Trade Commissioner Job Vacancy at Canada Embassy, Johannesburg, South Africa

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The Canada Embassy is inviting application from the eligible candidates for the Job Role of ‘Junior Trade Commissioner’ to work at its office located in Johannesburg, South Africa. It would be a permanent position. Interested candidates can check their eligibility below and apply.


Salary: ZAR 439,469.00 gross per annum, plus 13th-month bonus.

Job Post: Junior Trade Commissioner

Location: Johannesburg, South Africa

Organization: Canada Embassy, Johannesburg

Last date to Apply: 15th September 2020

1 October 2020

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Job Summary

Canada’s Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) is a worldwide network of professionals in international business development (IBD), with preferred access to business knowledge and contacts, who are committed to advancing Canadian commercial and economic interests abroad. This position contributes to the delivery of the IBD program at the mission by delivering services to clients in accordance with TCS policies and guidelines, and Government of Canada policies and priorities for international trade, investment, and innovation, with the objective of helping Canadian clients make better business decisions abroad.

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Main Duties and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Deputy Senior Trade Commissioner and Deputy Head of the High Commission of Canada’s Trade Office in Johannesburg, the Junior Trade Commissioner’s major responsibilities include:

  • Promoting trade, investment, and innovation collaboration between Canada and the countries of responsibility (South Africa, Lesotho, Namibia, Mauritius and Madagascar),
  • Supporting and contributing to the delivery of the IBD program at the High Commission of Canada’s Trade Office in South Africa to assist Canadian companies, primarily in the Clean Technology sector (renewable energy, water and wastewater, and sustainable resource management) but also in other priority and emerging sectors (forestry and wood products, agriculture, education, etc.) in their international business endeavors. This will include, but is not limited to:
    o Providing services aimed at bringing success to Canadian companies who are active in the countries of responsibility identified by the Trade Office;
    o Working in close collaboration with and supporting other Trade Commissioners of the Trade Office in Johannesburg who are responsible for sectors that intersect with Clean Technology (Mining, Education, ICT, Digital Industries);
    o Uncovering opportunities for Canadian companies seeking success in the countries of responsibility; and
    o Conducting or contracting market research on key issues facing Canadian mining companies in the countries of responsibility.
  • Playing a role in the attraction of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) from the countries of responsibility into Canada;

  • Organizing events and initiatives (including high-level visits of government officials, industry representatives, participation at trade shows and conferences, etc.);
  • Providing timely input into the client relationship management database;
  • Representing the High Commission in contact with nationals and officials of the countries of responsibility, or other interlocutors;
  • Developing and maintaining awareness of the local environment and building a network of key relationships;
  • Developing marketing material for the TCS on these topics, including playing a role in the promotion of Canadian companies and Canadian trade priorities on social media platforms, and working with other Trade Commissioners of the Trade Office in Johannesburg to develop social media strategies and campaigns; and
  • Performing other related duties that support the overall work of the Trade Program.

  • 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.Education:
    • Degree from a recognized university in a field related to the position, including but not limited to: commerce, international business, finance, and economics.

    Language:
    • Fluency in English (written and oral)

    Experience:
    • Recent experience* in:
    o a field related to clean technology or providing advice to companies or regulators in clean technology;
    o research and analysis to provide strategic advice, briefings and reports;
    o developing and managing networks with clients, partners and/or stakeholders.
    * Recent experience is defined as a minimum of two (2) years within the last 5 years.

    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:
    • Southern African capabilities and global industry trends and developments in a variety of priority or emerging sectors, including political-economic environment and local business practices.

    Abilities:
    • Effective Interactive Communication English – Oral and Written
    • Secure, prepare for, conduct, and provide follow-up to an outcall;
    • Analyze information and provide strategic advice;
    • Promote and market products or services;
    • Effectively use Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook Mail), and web search engines.

    Competencies:
    • Demonstrates integrity and respect
    • Thinks things through
    • Works effectively with others
    • Shows initiative and is action-oriented



How to apply:
Candidates are required to upload a cover letter and CV in English or French. Applications that 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: LES-E-Recruitment-BRLIN@international.gc.ca prior to the closing date. Failure to so will result in the application being rejected.

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