Program Officer, International Procurement and Relations

Washington D.C.
$70,494 USD plus benefits
Oct 13, 2017
Oct 30, 2017
Full Time


Competition Notice

The Embassy of Canada in Washington, D.C. is seeking to hire a Program Officer, International Procurement and Relations to work with the Public Services and Procurement Canada Washington (PSPC-W) Office.

Position title: Program Officer, International Procurement and Relations Section: Public Services and Procurement Canada Washington (PSPC-W) Office Location: Embassy of Canada, Washington, D.C. Position no: EXT-402939 Level: LE-07 Starting salary: $70,494 USD plus benefits Competition no: 14/17 Date posted: October 13, 2017 Closing date: October 25, 2017 Employment Tenure: There is one (1) term position to be filled, having a specified period of employment of three (3) years, with the possibility of extension or change in employment status to indeterminate based on operational needs. This competitive 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 of Canada in Washington, D.C. When you submit your application, you must specify all types of employment tenures for which you wish to be considered, e.g., indeterminate, term, assignment/transfer, and/or acting.

Open to:

 Persons living in the 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.

All applicants must:

 Meet all of the essential requirements stated below.

 Be resident in the United States.

 Have independent work authorization in the United States and status in accordance with United States protocol directives for foreign missions.

 Submit resumes and cover letters by the closing date. The covering letter must specify, using concrete examples, how you meet the essential requirements, i.e., education, experience, for this position. All communication relating to this process, including the email correspondence may be used in the assessment of qualifications.

Summary of duties:

The PSPC Washington Office, which is located at the Embassy of Canada in Washington DC, is the single window for all Government of Canada Foreign Military Sales (FMS) purchases, which are made under government-to-government agreements as part of the US program of Security Cooperation. FMS purchases are subject to US export control legislation and regulations, in particular the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). The office also represents the breadth of PSPC programs and services in the US, including: procurement; federal real property management, industrial security services, and other common government services.

Within this context, under the direction of the Director, International Procurement, Cooperation and Relations, the Program Officer, International Procurement and Relations, plays a key role in advocacy and outreach, leveraging his/her contacts and knowledge of the US environment to coordinate visits, facilitate meetings and provide strategic analysis and recommendations on policy initiatives, and implement initiatives following senior management direction.

This involves the following main areas of responsibility:

 Initiating, planning, organizing, and implementing outreach and advocacy activities, including visits;

 Environmental monitoring, reporting and analysis of information related to the office and departmental mandate;

 Supporting operations and policy development through research, analysis, report writing, and recommending strategies; and,

 Supporting corporate requests on behalf of the office.

Language requirement:

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

Conditions of employment (must be met):

 Eligibility for a Government of Canada Reliability Status which includes a criminal and credit background check;

 Independent work authorization in the United States and status in accordance with United States protocol directives for foreign missions; and

 Admissibility for travel to Canada.

Essential requirements:

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


Degree from an accredited college or university or an acceptable combination of education, training, and work experience related to the duties and specific areas of competence required by the position.


 A minimum of three (3) years working in coordinating, organizing and/or implementing advocacy activities, outreach work, visits and/or events, preferably in support of government objectives;

 Experience working on projects with multiple stakeholders, groups, or government departments; and

 Experience in research, analysis and/or interpretation of policy, and report drafting.

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 United States government structure;

 Knowledge of legislation and policies governing Canadian government procurement, in particular defence procurement; and

 Knowledge of the Public Service Procurement Canada (PSPC) mandate and department priorities.


 Communicate effectively in English orally and in writing;

 Work with MS Office Suite software, demonstrating strong IT skills;

 Research, analyze, synthesize and evaluate information from a variety of sources and make recommendations in a verbal or written format;

 Plan, organize and implement advocacy-related projects in a fast-paced environment with multiple competing deadlines; and

 Work as part of a team and build and nurture networks and alliances.

Personal Suitability:

 Effective interpersonal skills/ relations;

 Sound judgment;

 Initiative;

 Tact and diplomacy;

 Flexibility; and

 Innovative.

Desirable requirements:

 The ability to work in French would be an asset.

Selection procedures:

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:

Applications should be sent by e-mail to: by the closing date. In completing their applications, candidates should confirm that they meet all the essential requirements and take care to relate their work experience to the position description and indicate the position number.

Hours of work:

Normal hours of work for this position are in accordance with the Locally Engaged Staff (LES) regulations of 37.5 hours per week. The incumbent will be required to work overtime on an as-needed basis and will be required to travel throughout the U.S. and to Canada occasionally.

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