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Canadian Representative, Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization,

Appointment Opportunity

We know that our country is stronger — and our government more effective — when decision-makers reflect Canada’s diversity. The Government of Canada has implemented an appointment process that is transparent and merit-based, strives for gender parity, and ensures that Indigenous peoples and minority groups are properly represented in positions of leadership. We continue to search for Canadians who reflect the values that we all embrace: inclusion, honesty, fiscal prudence, and generosity of spirit. Together, we will build a government as diverse as Canada.

The overarching goal of the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard is to protect our three oceans, coasts, waterways and fisheries and ensure that they remain healthy for future generations.

The Government of Canada is currently seeking applications from diverse and talented Canadians from across the country who are interested in the following positions:

Canadian Representatives (part-time positions)

Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization

The Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization is an intergovernmental fisheries science and management body. Founded in 1979, the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization's overall objective is to contribute through consultation and cooperation to the optimum utilization, rational management and conservation of the fishery resources of the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization's Convention Area.

Currently the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization has 12 Contracting Parties: Canada, Cuba, Denmark in respect of Faroe Islands and Greenland, the European Union, France in respect of Saint Pierre et Miquelon, Iceland, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Norway, the Russian Federation, Ukraine and the United States of America.

As members of the Canada’s Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization delegation, Stakeholder Representatives sit on the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization’s Commission, which is responsible for the management and conservation of the fishery resources of the Regulatory Area (waters outside Exclusive Economic Zones). The Commission annually decides on Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization fisheries regulations, total allowable catches and quotas.

Further details about the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization and its activities can be found on the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization's website.

Review of applications will begin on May 18, 2018. Candidates must apply online, via the Governor in Council Appointments website. Candidates are strongly encouraged to submit their applications by this date. After this date, your application will be retained and may be considered up until an appointment to the position is made. English and French appointment opportunities will be produced in an alternative format upon request. Your cover letter should be addressed to the Deputy Director of Selection Processes, Senior Personnel, Privy Council Office, and should be sent only through the on-line application.

Per Diem: $200-250 plus travel and living expenses.

Official Languages and Diversity

The Government of Canada will consider bilingual proficiency and diversity in assessing applicants. You are therefore encouraged to include in your online profile your ability to speak and understand your second official language. Preference may be given to applicants who are members of one or more of the following groups: women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, and members of visible minority groups.

To be considered, please ensure that the information provided in your curriculum vitae and cover letter clearly demonstrates how you meet the following requirements:

Education and Experience

  • A degree from a recognized university or an acceptable combination of equivalent education, training and job-related experience;
  • Experience serving in some capacity as an elected representative of a relevant stakeholder organization;
  • Experience in working with people from diverse ethnic backgrounds.

If you move on to the next stage of the selection process, the following criteria will be assessed:

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Thorough knowledge of the fisheries of the Northwest Atlantic Ocean; able to represent, broadly, the interests of the inshore and offshore fleets of Newfoundland and Labrador, Nunavut and Nova Scotia (not solely the interests of the sector or interest group you represent);
  • Ability to work within a team and to support the Head of the Canadian Delegation;
  • Ability to effectively take part in meetings, to develop policy recommendations, and assume an active role in deliberations;
  • Demonstrated skills in diplomacy (e.g., respect for the interests and views of others);
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing;
  • Ability to regularly attend meetings and contribute to the work of the Organization.

Language Requirements

Proficiency in both official languages would be preferred.

If you move on to the next stage of the selection process, we will contact your references to confirm that you meet the above selection criteria and that you possess the following Personal Attributes:

  • High ethical standards and integrity
  • Sound judgment
  • Impartiality
  • Tact
  • Discretion
  • Superior leadership and interpersonal skills
  • Strategic thinking

Eligibility Factors and Conditions of Employment

  • Members must be willing and able to travel domestically and internationally.
  • Appointees must comply with the Ethical and Political Activity Guidelines for Public Office Holders throughout their appointment as a term and condition of employment. The guidelines are available on the Governor in Council Appointments website, under Forms and reference material.
  • All appointees will be subject to the Conflict of Interest Act. Public office holders appointed on a full-time basis must also submit to the Office of the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commission, within 60 days of appointment, a confidential report in which they disclose all of their assets, liabilities and outside activities. For more information, please visit the Office of the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner's website.

A link to this notice will be placed in the Canada Gazette to assist the Governor in Council in identifying qualified candidates for these positions. It is not, however, intended to be the sole means of recruitment.

A roster of qualified candidates may be established and may be used for similar opportunities.

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