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Regional Program Officer

Reference number: DIS21J-023732-000077
Selection process number: 21-DIS-MB-EA-409735
Indigenous Services Canada - Infrastructure and Housing
Winnipeg (Manitoba)
AS-03, PM-03
$65,547 to $70,622

For further information on the organization, please visit Indigenous Services Canada

Closing date: 13 December 2021 - 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


1) You are required to complete screening questions that clearly demonstrate how you meet the essential criteria of education, experience and any asset education and asset experience if applicable. Your response must include HOW (concrete examples), WHEN (dates) and WHERE (location of work) you meet the essential criteria required. It is your responsibility to provide complete and appropriate examples that illustrate how you meet each qualification. Failing to do so could result in your application being rejected.

2) The screening board cannot make any assumptions about your experience and will not contact candidates for additional or potentially missing information.

3) Please DO NOT send a cover letter. The screening questions replace the cover letter. We will NOT review cover letters.

4) Resume may be used as a secondary source to validate the qualifications described; comments such as "refer to my attached resume" will not be accepted and may result in your application being rejected.

Work environment

Virtual work arrangements may be available and will be determined on a case by case basis dependent on operational feasibility at the time of hiring and the position to be staffed. Some positions require the selected candidate to work in the office. This will be determined by the hiring manager based on the duties of the position to be staffed.

Intent of the process

This process will be used to establish a pool of qualified candidates and it may also be used to staff similar positions with various tenures (Deployment, Assignment, Secondment, Acting, Term or Indeterminate) within Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) and Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada (CIRNAC) in different locations with various language profiles and requirements (bilingual imperative BBB/BBB or CBC/CBC or English Essential) and various security requirements (reliability or secret).

Positions to be filled: 2

Information you must provide

Your résumé.

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

- A secondary school diploma* or employer-approved alternatives (see Note 1).
*A secondary school diploma is a high school diploma.
1. The employer-approved alternatives to a high school diploma are:
o A satisfactory score on the Public Service Commission test approved as an alternative to a secondary school diploma; or
o An acceptable combination of education and experience.

An acceptable combination of education and experience is defined as two (2) years of high school combined with a minimum of three years of experience directly related to the delivery or administration of public-directed programs or services.

You must provide proof of your education credentials. If you were educated outside of Canada, you must have your certificates and/or diplomas assessed against Canadian education standards. For more information please click on “Degree Equivalency.”

Degree equivalency

- Experience in providing advice on program administration services.

- Experience in researching and analysing information, developing options and recommendations.

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

( Not essential, but preference may be given to candidates who possess asset qualifications)

- Successful completion of two (2) years of an acceptable post-secondary educational program in any field relevant to the work to be performed.

Degree equivalency

- Experience interpreting either legislation, regulations or policy.

- Experience in contributing in a multi-disciplinary team environment.

- Experience in working with Indigenous organizations.

- Experience in conducting assessments, audits, and/or compliance reviews.

- Minimum 2 years’ experience using standard financial software programs (for example SAP, Oracle, QuickBooks, etc.).

- Experience drafting operational procedures.

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

English essential

Information on language requirements

- Ability to communicate effectively orally.
- Ability to communicate effectively in writing.
- Ability to manage a program or project.

- Demonstrates integrity and respect.
- Thinking things through.
- Working effectively with others.
- Showing initiative and being action-oriented.
- Adaptability.
- Indigenous cultural competency*

*Please note the definition of Indigenous Cultural Competency for Indigenous Services Canada is: The term Indigenous cultural competency includes knowledge of Indigenous peoples and refers to the ability to work effectively with Indigenous peoples from different cultural backgrounds, or in settings where cultures coexist. It includes the ability to communicate and understand the culture and behaviours of other individuals and groups, and to make appropriate recommendations.

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

( Not essential, but preference may be given to candidates who possess the organizational needs)
- Indigenous Service 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 Aboriginal peoples, preference may be given to candidates who, at the time of application indicate that they are an Aboriginal person (self-declaration).

One or more of the following operational requirements may be required depending upon the position being staffed:
• Willingness and ability to work overtime as required.
• Valid Class 5 Drivers License or personal mobility normally associated with the possession of a valid Manitoba Driver’s License.
• Willingness and ability to travel to remote locations via small aircraft, vehicle or boat, travelling in some adverse road and weather conditions.

