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Member, Refugee Protection Division *Amendment: closing date*

Reference number: IRB15J-014866-000021
Selection process number: 15-IRB-EA-09-919348
Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada - Refugee Protection Division
Calgary (Alberta), Vancouver (British Columbia), Toronto (Ontario), Montréal Island (Québec)
PM-06
$89,112 to $101,892

For further information on the organization, please visit Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada

Closing date: 21 September 2015 - 23:59, Pacific Time

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

Important messages

Only on-line applications will be accepted in order to take advantage of the many benefits of using the electronic recruitment system. Some of the benefits for applicants include that you can:

- modify your application/resume at any time BEFORE the closing date,
- complete screening questions which will highlight your qualifications to the hiring manager, and
- verify the status of your application and notification(s), at any time

Persons who are unable to apply on-line must contact the Human Resources Advisor listed below prior to the closing date.

Duties

The Refugee Protection Division Member (RPD Member) is an independent and impartial decision-maker. The RPD Member is accountable for determining whether refugee protection claims will be accepted or rejected under the provisions of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) and its regulations. Members must render decisions orally at a hearing unless it is not practicable to do so.

The RPD Member's responsibilities involve listening, gathering, analyzing, incorporating and summarizing complex original facts to determine the nature of each case; identifying and interpreting jurisprudence and relevant Canadian, foreign and international law; listening to complex legal arguments presented by parties or by self-represented claimants.

The RPD Member prepares, organizes and plans hearings and pre-hearing conferences; conducts the review and in-depth analysis of files, analyzes the nature of the issues, verifies the relevant facts, identifies and clarifies the need for additional related information of interest, and takes appropriate action. Occasionally, the RPD Member acts as a mentor to new RPD Members, to teach them the basics of their work and ensure that they acquire the necessary knowledge through the use of various techniques.

The RPD Member also participates in regular meetings of RPD Members, RPD professional development sessions and in the work of committees set up to improve the procedural or substantive performance of the RPD. The RPD Member provides advice and feedback on policy initiatives proposed by the management of the RPD and the Board.

Work environment

The Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (IRB) is Canada's largest independent administrative tribunal. It is responsible for making well-reasoned decisions on immigration and refugee matters, efficiently, fairly and in accordance with the law. The IRB decides, among other responsibilities, who needs refugee protection among the thousands of claimants who come to Canada annually.

Intent of the process

It is anticipated that this selection process will staff 39 positions within the Refugee Protection Division across Canada; 32 positions in Toronto, 4 positions in Montreal, and 3 positions in Calgary.

This selection process may be used to staff similar positions with various locations, various linguistic profiles, various security requirements, various conditions of employment and/or various tenures (including acting for internal employees) at the PM-06 group and level within the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada.

Positions to be filled: 39

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)

Qualifications indicated on this advertisement may be assessed throughout the selection process effective from the time you submit your application. This includes any correspondence (written or oral) with Human Resources and Senior Management.

EDUCATION

Graduation with a degree from a recognized post-secondary institution (see note)

Note:

Candidates with foreign credentials must provide proof of Canadian equivalency. Consult the Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials for further information by following the link below:

Degree equivalency

EXPERIENCE

Candidates must meet one of the following experience qualifications. * If a candidate meets more than one of the experience qualifications it may be considered an asset. Candidates must demonstrate how they meet each qualification in their application.

One (1) year experience as a decision maker presiding over hearings and rendering decisions at an administrative tribunal

OR

Three (3) years of significant (see note 1) experience obtained in the past ten (10) years rendering decisions on refugee status determination (see note 2)

OR

Three (3) years of significant (see note 1) experience obtained in the past ten (10) in presenting cases orally before an administrative tribunal or court of law (see note 3)

Notes:

Note 1: Significant experience will be assessed based on the extent, the recentness and the complexity and diversity of the work to be performed in addition to the level of direct responsibility for a variety of complex files and/or projects

Note 2: Refugee status determination is defined, for the purpose of this selection process as a situation where decisions were based on the principles set out in the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees and the 1967 Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees.

Note 3: Presenting cases is defined, for the purpose of this selection process, as a situation where an individual is required to present cases orally before an administrative tribunal or court of law which includes the filing of evidence or documentation and the examination or cross examination of witnesses.

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

ASSET QUALIFICATIONS

EDUCATION

A degree in law (see note A) from a recognized post-secondary institution (see note)

A specialization in refugee studies from a recognized post-secondary institution (see note)

A specialization in migration studies from a recognized post-secondary institution (see note)

Notes:

Note A: For the purposes of this selection process a degree in law means LL.B / J.D. / LL.L / B.C.L.

Note: Candidates with foreign credentials must provide proof of Canadian equivalency. Consult the Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials for further information by following the link below:

Degree equivalency

EXPERIENCE

At least one (1) year experience as a decision maker presiding over hearings and rendering decisions at an administrative tribunal

At least one (1) year experience as a decision maker presiding over hearings and rendering ORAL decisions at an administrative tribunal

At least one (1) year experience rendering decisions on refugee status determination (see note 2) or human rights matters (see note 4)

At least one (1) year experience in presenting cases orally before an administrative tribunal or court of law (see note 3)

At least one (1) year experience in presenting cases orally before the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada

Note 2: Refugee status determination is defined, for the purpose of this selection process as a situation where decisions were based on the principles set out in the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees and the 1967 Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees.

