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Job Title:
Commercial Officer – British Columbia

Php 880,982 plus bonuses and benefits, non-negotiable

Vacancy type:

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



Embassy of Canada in the Philippines

Closing date for applications:
26-01-2021 at 23:59 UTC/GMT

Summary of position:
The position is required to help develop and implement strategies to increase trade and investment activity between British Columbia and the Philippines. The Commercial Officer is assigned business sectors and provides business services and advice to companies from British Columbia which are active in those sectors. The Commercial Officer also refers business opportunities in the Philippines to British Columbia clients.
The Commercial Officer maintains a network of local business contacts, develops business plans for assigned sectors, plans and delivers events or other activities that promote British Columbia’s trade and investment priorities, (for example, organizing delegations of British Columbia companies to tradeshows and business matchmaking in the Philippines), manages budgets, and meets performance targets and outcomes.
The Commercial Officer also acquires knowledge about the commercial and economic characteristics of the market in the Philippines in their assigned sectors, which includes knowledge of: activities and interests of the Philippine companies; products, services and technology; business trends; regulations and government priorities; business processes and procedures; and import patterns.

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 university or a combination of education and work experience.

• High proficiency in English, both written and spoken.
• High proficiency in Tagalog, both written and spoken.

A minimum of three (3) years’ experience in the following:
• Experience in international business development, or Foreign direct investment attraction;
• Experience managing client and stakeholder relationships and in providing business service support to customers/ clients;
• Experience in project management;
• Experience in providing strategic advice, briefings, and written reports to management and/or clients on international business issues.
• Experience working with foreign companies
• Experience working as part of a trade and investment team and contributing to team objectives and outcomes.


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 factors that influence international business success;
• Knowledge of business trends and recent developments in the Philippines;
• Knowledge of British Columbia’s key economic sectors, businesses, geographic regions, and economic strengths;
• Knowledge of bi-lateral trade and investment flows between British Columbia and the Philippines;
• Knowledge of customer management systems and the effective use of customer data and information; and,
• Knowledge of the import/export requirements of Canada and the Philippines.

• Effective communication skills (both written and verbal), strong presentation skills with experience in public speaking.
• Secure, prepare for, conduct, and provide follow-up to business development meetings with exporters and investors.
• Establish and sustain a network of relationships beneficial to businesses and citizens of British Columbia.
• Critical thinking, conduct research, analyze information and provide strategic advice.
• Manage multiple priorities with tight deadlines.

• Effective interpersonal skills;
• Sound judgement;
• Initiative;
• Achievement-orientation;
• Teamwork;
• Client-focus orientation.

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.

• A minimum of five years’ experience in international business development or foreign direct investment attraction.
• Clear and current understanding and experience providing advice to clients about conducting business in British Columbia and in the Philippines.
• Experience in developing, planning and coordinating international trade events and business missions.
• Completion or willingness to complete the Forum for International Trade Training (FITT) Certified International Trade Professional certificate.

Organizational Needs:

Operational Requirements:
• Must be willing to travel within The Philippines and internationally; and
• Must be available for occasional duties outside normal working hours (i.e. evenings and weekends).

Condition(s) of Employment:
The successful candidate must:
• Have a valid “Reliability Status”, security check is required prior to appointment as well as a local police clearance certification and medical examination. The required level of security clearance must be maintained throughout the employment period.

• Have the ability to maintain a valid working authorization in the Philippines for the duration of the employment term. If applicable, proof of Visa is required.

Area of selection:
This external selection process is open to all applicants eligible to legally work in The Philippines who meet all of the essential qualifications and whose applications are received by the closing date, including Embassy employees and spouses of Canada-based staff. Please note that the Embassy of Canada in the Philippines does not sponsor work authorizations directly or indirectly. The Government of Canada is an equal opportunities employer. Candidates will be considered on merit regardless of ethnic origin, religious belief, gender, age, sexual orientation, disability or any other factor. 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:

• Applications must be submitted through this website by 23:59H, 26 January 2021, Manila time

• Only applications received through the aforementioned website before the closing date will be accepted.

• Applicants should send a résumé and cover letter (at least 300 words and no more than 1,000 words), in English or French which addresses each of the essential qualifications and any assets qualifications with specific and comprehensive information supporting each item.

• 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.

• We thank all applicants for their interest, but we will only contact those who pass the initial screening.


• Please note that the Government of Canada does not reimburse any travel costs to and from interview nor does it reimburse any relocation costs.

• Applicants who fail to confirm their attendance at our written exam and/or interview will be considered withdrawn from the process.

• Applicants are entitled to participate in the appointment process in the official language of their choice. Applicants are asked to indicate their preferred official language (English or French) in their application.

• If candidates need any special assistance in terms of attending exams or interviews, then please let us know at during the application process.

• 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 the Philippines which might arise in the 12 months following the completion of this recruitment process.

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