Appointment opportunity: Commissioner (part-time positions)
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:
Commissioner (part-time positions)
Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission
The Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) is a regional fisheries management organization that manages highly migratory tuna and tuna-like species in the eastern Pacific Ocean. Its convention area includes most of Canada’s Pacific exclusive economic zone (EEZ).
Canada’s main fishing interest in the IATTC is the management of North Pacific albacore tuna, a highly migratory species, which is harvested throughout the North Pacific Ocean. In addition, Canada has some fishing access to other highly migratory species in the Convention Area, including Bigeye tuna. Unlike some other regional fisheries management organizations, IATTC fisheries are largely managed by controlling effort (e.g. number of vessels fishing) as opposed to output (e.g. total allowable catch). While most of Canada’s fishing effort occurs within Canadian waters, a subset of the fleet is able to fish in United States’ waters through reciprocal access privileges grated under the Pacific Albacore Tuna Treaty. Some additional Canadian fishing effort also occurs in waters of the Convention Area beyond national jurisdiction.
The IATTC holds one annual meeting per year, as well as a number of other sub-committee and working group meetings. Members of Canada’s delegation to the IATTC, including commissioners representing stakeholders, participate at the discretion of the Canadian Head of Delegation. They work to ensure that the conservation and management measures in place for species under the scope of the Commission are based on the best available science, incorporate the precautionary approach, and take into account broader ecosystem considerations. Members also contribute to stock assessment work and key scientific research activities aimed at increasing the understanding of the biology of species managed by the Commission.
Further details about the organization and its activities can be found on the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission's website.
Candidates must apply online by Friday, July 2, 2021. Your cover letter and résumé should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org at Fisheries and Oceans Canada. English and French appointment opportunities will be produced in an alternative format upon request.
Per Diem: $200-$250, plus travel and living expenses (should travel be required) in accordance with Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat guidelines
Position Location: Various locations across British Columbia
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 your ability to speak and understand your second official language in your application. Preference may be given to candidates who are members of one or more of the following groups: women, Indigenous peoples, disabled persons, and members of visible minorities.
Please note that there will be no interviews held for this selection process. It is therefore imperative that you clearly demonstrate in your application, with concrete examples, how you meet the following requirements:
Education and experience
- A degree from a recognized university or an acceptable combination of education, training and job-related experience
- Experience using a computer for communication, research, word processing (Microsoft Word) and to participate in virtual meetings (Microsoft Teams, Zoom)
Knowledge, skills and abilities
- A thorough knowledge of the North Pacific albacore fishery, and knowledge of other tuna fisheries in the region
- Demonstrated ability to assist in the development of policy recommendations; and assume an active role in the deliberations of the Canadian delegation at Commission meetings
- Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing
- Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships
- Ability to make timely and effective written decisions
The following qualifications are not essential, but will be considered assets:
- Experience working in the Eastern Pacific fishing industry or in fisheries management/policy
If you move on to the next stage of the selection process, we will contact your references to confirm that you meet the above Essential requirements and that you possess the following personal attributes:
- High ethical standards and integrity
- Sound judgment
Eligibility factors and conditions of employment
In your application, you must respond “Yes” or “No” to the following requirements:
- To be considered for this position, candidates must be a Canadian citizen. Are you a Canadian Citizen?
- At this time meetings are held virtually, however, there may be a time when in-person meetings resume. Are you willing to travel within the Department of Fisheries and Oceans pacific region and internationally?
- Commissioners must be willing to participate in meetings and be able to contribute to the work of the Commission. The expected time commitment for a commissioner is approximately 20 business days including travel and attendance at annual meetings. Are you available for this commitment?
- Commissioners must not be an active participant in the tuna fishing industry. Are you an active participant in the tuna fishing industry?
- Commissioners must have access to high-speed internet. Do you have access to high-speed internet?
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 Web site, under "Terms and conditions applying to Governor in Council appointees".
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 Web site.
A roster of qualified candidates may be established and may be used for similar opportunities.
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