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Senior Policy Analyst (ANTICIPATORY)

Reference number: AGR16J-016947-000067
Selection process number: 16-AGR-NCR-EA-SP-114--2
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada - Strategic Policy Branch
Winnipeg (Manitoba), Ottawa (Ontario)
Permanent Full Time
$87,128 to $101,048 (Salary under review)

For further information on the organization, please visit Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Closing date: 5 May 2016 - 23:59, Pacific Time

Who can apply: Persons residing in Canada and Canadian citizens residing abroad.


Provide policy research, advice, and analysis on agri-environmental issues, particularly water policy issues.

Work environment

The Environment Policy Division leads analysis and provides strategic advice on the interaction between agriculture and the environment and on sustainable agriculture policy issues in relation to AAFC's broader policy agenda and the federal government's broader environmental priorities.

This position offers several opportunities:
. Lead analysis on water-related challenges facing Canada's agricultural sector in the context of medium- and long-term economic and environmental trends.
. Gain exposure to a Federal-Provincial-Territorial policy framework and contribute to future agri-environmental policy and program development.
. Work on a multidisciplinary team that collaborates with other groups in Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, other federal government departments, and with provincial government departments.

Intent of the process

A pool of partially qualified candidates may be established and may be used for similar indeterminate positions within AAFC.

Positions to be filled: Number to be determined

Information you must provide

Your résumé.

A covering letter in 2,500 words (maximum)

Contact information for 2 references.

You must meet all essential qualifications in order to be appointed to the position. Other qualifications may be a deciding factor in choosing the person to be appointed. Some essential and other qualifications will be assessed through your application. It is your responsibility to provide appropriate examples that illustrate how you meet each qualification. Failing to do so could result in your application being rejected.

In order to be considered, your application must clearly explain how you meet the following (essential qualifications)

Candidates must clearly demonstrate IN THEIR COVER LETTER how they meet the education and experience factors listed in the essential and asset qualifications. You do not need to meet the asset qualifications to apply, however they may be used as deciding factors in choosing the person to be appointed. Candidates must use the qualifications as a header and then write no more than three paragraphs for each of the factors demonstrating how they meet the education/experience required. Resumes may be used as a secondary source to validate the experience described in the cover letter. Please note that your application does not need to explain how you meet the knowledge or competencies listed on the poster. These will be assessed later on in the process.

Graduation with a degree from a recognized post-secondary institution with an acceptable specialization in economics, sociology, or statistics, or related fields.

Note: To qualify, candidates must have a university degree. The courses for the above specialization do not necessarily have to be part of a degree program in the required specialization. For example, you may have taken courses in economics, sociology, or statistics that provide an acceptable specialization. The specialization may also be obtained through an acceptable combination of education, training and/or experience.

Degree equivalency

Significant* experience researching and analyzing complex environmental or natural resource issues.

Significant* experience recommending strategic policy positions in a government and/or non-government context, in both written and oral briefing formats.

Significant* experience developing and maintaining collaborative working relationships with internal and/or external stakeholders in a government and/or non-government context.

*Significant experience is defined as experience that is a core part of the candidate's employment for a period of time that would provide the depth and breadth of experience normally obtained in a minimum of three (3) years.

The following will be applied / assessed at a later date (essential for the job)

English essential

Information on language requirements

Knowledge of agri-environmental issues in Canada.

Knowledge of policy and program development in a government context.

Strategic Thinking
Interactive Communication
Writing Skills
Relationship Building

The following may be applied / assessed at a later date (may be needed for the job)

Graduation with a degree from a recognized post-secondary institution in a field related to agriculture or the environment.

Master's or Doctoral degree from a recognized post-secondary institution in a field related to agriculture or the environment.

Degree equivalency

A minimum of five years of full-time work in agri-environmental policy.

Experience analyzing environmental or agricultural strategic policy at the international level or in countries other than Canada.

Experience working with stakeholders in the agricultural sector or other natural resource sectors.

Experience working on water issues.

Experience working on biodiversity issues.

Experience working on climate change.

In support of achieving a diversified workforce, consideration may be given to candidates self-identifying as belonging to one of the following Employment Equity groups: aboriginal peoples, persons with a disability; visible minorities, women.

Preference may be given to Public Service employees affected by workforce adjustment.

Conditions of employment

Secret security clearance

Ability and willingness to travel.

Ability and willingness to work overtime on occasion.

Other information

Applications submitted by email will not be accepted. You must apply on-line through www.jobs.gc.ca.

Candidates from outside the federal public service may be required to pay for their own travel.

Receipt of applications will not be sent; only candidates successful in the screening process will be contacted.

Persons with disabilities preventing them from applying on-line are asked to contact 1-800-645-5605.

If you are already a Public Servant, please identify the following on your application: substantive group and level; employment status; Personal Record Identifier (PRI).

Persons are entitled to participate in the appointment process in the official language of their choice. Applicants are asked to indicate their preferred official language in their application.

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).

Appointment decisions may be based on one or more of the following criteria:
- Matching of the individual's experience or qualifications to the strengths and weaknesses of the work team.
- Matching of the individual's experience or qualifications to the specific duties of the position being staffed.
- Depth, breadth, type of work-specific experience.
- Level/degree of one or more competencies/qualifications.

AAFC may use any assessment method, such as review of past performance and accomplishments, interviews and examinations, that it considers appropriate to determine whether a person meets the requirements of the position.

The Public Service of Canada is committed to building a skilled, diverse workforce reflective of Canadian society. As a result, it promotes employment equity and encourages candidates to indicate voluntarily on their application if they are a woman, an Aboriginal person, a person with a disability or a member of a visible minority group.

The Public Service of Canada is also committed to developing inclusive, barrier-free selection processes and work environments. If contacted in relation to a job opportunity or testing, you should advise the Public Service Commission or the departmental official in a timely fashion of the accommodation measures which must be taken to enable you to be assessed in a fair and equitable manner. Information received relating to accommodation measures will be addressed confidentially.


Preference will be given to veterans and to Canadian citizens, in that order.

Information on the preference to veterans

We thank all those who apply. Only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

Contact information

Patrycja Henderson, Human Resources Specialist Advisor
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