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Job Title:
Foreign Policy and Diplomacy Service Officer

Starting from 42,206 USD gross per annum

Vacancy type:
Fixed term

Term Details:
Duration until end of March 2019



Erbil, Iraq

Closing date for applications:
07-10-2017 At midnight UTC+1 / GMT+1

Summary of position:
Under the general direction of and reporting to the Foreign Policy and Diplomacy Section (FPDS) Program Manager:

a) Provides reporting and analysis on political, security, human rights and socio-economic developments in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region (IKR), as well as on national and regional policies, foreign relations and interests of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and other local actors

b) Coordinates external communications and public affairs in cooperation with the officers responsible for media relations and public affairs in Erbil

c) Provides assistance on incoming and outgoing visits to the Kurdistan Region of Iraq

d) Performs other duties as required, including translation and interpretation

Essential qualifications:
• A bachelor’s degree in social sciences (or equivalent) from a recognized university or two (2) year’s equivalent experience over and above the experience specified below

• Fluency in English (oral, written)
• Fluency in Arabic (oral, written)
• Fluency in Kurdish (oral, written)

• Three (3) years’ experience working in an office with main duties related to one or all the following areas – political, economic, or social analysis, communications, public affairs, cultural and media relations, event management, drafting reports, speeches, and social media content

• Knowledge of Kurdistan region of Iraq/Iraq political, economic, social, and cultural issues and challenges
• Understanding of the regional issues and challenges
• Familiarity with MS Office Suite
• Knowledge of standard office procedures and practices

• Strong analytical skills and methods
• Effective interactive communication
• Interpersonal skills
• Planning and Organizing
• Judgement
• Initiative
• Adaptability and flexibility

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

• Ability to communicate in French
• Experience in a diplomatic mission or international environment

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:
• May be required to work overtime
• May involve periodic domestic travel

Condition(s) of Employment:
• Must obtain Reliability security clearance and FCO security clearance
• Must be legally entitled to work in Iraq
• The candidate must be eligible to work/be employed in Iraq’s Kurdistan region as work permits are not sponsored

Area of selection:
Open to external applicants residing in Iraq, and to employees occupying an indeterminate or term position at the Office of the Embassy of Canada to Iraq in Erbil and the Embassy of Canada in Baghdad, 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 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.
• Candidates are entitled to participate in the appointment process in English or French. They are asked to indicate their preferred official language in their application.
• 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.
• Please note that some email systems may block emails from unknown users. Candidates should include an email address that accepts email from unknown users and regularly check their email, including junk mail.
• 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 Office of the Embassy of Canada to the Republic of Iraq in Erbil 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 in Baghdad or Erbil, which may 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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