’s priorities and areas of interest in the region.
·Local market trends in order to provide strategic advice to TCS clients and other stakeholders on local business opportunities, local customs, cultural aspects, and logistics, and build stronger relationships with customers.
·Social media and excellent use of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint).


Abilities :
•Communicate clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing.
•Work efficiently and independently in a multi-cultural team.
•Build and maintain a network of professional contacts including Canadian customers, local contacts, and influencers.
•Set priorities, organize the workload, work in a multi-disciplinary environment, work efficiently under pressure, and attention to detail.

Behavioral Competencies and Personal Suitability:
•Adaptability and flexibility
•Integrity and Judgment

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.
•Master’s degree in a relevant field from a recognized university.
•Excellent knowledge of Creole (reading, writing, speaking).

Organizational Needs:

Operational Requirements:
•Availability and ability to travel outside of Port-au-Prince and in other countries.
•Ability to work overtime occasionally.

Condition(s) of Employment:
Reside and work legally in Haiti.
•Obtain and maintain a Reliability Clearance (security status) from the Government of Canada.

Area of selection:
Open to internal and external applicants who are legal residents or citizens of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, 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 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti 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 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 will be accepted (English or French).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 Embassy of Canada in Port-au-Prince, Haiti 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 Embassy of Canada in Port-au-Prince, Haiti which might arise in the 12 months following the completion of this recruitment process.
•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.

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