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Job Title:
Readiness Program Officer

AED 252,736 gross salary per annum

Vacancy type:

Term Details:
This position is a LES (Locally Engaged Staff) position, subject to the Terms & Conditions of Employment for LES in Abu Dhabi, UAE.



Embassy of Canada in Abu Dhabi, UAE

Closing date for applications:
11-05-2021 at 23:59 UTC+1 / GMT+1

Summary of position:
Reporting to the Embassy Security Specialist, the Readiness Program Officer supports and assists the in the delivery of the Readiness Program, which is responsible for ensuring the security of the mission’s premises, staff, dependants, information, assets and operations. The Program also is tasked with ensuring the overall preparedness of the mission to respond to security threats, crises, and other emergencies.

The Readiness Program Officer
•conducts monitoring and research via various means and sources;
•drafts policies, reports, and other materials;
•advises the Mission Security Specialist on various security and readiness matters;
•liaises with local security authorities;
•maintains an active network of security contacts;
•plans and conducts drills and training sessions;
•tracks, budgets for, and acquires security and emergency equipment and provisions;
•and provides other operational and administrative support as required.

Essential qualifications:
Essential Qualifications
Candidates will initially be screened against the Essential Qualifications relating to education, experience and language. All applicants must submit a resume and a cover letter by the closing date. The cover letter must specify, using concrete examples, how the applicant meets the education and experience requirements listed below. Only applicants who clearly demonstrate through their application that they meet the education and experience requirements will be contacted for further assessment.
•A Bachelor’s degree from a recognized university; or
•A diploma certifying completion of four years of secondary education, and an acceptable combination of education, training and work experience in the public safety / law enforcement, defence, emergency management, or security management sectors.

•Fluent in (speaking, reading, and writing) English

•Minimum three (3) years of recent* experience in the field of Security and/or Emergency Management and/or Crisis Management within a commercial, industrial, or government establishment;
•Experience in conducting research, collecting information, drafting reports or briefs, and providing advice and recommendations to management;
•Experience in developing and implementing standard operating procedures, guidelines, or policies; and
•Experience in conducting briefings and/or drills and/or training

* “Recent experience” refers to the depth and breadth of experience associated with having performed a broad range of related activities. Accumulated experience that has been acquired within the last 7 years is required. Experience will be assessed on the basis of the scope, the quantity, complexity, diversity of the work performed, and degree of autonomy.

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.

Candidates being considered for the position will be called to undergo an evaluation process that will include an interview. Skills and/or knowledge tests may be conducted prior and/or subsequent to the interview in order to assist the selection board in assessing the applicant’s suitability for the position.

•Standard security risk mitigation measures and practices for a corporate, government or international organization setting
•Concepts, theories, and practices associated with emergency preparedness and response
•General office, administrative, and financial management procedures
•Proficient use of Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

•Proficient in the use of office technology, including databases, Microsoft Office applications, and the internet
•Work under pressure, with a minimum level of supervision, taking initiative and adapting to rapid changes
•Analyze and interpret information quickly and efficiently, and provide advice and recommendations
•Sound judgement, including in sensitive situations, with both urgency and care for sensitive information
•Ability to set business priorities and develop, design, and deliver work plans and training
•Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing
•Superior interpersonal skills with the ability to interact effectively with people from diverse cultures, establish a client and contacts network (both local (UAE) and Canadian government), and work as part of a team
•Integrity, sound ethical and moral principles
•Team player with a positive attitude, able to work within a hierarchy

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.
•Valid Government of Canada Security Clearance (Secret or above)
•Functional fluency in speaking, reading, and writing French and/or Arabic
•Specialized education or certification in physical and electronic security equipment
•Specialized education or certification in organizational security management and/or emergency management
•Past experience working for a foreign mission or an international organization

Organizational Needs:

Operational Requirements:
•Possession of a valid passport and ability to travel (domestic and/or international); and
•Ability and willingness to work overtime on weekdays and/or during weekends and/or during emergencies if job demands and to accept occasional urgent after-hours communications including telephone calls; and
•Leave may be restricted due to operational requirements.

Condition(s) of Employment:
•Able to obtain and maintain a Government of Canada Reliability Status clearance or Security Clearance;
•Must be a resident of the UAE during the time of hire and eligible to work in UAE;
•Must hold a valid Diplomatic ID, UAE work permit or no impediments to obtaining one;
•Must hold and maintain a valid UAE driver’s license; and
•Must be admissible for travel to Canada.
•Able to obtain and maintain a Government of Canada Reliability Status clearance or Security Clearance;
•Must be a resident of the UAE during the time of hire and eligible to work in UAE;
•Must hold a valid Diplomatic ID, UAE work permit or no impediments to obtaining one;
•Must possess a valid UAE driver’s licence, or a valid driver’s licence from another jurisdiction with the ability to obtain a UAE driver’s licence within 2 months of the commencement of employment.
•Must be admissible for travel to Canada.

Area of selection:
Open to (1) external applicants (with a valid work/residency permit and residing in the UAE during the assessment period and covering the entire period of employment requested. In addition, the selected candidate must provide a local address as proof of UAE residence); (2) employees occupying an indeterminate or term position at the Embassy of Canada in Abu Dhabi or the Consulate General of Canada in Dubai; and (3) adult dependants of Canada Based Staff assigned to the Embassy of Canada in Abu Dhabi or the Consulate General of Canada in Dubai, who meet all of the essential qualifications and whose applications are received by the closing date. The Canadian Government is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from diverse sections of the community. Candidates will be considered on merit. Note: Relocation expenses will not be paid in any circumstance; Candidates with tourist or visit visa not eligible.

Important Notes:
How to apply
•Please follow the link and complete the online application form.

•If candidates are facing issues while completing online applications form they can send an email with CV and cover letter to CSDPDHHumanResources/

•Candidates are also required to upload (1) a cover letter and (2) CV, in English or French. Applications which do not include all of the requested documents or information will be rejected.
•Short-listed candidates will be asked to provide at least 2 recent references and proof of their residence status. The successful candidate will be asked to provide us with a clean police certificate and credit report to obtain the necessary Reliability Status clearance.
•Candidates who are unable to submit their application due to technical difficulties must report these to: CSDPDHHumanResources/ prior to the closing date. Failure to so will result in the application being rejected.
Important notes
•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 Abu Dhabi does not reimburse any travel costs to and from interviews/exams nor does it reimburse any relocation costs.
•Dependants of Canadian diplomats with an impending assignment to the Embassy of Canada to the UAE or the Consulate General of Canada in Dubai will be considered as residents for the purpose of the area of selection.
•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 Abu Dhabi or the Consulate General of Canada in Dubai, which might arise in the 12 months following the completion of this recruitment process.
•If you have any questions at any stage of the recruitment process, please send an email to: CSDPDHHumanResources/

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