The Deputy High Commission of Canada to Nigeria invites applications from qualified candidates for the position below:
Job Title: Senior Trade Officer, Extractives (Oil & Gas and Mining)
Job Ref: 4709
Location: Lagos, Nigeria
Vacancy Type: Indeterminate
Term Details: This position is an LES (Locally Engaged Staff) position, subject to the Terms and Conditions of Employment for LES in Nigeria.
Summary of Position
The Canadian Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) is a world-wide network of professionals in international business development (IBD) working to advance Canadian commercial and economic interests abroad. Working under the general direction of the Senior Trade Commissioner at the Deputy High Commission in Lagos, the position contributes to the delivery of the mission’s IBD program by delivering services to Canadian companies doing business in Nigeria.
Trade Commissioner services are in delivered in accordance with TCS policies and guidelines, and broader Government of Canada priorities for international trade, investment, and innovation. This IBD Trade Officer position leads the Mission’s Extractives sectors portfolio (oil & gas and mining sectors) as well as other reactive trade sectors, and will:
- Promote trade, investment, and innovation collaboration between Canada and the countries of responsibility (Nigeria, Sao Tome and Principe and Equatorial Guinee);
- Develop and maintain a network of key local business and government contacts;
- Plan, organize and deliver promotional events and activities in support of Canadian clients; and,
- Participate at trade shows and advocate for Canadian commercial interests.
- Disseminate market intelligence and business leads to Canadian clients in selected priority sectors;
- Conduct research and analysis, and formulate strategic advice for senior management and clients to enhance Canadian competitiveness in local markets;
Note: The work and activities of all Government of Canada employees are governed by the Government of Canada’s Code of Values and Ethics.
Candidates will initially be screened against the Essential Qualifications relating to education, experience and language. Candidates must clearly demonstrate in their cover letter and curriculum vitae (CV) how they meet each of the essential qualifications.
- Degree from a recognized university in a field related to the position, including but not limited to: Commerce, International Business, Finance, and Economics.
- Fluency in English (written and oral)
- A minimum of five years of recent* and direct experience in:
- Business development, and/or foreign direct investment attraction, including directly managing client relationships and providing service support to customers/clients;
- Developing and managing networks with clients, partners and/or stakeholders;
- Researching and analyzing economic and commercial data and trends; and,
- Providing strategic advice, briefings and reports to management and/or clients on business issues.
- Recent experience is defined as a minimum of five (5) years within the last 8 years.
- 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.
- International business development practices, including excellence in client service delivery, global supply chain management, competitive intelligence gathering, and general project management principles;
- Nigerian capabilities and global industry trends and developments in the Oil & Gas and Mining Sectors and a variety of priority or emerging sectors, including the political-economic environment and local business practices.
- Knowledge of Nigerian government policies and programs, including trade, investment and innovation policies, programs and institutions, including the local political and economic environment, business climate, government structure.
- Effective interactive communication in English – Spoken and Written;
- Secure, prepare for, conduct, and provide follow-up to an outcall;
- Build and sustain a network of contacts;
- Analyze information and provide strategic advice;
- Promotional and marketing skills for products or services;
- Effectively use Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook Mail), and web search engines.
- Demonstrates integrity and respect
- Thinks things through
- Works effectively with others
- Shows initiative and is action-oriented.
Preference may be given to candidates who have the following asset qualifications. If candidates meet the factors listed in the asset qualifications, they must also clearly demonstrate how they meet these factors in their covering letter and CV:
- Knowledge of the oil & gas and mining industries, including key companies, trends, supply chains, policies and regulations and the business environment;
- The ability to communicate effectively in French, both orally and in writing;
- Graduate degree from a recognized university (Master’s degree or Ph.D.) in a field related to the position, including but not limited to: commerce, international business, finance, economics, geology or chemical engineering;
- Experience working in an international context;
- FITT Certified International Trade Professional (CITP ®) / (FITT International Business Professional (FIBP); and
- Knowledge of Canada and the Canadian politico-economic environment, as well as Canadian business practices.
Organizational Needs – Operational Requirements:
- Must be willing and able to travel within Nigeria and to Canada;
- Must be able to work planned overtime and occasionally on short notice;
- Annual leave may be restricted during busy periods due to operational requirements.
- Must be available for occasional duties outside normal working hours (i.e., evenings and weekends).
- Hours of work: Monday to Friday (37.5 hours per week).
Condition(s) of Employment
- Nigerian citizenship, holder of a valid Nigerian residence permit or otherwise legally able to work at the Deputy High Commission (please note The Deputy High Commission of Canada does not sponsor work authorizations directly or indirectly).
- Able to obtain and maintain a Government of Canada Reliability Status Clearance. Please note that the Reliability Status Clearance must be maintained throughout your employment at the Deputy High Commission as failure to do so may result in dismissal. This includes a criminal and credit background check.
- Must be able to obtain and retain a valid travel document and be willing, able and legally admissible to travel internationally including within Africa and to Canada.
- 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 start date unless accommodation measures are granted.
N23,237,112 per annum.
How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
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- Candidates are required to upload a cover letter and CV in English or French. Applications which do not include the requested documents or information in the CV or cover letter will be rejected. Any additional information must be included as part of these two attachments.
- 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.
- Candidates who are unable to submit their application due to technical difficulties must report these to: [email protected] prior to the closing date. Failure to so will result in the application being rejected.
Area of Selection
- This position is open to individuals who are eligible to live and work in Nigeria, meet all of the essential requirements stated below, and whose applications are received by the closing date.
- Please note that the Deputy High Commission of Canada in Lagos does not sponsor work authorizations directly or indirectly, and relocation expenses will not be covered.
- The Government of Canada is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from diverse sections of the community. Candidates will be considered on merit irrespective of ethnic origin, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, or disability.
- The Deputy High Commission of Canada offers an inclusive workplace free from harassment and discrimination and where respect, teamwork, and collaboration are part of our culture.
- We are committed to promoting and supporting a work environment of continuous learning, where employees can learn and develop their skills and competencies.
- 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 candidate to ensure accurate contact information is provided and updated as required.
- Candidates who apply to this selection process should include an email address that accepts email from unknown users (some email systems block this type of email).
- Reference checks will be sought for candidates that reach interview stage and may form part of the selection process.
- The High Commission of Canada in Nigeria does not reimburse any travel costs to and from interviews/exams nor does it reimburse any relocation costs.
- If candidates need any special accommodation for exams or interviews, please let us know in advance of these assessments.
- The results of this competition may also be used to establish an eligibility list of staff for similar openings at the High Commission of Canada in Nigeria which may arise in the 12 months following the completion of this competition
Application Deadline 23:59 UTC / GMT: 23rd November, 2021.