Readiness Program Officer

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Embassy of Canada -Ethiopia
Job Reference: 3968
Job Title: Readiness Program Officer
Salary: Starting at 408,338ETB gross per annum
Vacancy type: Term/Indeterminate
Term Details: This position is a LES (Locally Engaged Staff) position, subject to the Terms and Conditions of Employment for LES in Ethiopia.
Level: Officer
Classification: LE-07
Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Closing date for applications:
20-03-2020 at 23:59 UTC/GMT


Summary of position:
Under general supervision of the Deputy Management and Consular Officer, ensures the wellbeing of the Canadian community in Ethiopia in a time of crisis, the business continuity of the mission to provide these services and the establishment of the necessary conditions and environment to allow for the development, enhancement, and continuous improvement of security and emergency management measures. Within this context, the position has as a primary responsibility to enable the Readiness Program of the mission. Employees in the Readiness Management Sub-community of Practice, where Readiness encompasses Emergency Management (EM) and Security, are responsible for the management of the four pillars of Emergency Management (mitigation, preparation, response and recovery) and the identification, assessment, monitoring and management of risks related to mission security.


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.

• University Bachelor’s Degree in any field.

• Fluency in English (written and spoken).
• Fluency in Amharic (written and spoken).

• At least 5 years of recent experience in a large national company, multinational corporations, international organization or diplomatic mission in any of the following areas:
o Providing support to a Safety and Security team
o Emergency management services
* Recent is defined as within the last 5 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 the readiness program, including relevant process and policies and operating procedures to deliver operational security measures and respond to incidents or emergency events. As well as knowledge of the local, regional and state-level EM system.
• Knowledge and skill in risk analysis and business continuity planning practices and principles to maintain emergency plans for the mission and its personnel (including during travel).
• Knowledge of relevant legislation: Ethiopia, Canadian, and international to ensure compliance of activities.
• Knowledge of physical emergency management and security systems (CCTV, radio, alarms, etc) to operationally support the security of the mission and assist with physical security projects or inspections.
• Knowledge of the local political-economic, cultural and security environment.
• Knowledge of open-source data, social media tools to monitor events and local developments.
• Knowledge of administrative and financial procedures to assist in verifying payment requests and invoices, budget management and to provide general administrative support.
• Knowledge of techniques in quality control and reporting.
• Knowledge of software and information management systems used by the Readiness program to use databases, produce reports or written materials.

• Ability to coordinate conflicting priorities within tight deadlines and meet work targets;
• Organizational skills and attention to detail;
• Effective Interactive Communication – Oral and Written;
• Teamwork and Cooperation;
• Initiative and sound judgement;
• Discretion and professional integrity;
• Supervisory skills including work planning, delegating, and monitoring
• Accountability


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.
• Previous experience working in a diplomatic mission, in a Canadian Government or Public Sector Environment or in an international environment;
• Experience in networking, has contact within Ethiopia
• Documented very good organizational and time management skills to prioritize workloads
• Documented experience of quality control and follow-up of projects
• Driver’s License
• Fluency in Canada’s other official language (French).
• Fluency in other Ethiopian languages (Oromo, Tigrinya, Afar, and Somali)


Organizational Needs:


Operational Requirements:
• Hours of work: Monday to Thursday, 08h to 17h (8.25 hours per day), Friday 08h to 12h30, 4.5 hours per day (37.5 hours per week).
• There is a requirement to work long hours during crises or emergency situations as well as for events or visits.


Condition(s) of Employment:
• Any job offer is subject to Reliability security screening (including a criminal record and credit check).
• Proof of right to work in Ethiopia and copies of educational qualifications will be required at the interview stage of the process.
• Must have a valid work permit for Ethiopia at the time of submitting their application. Before an offer of employment can be made, candidates must provide a local address as proof of residence so that if selected, it will appear on the offer letter.


Area of selection:
This competition is open to all individuals who are eligible to work in Ethiopia, who meet all of the essential requirements stated below, and whose application file is received by the closing date. Please note that the Embassy of Canada to Ethiopia 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 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 send an email to prior to the closing date. Applications will only be considered when received through our portal.
• If you have any questions during this process, please contact us at
• 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.
• Reference checks will be sought for candidates that reach interview stage and may form part of the selection process.
• The Embassy of Canada in Ethiopia 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 at the Embassy of Canada in Ethiopia 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:

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