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International Program Officer

City: Ottawa 

Organizational Unit: Industrial Research Assistance Program 

Classification: AS-4 

Tenure: Continuing 

Language Requirements: Bilingual Imperative CBC/CBC 

The NRC Advantage



The National Research Council of Canada (NRC) is the Government of Canada's largest research organization supporting industrial innovation, the advancement of knowledge and technology development. We collaborate with over 70 colleges, universities and hospitals annually, work with 800 companies on their projects, and provide advice or funding to over 8000 Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) each year.


We bring together the brightest minds to deliver tangible impacts on the lives of Canadians and people around the world. And now, we want to partner with you.  Let your expertise and inspirations make an impact by joining the NRC.


At NRC, we know diversity enables excellence in research and innovation. We are committed to a diverse and representative workforce, an open and inclusive work environment, and contributing to a more inclusive Canadian innovation system. 


NRC welcomes all qualified applicants and encourages candidates to self-declare as members of the following designated employment equity groups: women, visible minorities, aboriginal peoples and persons with disabilities.


Please advise of any accommodation measures required to enable you to be assessed in a fair and equitable manner. They are available to all candidates for further assessment. Related information received will be addressed confidentially.

Your Challenge

Help bring research to life and drive your career forward with the National Research Council of Canada (NRC), Canada's largest research and technology organization.

NRC IRAP is recruiting International Program Officers to  support the international programs managed by NRC IRAP The role of an International Program Officer is to ensure successful program administration,  compliance, and accountability.  Potential candidates need to share NRC’s core values of Integrity, Excellence, Respect and Creativity.

NRC-IRAP helps firms to develop technologies and successfully commercialize them in a global marketplace.  They do this by providing technical and business advisory services and financial assistance to the small and medium-sized enterprises they serve.

An International Program Officer conducts various program and project management activities including implementation and oversight of processes to ensure high quality and consistent outcomes for international program activities performed or facilitated by the IRAP International Office.

Accountabilities include:

  • Briefing management on developments and issues on the international programs;
  • Recommending process and program improvements that would increase accuracy, efficiency and effectiveness while capturing the data necessary to analyze and report on IRAP-wide international activities.
  • Planning and coordination of incoming and outgoing Partnership Development Activities (PDAs).  PDAs are networking and partnership-building events over a period of one to five days.
  • Ensuring financial and administrative compliance in accordance with Treasury Board guidelines,
  • Reviewing and understanding program policies and regulations to ensure consistent application of standard processes and procedures.

As an employer who values diversity in its workforce, we encourage and welcome women, visible minorities, aboriginal peoples and persons with disabilities to apply to our positions.

Screening Criteria

Applicants must demonstrate within the content of their application that they meet the following screening criteria in order to be given further consideration as candidates:

Screening is conducted based on understanding how you meet both the Education and the Experience criteria discussed in this poster below. As such, candidates must provide a cover letter that clearly articulates how and where they meet each of the criteria.

Also in your cover letter, please identify your ability to communicate in both official languages (French and English).


A post-secondary degree in a discipline related to the duties of the position.

Project management certification and/or project management training will be considered an asset.

A combination of education and experience may also be considered.

For information on certificates and diplomas issued abroad, please see Degree equivalency

  • Significant experience with project coordination or project management.
  • Significant experience in process development and improvement.
  • Significant experience working with diverse external and internal clients and effectively relaying complex or sensitive information.
  • Significant experience in writing and editing information to be sent out to the public.
  • Significant experience in training colleagues and clients both individually and in a group setting.
  • Significant experience setting priorities and working independently in a dynamic and rapidly changing environment.
  • Significant experience using Microsoft Excel as well as other MS Office applications, such as MS Word, MS Project, and MS PowerPoint.
  • Experience with virtual meetings tools such as WebEx.
  • Preference may be given to candidates with international experience and recent experience in transfer payments, namely delivery of contribution programs.
Condition of Employment

Reliability Status

Language requirements
Assessment Criteria

Candidates will be assessed on the basis of the following criteria:

Technical Competencies
  • Ability to manage multiple competing priorities on a daily basis.
  • Ability to demonstrate accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Ability to structure and organize information.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in writing.
  • Ability to apply sound judgement for problem solving in work related situations.
  • Ability to interpret financial policies and provide advice to management.
  • Ability to support a diverse team with members across the country.
  • Knowledge of Treasury Board Secretariat Financial Policies including Policy on contracts and procurement.
  • Knowledge of project management principles.
Behavioural Competencies
  • Management services - Communication (Level 3)
  • Management services - Client focus (Level 2)
  • Management services - Conceptual and analytical ability (Level 3)
  • Management services - Initiative (Level 2)
  • Management services - Organizational and environmental awareness (Level 3)
  • Management services - Results orientation (Level 3)
  • Management services - Teamwork (Level 2)
Competency Profile(s)

For this position, the NRC will evaluate candidates using the following competency profile: Management Services


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Relocation assistance will be determined in accordance with the NRC's directives.

Salary Range

From $67,060 to $78,838 per annum. 


In addition, the incumbent will receive the Bilingualism Bonus of $800 per year.

  • A pre-qualified list may be established for similar positions for a one year period.
  • NRC employees enjoy a wide-range of benefits including comprehensive health and dental plans, pension and insurance plans, vacation and other leave entitlements.
  • Preference will be given to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada. Please include citizenship information in your application.
  • The incumbent must adhere to safe workplace practices at all times.
  • We thank all those who apply, however only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.



Please direct your questions, with the requisition number (10012) to:


Telephone: 613-991-2024 

Closing Date: 16 April 2020 - 23:59 Eastern Time



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Date Modified: 2020-03-26

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