Conditions of employment

- Reliability Status security clearance
- All employees of the core public administration are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and attest to their vaccination status unless accommodated based on a medical contraindication, religion, or another prohibited ground for discrimination as defined under the Canadian Human Rights Act.

One or more of the following conditions of employment may be required depending upon the position being staffed:
- Willingness and ability to work overtime as required.
- Willingness and ability to travel to remote locations via small aircraft, vehicle or boat, travelling in some adverse road and weather conditions.

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

We strongly encourage applicants to submit their applications on-line.

The following are some of the benefits associated with applying on-line:
• Applicants can create and manage their accounts and apply to job opportunities as long as an internet connection is available.
• Applicants can create a profile and retrieve stored application(s) (personal information, covering letter and résumé) previously submitted and modify them, if necessary, before submitting the application.
• Applicants can modify their application/résumé at anytime BEFORE the closing date indicated on the job advertisement.

Should you be unable to apply on-line on jobs.gc.ca, please submit your application, quoting the Selection Process Number, to the application contact listed on the poster on or before the closing date. In this case, candidates must clearly demonstrate IN THEIR COVER LETTER how they meet the education and experience factors listed in the essential AND asset qualifications. Candidates must use the education and experience factors as a header and then write one or two paragraphs demonstrating how they meet these factors with concrete examples. Please note it is not sufficient to only state that the qualification is met or to provide a listing of current or past responsibilities. Résumés may be used as a secondary source to validate the experience described.

By answering online screening questions, it is your responsibility, as a candidate, to provide CONCRETE AND DETAILED EXAMPLES to clearly demonstrate how you meet the education and experience requirements listed in the Essential Qualifications and Other Qualifications sections. Your answers must include where and how you obtained the required education or experience, as well as the period(s) in which you performed the functions of the position(s). Your answer must include the date format of Month-Year to Month-Year. Failure to provide the above information in the format required may result in your application being rejected from the process.

Information on your described education, experience, etc. provided in the screening questions should be supported by your resume.

You may save your application as a draft and return to it at a later date. Your application must be completed and submitted in order to be considered. Partially completed applications, or those in draft cannot be considered. You can make modifications to your submitted application at any time, but once your application has been selected for screening, you will no longer be able to make modifications and your submission will be considered final.

Candidates must meet all the essential qualifications to be appointed to a position.

You may be assessed using a variety of assessment tools, such as, but not limited to: standardized tests, written exams, interviews, simulation exercises, reference checks, recent and past performance evaluations, self-assessments, candidate achievement record, etc.

Please note that your overall conduct and communications, including email correspondence, throughout the entire process may be used in the assessment of qualifications and competencies.

LEAVE/ABSENCES DURING THIS SELECTION PROCESS: It is the responsibility of the candidate to notify the Departmental contact of any pre-approved leave throughout the duration of the process in order to facilitate scheduling of evaluations. One (1) alternate date will be possible only if requested for the following reasons: 1) Medical reasons with doctor’s certificate 2) Death in your immediate family 3) Confirmation of pre-approved travel plans or training plans (made before the advertisement posting date) 4) Religious reasons or 5) Participation in an assessment for another selection process.

Please note that achieving the pass mark on any of the assessments used does not mean you will move forward in the selection process. Management may decide to use a score that is higher than the pass mark on any of the evaluations used throughout the selection process. Management may also decide to use top-down selection at any stage of the process.

Management may choose to invoke an asset(s) at any point of the process.

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

Official language proficiency could be assessed and required solely upon appointment. Each candidate can only undergo SLE testing one time within the context of an appointment process. Also, a person who initially failed linguistic testing could be introduced into the pool of qualified candidates during the pool’s validity period if he/she is assessed again through another selection process or following linguistic training.

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.

On October 6, 2021, the Government of Canada announced details of its plans to require vaccination across the federal public service.
As per the new Policy on COVID-19 Vaccination for the Core Public Administration Including the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, federal public servants in the Core Public Administration and members of the RCMP must attest to their vaccination status. The requirement for employees to be fully vaccinated applies whether they are teleworking, working remotely or working on-site. This is a condition of employment and it applies to indeterminate (permanent), determinate (term), casual, and student hiring. Should you reach the point in the selection process where it is necessary to verify terms and conditions of employment then the hiring manager or a human resources representative will contact you in order to complete an attestation.

Acknowledgement of receipt of applications will not be sent; we will contact candidates when the screening process is completed.


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

Sonia Dhillon - Human Resources Advisor
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