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Historical Research Officer

Reference number: EXT21J-020911-000385
Selection process number: 21-EXT-EA-JL-1032583
Global Affairs Canada - Foreign Policy Research - POR - Historical Section - PORH
Ottawa (Ontario)
$82,891 to $91,756

Closing date: 17 November 2021 - 23:59, Pacific Time

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

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Reporting to the Head of the Historical Section at Global Affairs Canada, the Historical Research Officer contributes to the Section’s research and outreach programs designed to promote greater understanding of the history of Canadian diplomacy and international relations, including such flagship research projects as the Documents on Canadian External Relations series.

Work environment

Our organization offers a healthy, inclusive and diverse workplace where respect, teamwork, and collaboration are part of our culture, and where innovation is valued. Global Affairs Canada is committed to promoting and supporting values such as equitable treatment, accommodation and an environment free from harassment and discrimination as well as encouraging and supporting employees to work at their full potential.

Intent of the process

The current need is to staff an HR-03 position within Global Affairs Canada’s Foreign Policy Research Division - POR - Historical Section – PORH on an indeterminate basis with the following linguistic profile: Bilingual imperative BBB/BBB.

This process may be used to establish a pool of partially qualified candidates which may be used to staff similar positions with various tenures and linguistic profiles within Global Affairs Canada. Based on needs, we may use asset qualifications to assess some candidates for a given sector.

Positions to be filled: 1

Information you must provide

Your résumé.

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

A PhD (or a PhD completed by summer 2022) from a recognized university in history, political science, or another discipline relevant to the position

Degree equivalency

Experience on subjects relevant to the study of the history of Canadian external relations or Canada's international history using a variety of archival sources

Experience in the writing of substantial reports, such as a thesis and/or publications

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

Experience working on a historical documents project, such as Documents on Canadian External Relations

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

Bilingual - Imperative (BBB/BBB)

Information on language requirements

Knowledge of the history of Canadian external relations and Canada's international history
Knowledge of the historiography of the field
Knowledge of the research methods and archival resources in the field

Working effectively with others
Showing initiative and being action oriented
Adaptability and flexibility

Ability to communicate effectively orally
Ability to communicate effectively in writing
Ability to meet deadlines and work well under pressure

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

Ability to develop and maintain effective working partnerships with departmental officials and academics
Ability to improve through self-learning and development

Willingness to travel and to work off-site on a regular basis
Willingness to occasionally work overtime

Conditions of employment

Secret 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.

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

Candidates should have valid language results. If candidates do not have valid results, candidates' linguistic levels will be validated through the PSC's unsupervised reading and writing test(s) for this process.

Communication for this process will be sent via email. 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).

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

Applications will be accepted on-line only. Please click on the button “Apply online” below.

Persons with disabilities who cannot apply online are asked to send an message to the email address below under Contact information.

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.


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

Matile Hajjar - Human Resources Advisor
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