Security Program Officer , Guatemala

Employer: Embassy of Canada in Guatemala
Location: Guatemala City
Closing Date: Thursday, October 8, 2015 at 24:00 hours
Level and Salary: Level 7 Step 1 (Starting at Q243,866.00/annual or Q 20,322.17/month (2015/2016 rate) 37.5 hours per week)
Effective Date: Monday, February 1, 2016 (to be confirmed)
Job Poster #2015-03I

Open To: Open to applicants residing in Guatemala and who meet all of the essential qualifications and whose applications are received by the closing date and are legally entitled to work in Guatemala.

The Canadian Government is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from diverse sectors 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.

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.

Essential Qualifications
Working level proficiency in English (written and oral) and Spanish (written and oral) is required.

The candidate must have a university degree (any stream).
OR An acceptable combination of security-related experience and/or training.

Demonstrated experience in an office environment of 5 years dealing with Guatemalan culture and internal and external clients.

Operational knowledge and experience of computer applications in a Windows environment, Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook, Power Point) and Internet Explorer.
Local customs and culture to be able to provide guidance on how to conduct business in Guatemala.

Ability to communicate in English and Spanish effectively (orally and in writing).
Ability to convey information accurately.
Ability to work independently as well as part of a team.
Ability to learn security procedures and policies.
Ability to analyze problems and propose viable courses of action.
Ability to work under pressure and apply good judgement.
Ability to conduct online research and to use online mapping tools.

Focus on Quality and Details.
Effective Interactive Communication.
Teamwork and Cooperation.
Networking/Alliance Building.

Asset Qualifications
Fluency in one or both official languages (English and French).
Previous experience working with diplomatic missions or international organizations.
Security background and/or specialized education compatible with Canadian ethics.
Specialized education and/or experience in security-related threat and risk assessment.

Note: Asset qualifications are not essential requirements, but may be used during the screening process to reduce the number of candidates.

Operational Requirements
Normal hours are from 07:30 a.m. to 16:30 p.m. (with 1-hour lunch break) Monday through Thursday and 07:30 a.m. to 13:00 p.m. Friday (without a lunch break), but they may vary due to operational requirements.
Ability and willingness to receive telephone calls and report to work within short notice.
Ability and willingness to work overtime.
Unassisted physical mobility and ability to occasionally lift up to 23 Kg.

Conditions of Employment
Obtain and maintain a reliability security clearance.
Non Guatemalan Citizens must have documentation to work legally in Guatemala.
Must have and maintain a valid Guatemalan driver’s license (type “B”) during the entire employment period.
Appointment is conditional upon passing a medical examination.
Every employee is subject to a twelve-month probationary period from initial appointment.

Job description

Under the direction of the Mission Security Officer (MSO), Security Program Manager (SPM) or Military Police Security Specialist (MPSS), provides security support for Government of Canada staff and Canada-Based Staff (CBS) dependents; recommends, initiates and assists in the delivery of the Security Program, including conducting training and daily supervision of security personnel at Chancery, Official Residence, and Staff Quarters; conducts research and contributes to reports on security issues affecting personnel and facilities in area of responsibility and establishes a rapport with a wide network of contacts relevant to the Security Section; provides support in security-related contracts, procurement and payments and assists in the preparation of the annual estimates and budget input for operation and maintenance requirements; provides translation and interpretation services between the local language and one of the official languages of Canada; assists in the preparation and delivery of mission emergency preparedness; and performs other duties as assigned.

Incumbent must possess a valid Guatemalan driver’s license (type B) as some of the duties may require driving an official vehicle within country.

Other information
Pre-screening will be conducted to determine whether the candidate meets the education, experience and knowledge outlined under essential qualifications in the Statement of Merit Criteria. Proof may requested and candidates should be able to provide it within 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).
An interview may be administered. Should this be the case, candidates will be given a 48-hour notice. Interviews would take place at the Embassy of Canada in Guatemala (no exceptions will be granted; telephone and video-conference interviews will not be admitted; no transportation will be covered).
Reference checks may be sought.
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.

How To Apply
Interested candidates must forward, before the closing deadline, an e-mail with subject title “2015-03I” containing the following three attachments to the Administration Section to the following e-mail address: