Public Affairs and Public Diplomacy Officer, LE-08, Guangzhou (Term employment up to 8.5 months)

Guangzhou – Public Affairs and Public Diplomacy Officer, LE-08 (Term employment up to 8.5 months); Closing date: April 14, 2016 at 16:00pm (GMT+8)

Public Affairs and Public Diplomacy Officer, LE-08, Guangzhou (Term employment up to 8.5 months)

Competition: 2016-LES-GANZU-014

Position Title: Public Affairs and Public Diplomacy Officer, LE-08, Guangzhou (Term employment up to 8.5 months)

Closing Date: 16:00, April 14, 2016 (GMT+8)

Starting Monthly Salary:  Approx. 18,058 RMB (before tax and employee social insurance contributions; salary is non-negotiable)

Work location: Guangzhou

Area of selection: This position is open to external applicants residing in China and employees occupying an indeterminate or term position in China Missions who meet all of the essential qualifications and whose applications are received by the closing date. Short-listed candidates should be able to participate in tests and/or interviews in Guangzhou at own expense. The successful candidate will be required to relocate to Guangzhou at own expense.

Job summary:

Under the supervision of the Foreign Policy and Diplomacy Service Program (FPDS) Manager, the Public Diplomacy Officer advises on, develops, plans and manages the Consulate’s advocacy and public affairs activities: Plans and coordinates visits from Canada, arranges meetings with key local interlocutors and provides interpretation when necessary; creates and manages events (such as seminars and workshops) to engage civil society groups; engages media through interviews, roundtables, or events; conducts regular media monitoring, and publishes relevant information through social media; manages the Post Initiative Fund;  maintains academic relations in the region, and supports Canadian Studies Centres; organizes or coordinates cultural programs to support the Consulate’s advocacy priorities. Assists FPDS Manager in other FPDS areas, including maintaining relations with local government agencies and following political and economic developments and contributing to reporting thereon as required.

Mandatory requirements:

Education:                

  • Degree from a recognized university in a discipline relevant to the position or an acceptable combination of education, training and work experience in the field of public affairs.

Language:

  • Proficiency in English (reading, writing, listening and speaking)
  • Proficiency in Mandarin (reading, writing, listening and speaking)

Experience:

  • Experience in developing, planning and coordinating public affairs events in China;
  • Experience working and liaising with Chinese government departments and officials.
  • Experience working in an office environment performing administrative duties including coordinating logistics and developing programs for official events or visits.

Knowledge:

  • Knowledge of the China’s media environment, key government and NGP players, government policies and business structure;
  • Knowledge of Chinese ministries, agencies, and institutions generally, and particularly those involved in public affairs.

Abilities/skills:

  • Ability to research, interpret sources of information and synthesize data to provide advice and recommendations;
  • Ability to write effective reports and executive summaries in English and Chinese;
  • Ability to perform translation and interpretation from Chinese to English and vice versa.

Personal suitability:

  • Client Focus – Addresses underlying client needs
  • Focus on Quality and Details – Monitors data or projects
  • Initiative – Plans ahead
  • Conceptual Thinking – Creates new solutions and concepts
  • Networking – Builds a network of contacts
  • Self-Confidence – Takes on challenges
  • Effective Interactive Communication – Communications for maximum results

Asset criteria:

Preferred standing may be given to those candidates who also meet the following: Language:

  • Proficiency in French (reading, writing, listening and speaking)

Knowledge:

  • Knowledge of Canadian cultural heritage;
  • Knowledge of Sino-Canada relations, and an appreciation of Canada’s diverse and comprehensive engagement with China.

Organizational Needs: Conditions of Employment:

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a valid working authorization in China. Per Chinese regulations, the Embassy / Consulates can only facilitate working visas for Canadian citizens
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a valid “Reliability Status” security clearance

Operational Requirement:

  • Ability and willingness to work overtime on short notice as required
  • Able to travel domestically and internationally as required

How to apply:

We are seeking high quality written applications to establish a shortlist for further testing. Your application must include an Application Letter and Curriculum Vitae in English or French. Your Application Letter should indicate why you meet the mandatory requirements on the following aspects:

  • Area of Selection
  • Education
  • Language

Your Application Letter should also discuss your qualifications on:

  • Experience in developing, planning and coordinating public affairs events in China;
  • Experience working and liaising with Chinese government departments and officials.
  • Experience working in an office environment performing administrative duties including coordinating logistics and developing programs for official events or visits.

Send application to china-recruitment@international.gc.ca. Please indicate your full name, the competition number and position title in the subject line: “Your full name – Competition Number – Position Title”. Please be advised that incomplete applications will not be considered. An eligibility list may be established from this process to staff potential vacancies that may arise within this domain on indeterminate, term or emergency basis. We thank all applicants for their interest, but only those invited to further assessment will be contacted. Please ensure that you provide appropriate contact information so that you can be easily reached (e-mail, phone, mobile, etc.) Detailed Position Description is available at china-recruitment@international.gc.ca upon request.


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