Government of Canada
Symbol of the Government of Canada

Government of Canada



  1. Home
  2. >
  3. Our Office
Job Ref:

Job Title:
Specialized Technician

ZAR 110.31 per hour (under review)

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.

General Support


Pretoria, South Africa

Closing date for applications:
13-06-2021 at 23:59 UTC+1 / GMT+1

Summary of position:
Under the general supervision of the Common Services Officer (Property), the Specialized Technician provides specialized repairs and technical maintenance services on owned or leased assets and equipment in one or more of the following areas: electricity, heating, plumbing and/or ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC). This includes planning and preparing preventive technical maintenance programs and providing guidance and training in the area(s) of expertise.

Provides technical advice and recommendations to management on work to be done when doing periodic inspections for maintenance purposes and to maintenance technicians and contractors on how to do the work such as maintenance, repairs, and/or replacement of material, equipment and/or systems in accordance with safety and security regulations, professional codes, and national and local standards and procedures. Provides project progress reports and written technical assessments on scope, solutions, and costs estimates for projects or specialized maintenance/repair work and recommends suppliers and contractors when required.

Provides technical expertise and responds to requests requiring specialized installation, technical maintenance, and repairs in one or more of the following functional areas such as plumbing, electricity, HVAC, and/or water sewage, on owned or leased assets, systems, and equipment, in accordance with safety and security regulations, professional codes, and national/local standards and procedures.

Oversees and inspects the work of contractors and maintenance technicians to ensure compliance with professional codes, national/local standards, plans, contract and manufacturer’s specifications, and manages the schedule to ensure all tasks are carried out within the requested period.

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.

• Recognized technical and/or professional certification* in one the following fields: plumbing, electrical, mechanical/air conditioning
*certification is defined as a licensed plumber with the PIRB; Wireman’s License and registration with the Department of Labour or South African NQF level 5 or greater.

• Fluency in English (written and oral)

• Recent experience* working in general maintenance and with troubleshooting home and/or office maintenance issues
• Recent experience* in at least one of the following fields: HVAC repairs; plumbing, or electrical repairs
• Recent experience* in use of computers including MS Office and internet research skills

* Recent experience is defined as a minimum of three (3) years within the last 7 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:
• Knowledge of health and safety regulations/procedures
• Knowledge of codes and standards in South Africa
• Knowledge of basic maintenance management concepts and procedures:
• maintaining supplies and inventories
• maintaining service records

• Knowledge of basic maintenance repair concepts and procedures in one or more of the following areas (Candidates will be evaluated on the trade(s) that they have indicated in their application form):
• electrical
• plumbing
• air conditioning

• Effective Interactive communication – oral and written including the ability to accurately relay facts related to incidents and problems
• Ability to co-ordinate conflicting priorities, perform to tight deadlines and prioritize work
• Ability to use computers (i.e. Microsoft Outlook, Word)
• Ability to diagnose and solve basic technical problems

• Adaptability and Flexibility - Willingly Alters Normal Course of Action
• Initiative/taking action/being self-directed/working independently
• Client Focus - Takes Personal Responsibility for addressing Client Problems
• Focus on Quality and Detail – Monitors Data
• Teamwork and cooperation – Expresses Positive Attitudes and Expectations of Team or Team Members
• Values and Ethics, professional integrity

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.
• Experience with security installations such as gates, motors, keypads and/or CCTV.
• Experience with maintenance of generators
• Experience working in a general maintenance position at a diplomatic mission, government agency or multinational company
• Experience with supervision of maintenance team or contractors
• Relevant training in carpentry and/or masonry, audio-visual, and/or painting.
• Knowledge of auto/vehicle mechanics
• French (working knowledge)

Organizational Needs:
This competition may be used to staff based on needs for specific trades. Candidates will be asked to select the trade under which they are applying in the application process.

Operational Requirements:
Paid leave & vacation might be limited during the high season i.e. from 01 July until 15 September

Condition(s) of Employment:
• Must be able to work overtime as required (sometimes at short notice);
• Valid South African driver’s license
• South African citizenship, holder of a valid South Africa residence permit or otherwise legally able to work at the High Commission (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.
• Ability to meet the medical requirements as defined by the employer**. Successful candidate(s) may be required to undergo a medical evaluation.

** this is a general services position which will require the candidate to perform a variety of manual tasks including climbing, lifting or moving heavy objects, working in confined or hazardous environments and performing strenuous or repetitive tasks.

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 in Pretoria 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 based on merit. Our organization offers an inclusive workplace where respect, teamwork, and collaboration are part of our culture. Canada’s missions abroad are committed to promoting and supporting an environment free from harassment and discrimination, as well as encouraging and supporting employees to learn and develop their skills and competencies.

Important Notes:
How to apply:
• Candidates are required to upload a cover letter and CV in English or French. Applications which 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.
• Please do NOT include personal data in these documents (cover letter and CV) such as; age, date of birth, gender, marital status, family status, religion, a picture. Please only include information relevant to the vacancy as requested in the job poster.
• 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.

Important Notes:
• Please do not use a tablet or cell phone to submit your application, as mobile browsers are not supported by our on-line portal. Candidates should only apply using a laptop or desktop computer.
• Only applications submitted in one of the official languages of Canada will be accepted (English or French).
• Communication for this process will be sent via email. It is the responsibility of the candidates to ensure accurate contact information is provided and updated as required.
• Candidates who apply to this vacancy should include an email address that accepts email from unknown users and regularly check their email, including spam folder.
• 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 Pretoria does not reimburse any travel costs to and from interviews/exams nor does it reimburse any relocation costs.
• Candidates requiring any special assistance in attending exams or interviews are requested to inform us.
• The results of this recruitment process may also be used to establish an eligibility list of qualified candidates for similar term, indeterminate, part-time or full-time openings at the High Commission of Canada in Pretoria which might arise in the 12 months following the completion of this recruitment process.

Sorry, this vacancy is closed.

Primary navigation