Note 3: Presenting cases is defined, for the purpose of this selection process, as a situation where an individual is required to present cases orally before an administrative tribunal or court of law which includes the tabling of evidence or documentation; the examination or cross examination of witnesses.

Note 4: Human rights matters is defined, for the purpose of this selection process as matters related to such things as discrimination or the fundamental rights inherent to human beings, as described in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms or Canadian human rights legislation.

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

Various language requirements
English Essential (Toronto, Vancouver and Calgary positions)
Bilingual Imperative CCC/CCC (all locations)

Information on language requirements

Second Language Writing Skills Self-Assessment
In order to help you decide if you should apply to a bilingual position, an optional self-assessment of your writing skills in your second official language is available for you to take before completing your application.

For more information, please consult:
Unsupervised Internet Test of Second Language Writing Skills

KNOWLEDGE

Knowledge and understanding of the principles of natural justice

COMPETENCIES

Commitment to learning
Effective Interactive Communication (oral and written)*
Cross Cultural Sensitivity
Decision making
Information Seeking
Judgment / Reasoning Skills
Results Orientation
Self-Control
Values and Ethics

*Separate pass-marks will be established for oral and written communication

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

ORGANIZATIONAL NEEDS

The IRB would like its workforce to be reflective of the population it serves. As a result, preference may be given to candidates who are members of an Employment Equity group: Aboriginal persons, visible minorities, persons with disabilities. Therefore, we encourage candidates to indicate voluntarily on their application if they are a member of one of these groups.

Placement of IRB employees affected by Workforce Adjustment (WFA):

In order to ensure placement of IRB employees affected by Workforce Adjustment (WFA), we are asking all affected employees who are interested in this position to apply. Since a pool of qualified candidates will be established from this process, we will proceed with the assessment of all candidates. However, should affected employees qualify; they will be appointed prior to other qualified candidates.

It is important to note that if an employee is no longer affected by WFA at the time of appointment, he cannot be appointed ahead of other affected qualified candidates.

Conditions of employment

Reliability Status security clearance

Willingness and ability to travel across Canada

Willingness and ability to work overtime

The successful candidates for each position must be willing to relocate to the respective city of appointment (Montreal, Toronto, Calgary or Vancouver)

Individuals who are appointed are required to swear the oath or solemn affirmation of office set out in the rules of the Board before their first hearing as per Section 153(1)(b) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act

Other information

GENERAL INFORMATION

Candidates must meet the essential qualifications to be appointed to a position. Candidates may be required to meet the asset qualifications, the operational requirements or the organizational needs, depending on the requirements of the specific position being staffed.

Candidates are entitled to participate in the selection process in the official language of their choice. Candidates are required to indicate their preferred official language in their application.

For this selection process, our intention is to communicate with candidates by e-mail. This includes: invitations, information requests, assessment results, etc. Candidates MUST check their email accounts frequently as there may be a deadline for responses.

Acknowledgment of receipt of applications will not be sent; we will contact candidates when the screening process is completed.

APPLICATIONS

Public Service Resourcing System (PSRS): will time out after 60 minutes; this may result in your inability to save your work or loss of data. It is recommended that you draft ALL RESPONSES as well as your CV/résumé in another document on your PC which may be saved (e.g. in MS Word or WordPerfect) and copy/paste into the PSRS when completed.

If you are a Federal Public Servant please identify your Personal Record Identifier (PRI) on your resume and/or application.

DOCUMENTS REQUIRED

Proof of your education credential(s) and Canadian Citizenship will be required. Education and Citizenship MUST have been acquired at the time of application.

If you are currently an indeterminate or term public servant a copy of your current letter of offer will be required.

ASSESSMENT STRATEGY

You will be assessed through a written exam, interview and reference checks.

You may be assessed using one or more of the following tools: standardized tests, and/or simulation exercise.

Top-down selection may be used in this selection process. For example, a manager could select the first 100 top-scoring applicants based on the results of a written exam to continue to the interview phase of the process. You will be notified if this approach is used.

Timelines for this process are very strict. The onus is on candidates to make themselves available for each assessment session.

Scheduling of alternative assessment dates will ONLY be considered for the following reasons with proof:

o Religious reasons;
o Death in the family;
o Medical reasons;
o Conflicting exams; or
o Other exceptional circumstances

TRAVEL

Please note that in order to proceed with assessments, candidates may be required to travel to the closest assessment location (such as IRB Regional Offices or other assessment centres).

Attempts may be made to assess candidates through methods such as teleconference and videoconference.

Travel cost for individuals who are not Federal Public Servants may not be covered.

Federal Public Servants will be covered by the National Joint Council's Travel Directive.

RELOCATION

All newly appointed employees other than EX/GIC appointees to the Federal public service, who accept an indeterminate or term position of at least one year, will be relocated under the Initial Appointees Relocation Program.

The Initial Appointees Relocation Program provides newly appointed employees with the sum of up to five thousand dollars ($5,000), subject to certain provisions.

For more information on the Initial Appointees Relocation Program please visit the following website: http://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/pubs_pol/hrpubs/tbm_113/iairp-prinefp-eng.asp

Federal Public Servants who accept a position will be relocated under the National Joint Council Relocation Directive.

For more information on the Relocation Directive please visit the following website: http://www.njc-cnm.gc.ca/directive/index.php?dlabel=nrd-drc&lang=eng&did=6&merge=2

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

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

Date modified:
2022-12-28