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Trade Commissioner, Digital Industries

ZAR 650,285 gross per annum, plus 13th month bonus

Vacancy type:

Term Details:
This position is an LES (Locally Engaged Staff) position, subject to the Terms and Conditions of Employment for LES in South Africa.



Johannesburg, South Africa

Closing date for applications:
02-08-2019 at 23:59 UTC/GMT

Summary of position:
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. All Government of Canada employee activities are governed by the Government of Canada’s Code of Values and Ethics.

Under the direct supervision of the Regional Senior Trade Commissioner and Head of the High Commission of Canada’s Trade Office in Johannesburg, the 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 digital industries companies (and possibly firms operating in other priority and emerging sectors) in their international business endeavours, recognizing the vast array of target industry verticals that digital industries firms sell to. This will include, but is not limited to:
o Providing services aimed at bringing success to Canadian digital industries companies who are active in priority sectors in the countries of responsibility identified by the Trade Office, namely Mining, ICT, Education and Clean Technologies, as well as in other emerging and reactive sectors, such as Aerospace, Agriculture, Arts and Cultural Industries, Infrastructure, Oil and Gas, and Transportation;
o Working in close collaboration with and supporting other Trade Commissioners of the Trade Office in Johannesburg who are responsible for sectors that represent target industry verticals for digital industries firms;
o Uncovering opportunities for Canadian companies seeking success in the countries of responsibility in emerging digital technologies such as fintech, artificial intelligence, big data, and the internet of things;
o Monitoring regulations, certifications, standards and barriers to digital trade, that affect digital industries and other sectors in southern and eastern African markets, such as various non-tariff measures related to goods, services and intellectual property (e.g. forced technology transfer, data protection, data localization, cybersecurity regulations, standards, certification requirements, etc.) and developing guidance for Trade Commissioners in southern and eastern African markets to help them advise clients on navigating the regulatory landscape in their respective markets;
o Conducting or contracting market research on key issues facing Canadian digital industries companies in southern and eastern African markets;
o Developing marketing material for the TCS on these topics;
o Playing a lead role in the promotion of Canadian companies and Canadian trade priorities on social media platforms, including working with other Trade Commissioners of the Trade Office in Johannesburg to develop social media strategies and campaigns; and
o Performing other duties as a Trade Commissioner as required;
• 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; and
• Performing other related duties that support the overall work of the Trade Program.

Essential qualifications:
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.

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

• Fluency in English (written and oral)

• Recent experience* in:
o the private and/or public sector in business development;
o the area of digital trade that could include digital industries, ICT, fintech, artificial intelligence, the internet of things or big data;
o research and analysis to provide strategic advice, briefings and reports;
o directly managing client relationships and providing service support to customers/clients; and
o working with a range of computer applications.
* 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:
• international business development practices, including excellence in client service delivery, global supply chain management, competitive intelligence gathering, and general project management principles;
• Southern African capabilities and global industry trends and developments in digital industries and e-commerce and other relevant priority or emerging sectors;
• Southern African government policies and programs, including trade, investment and innovation policies, programs and institutions, including local political and economic environment, business climate, government structure; and
• Southern African companies’ investment globally.

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

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

Asset Qualifications:
Preference may be given to candidates who have the following asset qualifications. If candidates meet the factors listed in the asset qualifications, they must also clearly demonstrate how they meet these factors in their covering letter and CV.
• The ability to communicate effectively in French, both orally and in writing;
• Graduate degree from a recognized university (Master’s degree or Ph.D.) in a field related to the position, including but not limited to: commerce, finance, and economics;
• Experience working in an international context;
• FITT Certified International Trade Professional (CITP ®) / (FITT International Business Professional (FIBP);

Organizational Needs:

Operational Requirements:
• Must be willing and able to travel within South Africa, Southern Africa and to Canada;
• Must be able to work planned overtime and overtime on short notice on occasion;
• Must be available for occasional duties outside normal working hours (i.e., evenings and weekends).
• Hours of work: Monday to Friday (37.5 hours per week).
• Annual leave may be restricted during busy periods due to operational requirements.

Condition(s) of Employment:
• South African citizenship, holder of a valid South Africa permanent residence permit or otherwise legally able to work at the High Commission. Canada will not consider holders of temporary stay permits (work, spousal, refugee or asylum). Please note The High Commission of Canada does not sponsor work authorizations directly or indirectly.
• Able to obtain and maintain a Government of Canada Reliability Status Clearance. Please note that the Reliability Status Clearance must be maintained throughout your employment at the Embassy as failure to do so may result in dismissal. This includes a criminal and credit background check.
• Must be able to obtain and retain a valid travel document and be willing, able and legally admissible to travel internationally including within Africa and to Canada.
• Ability to meet the medical requirements as defined by the employer. Successful candidate(s) may be required to undergo a medical evaluation.

Area of selection:
Open to qualified applicants who are legally in a position to work for the High Commission of Canada in South Africa. This includes South African citizens, permanent residents, employees of the High Commission of Canada, and dependents/spouses of Canadian Based Staff, who meet all of the essential requirements stated below, and whose applications are received by the closing date. Please note that the High Commission of Canada to South Africa does not sponsor work authorizations 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.

Important Notes:
• Candidates are also required to upload a cover letter and CV in English or French. Applications which do not include all of the requested documents or information will be rejected.
• Candidates who are unable to submit their application due to technical difficulties must report these to: prior to the closing date. Failure to so will result in the application being rejected.

• Only applications submitted in one of the official languages of Canada will be accepted (English or French). Candidates are entitled to participate in the recruitment process in the official language of their choice and 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.
• Candidates who apply to this selection process should include an email address that accepts email from unknown users (some email systems block this type of email).
• Reference checks will be sought for candidates that reach interview stage and may form part of the selection process.
• The High Commission of Canada in South Africa does not reimburse any travel costs to and from interviews/exams nor does it reimburse any relocation costs.
• If candidates need any special accommodation for exams or interviews, please let us know in advance of these assessments.
• The results of this competition may also be used to establish an eligibility list of staff for similar openings at the High Commission of Canada in South Africa which may arise in the 12 months following the completion of this competition.

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