Readiness Program Officer

Washington D.C.
$75,178 USD plus benefits
Jun 22, 2021
Jul 13, 2021
Full Time

Position title: Readiness Program Officer
Section: Readiness (Security and Emergency Management)
Location: Embassy of Canada, Washington, D.C.
Position no: EXT-422775
Level: LE-O1
Starting salary: $75,178 USD plus benefits
Competition no: 4540
Date posted: June 22, 2021
Closing date:   July 13, 2021  06:00:00 PM ET
Employment Tenure: Term (24 months)

There is one term position to be filled, having a specified period of employment of 24 months, with the possibility of extension or change in employment status to indeterminate based on operational needs. This staffing process may be used to create an eligibility list of qualified candidates for this position and for similar positions in other programs at the Embassy with various tenures, including indeterminate, term, assignment/ transfer, emergency, and acting opportunities.

Area of Selection:

This competition is open to applicants who are:

  • 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; or
  • Spouses and dependents of Canada-based staff (CBS) at the Embassy of Canada.

All applicants must:

  • Have authorization to work in the United States in a foreign mission (US Citizens, Legal Permanent Residents or A, G or NATO-2 category visa holders) during the term of employment.
  • Meet at least one of the Area of Selection criteria.
  • Meet all of the Essential Requirements stated below.
  • Submit a resume and a cover letter by the closing date and time. The cover letter must clearly demonstrate the points above. 



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:

The Embassy of Canada’s Readiness Program is responsible for security and emergency management functions for the Government of Canada’s operations at the Embassy in Washington, D.C. and, to a more limited extent, at Canada’s network of consulates-general, consulates and permanent missions elsewhere in the United States.

The Program advances priorities in the four pillars of emergency management (mitigation, preparation, response and recovery) and identifies, assesses, monitors, and manages risks related to the security of our people, information, and assets.

In this context, the Readiness Program Officer will work as part of a team to advance these priorities. Under the supervision of the Readiness Program Manager, the position will:

  • Deliver activities in support of the Readiness Program of the mission or accredited portfolio of missions.
  • Deliver and support security and emergency management training, workshops sessions, drills, briefings, presentations and functional/hybrid exercises.
  • Deliver and provide support for consular-emergency management services to assist Canadians abroad, develop mission contingency plans for consular assistance, and support the Canadian response during an emergency.
  • Research and monitor changes to local developments, trends, events or potential threats that could have a significant effect on Canadian interests and reports them to the supervisor.
  • Gather and analyse information to draft briefings, reports and other materials, including Mission Emergency Plans.
  • Represent the mission’s interests and support liaison activities with foreign authorities to discuss joint initiatives or exchange information.
  • Establish and maintain a network of relationships, within the foreign government, other diplomatic missions, local or international organizations.
  • Provides advice and recommendations to the Readiness Program Manager and overall advice and guidance to mission staff.
  • Assist with the day-to-day management of the program budget.

The principal focus of this position will be to deliver emergency management and security training to employees and dependents of Canada’s network of missions in the United States. This will include development and logistical execution of activities including emergency management and security-focused tabletop and functional/hybrid exercises, presentations, and workshops. These will be delivered both in-person and virtually. Some travel will be required.

The incumbent will further provide information and recommendations on emergency management and related issues to senior management and colleagues at Canada’s network of missions in the United States. These recommendations will assist this network to be better prepared to respond to both training opportunities and emergencies, and to learn from these situations after the fact. 

Essential requirements:

Candidates must demonstrate clearly how they meet the Language, Education and Experience requirements listed below.


English essential.

Education and Experience

  • A Bachelors degree from an accredited university or college AND a minimum of three (3) years of professional experience managing security and/or emergency management issues with a public- or private-sector organization;


  • In lieu of a Bachelors degree, a mix of relevant education (emergency management, security) AND a minimum of five (5) years of professional experience managing security and/or emergency management issues with a public- or private-sector organization;


  • Experience developing and delivering training sessions to groups of ten or more individuals. 

Rated requirements:

Candidates who meet the Language, Education and Experience requirements will be assessed on the following qualifications. The assessment may include: a written test, an interview, an in-basket exercise, and/or a skills test.


  • Advanced knowledge of emergency management concepts, theories and practices.
  • Knowledge of security concepts, theories and practices.
  • U.S. federal, state and local security and emergency management institutions, organizational structures and responsibilities.
  • Standard technology applications, including Microsoft Office.


  • Communicate clearly in writing and verbally, including in front of groups.
  • Analyze and synthesize various forms of information.
  • Develop and provide recommendations.
  • Work independently in a proactive and accountable manner, as well as part of a larger team.

Personal Suitability:

  • Strong judgement.
  • Adaptability and flexibility.
  • Collaborative working style.
  • High degree of discretion and professional integrity.

Asset Qualifications:

  • Educational qualifications in emergency management, corporate security, public administration or a related field.
  • The ability to work in French and/or Spanish.

Selection procedure:

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 will be contacted by the Human Resources Section for 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. Reference checks may be sought for candidates who reach the interview stage and may form part of the selection process.  Communication for this process will be sent via email. It is the responsibility of the candidates to ensure accurate contact information is provided and updated as required. Candidates who apply to this vacancy should include an email address that accepts email from unknown users and regularly check their email, including spam folder. Candidates requiring any special assistance in attending exams or interviews are requested to inform us prior.

The Embassy is committed to conducting inclusive, barrier-free selection processes. Our organization offers an inclusive workplace where respect, teamwork, and collaboration are part of our culture. Canada’s missions abroad are committed to promoting and supporting an environment free from harassment and discrimination, as well as encouraging and supporting employees to learn and develop their skills and competencies.

Please find a summary of our benefits package and information on employment eligibility here

Condition of employment (must be met):

  • Eligibility for a Government of Canada Reliability Status which includes a criminal and credit background check;
  • Have authorization to work in the United States in a foreign mission (US Citizens, Legal Permanent Residents or A, G or NATO-2 category visa-holders); and
  • Before an offer of employment can be made, candidates must provide a local address as proof of residence in the specific city, region or country so that if selected, it will appear on the offer letter.

Operational Requirements:

  • The position requires regular travel, primarily to destinations in the United States and Canada. Travel is expected to resume in late 2021. The incumbent must hold a valid passport.

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.

Method of application:

Applications will only be considered when received through our online portal.  Apply online at

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