Chef/Official Residence Coordinator

Staffing Process for one Indeterminate Position

Organization: Embassy of Canada in Guatemala
Location: Guatemala City
Open To: Open to applicants residing in Guatemala who meet all of the essential qualifications and whose applications are received by the closing date.

Job Poster #2020-01I

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.

Closing Date: Sunday, August 9, 2020 at 24:00 hours (local time)

Effective Date: Tuesday, November 3, 2020 (to be confirmed)

Level and Salary: Level GS6 Step 1* (Starting at Q.56.37/hour or Q.11,029.35/monthly (45 hours/week))
* In case of an internal promotion, the step in the new level will be calculated in accordance to paragraph "4.1.4 Rate on promotion" of the "Locally-Engaged Staff's Terms and Conditions Regulations."
* In case of an internal transfer, the step in the new level will be calculated in accordance to paragraph "4.1.6 Rate on transfer" of the "Locally-Engaged Staff's Terms and Conditions Regulations."

The results of this competition may also be used to establish an eligibility list of candidates should this position become vacant again within the next year.  This period may be extended.

We thank all those who apply. Only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.


Under the general direction of the Head of Mission, the incumbent is responsible for preparing and overseeing all culinary aspects of Canada’s mission1 abroad. This includes identifying appropriate Canadian and local cuisine and preparing such cuisine for official and unofficial hospitality events (including formal and informal luncheons, dinners, cocktails and receptions).

The incumbent is also responsible for the daily running and management of the Chancery/Official Residence, managing staff (either temporary or permanent), and managing the OR food inventory and supplies.

Benefit Package

  • Schedule of 45 hours per week.
  • Paid overtime.
  • Eighteen days of vacation leave per year during the first five years; after five years of employment, twenty days’ vacation leave per year.
  • Aguinaldo of one month of base salary.
  • Bonus 14 of one month of base salary.
  • Private life insurance and health plan (major and minor expenses).
  • Pension Scheme for Employees of the Government of Canada Locally-Engaged Outside Canada.
  • Please note that terms and conditions of employment are subject to change.

Statement of Merit Criteria

Essential Qualifications

  • Candidate must have the legal right to work in Guatemala.


  • Accreditation from a recognized Culinary School
  • OR An acceptable combination of work experience and studies*

* An acceptable combination would be an equivalent of two (2) years of combined experience and post-secondary studies.


  • Fluency (oral and written) in Spanish.
  • Level B (oral and written) in English or French according to the Canadian Public Service Commission.


  • Significant* recent** experience working as a Chef in an Official Residence, five-star luxury hotel, recognized gastronomic restaurant, or similar establishment.
  • Recent experience leading a team and supervising employees and contractors

* Significant is defined as the depth and breadth of experience normally obtained during the course of at least three years of work in a similar role.

** Recent is defined as within the past five (5) years.

Rated Requirements:

Candidates must also meet the Rated Requirements shown below, which will be assessed through any of the following: written test, oral communication, role play, practical tests, interviews and reference checks.  A written examination may be administered to a maximum of 20 candidates who most clearly demonstrate that they meet the statement of qualifications. Those with the passing grade will be called into the following recruitment phase and so on and so forth. The interview will be the last recruitment phase. All qualifications are non-compensatory.

Knowledge and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of standard computer software (MSExcel, MSWord, and MSOutlook).
  • Ability to design innovative and appropriate menus for events of various scales
  • Ability to work under pressure and manage stress
  • Ability to manage large events and coordinate subcontractors and employees to deliver high caliber results
  • Ability to manage a budget and control costs
  • Knowledge of international cuisines and preparation techniques
  • Knowledge of international best practices in food hygiene and safety procedures.


  • Adaptability and Flexibility
  • Client Focus
  • Effective Interactive Communication
  • People/Team Leadership
  • Teamwork and Cooperation
  • Professional and Personal Integrity
  • Planning and Organization Skills.

Asset Qualifications

Note: Asset qualifications are not essential requirements.


  • Accreditation as a sommelier.


  • Working ability in both official languages of Canada (both spoken and written)


  • Knowledge of Canadian and Guatemalan agricultural products.
  • Knowledge of the Canadian culinary environment and food preferences.

Operational Requirements

  • Hours of operation:  07:30 a.m. to 05:30 p.m. Monday through Friday (1-h lunch break).

Conditions of Employment

  • Obtain and maintain a reliability security clearance.
  • Non Guatemalan Citizens must have documentation to work legally in Guatemala.
  • Availability to work overtime and weekends on short notice.
  • Every employee is subject to a twelve-month probationary period from initial appointment.

Other information

  • Pre-screening will be conducted to determine whether the candidate meets the education and experience outlined under essential qualifications in the Statement of Merit Criteria. Proof may be requested and candidates should be able to provide it within a 48-hour notice.
  • A self-assessment English and French level tests may be administered to pre-selected candidates.  Should this be the case, candidates will be given a 48-hour notice.
  • A written examination may be administered. Should this be the case, candidates will be given a 48-hour notice.  Examinations would take place at the Embassy of Canada in Guatemala (no exceptions will be granted; no transportation and/or expenses will be covered).
  • A cooking test may be administered. Should this be the case, candidates will be given a 48-hour notice.  Examinations would take place at a venue designated by the Embassy of Canada in Guatemala City (no exceptions will be granted; no transportation and/or expenses will be covered).
  • An interview may be administered.  Should this be the case, candidates will be given a 48-hour notice.  Interviews might take place via video-conference (no transportation and/or expenses will be covered).
  • Reference checks may be sought.
  • All qualifications are non-compensatory.
  • All communication relating to this process, including e-mail correspondence may be used in the assessment of qualifications.
  • 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).
  • Further checks may be done to verify that candidates comply with the employment conditions.
  • Locally engaged staff members must inform their Program Leader of their intention to participate in this competition.


Interested candidates must forward to the following e-mail address: the following documents with subject title “2020-01I” before the closing deadline:

  1. A letter of introduction in English or French: (a) indicating that they are interested in this specific position, quoting the job poster number and title, and (b) detailing how they meet each of the points under the Statement of Qualifications.
  2. An electronic version of their one-page or two-page résumé (in either English or French), including three (3) professional references (do not include the paragraph "references upon request" as this will result in your application being rejected).

Only candidates that meet all of the elements of the Essential Qualifications and Conditions of Employment of the “Statement of Merit Criteria” and have followed the steps listed under "Procedure" will be considered for this competition.  Acknowledgment of receipt of applications will not be sent; we will contact candidates once the screening process has completed.