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Head of Historical Section and Deputy Director of POR

Reference number: EXT19J-020354-000103
Selection process number: 19-EXT-EA-KD-1023312
Global Affairs Canada - Foreign Policy Research - PORH
Ottawa (Ontario)
$88,704 to $98,569

Closing date: 8 January 2020 - 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

VERY IMPORTANT NOTE: Candidates must clearly demonstrate in the experience questionnaire how they meet the education and experience factors listed on the Statement of Merit Criteria. In order to do so, they must write one or two paragraphs for each demonstrating how they meet them with concrete examples. Note that it is not sufficient to only state that the qualifications are met or to provide a listing of current or past responsibilities. Resumes will be used as a secondary source to validate the experience described in the experience questionnaire. Failure to clearly demonstrate in the experience questionnaire how you meet the above mentioned criteria Education and Experience, where applicable may result in the rejection of your application. Candidates will not be solicited for incomplete or possible missing information.


HR-04 position description:

Reporting to the Director - Foreign Policy Research and Foresight Division, the Head of the historical section of Global Affairs Canada is responsible for managing the overall program of work for the department’s historical section, including assigning and monitoring projects and managing financial and personnel resources. The Head also plays a strategic function in priority setting for the section, including through partnership development, promotion and outreach with a wide range of stakeholders as well as through input into various editing and production processes.

Intent of the process

Indeterminate, Deployment

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)

E1. Graduation with a PhD from a recognized university with an acceptable specialization in history, political science or a cognate discipline, with a specialization in Canadian external relations or Canada’s international history.

Degree equivalency

EX1. *Extensive experience working on subjects relevant to the study of the history of Canadian external relations or Canada’s international history using a variety of archival sources.
EX2. *Extensive experience in writing substantial reports, monographs, and peer-reviewed scholarly publications.
EX3. Experience in supervising employees/students/team members.

*Extensive is defined as the depth and breadth of experience normally associated with full-time performance of duties for approximately 3 years within the past 10 years.

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

AEX1. Experience working with private sector publishers
AEX2. Experience producing a substantial, internationally recognized scholarly publication.

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

Bilingual - Imperative (CBC/CBC)
An imperative appointment means that the language requirements of the position must be met at the time of appointment.

Information on language requirements

K1. Knowledge of the history of Canadian external relations and Canada’s international history.
K2. Knowledge of the methods used in research in the social sciences and humanities.
K3. Knowledge of the academic community in Canada and abroad working on Canada’s external relations.
K4. Knowledge of the mandate and priorities of Global Affairs Canada.

A1. Ability to carry out independent research.
A2. Ability to communicate orally.
A3. Ability to communicate in writing.
A4. Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with departmental officials and academics.
A5. Ability to analyze and evaluate, and reach original conclusions.
A6. Ability to meet deadlines and work well under pressure.
A7. Ability to improve through self-learning and development.

C1. Initiative
C2. Critical Thinking
C3. Adaptability
C4. Judgment
C5. Team player
C6. Dependability

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

AK1. Knowledge of the legislation and principal federal government policies related to the work of the Historical Section, including the Access to Information and Privacy Acts, the Government Security Policy and the National Archives Act.

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

Conditions of employment

Secret security clearance

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. Please indicate your preferred official language in your online application.

An interview will be administered.

A written examination may be administered.

Reference checks will be sought.

Work samples will be requested.

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). 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 to reach you.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.Foreign educational credentials must be assessed by a recognized credential assessment service. If you have been educated outside of Canada, it is your responsibility to have your certificates and/or diplomas assessed against Canadian educational standards. For more information, please see the Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials (CICIC) at http://www.cicic.ca/927/identifytheorganization-responsible-for-recognition.canada.


Preference will be given to veterans and to Canadian citizens, in that order, 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

Sarah Beaulieu - Human Resources Advisor
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