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Job Title:
International Business Development & Public Affairs Officer

9,785,499ISK per annum

Vacancy type:

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



Reykjavik, Iceland

Closing date for applications:
02-07-2021 at 23:59 UTC+1 / GMT+1

Summary of position:
As an International Business Development and Public Affairs Officer, you will be responsible for promoting trade, investment and culture across a variety of sectors. Key responsibilities include:

• Development of commercial, economic and political ties between Canada and Iceland
• Respond to requests for information from Canadian business clients, and/or provide strategic advice to clients these clients on navigating the Icelandic market
• Identify and develop business, innovation and cultural opportunities for Canadian clients
• Relationship and network building with Canadian clients and key Icelandic contacts
• Analyze business or market access issues encountered by Canadian business clients, and advise of effective strategies for resolving them
• In collaboration with the Nordic Regional Investment Officer, support Icelandic companies seeking to invest in Canada
• Contribute to the development of annual business plans, goals and objectives, and policies for the international business development and cultural programmes at the Embassy
• Event planning and management
• Social media officer

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. Only those candidates who have all the essential qualifications and demonstrate this clearly within their application will then proceed to the next stage of the process.

• Bachelor’s degree or equivalent from a recognized college or university in a discipline related to the job requirements (e.g. commerce, marketing, business administration, international trade or a related discipline)

• Fluency in English and Icelandic, both written and spoken.

• Experience developing and managing client, partner and/or stakeholder relationships.
• Minimum of 2 years recent* relevant work experience, in the private sector or in government relevant to the position.
• Experience providing high quality services to internal and/or external clients
*Recent Experience is referred to as within the last 7 years.

Rated qualifications
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.

• Ability to network and build partnerships
• Ability to communicate effectively
• Ability to analyze and evaluate information
• Ability to prioritize
• Ability in preparing and delivering concise and effective presentations in English and/or Icelandic

• Demonstrated knowledge of the Icelandic political-economic environment and Icelandic business and cultural practices.

Personal Suitability:
• Client focus
• Self-driven and independent
• Collaborative and thrives in a team environment
• Strategic thinker withand strong ability to exercise judgement and make decisions

Asset Qualifications:
Preference may be given to candidates who have the following asset qualifications. Where applicable, candidates must clearly demonstrate how they meet any asset qualifications in their cover letter and CV :

• Experience in an Icelandic organization in the following sectors:
o Clean technologies & Climate Technologies
o Blue Economy, specifically pertaining to fisheries and ocean technology
o Innovation, research and development
• Master’s level degree from a recognized college or university
• Knowledge of French, written and/or spoken
• Knowledge of Canada and the Canadian political-economic environment, as well as Canadian business practices
• Experience managing the organization of events, such as seminars and/or participation in trade shows and cultural events
• Experience in international sales and/or marketing
• Experience managing projects

Organizational Needs:

Operational Requirements:
• Willingness and ability to travel within Iceland and abroad.
• Willingness and ability to occasionally work outside regular working hours and/or weekends when required.
• Willingness to undertake Officer in Charge duties during Head of Mission absences.
Hours of Work: 37.5 hours per week, 5 days a week

Condition(s) of Employment:
• Able to obtain and retain a Government of Canada Reliability Status Clearance (ERC). Please note that ERC must be maintained throughout your employment at the Embassy, as failure to do so may result in dismissal.
• Must have a valid authorization to work and reside in Iceland.
• Before an offer of employment can be made, candidates must provide a local address as proof of residence in the specific city, region or country so that if selected, it will appear on the offer letter.

Area of selection:
Open to internal and external applicants who are legal residents or citizens of Iceland, who meet all of the essential requirements stated below, and whose applications are received by the closing date. Please note that the Embassy of Canada to Iceland 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.
• Candidates who are unable to submit their application due to technical difficulties must report these to: prior to the closing date. Failure to do 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). 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 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 Embassy of Canada in Reykjavik, Iceland 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 openings at the Embassy of Canada in Reykjavik, Iceland which might arise in the 12 months following the completion of this recruitment process with various tenures, including indeterminate or term

For local advertisements only:
• Applications will only be considered when received through our portal. Link for this job poster -

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