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Senior Advisor / Project Manager – Inventory

Reference number: ICA24J-021696-000130
Selection process number: 24-ICA-ON-OE-VAR-CMS-014
Canadian Food Inspection Agency
Various locations: Ottawa (NCR), Montreal (Quebec), Moncton (New
Brunswick), Guelph (Ontario), Calgary (Alberta).
$107,451 to $115,917

For further information on the organization, please visit Canadian Food Inspection Agency

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Closing date: 8 July 2024 - 23:59, Pacific Time

Who can apply: Persons residing in Canada.

The CFIA has embraced the common hybrid work model where employees will work a minimum of 40% of their regular work schedule on-site each week at a CFIA approved location. When appropriate, the possibility for telework is dependent on the position and operational requirements. Flexible work arrangements may be discussed with the manager at the time of hiring.

Update: Assessment of additional qualifications (i.e. experience and/or competencies) specific to the requirements of the position being staffed may be required for appointment.

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

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.

***This job posting replaces job poster 23-ICA-ON-INT-VAR-CMS-395, which has been cancelled. Candidates who applied, or who are in the process of applying, to poster 23-ICA-ON-INT-VAR-CMS-395 NEED TO REAPPLY to this selection process to be considered for the inventory.***

The first pull of candidate applications could happen as early as February 2024.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is a separate employer and is not subject to the Public Service Employment Act.

The CFIA considers applications from individuals who have legal status to work in Canada and does not give preference to Canadian citizens.

Intent of the process

The intent of this inventory is to have a pool of candidates to draw from when vacancies arise for current and future needs within the Government of Canada. Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis as long as the poster is active.

Assessment of additional qualifications (i.e. experience and/or competencies) specific to the requirements of the position being staffed may be required for appointment.

Departments and agencies across the Government of Canada could select you from the pool and appoint you to a specific position, when vacancies arise. You may be required to complete additional steps to see how well you will fit with their team. This will also give you a chance to assess whether you want to work on their team.

By applying to this process, you consent to your personal application-related information being shared with other government departments interested in staffing similar positions.

As we anticipate a large number of applications, we may be applying volume management strategies throughout the selection process such as, but not limited to, top-down approach, cut-off scores and/or random selection.

Appointments from this inventory may be determined by applying one or more of the following criteria (note: further assessment may be required ):
• Matching of the individual’s experience or qualifications to the strengths and weaknesses of the work team;
• Matching of the individual’s experience or qualifications to the specific duties of the position(s) being staffed;
• Depth, breadth, type and/or performance quality of specific work experience;
• Availability of candidate;
• Business needs relevant to the position(s) being staffed;
• Employment Equity;

Positions to be filled: Number to be determined

Information you must provide

Your résumé.

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

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.


EEd1: A secondary school diploma or an acceptable combination of education, training and/or experience.

Degree equivalency


EE1: Significant* experience providing strategic advice and recommendations to senior management.
EE2: Experience in project management.
EE3: Experience in the interpretation and application of directives and policies.
EE4: Experience in establishing and maintaining partnerships, including consultation, collaboration or negotiation, with internal and external stakeholders to deliver improved business outcomes.

*Significant experience refers to the depth and breadth of experience associated with the performance of duties for approximately 2 years or more.

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

Various language requirements
Official languages proficiency will not be assessed for entry to the pool. Candidates entered in the pool will have an opportunity for assessment of their official languages proficiency if and when they are considered for an appointment.

For acting appointments and assignments, the candidate may not be required to meet the language requirements of the position.

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


EK1: Knowledge of the Treasury Board policy framework relating to project management, including the Directive on the Management of Projects and Programmes and the Policy on the Planning and Management of Investments.


EC1: Thinking things through.
EC2: Working effectively with others.
EC3: Showing initiative and being action-oriented.
EC4: Demonstrating integrity and respect.

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

In support of achieving a diversified workforce, consideration may be given to candidates self-declaring as belonging to one of the following designated employment equity groups: Women, Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities.

Asset Education (AEd)

AEd1: Project management certification(s), including, Project Management Professional (PMP) or Prince 2 Certification.
AEd2: Change Management training or certification.

Degree equivalency


AEx1: Experience in applying Project Management principles, processes and tools and/or management of IT project or event planning.

Conditions of employment

Reliability Status security clearance - Secret security clearance - Applicants who have not lived in Canada for the past five (or ten, depending on security level) years may be required to submit a police certificate from each country in which they have lived for six months or more during this period, as well as other documentation required for the security screening process. Failure to submit this documentation if requested will eliminate the application from further consideration.

Other information

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency 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.


Personal information is obtained for the purpose of determining an individual’s competence and suitability for employment. If a staffing complaint questions this determination, please be advised that relevant personal information you will provide in the course of this staffing process may be disclosed to substantiate the staffing decision.

Please ensure that you read ALL points listed below, as this section contains important information about the application process. Failure to read these notes and follow these instructions could result in your application missing required information which may result in your application being eliminated from this staffing process.

1. You are entitled to participate in the staffing process in the official language of your choice.
2. For this staffing process, the CFIA will communicate with you by email. You must provide a valid email address to which you wish to receive communication regarding this staffing process. You must ensure that you check your email account including spam, promotion or other folders regularly as there may be a deadline for responses. If you respond past the deadline you risk being removed from the staffing process.
3. Applicants who are screened in to this staffing process will be sent further information by email regarding what to expect during subsequent phases of this staffing process.
4. Depending on the number of applicants, CFIA's needs and CFIA HR plans, volume management strategies such as, but not limited to, top-down approach, cut-off scores, random selection and/or assessment may be used for the purpose of managing applications/candidates. Should a volume management strategy be used, communication regarding the application of the strategy will be provided to those candidates who are impacted.
5. During the application or assessment process both cheating and plagiarism are considered forms of misconduct and are not permitted. Any person found cheating, including those who help others to cheat, may be subject to removal from the staffing process.
6. A current copy of your resume may be used as another source to confirm the education and experience you will be asked to describe in the screening questions. It may also be reviewed by prospective hiring managers at the appointment stage.
7. You may be asked to provide proof of your education credentials later in the staffing process.
8. Various assessment tools may be used in this staffing process such as: written test, an interview reference checks, etc.
9. All written and verbal communication obtained throughout the staffing process, from the time of application to close of process, may be used to evaluate the candidate.
10. Assets Qualifications could be used for screening and/or selection purposes.

We thank all those who apply. Only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

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