Under the supervision of the Program Manager (FPDS), and in accordance with the international priorities of the Government of Canada and its specific objectives in the US, the incumbent is responsible for conducting outreach, undertaking advocacy and reporting on key priority issues among others. This includes, but is not limited to; undertaking strategic outreach in the Consulate General’s region, with a view to maintaining and expanding contacts in key areas such as academia, government, private sector, NGOs, think tanks and policy institutions; planning and participating in meetings/events related to mission’s advocacy; research and analysis on political and economic developments or regional issues that may affect the Canada-U.S. relationship; planning and managing high-level visits. The FPDS Officer will work closely with the FPDS and other sections of the Consulate, including its regional presences, as well as with the Canadian network of Consulates in the United States to coordinate activities and initiatives. The candidate will demonstrate a strong ability to think innovatively around program delivery, plan effectively in a highly demanding environment, develop and engage a network of external partners, work independently in a proactive, accountable manner and communicate effectively.
Candidates must demonstrate clearly in their letter, how they meet the Language, Education and Experience qualifications listed below. Please be specific and provide examples for each of the qualifications.
Fluency in English (oral and written).
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in a field related to the duties required by the position (such as International Relations, Economics, Business, Communications, or Public Policy) or a degree from a recognised university and a minimum of five years of relevant work experience.
• A minimum of 3-5 years’ experience working in government or international relations or in an advocacy/policy/economic oriented sector.
• Extensive experience in developing relationships with clients, stakeholders, and influencers.
• Experience conducting research and strategic analysis on policy and public affairs issues and in providing superior strategic advice, briefings, and written reports to management and/or clients.
• Experience in preparing strategic communications materials (speeches, briefs, key messages) for outreach and events.
• Experience in project management (including strategic planning, execution, tracking/reporting results and budget management).
• Experience developing, planning and executing advocacy strategies.
Ability to work in French would be an asset.
Candidates who meet the Education and Experience requirements will be assessed on the following qualifications.
• Experience working in an innovative manner with individuals or groups to forge partnerships and cross-sector initiatives; and
• Experience in establishing, organizing/planning, and conducting meetings and events with key policy and public affairs experts and leaders.
• Knowledge of the factors that influence policy in the United States generally, including the lower Northeast region, and how they may affect Canadian foreign policy and economic interests;
• Knowledge of the political and economic structures, trends and intersections in the lower Northeast, the United States and Canada; and
• Knowledge of global trends, and of North American relations, in particular in the areas of foreign policy, security and economic competitiveness.
• Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing;
• Ability to analyse complex thematics and provide strategic advice;
• Ability to manage multiple priorities with tight deadlines;
• Ability to network and maintain a network of clients and influencers;
• Ability to work independently in a proactive, effective and accountable manner; and
• Ability to work effectively in a team.
• Adaptability and flexibility;
• Interpersonal relations;
• Client Focus;
• Sound judgment; and
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