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Commerce Officer - Post-Secondary Recruitment

Reference number: EXT15J-005756-000473
Selection process number: 15-EXT-EA-MC-1010340
Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada
Ottawa (Ontario), Gatineau (Québec)
Employment Tenure: Indeterminate (permanent)
$53,641 to $70,565

For further information on the organization, please visit Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada

For more information on the Post-Secondary Recruitment (PSR) Program, including testing, click here

Closing date: 6 October 2015 - 23:59, Pacific Time

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

Work environment

Working at the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD) provides opportunities for a career that is global in scale, offering a wealth of international perspectives that increase professional skills and expand cultural perceptions. A career with us demands commitment, but in exchange we offer a dynamic work environment, and possibilities to develop your abilities and enhance your knowledge. Working with us means contributing to Canada's place in the world. We are a worldwide network of professionals working in Ottawa, across Canada and around the world. We have a network of 174 missions abroad, and five regional offices across Canada. Our network includes upwards of 11,000 employees, including over 5000 locally engaged staff. Whether you are working at headquarters, at one of our regional offices, or abroad, a career with DFATD is a career without borders. We offer: challenging and rewarding work; unparalleled professional development; opportunities to learn a foreign language, to live, work and travel across Canada and to live, work and travel abroad; flexibility to specialize or diversify your professional direction; membership in a motivated and results-oriented professional team; opportunities to make a difference, in Canada and abroad; and competitive compensation, including pension and health benefits.

Intent of the process

DFATD's recruitment campaign is being conducted to meet immediate workforce needs while DFATD continues to review its workforce due to amalgamation. This review may lead to adjustments for Commerce Officers at the C0-01 occupational group and level.

Positions to be filled: 10 confirmed, 10 anticipated.

Positions to be filled: 20

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)


Graduation with an applied college degree from a recognized post-secondary institution by June 30, 2016 in one (1) of the following areas of studies:
- Business Administration
- Commerce
- International Trade
- International Business and Management


Graduation with a Bachelor's or Master's degree from a recognized post-secondary institution by June 30, 2016 in one (1) of the following areas of study:
- Business Administration
- Commerce
- International Trade
- International Business and Management

Degree equivalency

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


Graduation with a Master's Degree in any area of study by June 30, 2016 from a recognized post-secondary institution (e.g. MBA, MPA, MDev).

Degree equivalency


Experience can usually be demonstrated through paid or volunteer work, student employment and/or scholastic activity or achievement.

- Experience in client/customer relationship management.
- Experience in working in a field related to: agriculture, business or commerce, economics, engineering, environment, finance, international trade, science & technology, life sciences, project management.
- Experience in working in activities related to international trade.
- Experience within the last 5 years in working or studying abroad. (Please indicate months/years per location).


- Working ability in one or more of the following languages may be considered an asset: Arabic, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

- Fluency in another language spoken (other than the languages mentioned above).

Candidates indicating a working ability in these languages may be tested by the Department as part of the hiring process.


- Periodic travel, accross the country and internationally
- Willingness to work overtime (as required).

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

Bilingual - Imperative (BBB/BBB)

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

Abilities and Skills:

- Effective Interactive Communication (including writing skills)
- Ability to use reasoning skills to solve problems

Personal Suitabilities:

- Adaptability and Flexibility
- Client Focus
- Cross-Cultural Sensitivity
- Focus on Quality and Details
- Initiative
- Interpersonal Relations and Respect
- Judgment
- Networking and Alliance Building
- Teamwork and Cooperation

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.

Information on employment equity

Conditions of employment

Secret security clearance

- Mobility: Mobile employees are required to be assigned successively to various positions at headquarters in the National Capital Region. Mobile employees are required to accept assignments which normally are of a three (3) year duration.
- Periodic travel, including internationally.
- Willingness to work overtime (as required).


Applicants must successfully write Public Service Entrance Exam (PSEE).

Other information

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 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

For questions about the Post-Secondary Recruitment Program (PSR). Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada
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