The Library of Parliament is a non-partisan organization providing stimulating and rewarding work. We recognize that our employees are our most important asset and, as such, we offer excellent benefits, a minimum of four weeks’ vacation leave, learning opportunities to support professional and career development, competitive salaries, and more!
Our Parliamentary Information and Research Service (PIRS) provides high-quality, substantive and timely information, research and analysis to parliamentary committees, individual senators and members of the House of Commons, and parliamentary associations/delegations. To contribute to parliamentary work in a dynamic and multi disciplinary environment, join PIRS’ highly respected service, where you will have an unparalleled opportunity to apply your education and knowledge in a wide range of public policy areas.
We are currently looking for candidates to staff current and future Analyst positions within PIRS. Analysts work in multidisciplinary teams and provide parliamentarians with non-partisan, authoritative and high-quality information, research and in-depth analysis tailored to the needs of parliamentary committees and associations, and individual parliamentarians.
Please do not wait for the closing date of this poster to apply as assessments are on an on-going basis.
Parliamentary Information and Research Service
Legal and Social Affairs Division and Economics, Resources and International Affairs Division
Bilingual staffing – imperative (CBC/CBC)
For the purposes of this selection process, the competencies listed in the attached Competency Profile will be evaluated.
The following knowledge criteria will also be evaluated:
• Knowledge of the Canadian Parliament, the federal government and current affairs
• Substantive knowledge of Canada’s public policies in one or more of the areas covered by PIRS (please refer to the attached document for a description of research divisions and services)
To be considered, candidates must have:
• A Master’s degree in a field related to the position OR a Master of Law degree OR membership in good standing in a provincial or territorial law society OR a Bachelor’s degree in a field related to the position, combined with a Bachelor of Law / Juris Doctor degree
• Experience in conducting research on issues relating to one or more federal public policy areas (please refer to the attached document)
• Knowledge of or experience in applying Gender-based Analysis Plus (GBA+)
• Experience producing high-quality and informative visual elements as part of research documents
Candidates retained in this selection process will be required to obtain:
• A successful second-language evaluation (Bilingual staffing – imperative: CBC/CBC)
• A successful pre-employment screening
• This selection process is open to the public and to employees of the Library of Parliament, the Senate, the House of Commons, the Office of the Senate Ethics Officer, the Office of the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner, the Parliamentary Protective Service, and the Office of the Parliamentary Budget Officer.
• This selection process will include four stages: a second-language evaluation; a written qualifying exam; an interview; and a post-interview written exam. The interview will consist of behavioural, situational and knowledge-based questions. Candidates will be required to pass each stage in order to move to the next stage of the selection process.
• Qualified candidates from this selection process may be considered for determinate or indeterminate positions at the Library of Parliament that require similar knowledge and/or competencies.
• Education and experience requirements will be used to determine which candidates will be asked to participate in the next stage of the selection process.
• Satisfactory references and proof of education are essential conditions of appointment.
• Travel and relocation expenses are the responsibility of the candidates.
• The Library of Parliament promotes equity, diversity and inclusion in its workplace and encourages applications from all qualified individuals.
• Preference will be given to Canadian citizens and to permanent residents who are legally able to work in Canada. Applicants who have a valid work permit may also be considered.
Apply no later than December 31, 2019 11:59 PM Eastern Time.
To apply, please send us your curriculum vitae, along with a covering letter indicating how you meet each of the education and experience requirements of the position. Your covering letter should indicate which area(s) of public policy you are interested in. Please quote Staffing Process 19-LOP-107 in your application and, if you apply by email, in the subject line of your email.
Send us your application:
By email: firstname.lastname@example.org
By fax: 613-995-9582
By mail: 50 O’Connor Street
Library of Parliament
Human Resources Directorate
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A9
Questions? Contact Human Resources at 613-617-0943 or email@example.com.
We thank all those who apply. Please note that only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.
Competency Profile for Research and Analysis – Analyst
Adapting in order to work effectively in ambiguous or changing situations, and with diverse individuals and groups
Level 4: Adapts plans and goals.
• Adapts organizational or project plans to meet new demands and priorities.
• Revises project goals when circumstances demand it.
• Responds quickly to shifting opportunities and risks.
Providing service excellence to internal and/or external clients, addressing immediate and evolving client needs
Level 4: Provides seasoned advice.
• Acts as a seasoned advisor, providing independent opinion on complex client problems and novel initiatives, and assisting with decision-making.
• Encourages clients to consider difficult issues when it is in their best interests.
• Advocates on behalf of clients to more senior management, identifying approaches that meet clients’ needs as well as those of the organization.
Treating others fairly, honestly and respectfully, furthering the integrity of the organization and its relationships of trust within the work environment and in the broader community
Level 1: Acts in fair and ethical manner toward others.
• Treats everyone equally with fairness, honesty and respect all the time.
• Refrains from behaviour or language that is exclusionary or offensive.
• Focuses on organizational success rather than personal gain.
• Follows through consistently on promises and commitments made to others.
• Presents facts and circumstances transparently, no matter how difficult the facts may be.
• Guards confidential and sensitive information, passing it on only to those that need to know.
• Maintains ethical principles even in the most challenging circumstances.
ATTENTION TO DETAIL
Working in a conscientious, consistent and thorough manner to ensure accuracy and the quality of work products and services delivered
Level 5: Identifies obscure details that are important within a context of distracting information.
• Identifies all relevant details that are not obvious in various complex and technical documents.
• Identifies the subtleties of decisions rendered.
• Applies the highest standards for accuracy and quality for own work.
• Proposes process improvements to ensure the accuracy and quality of work products and services delivered by own team.
