International Journal of Business and Social Science

ISSN 2219-1933 (Print), 2219-6021 (Online) DOI: 10.30845/ijbss

A Framework for Developing a Multiple-Jobs Competency Model for Diplomats
Nada Megahed, Prof. Beatrice I.J.M. van der Heijden, Ambassador Mohamed Shaker, Khaled M. Wahba

Seeking to address deficiencies in the competency modelling and diplomacy literatures in general, and the competency modelling and diplomacy literatures in the Middle East in particular, the main purpose of this paper is, on one hand, to work between accepting reasonably-enough evidence for the possibility of developing a competency model for diplomats, and to, on the other hand, propose a five-phases framework for building a ‘Multiple-Jobs Competency Model’ that is needed for the effective diplomatic conduct of both Egyptian and Bahraini diplomats. This article also reports the findings of the first and second phases of the proposed model’s building framework. Findings of the initial phase of this research strongly support the need for such a model in the domain of diplomacy. Moreover, an empirical support was found for the idea of accumulation in the competencies of the diplomats across their career, thus the general assumption concerning the development of a ‘multiple-jobs’ model is strongly supported.

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