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INVENTORY: Watch Officer / Program Officer / Planning Officer

Reference number: PSP16J-017838-000048
Selection process number: 2016-PSP-EA-EMPB-120604
Public Safety Canada - Department of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness - Emergency Management and Programs Branch, Government Operations Centre
Ottawa (Ontario)
$63,663 to $68,793

For further information on the organization, please visit Public Safety Canada

Closing date: 26 January 2018 - 23:59, Pacific Time

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

Important messages

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.

The Government Operations Centre (GOC) is looking for energetic individuals to join a team of officers in support of the role of providing response coordination of events that affect the national interest on behalf of the Government of Canada. The GOC provides an all-hazards integrated federal emergency response to potential or actual hazards, whether these are natural, human-induced, accidental or intentional. The GOC provides 24/7 monitoring and reporting, National-Level situational awareness, warning products and integrated risk assessments, as well as national-level planning and whole-of-government response management. If you are enthusiastic about national security and emergency management work, this may be the opportunity for you.

***The positions in the GOC may require travelling, to work shifts (24/7) on a twelve-hour shift rotation and working overtime on short or no notice. You may also be subject to call-back and lock downs (i.e. remaining at work) for an extended number of days.

Candidates will be required to pay for their own travel (including travel for assessment purposes) and may be required to pay for their own relocation expenses.

Please ensure that your information is updated and remains current in your PSRS Applicant Account.

Your application in this inventory will be active for 180 days. A notice that your application is about to expire will be posted to the My Jobs menu of your account 10 days before the end of your active period. If you do not take action, your application will no longer be active and therefore no longer considered for this inventory. Should your application become inactive while the process is still open, a notice will be posted to your account indicating that your application has expired; you may select the link “Update my Inventory Status” to reaffirm your interest.

Work environment

Are you looking for an environment that offers many challenges with the opportunity to work on high profile issues? If so, we may have a job opportunity for you.

The Department of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness is always looking for talented and skilled individuals to join our team. We exercise national leadership in building a safe and resilient Canada. Our success lies with a dynamic workforce that strives for excellence and innovation. The way we do our work is just as important as the work we do. We encourage behaviour among our employees that supports a positive and healthy workplace and exemplifies our Departmental Values of Service, Unity, Respect and Excellence. We are committed to having a skilled and diversified workforce that is representative of Canadian society, and to the equitable representation of women, aboriginal peoples, persons with a disability and members of the visible minority group. We encourage them to self-declare.

Intent of the process

A pool of qualified candidates may be established to staff similar positions within the Department with various tenures and/or various linguistic profiles (Bilingual Imperative BBB/BBB, CBC/CBC and CCC/CCC) and various security requirements.

Positions to be filled: 1

Information you must provide

Your résumé.

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)


Graduation from a recognized post-secondary institution, or an acceptable combination of education, training and experience.

Degree equivalency


Experience working in an emergency management environment and dealing with authorities (i.e., an operations center or in a similar challenging environment related to security or emergency management);

Experience in using Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.

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


University Degree related to the functions of the position.

Degree equivalency

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

Various language requirements

Information on language requirements


Knowledge of the Mandate and Portfolio of Public Safety Canada.

Knowledge of the role of the Government Operations Centre (GOC).

Knowledge of emergency management in Canada and associated responsibilities of various levels of government.


Ability to analyze and interpret information.

Ability to communicate in writing.

Ability to set objectives and manage priorities.

Ability to work in a team.

Ability to work in a stressful environment in the context of emergency management.

Ability to communicate orally.





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


Experience working in a Federal/Provincial/Territorial Emergency Operations Centre.

Experience working in a monitoring or call center, distress line, crisis center or help line.

Experience in making decisions in a stressful environment (i.e., in an operations center, as a member of an emergency response team, or similar security related environment).

Experience in developing, planning or evaluating interdepartmental exercises.

Experience in developing After Action Reports or Lessons Learned Processes.

Experience in training related to course design, delivery and/or coordination.

Experience in coordinating meetings or working groups (that may involve participants internal and/or external to the federal government.)

Experience working in corporate services.


Knowledge of Canada’s national security priorities.

Knowledge of emergency management planning processes.

Knowledge of Emergency Management Exercises.

Conditions of employment

Security and Reliability: Top Secret security clearance

1. Required to travel;

2. Required to work as a Duty Officer;

3. Required to work Shifts (24/7) on a twelve-hour shift rotation (for Watch Officer positions only);

4. Required to do overtime on short or no notice;

5. Willingness to be subject to call-back and lock down (remaining at work) for an extended number of days.

Other information


Reference checks may be sought.

An interview will be administered.

A test will be administered.

Acknowledgment of receipt of applications will not be sent.

Please identify clearly your substantive group and level and your employment status on your resume and/or application form, if applicable.

Please ensure that your Personal Record Identifier (PRI) is included in your application, if applicable.

You must provide proof of your education credentials.

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

Our intention is to communicate with candidates via email. Candidates who apply on this selection process must include in their application a valid email address and to make sure that this address is functional at all times and accepts messages from unknown users (some email systems block these types of email).

Foreign Education Credentials: The Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials (CICIC) contains information on how to obtain an assessment of foreign education credentials. Candidates with foreign education credentials are required to provide proof of Canadian equivalency. You may consult the CICIC for further information: http://www.cicic.ca/en/index.aspx.

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

Staffing - Public Safety Canada
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