Policy Officer, Border Trade Facilitation
The Embassy of Canada in Washington, D.C. is seeking to hire a candidate with excellent networking, analysis, advocacy, and reporting skills, an individual who is innovative, knowledgeable and ready to help advance Canadian efforts to facilitate trade through ensuring a well-functioning border.
Position title: Policy Officer, Border Trade Facilitation
Location: Embassy of Canada, Washington, D.C.
Position no: EXT-420310
Starting salary: $82,089 USD per annum, plus benefits
Competition no: 10/17
Date posted: August 2, 2017
Closing date: August 15, 2017
Employment Tenure: There is one (1) term position available, having a specified period of employment of three (3) years, with the possibility of a term extension or a change in 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 other similar positions, with various tenures, including indeterminate, term, assignment/transfer, and/or 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.
- 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 a resume and cover letter by the closing date. The cover 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 email correspondence may be used in the assessment of qualifications.
Summary of duties
The Policy Officer, Border Trade Facilitation supports efforts to facilitate Canada-U.S. cross-border trade by:
- providing analysis of U.S. administrative and legislative initiatives of potential impact on the Canadian exporting community and developing responsive strategies and courses of action;
- representing the Embassy in discussions with U.S. agencies to advance Canadian exporting interests and to ensure a well-functioning border;
- developing and maintaining a local network of contacts within the U.S. administration;
- cultivating business and business association contacts in the U.S. to further the Embassy’s advocacy efforts and as resources to understand regulations and laws with a potential impact on the border; and
- researching and reporting on issues pertinent to Canada-US relations that fall within the priorities of the transport portfolio. Analyze policies and reports affecting these issues. Assist in drafting advocacy materials. Interpret relevant statistical data.
The Officer also acts as the initial point of contact for the Government of Canada’s network in the U.S. for assistance in interpreting and evaluating U.S. import regulations and statues and their application.
English (The ability to work in French would be an asset.)
Condition 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.
Candidates must demonstrate clearly how they meet the Education and Experience requirements listed below:
Bachelor’s Degree in business administration, commerce, economics, international relations or another discipline related to the job requirements; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. A law degree or master’s degree would be an asset.
- Experience in working with Congress, the U.S. Administration, and business associations to address border and/or supply chain issues;
- Significant experience (at least four years) in advocating policy positions to senior-level officials in Congress and/or the U.S. Administration; and
- Experience in researching, analysing and communicating, both through written reports and presentations, complex policy issues.
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 the objectives, roles, operations, and regulations of U.S. government agencies responsible for border issues;
- Knowledge of the Transport Canada mandate and its key partners (public and private) in the United States;
- Knowledge of the U.S. legislative and regulatory process; and
- Knowledge of border issues, supply chains, and the impact of U.S. government policy on importers.
- Work as part of a team and build and nurture networks and alliances;
- Communicate effectively in English, both orally and in writing, including the ability to provide effective business presentations and facilitate dialogue;
- Research, analyze, and identify problems and then propose solutions to Economic section management; and
- Synthesize information from a variety of resources and draft briefings and reports as a basis for policy input.
- Excellent interpersonal relations;
- Sound judgment;
- Tact and discretion;
- Initiative; and
- The highest levels of professional integrity in a context of possible access to commercially sensitive information.
- The ability to work in French would be an asset.
- A Law degree or Master’s Degree, in a related discipline, would be an asset.
- Knowledge of Canada’s economy and the North American supply chains would be an asset.
- Knowledge of current Canada/ U.S. border issues and the background to them would be an asset.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Terms and Conditions of Employment for Locally Engaged Staff (LES) in the United States of 37.5 hours per week. The successful candidate must be able to work overtime on short notice and to be available for occasional duties outside normal working hours, i.e., evenings and weekends. Additionally, he/she must be admissible for travel to Canada.
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