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Regional LES Social Security, Pensions and Insurance Program Specialist – Africa / Middle East

82,479 € gross per year + benefits i.e. possibility of an additional 6.5 hours per month (time accrued over the 35 hours per week) at 125% the hourly rate + 7 OTR (refunded overtime) days a year, transportation benefits, 13th month pay, and health insurance

Vacancy type:

Term Details:
Full time 37.5 hours per week. This position is a LES (Locally Engaged Staff) position, subject to the Terms and Conditions of Employment for LES in France.



Embassy of Canada, 130 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, 75008 Paris, France

Closing date for applications:
11-11-2021 at 23:59 UTC+1 / GMT+1

Summary of position:
The Locally Engaged Staff (LES) Social Security, Pensions and Insurance (SSPI) Program is responsible for the sound management, oversight and delivery of benefits for employees hired locally in Canada’s diplomatic missions abroad. This includes the design and delivery of LES benefits, management of cyclical design reviews, coordination and implementation of benefit changes, annual renewals, oversight of ongoing administration, financial management, and benefits procurement. Supporting headquarters in Canada, the Regional benefits matrix provides feedback on operational challenges, design, legislation and market trends related to social security, pension and insurance plans for their respective region of approximately 30 countries. On behalf of headquarters, the Regional resources are key partners in management of benefits relationships with vendors, consultants, mission management, regional representatives as well as LES engagement contacts.

Key Activities of the position include:
• Provide regional expertise for a portfolio of approximately 30 countries to Global Affairs Canada Headquarters in Canada;
• Provide expert advice and recommendations on Plan documents and legal agreements related to social security, pension and insurance benefits for portfolio countries;
• Provide direction, interpretation and advisory services to management at Missions on the SSPI Program for LES;
• Lead the development of the country market gap analysis reports and recommend updates/changes to the local benefit programs including cost impact;
• Lead research and analysis on the evolving market and legislative context affecting pension, social security and insurance programs for portfolio countries;
• Manage provider and advisor relationships;
• Establish and maintain an extended network including advisors, vendors, and other public and private sectors other organizations;
• Liaise with Canada’s diplomatic mission management on benefits related issues in portfolio countries.

Essential qualifications:
Candidates will initially be selected on the essential qualifications relating to: education, experience and language profile. They must clearly demonstrate in their cover letter and CV how they meet each of the essential qualifications.

• Master’s degree (i.e. equivalent to French baccalaureate +4) from a recognized university with a major in a discipline related to the job requirements. (e.g. finance, economics, business administration, human resources, actuarial sciences, etc.).

Candidates must meet the education requirement when applying for the position (i.e. before the closing date) and they will be required to provide proof of the completion of their educational degree to be able to proceed to the assessment stage.

• Fluency in French (oral and written) – Level C2*;
• Excellent knowledge of English (oral and written) – Level C1*.

*According to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages:

• A minimum of 5 years of work experience in a public or private sector company relevant to the position;
• A minimum of 5 years of work experience in serving as a subject matter expert in pension and/or benefits pertaining to different legislative and operational markets;
• A minimum of 5 years of work experience in project management (including strategic planning, tracking/reporting results and budget management);
• A minimum of 5 years of work experience in providing advice and written reports to management and/or clients on pension and/or benefits.

Rated Requirements:

Candidates must also meet the rated requirements stated below for knowledge, skills and competencies that will be assessed through the following: written exams, oral interview, role play, practical test, reference checks, presentation and/or psychometric testing.

• Expert knowledge of pension and/or group insurance;
• General knowledge of the application of labour laws to employee benefits;
• General knowledge of social security systems.

• Ability to work independently in a proactive and accountable manner;
• Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing;
• Client focused and results oriented;
• Judgement;
• Values and ethics;
• Networking and alliance building.

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.

• Fluency or an excellent knowledge of one or more local language(s) pertinent to the portfolio of countries (see attached document) is desirable;
• A degree or professional designation in a field related to pension and benefits;
• Experience in designing and/or managing international benefits;
• Experience managing third party providers (e.g. advisors / brokers / record keepers etc.);
• Experience in change management relating to a compensation or benefits program.

Organizational Needs:

Operational Requirements:
• Full-time position of 5 days/week from Monday to Friday;
• Normal hours of operation: 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 13:30 to 17:30;
• Be able and willing to work overtime;
• Ability to travel when required;
• Work in an open space.

Condition(s) of Employment:
• Candidates must have a valid work authorization as an employee for France covering the entire employment period. If the employment is indeterminate, the work authorization should be permanent or itself lead to a permanent work authorization.
• Selected candidates must have their main residence in France.
• Selected candidates will have to follow the procedure transmitted in order to obtain and maintain a reliability status (security clearance) from the Government of Canada covering the entire period of employment.
• Selected candidates must be in possession of a valid passport to enable travel.

Area of selection:
This position is open to candidates who have the right to reside and work in France as an employee on a permanent basis as well as to all employees of the mission, occupying an indeterminate or determined position and to employees hired in emergency situations, who have all the essential qualifications and whose applications are received before the closing date. This position is also open to spouses and common-in-law partners of Canada-based staff posted in the Canadian missions located in Paris (with diplomatic status) or spouses and common-in-law partners of Canada-based staff posted in France in French governmental offices or international organizations or French military bases, who hold a valid Canadian or French social security number and meet all of the pre-requisites, i.e. all of the essential qualifications, and whose applications are received by the closing date and time. *Please note that in case a spouse or common-law partner of Canadian-based staff who resides in France obtains the position, the duration of the contract will correspond to the duration of the partner’s posting in France (CDD). The Embassy of Canada does not sponsor or in any way assist people in obtaining residence or work permit. 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 beliefs, gender, age, sexual orientation, disability or any other irrelevant factor. 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:
• 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.
• The candidates selected at the preselection stage will be invited to participate to the next stages of the evaluation process that will include one or more components. Assessment methods may include written exams, interviews, scenarios, role plays, practical exercises, reference checks and psychometric testing.
• To access and participate in the tests, candidates must confirm their presence and at the same time provide with a copy of their photo ID valid with permanent authorization to work in France as an employee (identity card and/or passport) and a copy of their diploma.
• Depending on the health situation, the tests may take place face-to-face (i.e. necessarily in person at the Embassy of Canada, 130 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré in Paris 8) or virtually. Candidates must be able to adapt to the choice that they are provided with and which will not be flexible.
• The Embassy of Canada in France 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 competition may also be used to establish an eligibility list of qualified candidates with a validity period of twelve (12) months, for openings of similar positions of the same level to be filled at the Embassy of Canada for an indefinite and fixed period.
• All employees hired locally are subjected to the LES Employment conditions booklet for France and required to pay into the French social security system. However, employees hired locally who are Canadian citizens will pay Canadian income tax at source according to the tax Convention between France and Canada fra.asp
• If you have any questions at any stage of the recruitment process, please send an email to:
• Due to Covid-19, some delays may occur in the progress of this recruitment process. We are working hard to minimize any disruption.

How to apply:

• Please follow the link and complete the online application form.
• Candidates must also upload their CV and a cover letter (750 words maximum) in English or French.
• Candidates must also include in their letter the names, titles, email addresses and telephone numbers of at least three people, including a minimum of two direct supervisors who can serve as professional references for work experience acquired over the last three years.
• The third reference can be a client, an academic reference, or another supervisor.
• Applications that do not include all 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.

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