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Job Title:
Trade Commissioner

228,510 (AED) gross per annum

Vacancy type:



Consulate General of Canada in Dubai

Closing date for applications:
18-11-2016 At midnight UTC+1 / GMT+1

Summary of position:
Reporting to the International Business Development (IBD) manager, contributes to the delivery of the IBD program at the mission, with responsibility for one priority sector and more than one reactive sector.
Relevant sectors are:
• Infrastructure sector, including construction and building products and services, sewage, water, transport and communication systems.
• Sustainable technologies

Essential qualifications:
• Graduate or Post graduate degree from a recognized university with an acceptable specialization including but not limited to Marketing, Communications, Business Administration, Commerce, Finance, Engineering, International Business, Geology, Environmental Science or Public Relations

• Fluency in English (spoken, written)

• Minimum of 3 years of experience in senior positions in International Business Development, Marketing, Strategic Planning , Finance or other relevant business experience
• Minimum of 3 years of experience in planning and managing initiatives with a client focus including but not limited to organising business networking events, leading marketing campaigns, executing business plans, market research initiatives, etc

• Knowledge of the UAE market including local business practices and specific sectoral expertise
• Intl Business Development practices including excellence in client service delivery
• Local government policies and programs with regards to business practices
• General administrative principles including but not limited to superior IT skills, maintaining an effective filing system, office organisation, accepted meeting, email and phone etiquette, etc.

• Write complete project communications, initiate and lead new proposals, budget management, and prepare reports;
• Organise, plan and execute events, handle logistical arrangements, arrange hospitality and obtain sourcing quotes;
• Demonstrate excellent client service, business networking, relationship building, trouble shooting, analytical thinking, decision making and market intelligence gathering abilities;
• Strong communication skills including use of media and social media;
• Set business priorities and develop, design and deliver work plans.
• Superior interpersonal skills with the ability to interact effectively with people from diverse cultures, to establish a client and contacts network and to work as part of a team;
• Ability to work with high profile clients and contacts;
• Resourcefulness, excellent judgement, analytical and organizational skills;
• Team player with a positive attitude, able to work within a hierarchy;
• Discreet, courteous, client focus, flexible, self-motivated and independent;
• Show initiative and leadership.

Asset Qualifications:
Preference may be given to candidates who have the following asset qualifications:

• Ability to speak read and write Arabic
• Ability to speak read and write French.
• Knowledge of the following sectors: Infrastructure sector, including construction and building products and services, sewage, water, transport, communication systems and sustainable technologies
• Knowledge of Canadian capabilities and global industry trends and developments in the sectors relevant to the position.

If candidates meet the factors listed in the asset qualifications they must also clearly demonstrate how they meet these factors in their covering letter.

Organizational Needs:

Operational Requirements:
• Willing to travel as and when the job demands inside/outside UAE, including for events and training courses;
• Willing to do overtime on weekdays and/or during weekends if job demands.

Condition(s) of Employment:
• Obtain necessary Government of Canada Reliability Status clearance.
• Successful completion of a one year probation period.
• Possess a valid UAE ID card.
• Possess a valid work permit or No impediments to obtaining a UAE employment visa.

How to apply
• Please follow the link and complete the online application form. Candidates are also required to upload a CV and a covering letter. Applications which do not include all of the requested documents or information will be rejected.
• Candidates must demonstrate concisely in their cover letter how they meet the essential and asset qualifications.

Area of selection:
Open to external applicants residing in the UAE, and to employees occupying an indeterminate or term position at 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 regardless of ethnic origin, religious belief, gender, age, sexual orientation, disability or any other irrelevant factor.

Important Notes:
• Candidates are entitled to participate in the appointment process in the official language of their choice. They are asked to indicate their preferred official language in their application (English or French).
• Communication for this process will be sent via email. It is the responsibility of the candidate to ensure accurate contact information is provided and updated as required.
• Candidates who apply to this selection process should include an email address that accepts email from unknown users (some email systems block these types of email).
• Candidates selected at the screening stage will be invited for further assessment. 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.
• Reference checks will be sought for candidates that reach interview stage and may form part of the selection process.
• The Consulate General of Canada, Dubai does not reimburse any travel costs to and from interviews/exams nor does it reimburse any relocation costs.
• If candidates need any special assistance in terms of attending exams or interviews then please let us know during the application process.
• The results of this competition may also be used to establish an eligibility list of staff for similar openings at the Embassy of Canada to United Arab Emirates, which might arise in the 12 months following the completion of this competition.
• If you have any questions at any stage of the process please send an email to

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