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Job Title:
Commercial Assistant – British Columbia (Anticipatory)

Php 567,187 per annum 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:
08-03-2021 at 23:59 UTC/GMT

Summary of position:
The Commercial Assistant plays a critical role in managing a range of financial and administration tasks for the British Columbia Trade and Investment team across Asia. The role works with our teams based in locations across Asia and reports to our team in BC.
The Commercial Assistant is a locally-engaged employee of the Government of British Columbia, co-located with the Embassy of Canada to Philippines, providing financial and administrative support services to the British Columbia Trade and Investment Program. The Commercial Assistant is responsible for general administrative duties that include document management, research, financial support services, logistics and team support, assistance for office organization, scheduling of meetings and travel, general troubleshooting, as well as, support for various business development initiatives and programs, where appropriate.

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 government recognized college/university.

• Fluency in English (verbal and written)
• Experience with budgeting, financial monitoring and reporting.
• Experience providing administrative support including managing calendars, correspondence and travel.
• Experience writing, editing and formatting documents.
• Experience in conducting online research and synthesizing information from research into a coherent format, such as briefings, correspondence, and responses to enquiries.
• Experience with contract management and procurement of goods and services.

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 Microsoft Office suite, including Excel and SharePoint.
• Knowledge of standard office practices and procedures.
• Knowledge of basic budget principles and financial management procedures.
• Knowledge of general principles of trade promotion and investment attraction.

• Ability to take initiative and independently plan and organize workflow, effectively managing multiple and conflicting demands within tight timelines.
• Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.
• Ability to work accurately and with high attention to detail.
• Ability to conduct online research.

• Sound judgement
• Strong, respectful interpersonal relations
• Adaptability and flexibility
• Ability to work independently or as part of a team
• Client service orientation
• Understanding of requirements of discretion and confidentiality

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.

• Fluency in another language including Mandarin, Korean, Japanese, or Bahasa.
• Ability to provide logistical support for industry events, and incoming and outbound missions.
• Previous experience working in a diplomatic mission or intergovernmental organization, particularly in an office management or financial management role.
• Experience with customer relationship management tools (CRM).

Organizational Needs:

Operational Requirements:
• Must be willing to travel within Philippines on occasion; 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 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 23:59, 8 March 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, 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.
• This competitive staffing process may be used to create an eligibility list of qualified candidates for this position and/or similar positions with various tenures, including indeterminate and term at the Embassy of Canada in the Philippines which may arise in the 24 months following the completion of this recruitment process. If the selected candidate is already an active Locally-Engaged Staff (LES) employee, the eligibility list may also be used for assignments or acting appointments. When you submit your application, you must specify at least one type of employment tenure for which you are interested in being considered (e.g., indeterminate only) so that we may create applicable eligibility lists.

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