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Readiness & Security Operations Positions: Senior officer & Manager - ANTICIPATORY

Reference number: EXT23J-082595-000228
Selection process number: 23-EXT-EA-FL-1039901
Global Affairs Canada - Readiness & Security Ops - CSS
Ottawa (Ontario)
AS-04, AS-06
$71,599 to $102,712

Closing date: 24 July 2023 - 23:59, Pacific Time

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

Important messages

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Assessment accommodation

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


The Regional Security Senior Officers (RSO) and Regional Security Managers (RSM) are responsible for the provision of physical and operational security services and guidance related to the protection of People, Information and Assets assigned to GAC missions within a designated geographic area.

The RSO’s daily activities include:
→ Being the first point of contact regarding Readiness and security incidents at Canadian Missions abroad;
→ Conducting regular vulnerability assessments and reports at Canadian Missions abroad;
→ Providing advice, instructions, guidance and recommendations to partner divisions, Other Government Departments and Missions pertaining to departmental duty of care and Readiness and security obligations/policies/guidelines/standards to help Missions abroad improve their Readiness posture;
→ Developing and delivering pre-departure Readiness briefings to personnel going out on a posting, as well as to other training course participants.

The RSM’s daily activities include:
→ Lead on providing Missions with or assisting Missions with risk assessments (indicators & warnings), personal safety contingency plans, movement & travel protocols, and local security orders at Canadian Missions abroad;
→ Provide advice and recommendations pertaining to departmental duty of care and security policies/guidelines/standards to senior management at GAC, partner divisions, Other Government Departments and Missions;
→ Conducting regular vulnerability assessments and reports at Missions;
→ Deploying to missions to manage complex physical & operational security related matters;
→ Developing and delivering pre-departure Readiness briefings to senior management personnel heading out on a posting;
→ Participating in Emergency Management/Crises management Interdepartmental Taskforce meetings;
→ Manage RSO(s).

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 (GAC) 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.

These positions primarily require a physical, in person presence. The work implies working in a fast-paced, high-pressure environment.

Intent of the process

The intent of this process is to create a pool of qualified candidates to fill positions with various tenures, language requirements and security clearance levels at the AS-04 (Regional Security Officer) and AS-06 (Regional Security Manager) levels at Global Affairs Canada.

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)


For AS-04 & AS-06:
ED1: A secondary school diploma.

Degree equivalency


For AS-04 & AS-06:
• EX1: Experience working in the field of security in Canada or abroad;
• EX2: Experience in providing briefings, presentations and/or training sessions;

For AS-04 only:
• EX3: Experience in providing analysis, advice or recommendations on interpretation of security policies, standards and guidelines on security issues or incidents;

For AS-06 only:
• EX4: Recent* and significant** experience in assessing and evaluating vulnerabilities in buildings, sites or procedures;
• EX5: Significant** experience in synthesizing complex*** information or analyzing issues and providing advice and recommendations to management;
• EX6: Experience in supervision of employees.

* “Recent” is defined as experience acquired within the past 5 years.
** “Significant” refers to the depth and breadth of experience associated with the performance of a broad range of related activities, which were the candidate’s primary work responsibilities. It will be assessed on the basis of the scope, complexity and the diversity of the work performed.
*** Complex is defined as the depth and breadth of activities involving multiple sub issues or related issues, multiple stakeholders, critical timelines, a high degree of visibility and/or political sensitivity, or, having a major impact on the organization, the Government and/or the public.

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


For AS-04 & AS-06:
• AS1: Graduation with a degree from a recognized post-secondary institution;

Degree equivalency

• AS2: Experience in working overseas or in support of operations overseas.

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

Various language requirements
For AS-04:
• Various linguistic profiles

For AS-06:
• Bilingual Imperative (BBB/BBB)

Information on language requirements


For AS-04 & AS-06:
• K1: Knowledge of security and information technology, trends, methods and equipment (including the selection of materials and hardware);
• K2: Knowledge of government security and personal safety policy as described in the Policy on Government Security, the Canada Labour Code and other Government policies and regulations;
• K3: Knowledge of the methods and techniques for preparing vulnerabilities and risk assessments.


For AS-04 & AS-06:
• CA1: Ability to communicate effectively orally;
• CA2: Ability to communicate effectively in writing;
• CA3: Ability to work well under pressure.

For AS-06 only:
• CA4: Ability to plan and organize work, and adapt to shifting priorities to meet deadlines.


For AS-04 & AS-06:
• PS1: Interpersonal Relations & respect;
• PS2: Judgment;
• PS3: Thinking things through;
• PS4: Working effectively with others;
• PS5: Showing initiative and being action-oriented;
• PS6: Resilience and Adaptability.

For AS-06 only:
• PS7: Leadership in crisis situation.

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


For AS-04 & AS-06:
• A willingness and ability to travel anywhere abroad on short notice for extended periods of time, including areas of active conflict (i.e. there must be no restriction on the ability to travel);
• Ability to work overtime when required (weekends, statutory holidays and nights).

Conditions of employment

- Ability to obtain a Top Secret security clearance*;
- Willingness to work overtime and to travel internationally;
- Having and maintaining the physical ability to conduct security inspections of all the missions within the employee's area of responsibility. This requires the use of various modes of air transport which includes regional and international air carries as well as land transport (For example entering and exiting armoured vehicles);
- Having and maintaining the physical ability to climb stairs and ladders and to enter into confined spaces.

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

A qualified candidate may be offered the position even though he or she does not meet any or all the asset qualifications. However, asset criteria are desirable and may be invoked at any point of the staffing process by the hiring manager, including for being a deciding factor in choosing the candidate.

If candidates do not have valid second language evaluation (SLE) results, candidates' linguistic levels will be validated through the Public Service Commission's unsupervised online reading and writing test(s) for this process.

The board members may retain a certain number of applicants for further assessment, based on a top-down approach, a random selection or based on some of the asset's qualifications.

Persons are entitled to participate in the appointment process in the official language(s) of their choice.

Any communication, orally and in writing, can be used as part of the assessment of various criteria, throughout the selection process.


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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