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Policy Officer Recruitment Programme (PORP) - Join Us!

Reference number: DND23J-133595-000013
Selection process number: 23-DND-EA-NAST-511647
Department of National Defence - Assistant Deputy Minister (Policy)
Ottawa (Ontario)
$67,438 to $77,318

For further information on the organization, please visit Department of National Defence

Policy Officer Recruitment Programme

Closing date: 30 October 2023 - 23:59, Pacific Time

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

What is the Policy Officer Recruitment Programme (PORP)?

The PORP is a three-year on-the-job professional development programme designed to recruit and develop talented individuals to meet the unique demands of the defence policy environment and become well-rounded public servants. In addition to three one-year assignments across the Policy Group, a practical, three-year curriculum will round-out your academic experience and help you hone your skills in areas like writing in a professional context, strategic thinking, and negotiation skills.

We invite you to visit our website at www.canada.ca/defence-porp and read through our Frequently Asked Questions prior to submitting your application.

Next Steps!

Step 1: Let us know you’re interested! 👍 Click “Apply online”.

Step 2: Tell us about you! 😊 Submit a detailed resume and answer a few screening questions in the online application. Be sure to complete the Employment Equity self-declaration!

Step 3: Matching! We will carefully review all of your qualifications. If your talent matches our needs we may contact you for further information or assessment.

Creating an environment where diverse perspectives are valued begins with self-declaration. Count yourself in and self-declare by identifying to which Employment Equity group(s) you belong. In order to self-declare, please ensure to indicate this by checking off the appropriate box within the online application as part of the Employment Equity section.

Work environment

Job opportunities with the Department of National Defence (DND) can benefit you and your career in a number of ways by offering you valuable experience in a large and complex department. Join us today!

In all areas of our business, each one of us has a role in supporting the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) operations. As a civilian employee, you will be an essential part of the Defence Team.

👥 Together, DND and the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) form the LARGEST and most COMPLEX organization in Canada. DND's role is to provide services and support to the CAF in their operations and missions at home and abroad. DND and the CAF work side-by-side to fulfill the Government of Canada’s mission to defend Canada and Canadians and contribute to international peace, security and stability efforts.

What do we offer?

🍁 At DND we foster a work environment where employees have opportunities to grow, learn, progress in their careers and have job satisfaction over the long-term. You’ll enjoy:

✅ A career among a dynamic and dedicated team
✅ Opportunities for advancement
✅ A diverse, respectful and inclusive work environment
✅ A total benefits package including a competitive salary, health and dental insurance plans, pension plan and a variety of leave entitlements. 🌿

Intent of the process

The objective of this process is to staff positions in the PORP on an indeterminate basis.

A pool of partially or essentially qualified candidates may be established through this process and may be used to staff identical or similar positions at the Department of National Defence.

Positions to be filled: 5

Information you must provide

Your résumé.

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


ED1: Graduation* with a Master's degree from a recognized post-secondary institution in a field related to the duties of the position**, and/or a Juris Doctor.


Graduation with a degree from a recognized post-secondary institution with acceptable specialization*** in economics, sociology or statistics.

*Candidates who are in the process of completing their Masters degree and/or Juris Doctor by 31 July 2024 may be screened in but they would not be able to be appointed until successful completion of Masters degree and/or Juris Doctor.
** For a non-exhaustive list of relevant fields of study, please see the Frequently Asked Questions on www.canada.ca/defence-porp
*** Acceptable specialization is defined as at least one (1) post secondary institution course in any of the three (3) fields listed above OR an acceptable combination of education, training and/or experience in one of these subject areas.

Degree equivalency


EX1: Experience researching, analyzing, and writing on subjects related to security and defence, international affairs or public policy.

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

Various language requirements
Bilingual Imperative BBB/BBB or Bilingual Non-Imperative BBB/BBB

Information on language requirements



C1: Demonstrating integrity and respect.
C2: Thinking things through.
C3: Showing initiative and being action-oriented.
C4: Working effectively with others


A1. Ability to clearly present complex issues in writing and orally in a manner that is concise, accurate, complete, and understood.
A2: Ability to conduct research, analyze, and synthesize Information.

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


AEX1: Previous work experience in the Public Service of Canada, a provincial, territorial, or municipal government entity in Canada, or an international governmental organization.

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

Information on employment equity


The Department of National Defence is committed to providing an environment where justice, fairness and the elimination of barriers helps build a skilled, diverse and representative workforce reflective of Canada. We welcome diversity in all its forms, promote employment equity and encourage you to indicate if you belong to one of the designated groups when you apply. Please note that preference for hiring will first be given to candidates who are members of the above mentioned designated groups.

In support of Strong, Secure, Engaged (SSE) initiative #24, consideration may be given to the spouses or common-law partners of CAF members.

As a result of the relocation of a work unit at Aerospace Engineering Test Establishment (AETE) in 4 Wing Cold Lake, Alberta, the Department of National Defence is committed to providing access to other work opportunities for AETE- 4 Wing Cold Lake, Alberta employees. Employees of UIC 2671 – AETE- 4 Wing Cold Lake may be appointed or deployed to positions for which they are qualified ahead of other candidates.



Ability and willingness to travel, including to deployed Canadian Armed Forces operations.
Ability and willingness to work overtime frequently and on short notice.

Conditions of employment

Various security requirements:
Reliability Status.
Secret security clearance.
Top Secret clearance.

Willingness to be assigned to various divisions in the organization based on operational requirements and developmental needs.

Candidates must meet and maintain the above noted conditions of employment throughout their employment.

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

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

▶ Depending on the position being staffed:
↪ Additional qualifications, operational requirements and/or conditions of employment may be required
↪ Varying degrees of breadth and depth of experience may be deemed essential
↪ Asset qualifications may be invoked as essential qualifications

▶All information obtained throughout the selection process, from the time of application to close of process, may be used to evaluate the applicants;

▶ Our organization will only accept online applications for this opportunity. Please click “Apply online” to submit your application. Should you have a disability or an exceptional circumstance that requires an alternative application method, please contact us for guidance;

▶ Applicants who apply to this selection process must include in their application a valid email address and make sure that this address is functional at all times and accepts messages from unknown users;

▶ The term “Aboriginal” is used within this job advertisement as it relates to the Employment Equity Act and other legislative frameworks. The term “Indigenous” is used where possible, in alignment with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.


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

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