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Policy and Program Officer

Reference number: IAN23J-015515-000424
Selection process number: 23-IAN-NT-EA-584141
Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada - Governance and Partnerships
Yellowknife (Northwest Territories)
$71,599 to $77,368 (In addition, there are allowances ranging from $19,833 to $27,387.)

For further information on the organization, please visit Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada

Closing date: 7 June 2023 - 23:59, Pacific Time

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

Important messages

We are committed to providing an inclusive and barrier-free work environment, starting with the hiring process. If you need to be accommodated during any phase of the evaluation process, please use the Contact information below to request specialized accommodation. All information received in relation to accommodation will be kept confidential.

Assessment accommodation

Do you hesitate to move to Yellowknife? Well, you are entitled to relocation assistance. See the Relocation Directive for more information: http://www.njc-cnm.gc.ca/directive/d6/v11/en

Salary, Allowances, and Benefits:

In addition to salary, you are entitled to an isolated posts allowance. This can range from $19,833 to $27,387 per year, depending on the number of dependants, geographic location and whether the accommodation is provided by the Crown. You are also entitled to vacation travel allowance of approximately $1,000 once a year for you and each eligible dependant.

As a federal government employee, you will also receive a comprehensive benefit package including an employee pension plan and health, dental and group insurance.


This position will:
• Provide funding administration for program recipients in the Northwest Territories;
• Build and maintain strong stakeholder relationships with internal (federal government) and external (Indigenous communities and governments in the Northwest Territories);
• Write and contribute to reports, summaries, briefing notes, scenario notes and presentations; and
• Coordinate and support key regional program and policy files.

Work environment

The Indigenous-Territorial Relations Unit, within the Northwest Territories Regional Office for Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada (CIRNAC), is a small but mighty team based out of the Yellowknife Office, that works to support regional intergovernmental relations efforts through policy and program lenses! No two days are the same! You’ll have the opportunity to work with colleagues within CIRNAC, Indigenous Services Canada, across the federal family, and counterparts in Indigenous and community governments across the territory. We are committed to supporting you to make the best Policy/Program Officer you can be, and providing experiences to support your personal career development.

Intent of the process

Immediate need: Three (3) full-time indeterminate positions at Yellowknife, NT.

This process will be used to fill current vacancies and to establish a pool of qualified candidates for future opportunities (Deployment, Assignment, Secondment, Acting, Term or Indeterminate) in Northwest Territories only, with various security requirements (reliability or secret). Candidate information will not be shared with federal departments outside Northwest Territories to fill vacancies elsewhere across Canada.

Positions to be filled: 3

Information you must provide

Your résumé.

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

The following criteria will be assessed using your resume and the online screening questions. To be selected, you must demonstrate when, where and how you acquired each of the qualifications by giving concrete examples.

• A secondary school diploma or employer-approved alternatives.

Note: The employer-approved alternatives to a secondary school diploma are:
- A satisfactory score on the Public Service Commission test approved as an alternative to a secondary school diploma; or
- An acceptable combination of education, training and/or experience.

Degree equivalency

• Experience providing advice to Manager/Supervisor or equivalent.
• Experience in interpreting and applying policies or procedures.

If you possess any of the following, your application must also clearly explain how you meet it (other qualifications)

The following criteria will be assessed using your resume and online screening questions. They are assets; preference could be given to those who meet them.

• Graduation with a degree or diploma or certificate from a recognized post-secondary institution.

Degree equivalency

• Experience working on files impacting Indigenous people.
• Experience managing Funding Arrangements.

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

English essential

Information on language requirements

The following criteria are essential for the job, but assessed later using different assessment methods (written exam, interview, reference check, etc.).

• Knowledge of current issues affecting Indigenous people living in the Territories.
• Knowledge of basic financial management practices (for example, budget planning, control or auditing).

• Ability to communicate effectively orally.
• Ability to communicate effectively in writing.
• Partnership skills.
• Ability to plan and organize workload.
• Ability to research and analyze issues.

• Respectful of diversity.
• Judgement.
• Resourcefulness.
• Teamwork.

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

Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada is committed to having a skilled and diversified workforce representative of the population it serves. In support of our strategy to achieve our employment goals for Indigenous peoples, preference may be given to candidates who, at the time of application indicate that they are an Indigenous person (self-declaration).

Conditions of employment

The following conditions must also be met on taking up the position and maintained throughout the employment:

• Reliability Status security clearance.
• Ability to work overtime, sometimes on short notice, as required.
• Willing and able to travel, including to remote communities by various means of transportation (i.e. small aircraft, vehicle or boat), travelling in some adverse road and weather conditions.
• Should relocation be required, the incumbent must complete a Health Declaration form for themselves and dependents, in accordance with the Isolated Post and Government Housing Directive.

Other information

The Public Service of Canada is committed to building a skilled and diverse workforce that reflects the Canadians we serve. We promote employment equity and encourage you to indicate if you belong to one of the designated groups when you apply.

Information on employment equity

You application must be submitted through the GC Jobs website. No acknowledgement of receipt will be sent for your request. We will contact you as soon as the prescreening process is completed.

You have the right to participate in a selection process in the official language of your choice.


Preference will be given to veterans first and then to Canadian citizens and permanent residents, with the exception of a job located in Nunavut, where Nunavut Inuit will be appointed first.

Information on the preference to veterans

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

Contact information

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