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High Commission of Canada

Senior development officer

Organization: High Commission of Canada
Location: Kingston, Jamaica
Position title: Senior officer, development cooperation section
Classification level: LE09
Salary range: Starting salary of J$ 4,862,582 per annum plus benefits
Hours of work: 37.5 hours
Job poster no: KNGTN 2019-1949
Closing date: Friday, December 6th, 2019

The high commission of Canada in Jamaica is seeking to identify a highly motivated and experienced professional to fill a new position of senior officer, development cooperation section.

Summary of duties

Under the general direction of the counsellor (development cooperation), the successful candidate will:

  • Assist in the identification, development and oversight of official development assistance (ODA) projects under Canada’s Caribbean regional development program;
  • Manage and administer development projects, with a focus on those initiatives that involve public financial management (PFM);
  • Assist in the implementation of non-bilateral programs;
  • Contribute to the analysis of emerging trends in international development with emphasis on innovative financing with the aim of developing ideas for new investment and policy dialogue; and
  • Perform other duties as required.

Essential screening criteria

Candidates will initially be screened against essential criteria relating to education, language, and experience. Candidates must clearly demonstrate in their cover letter how they meet these essential requirements by drawing on examples from their work experience. The other requirements (knowledge, abilities, competence, and personal suitability) will be rated later in the selection process. Candidates should outline their work history and education in their CVs.


  • A master’s degree from a recognized university in international development, finance or public finance, business administration, economics, political science, public administration and policy, or a related field.


  • Fluency in English, written and spoken 


  • Minimum of five (5) years of experience managing complex projects or programs in international development and/or public finance, working either as a policy analyst, project/program manager, or financial management analyst in the public sector, an international donor agency, a multilateral institution, or a foreign or national non-governmental organization (NGO);
  • Minimum of three (3) years preparation of documents related to the design, development, approval and monitoring of technical assistance projects or programs;
  • Minimum of three (3) years conducting research, and analytical reporting on public financial management themes. 

Other requirements (to be assessed at a later date)


  • Public financial management
  • Project management
  • Understanding of gender equality and environmental sustainability issues in development programming


  • Ability to provide expert advice to senior management by analyzing and evaluating information, identifying problems and proposing innovative solutions;
  • Ability to liaise effectively with a wide range of representatives from government ministries, donor agencies and civil society;
  • Ability to exercise tact and sound judgement;
  • Ability to demonstrate initiative and work independently with minimal supervision;
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective and professional working relationships with clients, colleagues and supervisors.


  • Effective interactive communication (oral & written);
    • Excellent and proven attention to detail.

Personal suitability

  • Willingness to learn
  • Cultural and political sensitivity
  • Adaptability, flexibility
  • Discretion.

Asset qualifications

Preference may be given to candidates who meet the asset qualifications:

  • Knowledge of Canadian government procedures for project management, including familiarity with results-based management (RBM);
  • Familiarity with Caricom regional issues;
  • Leading on the development of strategic documents related to official development assistance (ODA) program policy and analysis;
  • Familiarity with risk management instruments;
  • Experience working for a development cooperation organization;
  • Ability to communicate orally and in writing in French.

Where applicable, candidates must clearly demonstrate how they meet any asset qualifications in their cover letter and CV. 

Operational requirements

  • Ability to work overtime

Conditions of employment

The conditions of employment are mandatory requirements for hiring and continued employment with the high commission of Canada. These may be reviewed on a periodic basis. 

  1. Legal status to work in Jamaica
  2. Ability to obtain and retain a government of Canada enhanced reliability status
  3. Must possess valid travel documents and be willing, able and legally admissible to travel within and outside of Jamaica.

Selection process

Failure to clearly demonstrate in your cover letter how you meet the essential screening criteria (education, experience and language qualifications) will result in the rejection of your application. Asset qualifications may be used to support the description of how candidates meet essential requirements. Resumes will be used as a secondary source to validate the education and/or experience described in the cover letter

A written examination may be administered, followed by a standard interview format using general, scenario and behavioural descriptive interview questions with the successful candidates. The results of the interview will be used to establish an eligibility list to establish a qualified pool of candidates to staff similar positions within the field of development.

The appointment of the successful candidate will be subject to the receipt of satisfactory employment and character reference checks, verification of education credentials, and the ability to obtain and maintain a reliability security screening (including a criminal record check).  Detailed instructions will be provided for the completion of the security forms and police record.

How to apply

Candidates should submit a cover letter of no more than 3 pages which clearly provides examples of how they meet each essential qualification including a description of the situation, the candidate’s role, activities undertaken and the outcome. A resume containing three references (including past supervisor) must also be provided to support the cover letter. Please address your application to:

Human resources manager
High commission of Canada in Jamaica
Ref: KNGTN 2019 -1949
LE-9 senior officer, development cooperation

Applications must be received at latest, Friday, December 6th 11:59pm. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Important notes:

  • No telephone calls.
  • 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).
  • We will only acknowledge candidates who are screened into this competition.
  • 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, and/or an oral interview.
  • Reference checks will be checked for candidates that reach interview stage and will form part of the assessment.
  • Canadian citizens/residents and Canadian dual nationals may be subject to Canadian income tax deductions.
  • Candidates will be required to provide proof of the completion of their education qualification.
  • All communication for this process must be sent via email only:

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Job Details

  • Location: Kingston

  • Sector: Public Sector

  • Category: Business Operations

  • Posted On: Nov 25, 2019

  • Deadline: Dec 7, 2019

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