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Junior Economist

Reference number: EXT23J-021537-000690
Selection process number: 23-EXT-EA-MB-1038061
Global Affairs Canada - Office of the Chief Economist - XEA
Ottawa (Ontario)
$74,122 to $85,778

Closing date: 6 February 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

You must meet all essential qualifications in order to be appointed to the position. Asset qualifications may be a deciding factor in choosing the person to be appointed. Some essential and asset 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 many selection processes, the first step is screening. It's during the screening phase that the Assessment Board will decide whether your application will be considered further or will be rejected.

Complete the Application Screening Questionnaire thoroughly, by demonstrating how you meet the Education and Experience Criteria listed under “Essential Qualifications” and “Asset Qualifications”. Use concrete examples and dates by using the STAR technique, describing:
• The situation including dates;
• The tasks you were required to achieve;
• The actions you took; and
• The results of your actions.

Do not simply answer “Yes” or refer to your résumé. Should your examples not be concrete enough or should they contain insufficient details, your application may be rejected. We will not contact you to obtain further information.

All communication relating to this process, including email correspondence and telephone conversations, may be used in the assessment of qualifications.


Economists will be involved in all aspects of the office’s work, applying their economic skills to: tracking Canada’s international trade and investment performance including through contributions to the Department’s flagship State of Trade report and other products; providing advice to policy-makers such as through identifying priority sectors and markets; and performing analysis and research on current issues such as supply chains, inclusive trade, small and medium enterprises (SMEs), etc.

Work may involve collaboration with colleagues within the Office of the Chief Economist, other divisions within Global Affairs Canada, other federal government departments, as well as academia and international organizations.

Recruits will undertake research on a variety of issues relating to the Department’s mandate such as the importance of trade to the Canadian economy, the impact of trade agreements, the performance of Canadian exporting firms, and foreign direct investment.

Work environment

The Federal Public Service is stronger and most effective when we reflect the rich diversity of the Canadian population that we serve. Global Affairs Canada (GAC) is committed to building a diverse, equitable and inclusive workplace where all employees feel empowered to be authentic. At GAC, we believe that by leveraging all available strengths that exist within the diversity of Canada’s population, we can reach the highest levels of professionalism, innovation and productivity. Don’t miss your opportunity to not only enjoy the unparalleled benefits of the public service, but to work for a department where your voice is heard, valued, respected and amplified. All candidates who believe they are qualified are encouraged to apply, including Black, other racialized and Indigenous peoples, women, persons with disabilities and persons of the 2SLGBTQI+ community. We encourage candidates to indicate voluntarily on their application if they are a member of one of these groups and complete the Employment Equity (EE) section of the application. If you would like to learn more about self-declaration, please consult this website: https://www.canada.ca/en/services/jobs/opportunities/government/self-declaring-government-canada-jobs.html.

The Office of the Chief Economist reports and advises on international trade and economic issues, including global, regional and sectoral trends and developments; and undertakes trade and economic research and analysis in support of Global Affairs Canada's various functions, including: trade and investment policy, including negotiation of international agreements; international business development; foreign affairs and international development policy; and attraction of foreign direct investment.

Intent of the process

A fully or partially qualified group of candidates may be identified and may be used to staff future term and indeterminate vacancies as well as to fill identical or similar positions at Global Affairs Canada with tenures that may vary according to the positions being staffed (ex. indeterminate, specified period, acting) which may have various language requirements such as Bilingual Imperative BBB/BBB, CBC/CBC, English or French Essential.

Applicants meeting the essential qualifications will be included in a pool of qualified candidates which can be drawn on by the Department in the future.

Only applicants who meet the essential qualifications will be advised by e-mail that they have been placed in the pool of candidates.

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)

A master’s degree from a recognized post-secondary institution with specialization in Economics (more than half of graduate level courses in economics). Candidates must be able and willing to successfully complete their Master's degree by December 31, 2023.

Degree equivalency

• Experience in conducting economic analysis using quantitative data.

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


• Obtained high GPA in Master’s in Economics program.

Degree equivalency

• Work experience related to economic research (e.g. Teacher's Assistant, Research Assistant, co-op on an economics team).

• Experience in conducting research using econometric techniques.

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

Various language requirements
English essential or French essential or bilingual imperative (BBB/BBB)

Information on language requirements

• Knowledge of key global trends and developments, and Canadian international trade priorities.

• Analytical Thinking
• Working Effectively with Others

• Ability to analyse, synthesize and present economic data from appropriate sources.
• Ability to apply economic theory to key global trends and developments, particularly international trade theory.
• Ability to communicate effectively in writing.
• Ability to communicate effectively orally.

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

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

Ability and willingness to work overtime occasionally.
Ability and willingness to travel occasionally.

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

"Applications submitted by email will not be accepted. You must apply on-line through www.canada.ca/en/public-service-commission/jobs/services/gc-jobs.html.

Persons who cannot apply online or persons with disabilities preventing them from applying online are asked to inform the contact persons responsible for this process prior to the closing date. You may also review jobs open to the public through INFOTEL at 1-800-645-5605. The INFOTEL number for persons using a TTY/TDD is 1-800-532-9397."


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

Annie Martin - Human Resources Advisor
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