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Job Title:
Honorary Consul

$ 5,000 CAD per year (*an honorarium is an ex gratia payment made to a person in recognition of his or her services). Honorary Consuls are also reimbursed for operational expenses

Vacancy type:
Fixed term

Term Details:
Honorary Consul appointments by Order in Council are valid for a period of five years and may be renewed once. The anticipated appointment date is in Fall 2022



Windhoek, Namibia

Closing date for applications:
06-12-2021 at 23:59 UTC+1 / GMT+1

Summary of position:
These functions may include:
• consular assistance, advocacy to Canadians, and emergency assistance
• passport, citizenship, and notarial services
• development of commercial and economic relations
• on occasion as required, providing political/economic/security outlook read-outs
• support for the supervising mission in maintaining bilateral relations
• a local contact point for the supervising mission
• administrative and logistical support for official visits
• representation at diplomatic, ceremonial, and public affairs events

Essential qualifications:
The Government of Canada will consider bilingual proficiency and diversity in assessing candidates for this position. You are therefore encouraged to include in your online profile your ability to speak and understand both Canadian official languages (English and French). Preference may be given to candidates who are members of one or more of the following groups: women, Indigenous Canadians, persons with disabilities, and members of visible minorities.
To be considered for this position, please provide examples that clearly demonstrate how you meet the following requirements in your application:

• Reside in Namibia most of the year.
• Have independent work authorization/residence permit in Namibia beyond 2027.
• Have current work/office space which is centrally located, suitable for the Consulate Office and accessible to consular clients by appointment during regular business hours (e.g. Monday to Friday)

Consideration will not be given to candidates who:
• occupy any governmental position in Namibia
• may be unable to deliver the program due to other commitments
• are politically active
• may have a real, apparent or potential conflict of interest

Education and Experience
• A degree from a recognized university, or an acceptable combination of equivalent education, job related training and/or experience
• Experience in decision-making with respect to sensitive and complex issues
• Experience dealing with different levels of government

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
• Capacity to maintain good relations with local government authorities
• Capacity to have rapid access to local government authorities
• In-depth understanding of political, economic and social dynamics in Namibia
• Well-connected and having a good standing in/with the local community
• Ability to be service oriented in order to meet service standards

Personal Suitability
• High ethical standards and integrity
• Sound judgment
• Superior interpersonal skills

Asset Qualifications:
• Proficiency in both Canadian official languages (English and French)
• Entrepreneur with established office in line with Canadian accessibility and safety standards
• Demonstrate a tangible connection to Canada:
o are Canadian citizens, and/or
o are employed by a Canadian company and/or
o were educated in Canada and/or
o have family ties with Canada and/or
o demonstrate some professional affiliation with Canada (ex., commercial ties)

Organizational Needs:

Operational Requirements:

Condition(s) of Employment:
• Eligibility for a Government of Canada Reliability Status which includes a criminal and credit background check.
• You must comply with the Ethical and Political Activity Guidelines for Public Office Holders throughout your appointment. The guidelines are available on the Governor in Council Appointments website, under Forms and reference material.
• You will be subject to the Conflict of Interest Act. For more information, please visit the Office of the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner's website.

Area of selection:
The Government of Canada has adopted a new, open, transparent and merit-based Honorary Consul selection process that strives to increase overall gender parity and diversity in the network of Canadian honorary consuls. Pursuant to this approach, all Honorary Consul appointments must be advertised publicly. Applications from all eligible candidates, including the incumbent, are encouraged and will be considered on an equal footing.

Important Notes:
The selection process will consist of a review of all applications to ensure that applicants meet the essential requirements. Please note that failure to meet any of the Essential Requirements eliminates candidates from further consideration. Only those applicants who meet these may be contacted by the selection committee for an interview or other form of assessment of the Rated Requirements.
The assessment may include an interview, reference checks and other tests that will consist of a series of questions designed to evaluate each applicant's knowledge, abilities, and personal suitability for the position.

Apply by the closing date and submit a resume and cover letter. In completing their applications, candidates should confirm that they meet all the Essential Requirements and take care to relate their work experience to the position description. All communication relating to this process, including email correspondence may be used in the assessment of qualifications.

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