International Business Development Officer , High Commission of Canada to Tanzania

Job Ref:

Job Title:
International Business Development Officer

62, 838,636 TZS

Vacancy type:



Dar es Salaam.

Closing date for applications:

Summary of position:
Reporting to the Regional Senior Trade Commissioner and Political/Economic Counsellor, the International Business Development (IBD) Officer contributes to the delivery of the trade promotion program at mission. The IBD Officer will proactively assist and promote Canadian companies in the identification and pursuit of commercial opportunities in Tanzania, Seychelles, and Comoros through a variety of activities, including the conduct of targeted meetings with local contacts, the organization of trade missions, and the timely distribution of commercial intelligence.

Essential qualifications:
Assessment questions have been included for candidates to complete and include in their cover letters along with the application. In order to be considered for the position, please note that candidates must answer all questions (#1 and #2). Please include the information in paragraph form. Spelling and grammar will be assessed. Applications not including responses to these questions will not be assessed.

• Applications not including the Candidate Assessment Tool will not be assessed.

Question #1 (750 words maximum)
What skills and experience do you have that would help you support Canadian companies pursuing business opportunities in Tanzania?
Question #2 (750 words maximum)
What would you see as the sectors with the greatest opportunities for Canadian companies? What challenges do you see for foreign companies in Tanzania?
Note: submissions will be verified for originality – use of content from online sources with or without citation is not permitted.
Roles and Services of the Trade Commissioner Service

Essential qualifications
• Bachelor’s degree from a recognized university with a major in a discipline related to the job requirements (e.g. business administration, economics, or a similar field) or an equivalent combination of education, training and/or experience (without a completed Bachelor’s degree, six years of experience required).

• Fluency in English and Swahili (oral & written)
• Minimum of 3 years’ *recent experience working, advising and facilitating information services to clients in the area in business & market development & or trade policy in Tanzania.

*Recent is defined as within the last 5 years

• Knowledge of managing budgets, tracking expenditures, and analysing financial reports;
• Knowledge of the business environment in Tanzania;
• Knowledge of key stakeholders involved in Tanzania’s commercial and economic situation (including non-governmental organisations, government institutions, international organizations, and domestic/international companies);
• Knowledge of international business practices.


• Ability to plan and organize workflow and coordinate information;
• Ability to work under pressure and prioritize accordingly;
• Ability to identify and analyze client needs;
• Ability to network and develop contacts and relationships, both internal and external, to facilitate trade priorities or to gain support/cooperation.


• Initiative and sound judgement;
• Interpersonal skills;
• Flexibility and adaptability;
• Analytical skills;
• Integrity and discretion;
• Visioning/alignment;
• Organizational/environmental awareness;
• Results orientation;
• People/team leadership
• Effective Interactive Communication – oral and written;

Asset Qualifications:
Asset Qualifications
Preference may be given to candidates who have the following asset qualifications:
• Working Knowledge of French (oral & written)
• Experience working in a diplomatic mission, international non-governmental organization, a multi-lateral organization, private company, or government environment doing international business development;
• Experience dealing with government ministries/departments, NGOs;
• Network of contacts relevant to international business development in Tanzania, Seychelles and Comoros;
• Master’s degree in relevant field of study.
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:
Operational Requirements:
• Ability and willingness to work overtime when required;
• Ability to attend offsite meetings as required;
• Willing to travel domestically and internationally as required;

Normal work-week is 37.5 hours. Monday to Thursday 7h30 to 16h00 (30 minutes unpaid lunch break)
Fridays 7h30 to 13h00.

Condition(s) of Employment:
Conditions of Employment:
• Any job offer is subject to receipt of satisfactory references and the ability to obtain and maintain an Enhanced Reliability security screening (security clearance).
• Proof of right to work

Area of selection:
This position is open to individuals who are eligible to live and work in Tanzania who meet all of the essential requirements stated below, and whose applications are received by the closing date. The Canadian Government is an equal opportunities employer and will consider candidates based on merit.

Important Notes:

How to apply:
• Please click on the link www.wfca-tpce.com and complete the online application form. 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.
Important notes:
• 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.
• Please note that the High Commission of Canada to Tanzania does not sponsor work permits directly or indirectly.
• The High Commission of Canada to Tanzania 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 High Commission of Canada to Tanzania, which might arise in the 12 months following the completion of this competition.
• If you have any questions at any stage of the process please send an email to RSCEMA.Personnel@international.gc.ca

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