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Regional LES SSPI Program Specialist - Europe

88,523 euros annual gross

Vacancy type:

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



Berlin, Germany Embassy of Canada in

Closing date for applications:
24-10-2021 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 management, oversight and delivery of benefits for employees hired locally in Canada’s diplomatic missions abroad. This includes the design and delivery LES benefits, management of cyclical reviews, coordination and implementation of benefit changes, annual renewals, oversight of ongoing administration, financial and contract management. Supporting the Locally Engaged Staff Bureau, Pension and Insurance (HLDP) located in Canada, the Regional benefits team 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 HLDP, 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 include:

• Provide regional expertise for a portfolio of approximately 30 countries to Global Affairs 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 specific market 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 sector other organizations
• Liaise with Canada’s diplomatic mission management on benefits related issues in portfolio countries

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.

Bachelor’s degree from a recognized university or an university of applied sciences (Fachhochschule) with a major in a discipline related to the job requirements. (e.g. finance, legal studies, economics, business administration, 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.

• Fluent written and spoken English at the C2 level is mandatory. According to the Common European Framework for Languages (CEFR).

• 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 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
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.

• 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 focussed 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.

• An excellent knowledge of both English and French is desirable.
• Fluency or an excellent knowledge of one or more local language(s) pertinent to the portfolio of countries is desired.
• 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:
• Some travel may be required. Must be in possession of a valid passport to enable travel
• Willingness to work overtime.

Condition(s) of Employment:
• Obtain and maintain a reliability rating (security clearance) from the Government of Canada covering the entire employment period.
• Candidates must have a valid work authorization covering the entire employment period. If the employment is indeterminate, the work authorization should be permanent or itself lead to a permanent work authorization.
• 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 Germany 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 in Germany 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:
• Please complete the online application form and submit your cover letter and C.V. in English or French. Please include in your C.V. document copies of any certificates of employment from your last place of work and copies of certificates of education, including any relevant certificates of language proficiency and work permit by creating one pdf document.
• 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.
• Please submit a cover letter in English or French explaining why you are interested in the position and how your previous experience applies to this position. Candidates must demonstrate concisely in their cover letter how they meet all essential qualifications.
• Applications which do not include the requested documents or information in the CV or cover letter 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:
• 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.
• The Embassy of Canada in Berlin 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 The Embassy of Canada in Berlin which might arise in the 12 months following the completion of this recruitment process.

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

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