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Senior Strategic Policy Analyst

Reference number: DVA20J-019817-000294
Selection process number: 20-DVA-EA-CH-370575
Veterans Affairs Canada - Strategic Policy and Commemoration
Charlottetown (Prince Edward Island)
$77,961 to $97,859

For further information on the organization, please visit Veterans Affairs Canada

Closing date: 18 June 2022 - 23:59, Pacific Time

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

Veterans Affairs Canada is committed to building a diverse workforce that is representative of the Canadian population through equitable and accessible employment practices. We strive to achieve an inclusive and open work environment that embraces a variety of perspectives where accessibility is a central pillar to all. These qualities help us make a positive impact in the lives of our increasingly diverse clientele, in a workplace where everyone’s contributions are valued.

Veterans Affairs Canada is seeking talent from a wide range of communities, identities, and backgrounds. We value the experience of diverse groups of women, men, and gender diverse people. Using a Gender-based Analysis Plus lens, we recognize that there are multiple characteristics that intersect and contribute to our social and professional identity. These include race, ethnicity, religion, age, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, education, veteran status, and more. The interaction between these factors has a positive influence on how you, as an employee, help us develop, implement, and deliver the services and benefits we provide. We are committed to establishing a workplace culture that is accessible by design to ensure that all employees are fully supported to flourish in their roles.

We welcome members of equity seeking groups to apply and recognize that the current Employment Equity Act does not fully encompass all equity seeking group members. If you are a member of the groups indicated in the Employment Equity Act, we respectfully request that you self-declare during this process. These groups include women, aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities and members of a visible minority community.

Please note when submitting an application to this selection process, you will be required to answer questions concerning essential education and experience qualifications and, if applicable, other essential and non-essential qualifications.

Education and/or Experience factors in the asset qualifications may be used for screening. Applicants should clearly demonstrate on their application if they meet any of the education and/or experience asset qualifications. Failure to do so may result in the rejection of your application. The note “see resumé” will not be accepted.

One or more asset qualifications may be used during the screening to manage the volume of applications.

Candidates will not be solicited for incomplete or possible missing information in your answers to questions.

The ability to communicate effectively in writing will be evaluated in the application you submit.

Résumés may be used as a secondary source to validate the experience and education described in the screening questions.


Veterans Affairs Canada is looking for top talent with the research, analysis and program development skills necessary to help us address complex issues facing Veterans and their families and to help us develop the programs and services they need to improve their overall health and well-being. We are looking for curious, critical thinkers with excellent communication skills who will help us:
• Lead analysis on complex issues related to Veteran well-being;
• Collaborate on research projects;
• Provide strategic advice;
• Identify the need for and lead the design of new programs and supports for Veterans and their families; and
• Represent us on inter-departmental working groups and committees.

Work environment

Do you believe in the gold standard of service? Do you thrive on change and exciting new projects? Do you want to work for one of the Top 5 rated Best Federal Government Departments to work for according to Forbes? Then Veterans Affairs Canada is the place for you! For more information, please read the article found at https://www.forbes.com/canada-best-employers/#759891a4241f.

As an employer of choice, we provide a healthy and diverse work environment with flexibility in work hours, part-time work, in addition to several benefits (competitive salaries, paid leave, health and dental insurance, pension fund, etc.).

Prior to applying, we invite to watch the following video as it includes helpful tips on the application process: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0GW7P3g9hhI.

Intent of the process

Anticipatory - A pool of qualified candidates may be created and used to fill similar permanent and temporary positions with various linguistic profiles and various security clearance profiles

Positions to be filled: Number to be determined

Information you must provide

Your résumé.

Contact information for 2 references.

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

ED1 - Graduation with a degree from a recognized post-secondary institution or an employer approved alternative (two years post-secondary education combined with two years' experience as noted in experience factors below).

Degree equivalency

EX1 - Experience leading and conducting analysis on complex* health and/or social policy issues including the collection and consideration of statistical data, research findings, and environmental scans.
EX2 - Experience developing a variety of written materials (e.g., briefing notes, policy analysis documents, options papers, media responses research, evaluation reports, and/or presentations).
EX3 - Experience providing policy advice and making recommendations on complex health and/or social policy issues and delivering oral briefings to senior management**.
EX4 - Experience collaborating with partners and leading working groups and/or project teams.

*Complex : Defined as the depth and breadth of issues associated with a topic – may involve multiple complicating factors or considerations, stakeholder perspectives, critical timelines, high degree of visibility and/or sensitivity and/or having a major impact on a Department or Government Agency, organization or the public.
**Senior Management : Defined as members of the executive group of an organization.

AB1 - Ability to communicate effectively orally.
AB2 - Ability to communicate effectively in writing.
AB3 - Ability to analyze complex issues and provide strategic advice/recommendations.
AB4 - Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines.

Personal Suitability:
PS1 - Judgement
PS2 - Initiative
PS3 - Collaboration

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

AEX1 - Experience in Gender Based Analysis Plus.
AEX2 - Experience as a member of the Canadian Armed Forces.
AEX3 - Experience contributing to the development of Memoranda to Cabinet or Treasury Board Submissions.
AEX4 - Experience in the legislative and/or regulatory drafting process.
AEX5 - Experience in statistical analysis.

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

Various language requirements
English Essential
Bilingual Imperative (CBC/CBC)

Information on language requirements

Conditions of employment

Reliability Status and Secret Security Clearance

Operational Requirements:
– Willingness and ability to travel.
– Willingness and ability to work overtime.
– Willingness to carry a cell phone.

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

Communication for this process will be sent via email. Applicants MUST check their e-mail accounts frequently as there may be a deadline for responses. 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). Please note that we will have to consider that you are no longer interested in participating in the selection process and that you have withdrawn your candidacy should you not provide us with an up-to-date email address or respond to our communications.

If you need to communicate with us during any stage of this process, please indicate the selection process number in the subject field of your email.

Candidates will be asked to provide proof of their education credentials, and proof of citizenship at a later date. Candidates with foreign credentials must provide proof of Canadian equivalency. For further information, consult the Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials at https://www.cicic.ca/indexe.stm or the Public Service Commission at https://www.canada.ca/en/publicservice-commission/jobs/services/gc-jobs/informationcandidates/degree-equivalency.html.

An interview and/or written exam may be administered.

Reference checks will be sought. References should be from current or previous employers. The Assessment Committee reserves the right to contact references other than those provided by the candidates (within the Public Service only) in order to adequately assess the candidates.

Indeterminate employees at the same group and level or equivalent may be considered for assignment, deployment or secondment opportunities before other candidates.


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