Senior Advisor, International Relations

Priority will be given to the following designated employment equity groups: Indigenous peoples* (First Nations, Inuit and Métis), persons with disabilities and racialized persons*.


* The Employment Equity Act, which is under review, uses the terminology Aboriginal peoples and visible minorities. 

Candidates are asked to self-declare when applying to this hiring process.


City: Ottawa 

Organizational Unit: National Programs and Business Services Branch 

Classification: RCO 

Tenure: Continuing 

Language Requirements: English


Work Arrangements: Due to the nature of the work and operational requirements, this position will require some physical presence at the NRC work location identified in the form of a hybrid work arrangement (a combination of working onsite and offsite).


Note: The ability to fluently communicate orally in Japanese is required; see Technical Competencies section below.

Your Challenge

Great Minds. One Goal. Canada's Success.

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.
We are looking for a Senior Advisor to support our International Innovation Office (IIO). The Senior Advisor would be someone who shares our core values of Integrity, Excellence, Respect and Creativity. 
The International Innovation Office (IIO) is a fast-paced environment where understanding of how innovation spurs economic growth is essential and where client-focus is paramount. IIO plays a critical support role to NRC Executives and Senior managers by helping them seize significant opportunities abroad for the benefit of NRC programs, Canadian companies, universities, and research centers. 
Your duties will include:

  • In collaboration with relevant embassies, and colleagues and stakeholders in Japan, ensure ongoing fruitful information exchange and timely communication, at times in Japanese.
  • Support corporate programs in an international regional market. You will recognize, advise on and develop opportunities (especially at a government to government level) that have the greatest impact such as: research and development collaboration, facility utilization, acquiring technologies, stimulating select international consortia and using international networks to enable access to global value chains.
  • Provide advice on international science and technology activities and networks, analyse and monitor international science, technology and innovation activities and policy trends, identify key issues and formulates recommendations for NRC's senior management. 
  • Plan, develop, research, promulgate, analyze, and interpret policies, policy issues, programs, corporate and government-wide initiatives pertaining to the strategic and operational management of the National Research Council (NRC)’s international innovation activities. 
  • Promote and represent NRC's interests to foreign organizations and other government departments; promote Canadian participation in international non governmental and governmental organizations and mechanisms for international industrial R&D and innovation. You will represent NRC to stakeholders, and other government agencies and departments. 
  • Define the key parameters of, and drafts, corporate documents, including: strategic plans; among others. You will propose and analyse corporate strategy for international S&T activities, positioning and NRC’s future opportunities, challenges and corporate needs. 
  • Research and develop documents and briefing material for NRC senior management (President, Vice-Presidents, Secretary General, Directors General), Council, federal Cabinet and for the Central Agencies of the federal government. 
  • Provide protocol expertise and staff support to NRC's senior management for foreign visits, conferences, or reception of foreign dignitaries. This file will appeal to someone who has a passion for innovation and international engagement.

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:


University degree in Science, Engineering, Business, Public Administration, Political Science or International Affairs. 
Masters degree in the above listed specialization would be considered an asset qualification.

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


•    Significant experience in international relations and/or international business 
•    Experience in strategic/corporate level planning;
•    Experience in national outreach in Science, Technology, Innovation; 
•    Experience in program development or management would be considered an asset.

Condition of Employment

Secret (II)

Valid Canadian passport or Canadian Permanent Resident status, and the ability to travel nationally and internationally. 

Assessment Criteria

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

Technical Competencies

  • Ability to fluently communicate orally in Japanese is required.
  • Advanced knowledge and understanding of the international Science and Technology environment and Canada’s engagement in this area; 
  • Advanced knowledge of International Relations including Protocol; 
  • Basic knowledge of general policy development processes; 
  • Basic knowledge of strategic planning; 
  • Strong writing ability.

Behavioural Competencies

  • Management services - Conceptual and analytical ability (Level 2)
  • Management services - Organizational and environmental awareness (Level 2)
  • Management services - Results orientation (Level 3)
  • Management services - Teamwork (Level 3)
  • Management services - Communication (Level 3)
  • Management services - Initiative (Level 3)
  • Management services - Partnering (Level 2)

Competency Profile(s)

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

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The intent of this hiring action is to staff this position at the RCO-3 or above level, which is a mid-career level position with a salary range of $105,785 to $161,754
NOTE: Please note that the full RO/RCO salary scale has five levels. Salary determination will be based on a review of the candidate’s expertise, outcomes and impacts of their previous work experience relative to the requirements of the level.  As such, the initial salary could be within another level of the RO/RCO salary scale (i.e. above or below the intended level for this position).


NRC employees enjoy a wide-range of competitive benefits including comprehensive health and dental plans, vacation, sick, and other leave entitlements, disability insurance and pension plans.

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 the NRC Employee wellness matters. We offer flexible work schedules as well as part-time work to help employees maintain work-life balance. We are one of the few federal organizations that close our offices during the December holiday season.  We offer professional learning and development opportunities such as conferences, workshops, and a suite of mentorship, award and recognition programs. Diversity enables creativity and innovation. Fostering a diverse, inclusive, welcoming and supportive workplace is important to us, and contributes to a more inclusive Canadian innovation system. We welcome all qualified applicants and encourage you to complete the employment equity self-declaration questions during the job application process. Please let us know of any accommodation measures required to help you to be assessed in a fair and equitable manner. Please note that the information you provide will be treated confidentially. 
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  • Relocation assistance will be determined in accordance with the NRC's directives.
  • A pre-qualified list may be established for similar positions for a one year period.
  • 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 (20823) to:


Closing Date: 08 December 2023 - 23:59 Eastern Time 



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