Trade Commissioner (Climate Finance)

The Embassy of Canada
Washington D.C.
Starting salary: $98,818 USD, plus benefits
Aug 02, 2017
Aug 15, 2017
Full Time

The Embassy of Canada in Washington, DC is seeking a Trade Commissioner for Climate Finance to join our dynamic and client service oriented international trade team of professionals responsible for promoting, advancing, and strengthening Canadian trade, innovation and investment interests.

We are looking for a team player who is innovative, has strong networking skills, possesses solid judgement, is committed to providing high quality client service and to achieving results. Reporting to the Senior Trade Commissioner, the position primarily identifies climate finance opportunities through the international financial institutions located in Washington DC (primarily the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank) and provides advice, intelligence, business leads, and other assistance to Canadian companies that wish to purse these opportunities. 

Position title: Trade Commissioner (Climate Finance)

Section: Economic, International Business Development
Location: Embassy of Canada, Washington, D.C.
Position no: EXT-TBD
Level: LE-09
Starting salary: $98,818 USD, plus benefits
Competition no:  11/17
Date posted: August 01, 2017
Closing date: August 15, 2017
Employment Tenure: There is one term position to be filled, having a specified period of employment of three (3) years, with the possibility of extension or change in employment status to indeterminate. This competitive staffing process may be used to create an eligibility list of qualified candidates for this position and similar positions with various tenures, including indeterminate, term, assignment/ transfer, and acting opportunities at the Embassy of Canada in Washington, D.C. When you submit your application, you must specify all types of employment tenures for which you wish to be considered, e.g., indeterminate, term, assignment/transfer, and/or acting.

  Open to: 

  • Persons living in the Washington Metropolitan area.
  • Employees of the Embassy of Canada in Washington, D.C.
  • Employees of any Canadian Mission in the United States.  Relocation will not be paid in any circumstance.
  • Spouses and dependents of Canada-based staff at the Embassy of Canada in Washington, D.C.

All applicants must:

  • Meet all of the Essential Requirements stated below.
  • Be a resident in the United States.
  • Have independent work authorization in the United States and status in accordance with United States protocol directives for foreign missions.
  • Submit a resume and cover letter by the closing date. The cover letter must specify, using concrete examples, how you meet the Essential Requirements, i.e., Education, Experience, for this position. All communication relating to this process, including email correspondences may be used in the assessment of qualifications.

Summary of duties: 

Under the general direction of the Senior Trade Commissioner, the Trade Commissioner for Climate Finance contributes to the successful delivery of the International Business Development (IBD) program. Working in collaboration with the global Canadian Trade Commissioner Service network and Global Affairs Canada in Ottawa, the candidate will provide timely and high quality advice and assistance to Canadian companies pursuing climate finance opportunities through the international financial institutions based in Washington DC.  The candidate will also provide policy advice and insight on new developments and trends in climate finance to Global Affairs Canada and other key Canadian stakeholders.

Responsibilities include:

  • Providing timely and high quality service to Canadian business clients
  • Identifying and disseminating intelligence, key contacts, and business opportunities in climate finance to Canadian clients;
  • Developing, maintaining, and leveraging a network of diverse and influential contacts to support program objectives;
  • Gathering and providing insight and strategic advice on recent developments and trends in climate finance to key Canadian stakeholders; and
  • Developing, planning and implementing program objectives, including managing budgets, tracking and reporting of results, planning and delivering events, supporting official visits, and identifying and implementing opportunities for continuous improvement.

Language requirement:  

English (The ability to work in French would be an asset).

Condition of employment (must be met):

  • Eligibility for a Government of Canada Reliability Status which includes a criminal and credit background check;
  • Independent work authorization in the U.S. and status in accordance with U.S. protocol directives for foreign missions;
  • Must hold a valid United States driver’s license; and
  • Must be admissible for travel to Canada.

Essential requirements:

Candidates must demonstrate clearly how they meet the Education and Experience requirements listed below:


Bachelor’s Degree from accredited college or university or an acceptable combination of education, training and work experience related to the duties and specific areas of competence required by the position, including but not limited to, business, economics, finance, engineering and/or science.


  • A minimum of five (5) years of professional experience working in business development or program management in the private and/or public sector, including at least three (3) years of recent experience at an international financial institution and/or in international project financing and/or in international financing for development projects;
  • Experience conducting research and analysis and providing strategic advice, briefings and written reports to senior management and/or to business clients;
  • Experience in project management, including strategic planning, implementation, tracking/reporting results, and budget management;
  • Experience in developing and managing stakeholder relationships and in providing client service to customers/clients; and
  • Experience in using social media tools for promotion and/or to generate new business opportunities.

Rated requirements:

Candidates who meet the Education and Experience requirements will be assessed on the following qualifications. The assessment may be a written test, an interview, an in-basket exercise, a skills test, or any combination of these methods.


  • Knowledge of international climate financing;
  • Familiarity with the roles, operations and priorities of the Washington-based international financial institutions (IFIs) and IFI project financing;
  • Basic knowledge of the role of the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service in advancing Canadian commercial interests; and
  • Knowledge of the Canadian economy.


  • Communicate effectively in English, both orally and in writing;
  • Develop, maintain, and leverage a diverse and influential network of stakeholders;
  • Proactively identify and disseminate market intelligence, key contacts, and business opportunities in climate finance;
  • Research, analyse and provide insight and strategic advice to key stakeholders, including briefing senior officials;
  • Effectively plan, manage, and execute large events designed to facilitate business partnerships;
  • Work independently in a proactive and results-oriented manner, including taking appropriate decisions; and
  • Use social media tools for promotion and/or to generate new business opportunities.



Personal Suitability:

  • Sound judgement;
  • Integrity;
  • Client-focus;
  • Adaptability and flexibility;
  • Creativity and innovation in problem solving; and
  • Team work and cooperation.

Desirable requirements:

  • The ability to communicate effectively in French both orally and in writing would be an asset.
  • Experience in developing joint projects with colleagues in remote locations would be an asset.
  • A post-graduate degree from a recognized university would be an asset.
  • Formal training in international finance would be an asset.

Selection procedure:

The staffing process will consist of a review of all applications to ensure that applicants meet the Essential Requirements.  Please note that failure to meet any of the Essential Requirements eliminates candidates from further consideration in the competition. Only those applicants who meet these will be contacted by the Human Resources Section for an interview or other form of assessment of the Rated Requirements.

The assessment may include an interview, a written test and other tests that will consist of a series of questions designed to evaluate each applicant's knowledge, abilities and personal suitability for the position.

The Embassy offers a competitive salary, generous leave and a strong benefits package to include medical, dental, long term and short term disability, and a retirement savings plan to name a few.

The Embassy is committed to conducting inclusive, barrier-free selection processes.

Method of application:

Applications should be sent by e-mail to: by the closing date. In completing their applications, candidates should confirm that they meet all the essential requirements and take care to relate their work experience to the position description and indicate the position number.

Hours of work:

Normal hours of work for this position are in accordance with Terms and Conditions of Employment for Locally Engaged Staff (LES) in the United States of 37.5 hours per week. The successful candidate must be able to work overtime on short notice and to be available for occasional duties outside normal working hours, i.e., evenings and weekends. Additionally, he/she must be admissible for travel to Canada.

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