Opportunities - Selection Processes

Current Opportunity

Deputy Chairperson, Refugee Appeal Division, Immigration and Refugee Board,

Appointment Opportunities

We know that our country is stronger and our government more effective when decision-makers reflect Canada’s diversity. Moving forward, the Government of Canada will use an appointment process that is transparent and merit-based, strives for gender parity, and ensures that Indigenous Canadians 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 Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship is to reopen Canada’s doors to welcome those who want to contribute to our country’s success.

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

Deputy Chairperson, Refugee Appeal Division (full-time position)

Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada

The Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada is an independent administrative tribunal. The Board hears refugee protection claims and immigration and refugee appeals, holds admissibility hearings and conducts detention reviews in its regional offices.

The Immigration Appeal Division and the Refugee Appeal Division consist of Members, who are independent decision-makers. Members review extensive documents, conduct proceedings, including hearings and render decisions on immigration and refugee appeals.

The Deputy Chairperson is both a Member and the senior decision-maker of the Refugee Appeal Division. The Deputy Chairperson provides strategic leadership, vision, and direction in the management of a quasi-judicial refugee appeal tribunal with a dual mandate to determine appeals of refugee claims made within Canada in accordance with the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and to ensure consistency in refugee decision-making by developing coherent national jurisprudence.

Precedential decisions of the Refugee Appeal Division have a systemic impact on first level decision-making and establish the ground rules for protection determination in Canada. In fulfilling this dual role, the Deputy Chairperson, the Refugee Appeal Division is accountable to the Chairperson of the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, and is responsible to keep the Chairperson informed on all issues affecting the performance of the Division and any other critical issues.

Further details about the organization and its activities can be found on the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada’s website.

Candidates must apply online by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on December 14, 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.

Salary Range: $174,700 - $205,500 (GCQ-6)

Position location: Ottawa, Ontario

Official Languages and Diversity

The Government of Canada will consider bilingual proficiency and diversity in assessing candidates for this position. 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 this position, please provide examples from your career that clearly demonstrate how you meet the following requirements in your application:

Education and Experience

  • A degree from a recognized university, or an acceptable combination of relevant education, job-related training and/or experience;
  • Post-graduate or professional degree in a related area would be considered an asset (e.g., Bachelor of Laws, Master of Laws, Master of Business Administration, Master of Arts);
  • Recent experience in the interpretation or application of legislation and regulations, and in gathering and assessing complex information in order to prepare written decisions;
  • Computer skills, specifically in the use of word processing software;
  • A minimum of two years of management experience at the executive level in a private or public sector organization, including managing human resources, would be considered an asset;
  • Experience as a decision-maker in an adjudicative tribunal would be considered an asset; and
  • Experience in applying the provisions of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act in matters determined by either the Immigration Appeal Division or the Refugee Appeal Division, or in the application of the United Nations Convention relating to the Status of Refugees would be considered assets.

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

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of the role and mandate of the Board;
  • Knowledge of the legal and administrative principles that guide the management of an independent adjudicative tribunal and its Members;
  • Knowledge of the principles of case management in an adjudicative tribunal;
  • Superior interpersonal and communication abilities;
  • Ability to sustain a high level of functioning; and
  • Time management skills.

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:

  • High ethical standards
  • Impartiality
  • Sound judgment
  • Tact and discretion
  • Sensitivity to multicultural and gender issues

Eligibility Factors and Conditions of Employment

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

  • The Deputy Chairperson and Member may not accept or hold any office or employment, or carry on any activity inconsistent with their duties and functions under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (statutory).
  • The Deputy Chairperson and Member must devote the whole of their time to the performance of their duties under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (statutory).
  • The Deputy Chairperson and Member must reside in or be willing to relocate to the National Capital Region, or to a location within a reasonable commuting distance.
  • The Deputy Chairperson and Member must be willing to travel across Canada.

If you are appointed to this position:

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. Public office holders appointed on a full-time basis must submit to the Office of the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner, 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 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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