Understanding what information is needed, identifying how to locate and collect data from the appropriate sources, and analyzing information to make recommendations and prepare meaningful reports for decision-making
Level 5: Demonstrates expert knowledge and ability, and applies the competency in the most complex situations. Develops new approaches or methods in the area. Is recognized as an expert, internally and/or externally.
• Coaches others on identifying, using and tailoring research methods and sources of information to optimally meet requirements.
• Analyzes diverse research results, identifying new opportunities.
• Makes complex inferences using an enhanced base of general background knowledge and contextual information.
• Oversees others in producing complete and accurate reports summarizing the data collection and analysis process.
Working collaboratively with others to achieve organizational goals
Level 3: Fosters teamwork.
• Gives credit and acknowledgement for contributions and efforts of other team members.
• Makes outstanding efforts to help other team members.
• Fosters team spirit.
• Provides opportunities for all group members to contribute to group discussions.
• Helps build consensus among team members.
Analyzing and synthesizing information to understand issues, identify options and support sound decision-making
Level 4: Applies broad analysis.
• Integrates information from diverse sources, often involving large amounts of information.
• Thinks several steps ahead in deciding on the best course of action, anticipating likely outcomes.
• Develops conceptual frameworks that guide analysis by describing patterns of complex relationships among elements and events in the operating environment.
Communicating clearly and respectfully with different audiences, both orally and in writing
Level 4: Communicates complex messages.
• Communicates complex issues to widely varying audiences, in a clear and credible manner.
• Handles difficult on-the-spot questions (e.g., from senior executives, public officials, interest groups or the media).
• Secures support for ideas or initiatives through high-impact communication.
• Writes on complex and highly specialized issues (e.g., policy, law, science, economics, international affairs, parliamentary procedure).
• Evaluates written material to ensure accuracy, clarity and influence, making changes when necessary.
Understanding the workings, structure, culture and distribution of power within and beyond the organization and for Parliament as a whole, and applying this understanding to solve problems and achieve desired outcomes
Level 3: Understands and applies organizational culture, climate and power dynamics.
• Achieves satisfactory solutions based on an understanding of issues and culture in own and other organizations.
• Recognizes what is and is not acceptable or possible at certain times given the organizational culture, climate and power dynamics.
• Anticipates outcomes based on an understanding of organizational culture and power dynamics.
• Explains how organizational decisions are made and who makes and influences them.
• Applies an understanding of the roles people play in the organization to form alliances and achieve results.
The Library of Parliament
Our Vision: To be Parliament’s preferred and trusted source of information and knowledge.
Our Mission: The Library contributes to Canadian parliamentary democracy by creating, managing and delivering authoritative, reliable and relevant information and knowledge for Parliament.
What we do:
• Provide customized research and analysis to parliamentarians and their staff
• Supply parliamentarians, parliamentary committees and associations with the information they need to examine the issues of the day, consider legislation and hold the government accountable
• Preserve Parliament’s documentary heritage and ensure access to its collections
• Keep parliamentarians informed and up to date, and deliver relevant news and information
Support parliamentarians in their outreach to the public by providing opportunities for Canadians to access, experience and learn about Parliament
Who we serve:
• Parliamentarians and their staff
• Parliamentary committees and associations
• Organizations that support Parliament
• The Canadian public on behalf of parliamentarians
The Parliamentary Information and Research Service
The Parliamentary Information and Research Service (PIRS) provides parliamentarians with news, reference, research and analysis services and oversees the Library’s public education programs and seminars for parliamentarians and their staff. The research divisions within PIRS provide high-quality, substantive and timely information, research and analysis to parliamentary committees, to individual senators and members of the House of Commons, and to parliamentary associations and delegations. Subject areas include the full range of federal government programs, policies, legislation, budgets and spending, as well as international and inter-parliamentary affairs.
In conducting research and analysis for parliamentarians, analysts employ a wide range of tools and methodologies, including Gender-Based Analysis Plus (GBA+), statistical analysis, costing, content-rich visual elements and comparative analysis. The analysts are supported by statisticians, GBA+ specialists, GIS mapping specialists, librarians, research assistants, and a publishing, editing and creative services team. And they have access to a large and evolving print and digital collection.
More than 90 analysts work in the following 12 multidisciplinary teams, which include lawyers, scientists, economists, political and social scientists, research assistants, librarians and interns:
• Constitutional and Parliamentary Affairs;
• Economic, Fiscal and Monetary Policy;
• Environment, Fisheries and Agriculture;
• Gender, Health and Social Affairs;
• Government, Industry and Finance;
• Human Rights, Immigration and Citizenship;
• Indigenous Affairs and Social Development;
• International Affairs;
• International Trade and Defence;
• Justice and National Security;
• Resources, Energy and Transport; and
• Scrutiny of Regulations.
Analysts are assigned to nearly 50 parliamentary committees and 13 associations.
Analysts assigned to parliamentary committees:
• prepare background papers and work plans;
• provide briefing materials and suggested questions for committee meetings;
• analyze and synthesize witness testimony;
• draft committee reports;
• give advice to committee chairs and members; and
• provide research support throughout the federal budget financial cycle.
Analysts assigned to parliamentary associations:
• accompany delegations to international meetings;
• prepare background papers, briefing books and speaking notes;
• draft resolutions and amendments for interparliamentary assemblies;
• draft delegation reports; and
• develop programs for international meetings and conferences.
Analysts also provide customized research and analysis to 443 individual Senators and Members of the House of Commons and their staff. Research projects for these clients range in complexity from the provision of statistics and facts to in depth analysis of policy issues, programs and proposed legislation. While most products are delivered in writing, oral briefings are also provided.
In 2017–2018, PIRS responded to more than 16,600 information and reference requests and to about 5,600 research requests from parliamentary clients.