The Permanent Mission of Canada to the Organization of American States (OAS) is accepting applications for the position of Policy Officer, details as follows.
Position title: Policy Officer
Mission: Permanent Mission of Canada to the Organization of the American States Multilateral Program
Location: Embassy of Canada, Washington, D.C.
Position no: EXT- 303299
Starting salary: $73,631 USD plus benefits
Competition no: 3670
Date posted: October 18, 2019
Closing date: November 3, 2019 06:00:00 PM EST
Employment Tenure: Indeterminate
This staffing process may be used to create an eligibility list of qualified candidates for this position and for similar positions with various tenures, including indeterminate, term, assignment/transfer, emergency, and acting opportunities within the Permanent Mission of Canada to the OAS or Embassy of Canada. When you submit your application, you must specify all types of employment tenures for which you wish to be considered.
CANDIDATES CAN ONLY APPLY VIA THE LINK BELOW:
- Persons living in the greater Washington Metropolitan area.
- Employees of the Embassy of Canada in Washington, DC.
- Employees of any Canadian Mission in the United States. Relocation will not be paid in any circumstance.
- Spouses and dependents of Canada-based staff (CBS) at the Embassy of Canada.
All applicants must:
- Have independent work authorization in the United States and status in accordance with United States protocol directives for foreign missions.
- Reside in the United States.
- Meet all of the Essential Requirements stated below.
- Submit a resume and a cover letter by the closing date and time. The covering letter must:
- Demonstrate how you meet the essential requirements under Language, Education and Experience;
- Confirm residency in the United States;
- Confirm independent work authorization in the United States. (US Citizen, LPR, or specific visa categories as required by the Department of State for employment in a foreign mission)
Note: Failure to provide any of the information required above will result in your application being rejected. All communication relating to this process, including email correspondence may be used in the assessment of qualifications. Supporting documentation will be verified during the process.
Summary of duties:
Under the direction of the Deputy Head of Mission, the Policy Officer works as part of a team of officers to advance Canada’s objectives as a member of the Organization of American States. Specifically, the Policy Officer supports the Mission’s participation in OAS bodies and committees that provide oversight over budget and management matters. This involves coordinating Canada’s participation in the Committee on Budgetary and Administrative Affairs (CAAP); providing monitoring and reporting to the appropriate authorities on developments pertaining to OAS budget and management; consulting with various Canadian government departments and agencies; assisting in the analysis of documents and in making policy recommendations designed to advance Canadian political objectives geared towards improving the efficiency and effectiveness of OAS operations and programs; and liaising with members of the OAS General Secretariat and with representatives of other OAS Member States. Other files may be assigned to the Officer based on operational requirements, including as a back up to other team members.
Candidates must demonstrate clearly how they meet the Language, Education and Experience requirements listed below. All communication relating to this process, including email correspondence may be used in the assessment of qualifications.
A degree from an accredited university or college.
- Minimum of three (3) years of experience in institutional management and administration/ corporate practice or organizational change, either in a government, NGO or private sector context;
- Experience in negotiation or advocacy; and
- Experience in developing policies and drafting policy-oriented reports.
Candidates who meet the Language, 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.
- Basic working knowledge of the role, structure, and operations of the OAS;
- General understanding of Canadian foreign policy goals in the Americas; and,
- Knowledge of results-based management and modern business practice.
- Demonstrate superior skills in oral and written communication in English;
- Organize information and track deadlines;
- Build collaborative and consultative partnerships with diverse group of stakeholders
- Independently plan, organize and implement multiple activities in a fast-paced environment;
- Analyze and make recommendations on policies.
- Effective interpersonal skills;
- Initiative and resourcefulness;
- Sound judgement;
- Client-service orientation; and
- Adaptable and flexible.
- Fluency in French and/or Spanish, either oral or written.
- Experience working in a multilateral setting.
- Experience working with the OAS and/or in Latin America/Caribbean countries.
- Knowledge of Canadian Government budgetary and administrative procedures, techniques of program evaluation, and budgetary analysis.
The staffing process will consist of a review of all applications to ensure that applicants meet the essential requirements. Failure to meet any of the essential requirements eliminates candidates from further consideration in the competition. Only those applicants who meet these essential requirements 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 Permanent Mission and Embassy offer a competitive salary plus leave and health benefits package. Leave includes paid vacation, sick, and family/personal leave. Health packages covers medical, dental, disability, and retirement. Other benefits include prime work location in proximity to Metro, standard 37.5-hour work week, on-site parking, on-site gym with cardio and weight room, and on-site cafeteria. The Permanent Mission promotes work-life balance and offers a dynamic and healthy work environment
The Permanent Mission and Embassy are committed to conducting inclusive, barrier-free selection processes.
Method of application:
Condition of employment (must be met):
- Eligibility for a Government of Canada Reliability Status which includes a criminal and credit background check; and
- Independent work authorization in the United States and status in accordance with U.S. protocol directives for foreign missions (US Citizen, LPR, or specific visa categories as required by the Department of State for employment in a foreign mission).
- Occasional travel as required for business within the Americas Region (North, Central and South America); and
- A valid passport for travel and ability to obtain required documentation for destination countries.
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 may be required to work overtime as needed.