Opportunities - Selection Processes

Current Opportunity

Commissioner, International Commission on the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas,

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 will use 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 will 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:

Commissioner (part-time positions)

International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas

The International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas is responsible for the conservation of tunas and tuna-like species in the Atlantic Ocean and adjacent seas. The organization was established under the International Convention for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas in 1966 and is made up of 51 countries.

The International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas undertakes a range of work required for the study and management of tunas and tuna-like fishes in the Atlantic. Such studies include research on biometry, ecology, and oceanography, with a principal focus on the effects of fishing on stock abundance. The Commission also undertakes work in the compilation of data for other fish species that are caught during tuna fishing ("bycatch," principally sharks), which are not investigated by another international fishery organization.

Members of Canada’s delegation to the Commission participate in one annual meeting per year, as well as a number of other working group meetings. They work to ensure that the management measures in place for species managed by the Commission are scientifically based and implement the precautionary and ecosystem based approaches. They also contribute to key science research activities aimed to increase understanding about Bluefin tuna, swordfish, and other species managed by the Commission, while also establishing capacity-building efforts to address the Commission’s rapid growth.

Further details about the organization and its activities can be found on the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas' website.

Candidates must apply online by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on November 30, 2017, via the Governor in Council Appointments website. Your cover letter should be addressed to the Deputy Director of Selection Processes, Senior Personnel Secretariat, Privy Council Office, and should be sent only through the online application.

Per diem: $200-$250, plus travel and living expenses in accordance with Treasury Board guidelines

Position Location: Various locations across Canada

Official Languages and Diversity

The Government of Canada will consider bilingual proficiency and diversity in assessing candidates for these positions. 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 candidates who are members of one or more of the following groups: women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, and members of visible minorities.

To be considered for these positions, please provide examples from your career that clearly demonstrate how you meet the following requirements in your application:

Education and Experience

  • Experience working in the Bluefin tuna or swordfish fishing industry, and/or the decision making related to management of Atlantic Bluefin tuna or swordfish and/or coastal management/marine conservation.

If you are selected for an interview, the following criteria will be assessed:

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of the Bluefin tuna or swordfish fishing industry;
  • Ability to effectively take part in delegation meetings and assume an active role in deliberations;
  • Ability to represent, broadly, the interest of Canada with respect to the Tuna fishing industry;
  • Ability to work within a team; and
  • Ability to develop policy recommendations.

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 verify how you have demonstrated the Experience requirements and the following Personal Attributes in your current and recently held positions:

  • Sound judgment
  • Tact

Eligibility Factors and Conditions of Employment

In your application, it will be important that you confirm you meet the following requirements:

  • Commissioners must have access to high-speed internet.
  • Commissioners must be willing to travel across Canada and internationally in order to attend meetings.

If you are appointed to one of these positions:

You must comply with the Ethical and Political Activity Guidelines for Public Office Holders throughout your appointment as a term and condition of employment. The guidelines are available on the Governor in Council Appointments website, under Forms and reference material.

You will be subject to the Conflict of Interest Act. 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 this position. 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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