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Job Title:
Political and Public Affairs Officer

Starting salary $37,988 US + benefits

Vacancy type:

Term Details:
Full time indeterminate appointment – this position is a LES (Locally Engaged Staff) position, subject to the Terms and Conditions of Employment for LES in the Democratic Republic of Congo.



Embassy of Canada in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo

Closing date for applications:
25-11-2021 at 23:59 UTC+1 / GMT+1

Summary of position:
Reporting to the Manager of the Foreign Policy and Diplomacy Program (FPDS), the Political and Public Affairs (FPDS) Officer will provide advice, recommendations and a significant contribution to the advancement of the program’s objectives. Duties will include: 1) Design, planning and implementation of initiatives to advance Canadian priorities regarding human rights, democracy, state of law, good governance, peace and security; 2) Monitoring, tracking and analysis of local developments and preparing reports on the local scene, and evaluation of implications for Canadian priorities; 3) Liaison with partners and stakeholders to ensure efficient coordination and an increase in the Embassy network’s size, and evaluation of opportunities for engagement and collaboration on priority themes; 4) Ensure the implementation and tracking of communication, including social media, and public affairs for all the mission; 5) Supervise Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI) activities; and 6) Perform other duties as required.

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.

• Degree from a university recognized either internationally or by the Ministère congolais de l'Enseignement supérieur et universitaire (ESU) in a relevant discipline such as Political Science, Journalism/Communications, Law, International Relations, Economics, Public Administration OR an acceptable combination* of education, training and work experience in the field relevant to the position.

*A total of four (4) years or more is considered an acceptable combination of education and relevant experience.

• Proficiency in French (reading, writing and speaking);
• Functional* knowledge of English (reading, writing and speaking).

*Functional being defined as being able to meet daily social demands, being able to confidently handle basic social interactions including basic presentations and conversations about daily events, work, as well as family, and being able to manage work responsibilities - some help might be needed to deal with complications and difficulties.

• Significant* recent** experience in network development, relationship management, and partnership building with non-governmental organizations, governmental actors, public institutions, private sector entities, or multilateral institutions;
• Significant* recent** experience working in areas related to human rights, gender equality and women’s empowerment, peace and security, or good governance;
• Experience performing research and analysis, and drafting reports or briefs;
• Experience in project management and event or logistics coordination.

*Significant means a minimum of four (4) years.
**Recent refers to experience acquired in the past ten (10) years.

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.

• Knowledge of current political, socio-economic and security dynamics in the Democratic Republic of Congo;
• Knowledge of key actors in the Democratic Republic of Congo in the political and economic sphere (including grassroots and non-governmental organizations, government institutions, international organizations, the media, academic and cultural institutions);
• Knowledge of Canadian foreign policy interests and engagement in the Democratic Republic of Congo;
• Knowledge and use of the Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel and Outlook) and advanced use of social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.).

• Ability to manage events and projects, and to identify and apply solutions to problems;
• Ability to build and develop relationships with decision-makers, community leaders, and/or key influencers;
• Ability to research, interpret sources of information and synthesize data to provide advice and recommendations and/or suggest key actions to directors;
• Ability to analyze, plan and manage all aspects of project management and complex programs, including financial management, contracts, and supervision of consultants;
• Effective interactive communication both orally and in writing, including the ability to write effective reports and executive summaries in English or French;
• Able to work as part of a team in a multicultural environment.

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.

• Corresponding work experience in a diplomatic mission or in an international organization.

Organizational Needs:

Operational Requirements:
• Normal hours of work: 37.5 hours per week from 7h30 to 16h00 (except Fridays, from 7h30 to 13h00);
• Availability and ability to travel outside Kinshasa, including in other countries;
• Ability to work overtime occasionally;
• In line with COVID-19 safety precautions, ability to work remotely.

Condition(s) of Employment:
• The successful candidate must be eligible to work and live in the Democratic Republic of Congo;
• Candidates must have a permanent work authorization valid in the Democratic Republic of Congo;
• Candidates are required to provide a document attesting to their right to work and live in the Democratic Republic of Congo;
• 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;
• Obtain and maintain a reliability rating (security clearance) from the Government of Canada covering the entire employment period;
• All new hires on or after the effective date of October 6, 2021 are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment and to attest that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to their starting date unless accommodation measures are granted.

Area of selection:
This position is open to external candidates eligible to live and work in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and to those currently holding indeterminate, term or emergency contract positions in the Embassy of Canada to the Democratic Republic of Congo, who meet all conditions of employment below. 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 belief, 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. Please note that the Embassy of Canada to the Democratic Republic of Congo does not sponsor work authorizations directly or indirectly.

Important Notes:
• Please do not use a tablet or cell phone to submit your application, as mobile browsers are not supported by our online 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.
• Proof of educational qualifications will be required during the process.
• Reference checks will be sought for candidates that reach interview stage and may form part of the selection process.
• The Embassy of Canada to the Democratic Republic of Congo 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 with different durations at the Embassy of Canada to the Democratic Republic of Congo which might arise in the 12 months following the completion of this recruitment process.
• 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 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.

Sorry, this vacancy is closed.

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