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Honorary Consul

The Embassy of Canada to the Kingdom of Denmark, based in Copenhagen, is seeking a new Honorary Consul in Nuuk. Since 1992, Mr. Lars Peter Danielsen has dutifully served as Canada’s Honorary Consul. After 27 years or faithful service, Mr. Danielsen and The Embassy have agreed that it is time to seek a new Honorary Consul to represent Canada’s interests in Greenland. To that end, the Embassy is pleased to invite applicants who meet the Essential Criteria below to apply to the position. This advertisement is part of the Government of Canada’s new, competitive process for selecting Honorary Consuls across our global network.


Position title:  Honorary Consul
Appointment Process Nº

Term Type:  Fixed Term (3 years)

Term Details: Fixed Term, Honorary Consul appointments by Order-in-Council are valid for a period of three years.

Department: Embassy of Canada in Copenhagen, Denmark

Number of Vacancies: 1
Job Category: -

Level: -
Classification: -
Salary: CAD $ 5,000 per year Honorarium (An Honorarium is an ex gratia payment made to a person in recognition of his or her services)
Location: Consulate of Canada in Nuuk, Greenland

Close date: September 22, 2019 at midnight UTC/GMT.

Summary of Duties

Functions may include:

  • consular assistance and advocacy for Canadians
  • development of commercial and economic relations
  • on occasion as required, providing political/economic analysis
  • passport, citizenship, and notarial services
  • support for the supervising mission in maintaining bilateral relations
  • a local contact point for the supervising mission
  • administrative and logistical support for official visits
  • representation at diplomatic, ceremonial, and public affairs events


Area of selection/Eligibility

Open to internal and external applicants who are legal residents of Greenland, who meet all of the essential requirements stated below, and whose applications are received by the closing date.

Consideration will not be given to candidates who:

  • occupy any governmental position in Greenland or Denmark
  • may be unable to deliver the program due to other commitments
  • are politically active
  • may have a real, apparent, or potential conflict of interest

The Government of Canada 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.

Essential Qualifications

Candidates will initially be screened against the Essential Qualifications relating to education, experience and language.  Candidates must clearly demonstrate in their cover letter and CV how they meet each of these essential qualifications.


  • A degree from a recognized university, or an acceptable combination of equivalent education, job-related training and/or experience.


  • Proficiency in English (Oral and Written)
  • Proficiency in Greenlandic and/or Danish (Oral and Written)


  • Demonstrate a tangible connection to Canada through citizenship, occupation, education, family assets, or professional affiliation.

Rated Requirements

The Rated Requirements relating to knowledge, abilities and competencies will also be assessed.  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.



  • In-depth understanding of political, economic and social dynamics in Greenland
  • Capacity to maintain good relations with local government authorities
  • Capacity to have rapid access to local government authorities



  • Interpersonal skills - well-connected and good standing in/with local communities
  • Ability to be service-oriented in order to meet service standards
  • High ethical standards and integrity
  • Sound judgment



Asset Qualifications

Preference may be given to candidates who meet the Asset Qualifications.  Where applicable, candidates must clearly demonstrate how they meet any asset qualifications in their cover letter and CV.

  • Independent means and availability of a suitable location (e.g. office) where consular clients can access service during regular business hours (e.g. Monday to Friday)
  • Proficiency in both Canadian official languages (English and French)
  • Experience in decision-making with respect to sensitive and complex issues
  • Experience dealing with different levels of government
  • Experience in performing consular work


Organizational Needs

Special consideration may be given to increasing the overall gender parity and diversity in our network, and as such, women and members of minority groups are encouraged to apply.



Operational Requirements

  • Be residing in Greenland the majority of the year
  • Ability and willingness to travel to Ottawa, Canada for training.
  • Ability and willingness to learn and use Government of Canada information systems as deemed relevant. 
  • Ability and willingness to travel within Greenland on behalf of the Government of Canada upon request (and reimbursement)
  • Ability and willingness to work outside of normal working hours on behalf of the Government of Canada upon request.


Conditions of Employment

  • Candidates must have a valid work authorization covering the entire employment period. (3 years) Before an offer of employment can be made, candidates must provide a local address as proof of residence in Greenland so that if selected, it will appear on the offer letter.
  • Obtain and maintain a reliability rating (security clearance) from the Government of Canada covering the entire employment period.


How to apply

Important notes

  • Only applications submitted in one of the official languages of Canada will be accepted (English or French). 
  • Communication for this process will be sent via email. It is the responsibility of the candidates to ensure accurate contact information is provided and updated as required.
  • Candidates who apply to this vacancy should include an email address that accepts email from unknown users and regularly check their email, including spam folder.
  • Reference checks will be sought for candidates that reach interview stage and may form part of the selection process.
  • The Consulate of Canada in Greenland does not reimburse any travel costs to and from interviews/exams nor does it reimburse any relocation costs.
  • Candidates requiring any special assistance in attending exams or interviews are requested to inform us.
  • You must be eligible for a Government of Canada Reliability Status which includes a criminal and credit background check.
  • You must comply with the Ethical and Political Activity Guidelines for Public Office Holders throughout your appointment. The guidelines are available on the Governor in Council Appointments website, under Forms and reference material.
  • You will be subject to the Conflict of Interest Act. For more information, please visit the Office of the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner`s website.
    information, please visit the Office of the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner`s website.
  • If you have any questions at any stage of the recruitment process, please send an email to: LES-E-recruitment-LDN@international.gc.ca