Cultural Officer

Consulate General of Canada
  • Location
    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Early Career / Mid Career
  • Posted
    Apr 07

Position description

Under the direction of the Counsellor, the Cultural Officer (CO), in collaboration with both the public affairs and commercial sections, will work to support the promotion of Canadian artists, and to advance the business success of Canada’s cultural and creative industries in the UAE and the GCC. The CO designs, plans and implements the mission’s artist and cultural industries promotion programs in partnership with local and Canadian institutions. He/she also plans and implements the Action Plan for cultural and creative industries within the mission’s commercial section. The CO coordinates the strategic and effective use of cultural programming in line with the mission’s priorities. He/she advises other mission managers on specific cultural files, related to trade, advocacy and diplomacy. The CO supports Canadian partners, and in particular the portfolio agencies of the Department of Canadian Heritage, in their efforts to promote cultural and creative industries in accordance with pre-established service standards and in support of the Creative Export Strategy. The CO is required to develop and maintain a network of contacts necessary to achieve these objectives.


• Bachelor’s degree from a recognized university with acceptable specialization in either Marketing, Communications, Business Administration, International Business, History, Public Administration or Public Relations, Art or an Art related field.  

• Fluent in English (spoken, written, comprehension)

• Minimum 1 year recent* experience in the arts, cultural and entertainment scene in the UAE and/or the GCC
• Minimum 1 year of experience in a job role (or roles) with at least two of the following main duties: project planning, business development and management, establishing network relationships, contract management, drafting project proposals and writing reports in the Art and Culture industry;
*Recent is defined as within the last 5 years.  

Knowledge of:
• Canada’s political and cultural identity, including its key cultural and creative sectors;
• UAE market including - opportunities and local business practices and specific sectoral expertise
• Local government policies and programs with regards to business
• Networking and promoting events, sectors, companies or individual clients
• Responding to and/or drafting “Call for proposals / exhibitions” in the arts and culture sector

• Ability to independently and effectively set and maintain priorities, and work on simultaneous projects with minimum direction; 
• Ability to demonstrate research capacity and solid networking ability, creativity, innovation and resourcefulness with high degree of discretion, autonomy and dependability;
• Ability to communicate orally and in writing effectively including use of media and social media;
• Ability to write complete project communications, initiate and lead new proposals, budget management, and prepare reports; 
• Sound judgement;
• Organise, plan and execute events, handle logistical arrangements, arrange hospitality and obtain sourcing quotes;
• Demonstrate excellent client service, business networking, relationship building, trouble shooting, analytical thinking, decision making and market intelligence gathering abilities;
• Superior interpersonal skills with the ability to interact effectively with people from diverse cultures, to establish a client and contacts network and to work as part of a team. 

Asset Qualifications:

Preference may be given to candidates who have the following asset qualifications:

• Experience in working with Canadian artists or Companies in the Art and Culture sector, helping them gaining recognition, exposure and visibility; 
• Previous experience with the Canadian Government.
• Knowledge of the French language (spoken and written)
• Knowledge of the Arabic language (spoken and written).
• A post-graduate degree
• Knowledge of Canadian capabilities and global industry trends and developments in the sectors relevant to the position.

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

Organizational Needs:

Operational Requirements:

• Some overtime required (on week days and/or during weekends if job demands)
• Basic hours of work: 37.5 hours (7.5 hours per day)
• Some travel, including overnight, will be required within the UAE as well as within the GCC
• Travel to Canada or other locations may also be required

Condition(s) of Employment:

• Able to obtain and maintain a Government of Canada Reliability Status clearance
• Possession of a valid UAE ID Card or no impediment to obtaining a UAE ID Card
• Possession of a valid work permit or no impediment to obtaining a UAE employment visa (should the successful candidate need to change their residency status or obtain a work permit the Embassy will assist with this)
• Possession of a valid passport or no impediment to obtaining one

Area of selection:

Open to external applicants eligible to work in the UAE, and, to all mission’s employees occupying an indeterminate or term position, who meet all of the essential qualifications and whose applications are received by the closing date. 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.

Important Notes:

• Candidates are also required to upload a CV and a covering letter. 
• Applications which do not include all of the requested documents or information will be rejected.
• Candidates must demonstrate concisely in their cover letter how they meet the essential and asset qualifications. 
• Candidates are entitled to participate in the appointment process in the official language of their choice. They are asked to indicate their preferred official language in their application (English or French). 
• 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.
• The Embassy of Canada in Abu Dhabi 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 then please let us know during the application process.
• The results of this competition may also be used to establish an eligibility list of staff for similar openings at the Embassy of Canada in Abu Dhabi which may arise in the 12 months following the completion of this competition. 

Application instructions

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