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Job Title:
Natural Resources Officer

$100,893 USD, plus benefits

Vacancy type:

Term Details:
This staffing process may be used to create an eligibility list of qualified candidates for this position and similar positions with various tenures, including indeterminate, term, assignment/ transfer, and acting opportunities at the Embassy



Embassy of Canada, Washington, D.C.

Closing date for applications:
13-08-2018 At midnight UTC+1 / GMT+1

Summary of position:
Under the day-to-day direction of the Counsellor and Head of the Energy and Environment section, and consistent with the strategic direction provided by NRCan through the establishment of work objectives and regular reporting to headquarters, the Officer is responsible for providing policy analysis and advice related to the natural resources sector including federal energy, clean technology and innovation, mining, and forestry issues, reporting on relevant key developments, regulations, and US policy. The Officer supports Canada’s bilateral engagement with the United States, including in the context of existing bilateral mechanisms (e.g. ministerial dialogues, working groups, MOUs, etc.) and senior level visits and missions by NRCan representatives, OGDs and partners, as it relates to natural resources. The Officer participates in establishing and advising on Canada's policy objectives and priorities in the natural resources sector. They are also responsible for developing and maintaining a comprehensive knowledge of U.S. legislation and regulations relating to these topics.
Given the sensitive nature of many of the files and the significant political and media attention paid to them, the incumbent must demonstrate a high level of initiative, judgement and discretion. Incumbent is required to work independently and be able to liaise effectively at senior levels of the U.S. legislative and executive branches, the NGO community including think tanks, and senior levels of Canadian federal/provincial/territorial governments, industry, and Indigenous communities.

Essential qualifications:
Essential requirements:

Candidates must demonstrate clearly how they meet the Education and Experience requirements listed below:

English (The ability to work in French would be an asset.)

A degree from an accredited college or university; OR an acceptable combination of education, ongoing training, and significant work experience related to the duties and specific areas of competence required by the position.

• Significant, recent experience (generally defined as five or more years during the last seven years) in providing policy analysis and/or strategic advice in respect to support for specific sectors including federal energy, clean technology and innovation, mining, forestry issues or related environmental issues;
• Significant experience (five or more years) working with high-level officials and decision makers in a business association, government organization or think tank;
• Experience successfully developing and implementing advocacy strategies for public or environmental policy linked to promoting innovation and competitiveness;
• Experience organizing initiatives designed to facilitate networking among experts and government officials;
• Experience managing projects of varying complexity.

Asset Qualifications:
• The ability to work in French would be an asset
• Possession of Canadian SECRET level clearance would be an asset

Organizational Needs:

Operational Requirements:
Rated requirements:

Candidates who meet the Education and Experience requirements will be assessed on the following qualifications. The assessment may be a written test, an interview, an in-basket exercise, a skills test, or any combination of these methods.

• Knowledge of major Canada/United States’ bilateral environmental issues, particularly those related to energy, forestry, and mining files;
• Knowledge of United States’ government structure and law-making processes, including an understanding of United States’ Congress and Courts;
• Knowledge of United States’ political trends and how they affect environmental policy; and
• Knowledge of Canadian government structures and processes including Canadian priorities in the United States;
• Knowledge of key partners and stakeholders in Washington and across Canada including but not limited to US Department of the Interior, State Department, senior Congressional Staffers, Global Affairs Canada, Natural Resources Canada, and First Nations communities among others.

• Communicate effectively in English, orally and in writing, including the ability to prepare professional documents such as briefing material for Ministers and senior officials, reports, and presentations;
• Work with minimal direct supervision in demonstrating initiative, flexibility, discretion and sound judgement in respect to promoting and advancing Canada’s environmental interests;
• Work independently and as part of a team of subject matter experts to establish and maintain contacts and networks to effectively liaise with senior levels of both US legislative and executive branches as well as senior level Canadian officials;
• Monitor and assess developments on large environmental issues in both the United States and Canada;
• Strategic thinking ability in order to accurately synthesize and analyze information and then propose solutions and strategies in a timely fashion;
• Manage multiple competing demands by setting priorities, organizing time, and working effectively to meet deadlines; and
• Effectively plan, manage, and execute large complex projects on time, on budget, and under pressure.

Personal Suitability:
• Effective and excellent interpersonal relations;
• Initiative;
• Sound judgement and professional integrity;
• Tact and diplomacy; and
• Flexibility and adaptability.

Condition(s) of Employment:
Condition of employment (must be met):
1. Eligibility for a Government of Canada Reliability Status which includes a criminal and credit background check; and
2. Independent work authorization in the United States and status in accordance with United States protocol directives for foreign missions.

Area of selection:
• Persons living in the greater Washington Metropolitan area. • Employees of the Embassy of Canada in Washington, D.C. • Employees of any Canadian Mission in the United States. Relocation will not be paid in any circumstance. • Spouses and dependents of Canada-based staff at the Embassy of Canada in Washington, D.C.

Important Notes:
Selection procedure:
The staffing process will consist of a review of all applications to ensure that applicants meet the essential requirements. Please note that failure to meet any of the Essential Requirements eliminates candidates from further consideration in the competition. Only those applicants who meet these will be contacted by the Human Resources Section for an interview or other form of assessment of the Rated Requirements.
The assessment may include an interview, a written test, and other tests that will consist of a series of questions designed to evaluate each applicant's knowledge, abilities, and personal suitability for the position.
The Embassy offers a competitive salary, generous leave and a strong benefits package to include medical, dental, long term and short term disability, and a retirement savings plan to name a few.
The Embassy is committed to conducting inclusive, barrier-free selection processes.

Method of application:

See below.

Hours of work:
Normal hours of work for this position are in accordance with the Terms and Conditions of Employment for Locally Engaged Staff (LES) in the United States of 37.5 hours per week. The incumbent will be required to work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends on an as-needed basis. The incumbent may be required to work hours in excess of 37.5 hours some weeks.

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