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Job Title:
Political Relations Officer

118,490.00 BRL 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 Brasilia, Brazil



Brasilia, Brazil

Closing date for applications:
01-03-2021 at 23:59 UTC/GMT

Summary of position:
Reporting to the Senior General Relations Officer, the Political Relations officer drafts reports on key political and social developments in Brazil and their impact on Canada’s foreign policy objectives in Brazil. The Political Relations officer also leads efforts to foster parliamentary/congressional relations between Canada and Brazil; contributes to the development of public diplomacy and advocacy initiatives; and organizes visits (with focus on briefing material). To this end, the Political Relations officer maintains a vast and diverse network of contacts, including in government, congress, civil society, media, and academic spheres. Additionally, the Political Relations officer pursues and facilitates academic linkages between Canadian and federal Brazilian stakeholders, in coordination with the Trade program. The Political Relations officer works both autonomously and as part of the broader team and manages multiple simultaneous requests.

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 with an interest in a discipline related to the job requirements (e.g. political science, international relations) or an equivalent combination of education, training and/or experience.
Fluency (written and oral) in English and willingness to learn French if knowledge not currently present.
Fluency in Portuguese (written and oral) is also required.

A minimum of 3 years in a diplomatic mission, government, international organization, academia, think-tank, civil society organization, private sector or media outlet.
Experience in producing political analysis or providing strategic advice.
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 Brazil’s socio-political system and environment.
Knowledge of Brazil’s foreign policy and of Brazil’s role in a global environment, including multilateral organizations.

Ability to process information quickly and accurately, and provide analysis and reporting (orally and in writing).
Ability to organize the work to meet conflicting priorities in a demanding environment.
Ability to adapt and remain flexible in the face of changing priorities and work requirements.
Strong interpersonal relations and client focus.
Ability to build, expand and leverage contact networks.
Ability to work both autonomously and as part of a broader diverse team.
Strong sense of integrity and sound judgement.
Ability to communicate effectively in languages required by the position (see essential qualifications)

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.

Knowledge of French
Knowledge of Canada’s foreign policy.
Knowledge of Canada-Brazil relations.
Ability to use social media strategically.

Organizational Needs:

Operational Requirements:
Overtime may be required in special and occasional circumstances.
Occasional in-country travel may be required.

Condition(s) of Employment:
The candidate will be subject to a reliability status check.
The candidate must have the right to work in Brazil.

Area of selection:
Open to internal and external applicants who are legal residents or citizens of Brazil, 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 Brasilia, Brazil 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 Brasilia, Brazil 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 Brasilia, Brazil 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.

Special Request from Mission/Additional Comments:
The Canadian Embassy strives to promote and maintain a representative workforce. Qualified candidates self-identifying as Black, mixed race, indigenous or as persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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