Maintenance technician

Kingston, Saint Andrew, jm
2019-05-17 11:25:01

The Management Division of the High Commission of Canada (Property Unit) invites applications from suitably qualified persons the fill the vacant full-time position of Maintenance technician.

Summary of duties

Under the general direction of the Deputy Management Consular Officer and under the direct supervision of the Property and Materiel Manager, the incumbent will:

  • Undertake repairs or maintenance on High Commission assets and equipment;
  • Assist with maintenance, repairs or technical projects in a wide range of functional areas such as masonry, carpentry, painting, plumbing, electrical, HVAC, water sewage, refrigeration and boiler operations, auto/ vehicle mechanic, audio-visual, etc.;
  • Maintain, perform scheduled maintenance and troubleshoots problems with missions plumbing systems, fixtures, water heaters, water treatment equipment, and appliances;
  • Assist in the preparation of hospitality events, including the installation of tents, setting up tables and chairs, audio-visual installations, lighting, etc.;
  • Ensure that all materials and tools are in good condition prior to use, notifies supervisors when replacements are required, preparing any documents if necessary;
  • Provide written assessments, basic scope and estimate for costs associated with projects, maintenance and repair services and recommends course of action to supervisor;
  • Oversee the work of contractors and ensures contractors and their work adhere to contract specifications;
  • Provide advice and assistance to contractors regarding the history of the building, layout, grounds and/or previous maintenance work;
  • Assist with the moving, building, assembling and/or repairing Crown Owned office or residential furniture and fixtures;
  • Assist with verifying shipments of goods and materials to invoices and supply orders, as well as labeling, photographing, tagging and entering into mission inventory records and reporting any discrepancies to appropriate persons;
  • Working with the property team, assist with Staff quarter (SQ)’s inspections pre and post occupancy, including any outfitting that may be required;
  • Drive Mission vehicles to transport material and equipment necessary for repairs and maintenance, projects, and events; and
  • Purchases pre-approved material and equipment. 

Essential screening criteria

Candidates must clearly demonstrate in their supporting statement how they meet these essential requirements by drawing on examples from their work experience. The abilities, competence will be rated at the exam and interview phase of the recruitment process. Candidates should outline their work history and education in their CV.

Qualification and experience Education

  • Diploma and/or Certification from a recognized vocational training institute in a discipline relevant to the position (i.e. electrical, plumbing, carpentry, construction management, etc.); or
  • An acceptable combination of education, relative training and experience. 


  • Five years’ experiences in providing maintenance and repairs services and/or technical support services for an organization within the last ten years
  • Five years’ experience in one or more technical areas of focus (carpentry, masonry, welding and/or plumbing) within the last ten years. 


  • Ability to operate hand tools and power tools
  • Ability to evaluate a property-related issue, attempt repairs if possible, and report back to the supervisor on the findings
  • Ability to lift a minimum of 50lbs
  • Ability to multi-task
  • Must be the holder of a valid driver’s license
  • Fluency in English (written and spoken) 

Personal suitability

  • Adaptability and Flexibility
  • Interpersonal skills and teamwork
  • Initiative
  • Professional attitude and behaviour
  • Client focused
  • Be self-motivated, well organized and able to perform effectively under pressure
  • Proficiency in supervising contractors and staff. 

Asset qualification

  • Experience working for a government agency, diplomatic mission or international organization.
  • Proficiency in French (both orally and written)
  • Be the holder of a valid motorcycle license

Conditions of employment

Hours of work will be 40hours per week, worked Monday to Friday at a time arranged by the supervisor. The successful candidate must also be able to perform (remunerated) overtime in the evenings and weekends, with a peak season between June and September. The successful candidate must also be able to accept employment within a four week notice period or less.

Selection process

Applicants will be required to demonstrate their suitability for this position by meeting the minimum level of qualifications and experience in order to be invited into the selection process.

Failure to clearly demonstrate in your cover letter how you meet the essential screening criteria (Education and Experience qualifications) will result in the rejection of your application. Asset qualifications may be used to support the description of how candidates meet essential requirements.  Resumés will be used as a secondary source to validate the education and/or experience described in the cover letter.

A written examination will be administered, followed by a standard interview format using general, scenario and behavioural descriptive interview questions with the successful candidates. The results of the interview will be used to establish an eligibility list to enlist a qualified pool of candidates to staff similar positions.

The appointment of the successful candidate will be subject to the receipt of satisfactory employment and character reference checks, verification of education credentials, and the ability to obtain and maintain a Reliability Security screening (including a criminal record check).  Detailed instructions will be provided for the completion of the security forms and Police Record.

Application process

All communication for this process must be sent via email only.

How to apply:

Interested candidates should submit by e-mail only an up-to-date Curriculum Vitae (CV) and covering letter (maximum 2 pages) which must clearly and concisely demonstrate how they meet the essential screening criteria indicating your interest in this specific position. The grammar and content will used to evaluate the candidate’s English language ability and clarity of communication and if applicable, confirmation of their right to work in Jamaica. Applications which do not include all of the requested information will be rejected. A resume containing three references (including current supervisor) must also be provided to support the cover letter. Please address your application to:

Human Resources Manager (Administration)
High Commission of Canada
Ref: KNGTN-2019-1767
GS-06 Maintenance technician

Applications must be received by latest, Friday May 31, 2019 at midnight EST. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.


Organization: High Commission of Canada
Location: Kingston, Jamaica
Position title: Maintenance technician
Classification level: GS-06
Salary: $ 1,622,130.97 per annum
Job Poster No: KNGTN-2019-1767
Closing date: Friday, May 31, 2019