Public Affairs and General Relations Officer

Position title: Public Affairs and General Relations Officer
Appointment process no: SPORE-FPDS-2018
Type:  Indeterminate
Department:General Relations Section
Number of vacancies: 1
Job category: Political/Public affairs
Level: Officer
Classification: LE-09
Starting salary: 92,706 SGD
Location: High Commission of Canada in Singapore
Closing date: Friday January 19, 2018 at 23:59, Singapore Time.

Applications sent after the closing date will not be considered.

Full statement of qualifications, conditions of employment, and description of the selection process can be found at www.singapore.gc.ca

Please note that only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

Summary of duties

Under the general direction of the Counsellor Political and Public Affairs, the Public Affairs and General Relations Officer plans the communications strategy and public advocacy program, including cultural advocacy, of the High Commission of Canada in Singapore. Expands awareness of Canada’s foreign policy priorities and achievements through communications activities and outreach via traditional media, the mission website and social media. Oversees and directs the content of the mission’s social media accounts and the mission website. Manages relations with the media and ensures media coverage (articles, interviews, tv, radio, press releases) for all key High Commission events and visiting delegations. Serves as media officer for incoming ministerial and other high-level Canadian delegations and pro-actively organizes program elements of visits. Manages the mission Post Initiative Fund (PIF) and contributes to management of the Mission Cultural Fund (MCF) through identification and implementation of cultural and advocacy initiatives. Contributes to the section’s political reporting through focussed research, analysis on specific issues as identified by the Counsellor Political and Public Affairs, and contributes input to various reports and initiatives as needed.

Area of selection/eligibility

The offer is only open to qualified applicants who are Singaporean citizens, permanent residents, employees of the High Commission of Canada, or spouses/dependants of Canada-Based Staff, who are legally and operationally in a position to work for the High Commission of Canada in Singapore, who meet all of the essential requirements stated below, and whose applications are received by the closing date. 

Essential requirements 

Candidates must demonstrate clearly in their cover letter how they meet the education and experience requirement listed below:

Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree from a recognized university in a discipline related to the job requirements or an equivalent combination of education, training and/or experience.

Language:

  • Fluency in English (written and spoken)

Experience:

  • Experience working in an international or multilateral organization, private sector, civil society organization or cultural sector.
  • Experience in using social media tools for promotion of events, for branding, and for advocacy initiatives
  • Experience working in public affairs and communications (i.e. event planning, project management, working with partners, media relations, advocacy)
  • Experience in providing strategic advice, briefings, and written reports to management and/or clients on strategic or political issues

*Experience = minimum 5 years of relevant work experience (experience for the criteria can be combined for a total of five years).

Rated requirements

Only candidates who meet the education and experience requirements will be contacted for assessment of the rated requirements.   The assessment of the rated requirements below may include an interview, a written test, and other tests that will consist of a series of questions designed to evaluate each applicant’s knowledge, abilities and personal suitability for the position.

Knowledge:

  • Knowledge of Singapore’s political and economic landscape and key stakeholders;
  • Knowledge of Singapore’s media landscape and key stakeholders;
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs e.g. Word, Excel, PowerPoint;
  • Proficiency in working with social media tools (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Hootsuite, etc);
  • Knowledge of managing budgets e.g. planning expenses related to projects, tracking; and expenditures, and analyzing financial reports and budgets.

Ability/competencies:

  • Ability to manage time, prioritize and meet deadlines with minimal supervision;
  • Effective interactive communication skills both oral and written;
  • Excellent planning and organizational skills;
  • Ability to analyze information and make sound recommendations;
  • Ability to work as part of a team;
  • Strong client focus and networking ability;
  • Initiative, creativity and innovation; and
  • Ability to build and sustain a network of contacts.

Personal Suitability:

  • Effective interpersonal skills;
  • Sound judgement;
  • Initiative;
  • Achievement-orientation;
  • Teamwork; and
  • Client-focus orientation.

Asset qualifications

Preference may be given to candidates who have one or more of the following asset qualifications:

  • Familiarity with Canada’s foreign policy and governmental priorities;
  • Proficiency in French – both oral and written;
  • Master’s degree from a recognized university;
  • Proficiency with desktop publishing software/basic graphic design (e.g. Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, etc).

If candidates meet the factors listed in the asset qualifications they must also clearly demonstrate how they meet these factors in their covering letter.

Operational requirements

  • Must be able to work overtime on short notice on occasion; and
  • Must be available for occasional duties outside normal working hours (i.e., evenings and weekends).
  • May be required to travel on occasion

Conditions of employment (must be met)

  • Eligibility for a Government of Canada Reliability Status:
  • Must have a valid work authorization covering the employment period; and
  • Must be admissible for travel to Canada and Asia

Notes:

  • 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 these types of email).
  • Reference checks will be sought for candidates that are successful at the interview stage and will be used to validate information provided by candidates.

Selection procedure

The staffing process will consist of a review of all applications to ensure that applicants meet the essential requirements. Please note that failure to meet any of the essential requirements eliminates candidates from further consideration in the competition. Only those applicants who meet these will be contacted by the Human Resources Section for an interview or other form of assessment of the rated requirements.

The High Commission of Canada in Singapore is committed to conducting inclusive, barrier-free selection processes. The Canadian Government 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.

This selection process may be used to create an eligibility list of qualified candidates for this and other similar positions, with various tenures, including indeterminate or term at the High Commission of Canada in Singapore which might arise in the 24 months following the completion of this competition.

Application process

  • Submit a cover letter demonstrating how you meet all the essential requirements and relate your work experience to the position description. 
  • Submit a CV not exceeding three pages.
  • Submit a copy of your degree.
  • Applications that do not include the requested documents or information will be rejected.
  • Applications sent after the closing date will not be considered.
  • Applications are to be sent by e-mail to: SPORE.HumanResources@international.gc.ca by the closing date.
  • On subject line of email, write only your last name in caps followed by competition number:  Ex. SMITH – SPORE-FPDS-2018.  Hard copy applications will not be accepted.

Important notes

  • Candidates are entitled to participate in the appointment process in Canada’s official language of their choice (English or French). Candidates are asked to specify their preferred official language of Canada 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 these types of email).
  • Candidates selected at the screening stage will be invited for further assessment.  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.
  • Reference checks will be sought for candidates that reach interview stage and may form part of the selection process.
  • Please note that the High Commission of Canada in Singapore does not sponsor work permits directly or indirectly.
  • The High Commission of Canada in Singapore does not reimburse any travel costs to and from interviews/exams nor does it reimburse any relocation costs.
  • If candidates need any special assistance in terms of attending exams or interviews, please let us know during the application process.
  • If you have any questions at any stage of the process please send an email to SPORE.HumanResources@international.gc.ca