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Job Title:
Head, Communications

£65,044 p.a. plus excellent benefits. Hours of work: 37.5 hours per week Monday to Friday.

Vacancy type:

Term Details:
This process will be used to create a list of eligible candidates for similar positions either indeterminate, term or emergency. This position is a Locally Engaged Staff (LES) position, subject to the Terms and Conditions of Employment for LES in London.



Canada House, Trafalgar Square SW1

Closing date for applications:
26-09-2021 at 23:59 UTC/GMT

Summary of position:
Under the direct supervision of the Counsellor (Public Diplomacy) and the general direction of the Minister-Counsellor, Political and Public Affairs, the incumbent is responsible for managing the communications team at the High Commission of Canada in London. S/he is responsible for developing, implementing and managing an overall mission strategy to communicate Canada’s achievements, policies and messages to key audiences and the public for the advancement of international policy priorities and raise Canada's profile and build strategic networks in the UK. S/he is responsible for making recommendations and working with senior management and other sections of the High Commission on communications matters and opportunities. S/he is responsible for coordinating social media and digital campaigns, content, and day-to-day activities of the mission’s digital platforms. S/he is responsible for building and cultivating proactive media relations with networks in the British, London-based international and Canadian media in order to promote public awareness and to garner positive and increased coverage of Canada. S/he contributes to the communications aspects of large-scale mission events and the Emergency Response Team. Finally, s/he will carry out other related duties, as required, such as media monitoring, preparation for interviews, development of key messages, issues management and seeking media opportunities.

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 Curriculum Vitae (CV) how they meet each of these essential qualifications. Only candidates who meet all the Essential Requirements will proceed to the next stage of the process.

• Fluent in English (oral & written)
• Proficient in French (oral & written)

A degree from a recognized university, with specialization in journalism, public relations or communications, or 8 years equivalent and recent work experience in developing and managing strategic communications programs.

• A minimum of 5 years within the last 8 years working in journalism, public relations or communications preferably in the UK and/or in Canada ;
• Developing and implementing communications strategies, plans and products;
• Proven experience of collaborative working with stakeholders – both internally and externally;
• A minimum of 2 years within the last 5 years supervising staff/small teams, including developing work plans, assigning work, following up on deliverables, preparing learning plans, and providing feedback and coaching.

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 or online examination, an oral interview, role-play, practical tests, presentations, psychometric assessment and/or reference checks.

• Ability to develop and implement communications strategies including measuring impact/effectiveness;
• Ability to develop targeted and innovative advocacy campaigns including measuring impact/effectiveness;
• Ability to provide strategic communications advice and recommendations to senior management, and to brief for media interactions;
• Excellent written and oral communications, including editing communications materials;
• Strong knowledge of tools, techniques and trends in communications and social media;
• Excellent judgement;
• Ability to manage both proactive and reactive media relations with tact and integrity;
• Ability to work under tight deadlines and/or under pressure; -
• Ability to work in and manage a team including budgets and work plans;
• Providing strategic communications advice and recommendations to senior management;
• Advanced skills in word processing, web-based research, e-communications, and social media

Asset Qualifications:
Preference may be given to candidates who meet the Asset Qualifications. Where applicable, candidates must clearly demonstrate how they meet any asset qualifications in their cover letter and CV.
• Experience in crisis management communications;
• Excellent network of contacts from the UK, Canadian and international media present in the UK;
• Experience working for a diplomatic mission;
• Knowledge of Canada, Canadian affairs, the Government of Canada’s international priorities including Canadian interests in the UK and Europe;
• Ability to achieve results.

Organizational Needs:

Operational Requirements:
• Ability to work overtime with little advance notice – extended hours, late evening, weekends
• Ability to travel when required

Condition(s) of Employment:
• Any job offer is subject to receipt of satisfactory employment and character references and the ability to obtain and maintain a Reliability security screening (including a criminal record and credit check).
• The successful candidate must have the required documentation allowing the right to work in the UK. Documentation will be required.

Area of selection:
Open to applicants who are legal residents or citizens of the United Kingdom, who hold current documentation allowing them to work in the UK without restriction, who meet all of the essential requirements stated and whose applications are received by the closing date. Candidates holding documentation/visas not renewable in the UK such as the Youth Mobility Visa will not be eligible to apply for this position. 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 with accommodation needs to learn and develop their skills and competencies.

Important Notes:
How to apply:
• Please follow the link 4623& and complete the online application form.
• 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 do so will result in the application being rejected.

Important notes:
• The High Commission of Canada in London, UK does not reimburse any travel costs to and from interviews/exams nor does it reimburse any relocation costs.
• The High Commission of Canada does not sponsor work permit applications on behalf of candidates.
• Please do not use a tablet or cell phone to submit your application; 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 may be sought for candidates that reach the interview stage and will form part of the selection process.
• The results of this recruitment process may also be used to establish an eligibility list of qualified candidates for similar openings at the High Commission of Canada in London, which might arise in the 12 months following the completion of this recruitment process, with various tenures, including indeterminate or term.
• Applications from Canadian citizens - it is important to note, The High Commission of Canada is obliged, as the employer, to deduct at source Canadian Income Tax (IT), Canada Pension Plan (CPP) and Employment Insurance (EI) for locally engaged employees who are Canadian citizens. Canadian citizens who therefore choose to undertake employment with the High Commission will be subject to pay Canadian taxes on their salaries earnt until such time as the employee provides the necessary Residency Determination Waivers from the Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA). Further information will be provided to successful candidates.
• The High Commission of Canada is committed to building a diverse workforce.
• The High Commission of Canada is committed to conducting inclusive, barrier-free selection processes.
• Candidates requiring any special assistance in attending exams or interviews are requested to inform us.
• If you have any questions at any stage of the recruitment process, please send an email to:

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