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Job Title:
Trade Officer

17,173,422 XOF gross per year plus social benefits

Vacancy type:

Term Details:
This position is an LES (locally recruited employees) position, subject to the terms and conditions of LES employment in Côte d’Ivoire.



Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire

Closing date for applications:
21-05-2021 at 23:59 UTC+1 / GMT+1

Summary of position:
Under the general supervision of the Senior Regional Trade Commissioner, the incumbent acts as Trade Officer with the African Development Bank (AfDB). As such, he/she is responsible for identifying business opportunities for Canadian companies, providing advice to Canadian companies interested in bidding on projects financed by the AfDB, supporting Canadian companies in their dealings with the AfDB and executing agencies, and to plan and organize visits to the AfDB.

• Support the planning and implementation of the trade program and the related development of operational objectives and policies and solutions to program requirements, among others;
• Provide advice, business information regarding business opportunities and qualified and reputable contracts to successfully implement business strategies;
• Contribute to the research and analysis of trends and developments in the trade program that may have a material impact on Canadian interests and report them to the supervisor;
• Establish and maintain a network of contacts within local and foreign administrations, partner and multilateral organizations and bodies in order to stay abreast of local developments, changes, policies and programs that may affect the delivery of the trade program;
• Work to cultivate relationships with local contacts to discuss issues related to customer needs and promote Canadian business interests and objectives by contributing to discussions in relevant forums.

As a member of the Trade Commissioner Service, the incumbent is expected to provide client-centered service and meet all service standards. To learn more about the services offered by the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service, visit

Essential qualifications:
A preliminary selection of candidates will be made on the basis of the essential qualifications relating to education, experience and language requirements.

Applicants must clearly demonstrate and explain in their cover letter and CV how they meet each of these essential qualifications. It is not enough to simply list their responsibilities or cite the criteria they meet.

Only candidates who meet all the essential qualifications and who clearly demonstrate this in their application will be selected for the next step of the process.

• University degree in Administration, Economics or other related fields.

Language profile:
• Fluency in French (oral and written);
• Fluency in English (oral and written).

• A minimum of three (3) years of relevant experience in business development and/or in business financing in the private sector or public administration within the last eight (8) years;
• Experience in managing relationships with clients or partners and providing customer support services;

Rated Requirements

Applicants must also meet the rated requirements listed below for knowledge, skills and competencies that will be assessed through the following: written exam, oral interview, role play, practice test, presentation and/or psychometric test.

• Knowledge of Canada: economy, industry, export promotion;
• Knowledge of business practices in Africa;
• Knowledge of international financial institutions and their procurement practices, including the African Development Bank;
• Knowledge of the following software: Word, Excel, Outlook;
• Knowledge of social networks.

• Ability to communicate effectively in French and English both orally and in writing;
• Ability to work under pressure and establish work priorities;
• Ability to create and maintain a network of contacts;
• Ability to analyze business intelligence and provide strategic and expert advice;
• Customer service orientation;
• Teamwork and cooperation;
• Initiative and judgment;
• Flexibility and adaptability.

Asset Qualifications:
Preference may be given to applicants who meet the asset qualifications. Applicants should clearly demonstrate in their cover letter and resume how they meet these qualifications, if applicable.

• Diploma from a Canadian university;
• Work experience in international business development;
• Work experience in an international institution or an Embassy or a High Commission.

Organizational Needs:

Operational Requirements:
• The regular working hours for the incumbent are in accordance with the regulations applicable to locally recruited staff, i.e. 37.5 hours per week, Monday to Friday with an option of teleworking on certain days.
• Ability to work overtime evenings and/or weekends as required.
• Ability to work on public holidays in Côte d’Ivoire if the embassy is open.
• Ability to travel internationally on occasion.

Condition(s) of Employment:
• Applicants must hold a valid work authorization covering the entire period of employment. If the position is of an indeterminate nature, the work authorization should be permanent or in itself lead to a permanent work authorization.
• Applicants must provide any document attesting to their right to reside and work in Côte d’Ivoire.
• Before a job offer can be made, applicants must provide a local address as proof of residence, in the given country, city or region so that if selected, it will appear on the letter of offer.
• A security clearance is required to obtain this position at the Embassy of Canada and will lead to verifications. This rating must be maintained throughout the period of employment; the loss of this is sufficient grounds for dismissing the employee.

Area of selection:
This selection process is open to candidates who, at the time of applying, have the right to reside and work legally in Côte d’Ivoire (including employees of the Canadian Embassy in Abidjan holding an indeterminate position or in term and employees hired in emergency situations, employees of other Canadian embassies and spouses/dependents of Canadian personnel), who meet all the essential criteria mentioned and whose application files are received by the closing date at the latest. Please note that the Embassy of Canada does not sponsor work permits 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. Our organization offers an inclusive work environment 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 in learning and developing their skills and competencies.

Important Notes:
• Please do not use a tablet or cell phone to submit your request as mobile browsers are not supported by our online portal. Applicants should submit their applications only using a laptop or desktop computer.
• Only applications submitted in one of Canada's official languages (English or French) will be accepted.
• Communications for this process are sent by email. It is the applicants' responsibility to ensure that the contact information provided is correct and updated as needed.
• Applicants should include an email address that accepts messages from unknown users and regularly check their inbox, including spam.
• A check of the references provided will be done for candidates who proceed to the interview stage and may be part of the recruitment process.
• Proof of academic qualifications will be required during the process.
• The Embassy of Canada in Côte d’Ivoire does not reimburse travel costs for interviews/exams, or moving costs incurred in the process.
• Candidates requiring special assistance in order to participate in written exams and/or interviews are requested to notify us.
• The results of this recruitment process can also be used to establish an eligibility list of qualified candidates for similar indeterminate, fixed-term, full-time and part-time positions at the Embassy of Canada in Côte d'Ivoire. which could appear in the twelve (12) months following the end of this contest.
• For any questions about the process, please send an email to
• Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the conduct of the recruitment process may experience some delays. We make every effort to minimize the inconvenience caused by the situation.

How to apply

• Please follow the link and complete the online form.
• Applicants must also upload their CV and a cover letter in English or French. Applications which do not include all the requested documents or information will be rejected.
• Candidates who cannot submit their application due to technical difficulties must report it to: before the closing date otherwise their application will be rejected.
• Applications sent in hard copy or directly by email are not accepted and will not be considered.

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