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Internal Auditor Recruitment and Development Program (IARD Program) - Post-Secondary Recruitment

Reference number: TBD16J-016794-000373
Selection process number: IARD-2016-RPAI-2016
Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat
Various locations
Employment Tenure: Indeterminate (permanent)
$54,374 to $58,586

For further information on the organization, please visit Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat

For more information on the Post-Secondary Recruitment (PSR) Program, including testing, click here

Closing date: 13 October 2016 - 23:59, Pacific Time

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

Important messages



You will work under general supervision, providing support and performing assigned tasks within each of the phases of an audit engagement as a member of an audit team designed to provide departmental senior management with opinions on the effectiveness and adequacy of risk management, control and governance processes and to report on individual risk-based audits. Audit teams typically report to the Internal Audit Principal or the Director of Internal Audit.

Work environment

Through the Internal Auditor Recruitment and Development (IARD) program, the Office of the Comptroller General pre-assesses high calibre candidates for recruitment into entry-level internal audit positions on behalf of federal government departments and agencies located across Canada, but mainly in the National Capital Region (Ottawa/Gatineau).

As an IARD trainee, you will receive valuable on-the-job and formal training through developmental assignments. Your development program will be tailored to meet departmental needs and will last for a period of up to 36 months.

IARD trainees are expected to work towards a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) certification from the Institute of Internal Auditors (https://na.theiia.org/certification/Pages/Certification.aspx).

Intent of the process

A pool of partially assessed candidates for the IARD program resulting from this process will be established on behalf of federal government organizations and may be used to fill similar positions with various language requirements (English essential, French essential, Bilingual imperative BBB/BBB, CBC/CBC, CCC/CCC) and security requirements which may vary according to the position being staffed.

Positions to be filled: 20

Information you must provide

Your résumé.

A covering letter in 200 words (maximum) "Explain why you are interested in a position in the IARD Program. Please note that your cover letter may be used to assess your ability to communicate effectively in writing."

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)


Must have obtained a Bachelor's degree by June 1, 2017 from a recognized* Canadian university with a specialization in Business Administration, Public Administration, Management/Business Systems, Economics or Information Technology or in any other field relevant to the work to be performed.

*Proof of Canadian equivalency for degrees obtained outside of Canada must be provided before the interview.

Degree equivalency

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

Various language requirements
English essential
French essential
Bilingual imperative - Level: BBB/BBB, CBC/CBC or CCC/CCC

For bilingual positions, you must be proficient in English AND in French (Reading, Writing and Oral interaction). You will be required to complete three (3) assessments to test your second official language proficiency at a later date in the process.

Information on language requirements


Knowledge of the Treasury Board policy on internal audit and related directive.


Ability to communicate effectively orally
Ability to communicate effectively in writing
Strategic Thinking - Analysis
Strategic Thinking - Ideas



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


University courses taken and passed by June 1, 2017 related to Internal Audit, Risk Management or Internal Controls.

Degree equivalency


Selection may be limited to members of the following Employment Equity groups: Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, women.

Information on employment equity


Willingness to relocate to Federal government departments and agencies located across Canada, but mainly in the National Capital Region (Ottawa/Gatineau).

Willingness to obtain internal audit certification (CIA) within 36 months of appointment.

Conditions of employment

Reliability Status security clearance - to Top Secret security clearance


Applicants must successfully write Public Service Entrance Exam (PSEE).

Other information

Only on-line applications will be accepted. If you do not have Internet access, you may call 1-800-O-Canada (1-800-622-6232) or TTY 1-800-926-9105 for information on the nearest public Internet access locations.

Persons with a disability preventing them from applying on-line should contact us at 1-800-645-5605.

Please note that your cover letter may be used to assess your ability to communicate effectively in writing.

Selected candidates will be invited to a qualifying interview between January and March 2017.

Please note that the IARD program is highly competitive and only a limited number of candidates with strong test results will be invited for interviews. Federal government organizations can apply a top-down model, higher pass marks, or random selection in their requests for candidate referrals. Simply passing a test may not be enough to have you referred to a hiring organization if many candidates scored well on the tests.

At or before the interview, you will be required to provide the following:

. Your updated résumé;
. Proof of Canadian citizenship (birth certificate, passport, citizenship card);
. Proof of Canadian equivalency for degrees obtained outside of Canada (go to http://www.cicic.ca);
. Your most recent official transcript.

Note: Failure to provide these documents will result in the cancellation of your interview.

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

Internal Auditor Recruitment and Development Program (IARD Program) For questions about the Post-Secondary Recruitment Program (PSR)
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