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Watch and Security Manager at Global Affairs Canada – Inventory

Reference number: EXT23J-023970-000035
Selection process number: 23-EXT-EA-FL-1039349
Global Affairs Canada - Emergency Operations - CSW
Ottawa (Ontario)
Acting, Assignment, Deployment, Indeterminate, Secondment, Specified period, Casual
$104,829 to $113,092

Closing date: 1 November 2024 - 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

When you apply to this selection process, you are not applying for a specific job, but to an inventory for future vacancies. As positions become available, applicants who meet the qualifications may be contacted for further assessment.

Candidates must submit their application using the "Apply online" function. Only applications submitted via this portal will be considered.


Watch and Security Managers play a key role in supporting Canadians affected by emergencies overseas, whether they be employees working in Canada’s Embassies, High Commissions, and Consulates or Canadian citizens affected by large-scale emergencies. As the first point of contact for employees and Canadians facing a wide range of emergencies, including natural disasters, infrastructure issues, criminal activity, civil unrest, terrorism and armed conflict, Watch and Security Managers provide the initial analysis on rapidly evolving international events and are responsible for taking appropriate initial actions. Using a variety of information tools, the Watch Unit also provides senior leadership with a “heads-up” on emergencies before seeing the events unfold on news networks.

Work environment

The Watch Unit operates 24/7. As there is an ongoing need to access sensitive information, Watch and Security Managers normally work from Global Affairs Canada headquarters in Ottawa. Telework arrangements are not available.

Watch and Security Managers currently work on a five-week variable shift schedule that consists of day, evening, night, and weekend blocks. Over the five-week schedule, Watch and Security Managers work an average of 37.5 hours / week. As there is normally only one Watch and Security Manager on shift at any point in time, employees work independently while supporting other 24/7 teams that provide consular case management services.

Intent of the process

This is an ongoing inventory and the applications received will be periodically accessed and selected applicants will be contacted for further assessment. Management can decide to access applications at any point, so please ensure you submit your application as soon as possible.

Positions to be filled: Number to be determined

Information you must provide

Your résumé.

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

• ED1: A degree from a recognized post-secondary institution, or an acceptable combination of education, training and/or experience.

Degree equivalency

• EX1: Significant* experience in one or more of the following fields:
▫ National security (e.g. intelligence and threat assessments, political security, etc.);
▫ Organizational security (e.g. physical security, administrative investigations, emergency and business continuity management; security incident management);
▫ Emergency management (e.g. emergency planning, emergency management policy, emergency operations).

• EX2: Significant* experience in dealing with complex** issues and providing advice or recommendations to clients or management (Director level or above);

• EX3: Experience in developing and maintaining partnerships with internal and external stakeholders.

*Significant experience is defined as depth and breadth normally associated with having performed a broad range of various related activities, which are normally acquired over a period of at least two (2) years within the last five (5) years.
**Complex is defined as considering diverse points of view or the sensitivity of the topic.

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

• AQ1: Experience working as a member of an emergency response team in response to a crisis situation;
• AQ2: Experience working in an emergency management or public safety related operations center that operates on a 24/7 basis;
• AQ3: Experience providing front-line emergency response services during international emergencies.

• Must be willing and able to work shifts, including on weekends and statutory holidays.

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

Bilingual - Imperative (CCC/CCC)

Information on language requirements

• COMP1 - Demonstrate integrity and respect;
• COMP2 - Thinking things through;
• COMP3 - Working effectively with others;
• COMP4 - Showing initiative and being action-oriented;
• COMP5 – Leadership.

• A1: Ability to communicate effectively in writing;
• A2: Ability to communicate effectively orally;
• A3: Ability to work well under pressure, adapting to shifting priorities to meet deadlines;
• A4: Ability to interpret and apply government security and emergency management policies and strategic directions.

Conditions of employment

• Must be willing and able to work shifts, including on weekends and statutory holidays.
• Must be able to obtain a Top Secret security Clearance.

On appointment, the candidate must be able to obtain a Top Secret clearance without limitations in order to perform the duties of the position. No exceptions will be permitted.

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

Random selection and/or top-down selection may be used at any time during the process to identify which applicants will be further assessed following a search of the inventory.


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

Frédérique Ladouceur-Séguin - Human Resources Advisor
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