Senior Political Advisor – Indeterminate employment

No. 2017-FPDS-05 

Title: Senior Political Advisor
Section: Political Section – Embassy of Canada in Bogota
Level: LE-09
Schedule of work: 37.5 hours per week
Monthly salary:  8,784,405 Colombian pesos plus social benefits

Eligibility: This position is open to: 

  • Persons residing in Colombia, who hold current documentation allowing them to work in Colombia, who meet all of the essential requirements stated below, and whose applications are received by the closing date.
  • Spouses and Dependants of Canada-Based Staff of the Embassy of Canada in Colombia who are currently residing in Colombia, who meet all of the essential requirements stated below, and whose applications are received by the closing date.
  • Employees of the Embassy who meet all of the essential requirements stated below, and whose applications are received by the closing date.

This staffing process will serve to build a list of qualified candidates at the LE-09 level to be used for indeterminate/term appointments or temporary assignments at this level. The results of this competition may also be used to staff similar positions (LE-09 level), at the same or lower level.

Summary of Duties

Under the general direction of the Program Manager, the Senior Political Advisor will be responsible for: 

  • Understanding, monitoring and advising the Head of Mission and Senior Management on the complex political, legislative, security, economic and foreign policy  context in Colombia as it relates to Canadian priorities and interests, with a priority focus on the ongoing peace process and peace implementation;
  • Providing concise, targeted, timely and impactful reporting on major events and developments in Colombia to key clients at Headquarters and Head of Mission as well as Senior Embassy management;
  • Identifying, assessing, negotiating and developing advanced strategies, program and policy recommendations with a particular focus on advice and support to the Peace and Stabilization Operations Program (PSOPs), but also on other priority and often cross-cutting sectors such as corporate social responsibility, business and human rights, security and judicial sector reform, environmental and natural resource management, and illicit economies;
  • Developing, maintaining and updating highly effective networks with relevant players on these issues in support of senior management;
  • Supporting high level visits, bilateral visits or meetings between our two countries, through superior quality briefing, policy and program advice;
  • Managing, supervising and training of an ongoing rotation of interns (one every six months) to support the Political Section’s research and media analysis needs;
  • Performing other duties as required / appropriate.

Essential Qualifications

Please note that failure to meet any of the essential requirements eliminates candidates from further consideration in the competition. 

Education: University degree in Political Science, Law, International Relations,  Social Sciences or a related field, OR an acceptable combination of university degree and work experience related to the duties and specific areas of competence required by the position. A Masters level degree is desired.

Language Requirements: Written and spoken fluency in English or French, as well as in Spanish.

Working knowledge of the second official language of Canada will be considered as an important asset and will provide potential candidates a definite advantage.

Knowledge:  Superior knowledge of the complex Colombian context (political, economic, security and social situation in the country); Colombian government and non-government institutions as well as multilateral organizations with a presence in Colombia; and the peace process and peace implementation challenges and opportunities.

Experience: At least five (5) years of recent experience performing the duties related to the position including governance in Colombia, conflict resolution, peace process, human rights, security, economic analysis, the international political context, etc.

Rated Requirements


  • Of the current political, legislative, security, economic, and foreign policy context in Colombia, with a priority focus on peace process and implementation issues.
  • Of relevant institutions, organizations, policies and programs – both in Canada and in Colombia - related to political and , economic issues and priorities; peacebuilding; the roles of the private sector and civil society; and security and human rights issues in Colombia.
  • Of international and Colombian law and jurisprudence, including key issues and decisions within Colombia’s legislative and judiciary processes.
  • Of ordinary and proposed transitional justice mechanisms as well as local laws, regulations and directives relevant to Canadian priorities and activities in Colombia including peacebuilding and implementation, trade and investment, and the promotion of human rights.
  • Of advocacy strategies, tools and best practices. 


  • To establish highly effective networks that produce useful intelligence.
  • Ability to work effectively within a team and exhibit appropriate leadership and teamwork skills.
  • Demonstrate good judgement and analytical skills.
  • Superior writing, presentation and reporting skills.
  • Excellent management and organizational abilities.
  • Communicate fluently and effectively, both orally and in writing, in English or French as well as Spanish.   
  • Set and maintain priorities, plan, organize, implement and control simultaneous projects / programs / strategies with minimum direction. 

Personal suitability 

  • Superior interpersonal skills with the ability to interact effectively, establishing credibility with senior government officials.
  • Excellent judgement, professionalism and tactful interaction with people of various backgrounds.
  • Strong client focus orientation.
  • Resourcefulness, analytical and organizational skills.
  • Discreet, courteous, flexible, self-motivated and independent.
  • Able to perform effectively under stress and in pressure situations.
  • Ability to multi-task and re-establish work priorities as needed. 

Conditions of Employment 

  • Canadian ERC (Enhanced Reliability Clearance) is required and it will be granted after selection process is completed.
  • Availability to travel inside and outside the country, for attending events, field visits, training courses, etc.
  • Valid documentation to work in Colombia 


Forward your application cover letter in English or French, accompanied by a resume in English or French to the Human Resources Officer, by mail at Embassy of Canada, Carrera 7 No. 114 – 33, 14th Floor, Bogota, or by email at  

Applications should be clearly marked Competition 2017-FPDS-05 Senior Political Advisor. 

The candidate must clearly and explicitly demonstrate in his/her application letter and resume that he/she meets all the essential qualifications of this competition. Please note that applications in Spanish will not be considered. 

Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. 

Closing date 

To be part of the competition, all applications must be received by the Human Resources Officer no later than Wednesday May 24, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.

Applications received after this date will be rejected.


Bogota, May 10th, 2017.