Program Advisors (2 positions)

Industrial Research Assistance Program
Ottawa - Ontario


  • An eligibility list may be established for similar positions for a one year period.
  • These are two continuing positions.

Your challenge

The incumbent is an important member of the Division Services Office of the NRC’s Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP). NRC-IRAP supports small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) in Canada to grow wealth creation for Canada through technological innovation.

NRC-IRAP helps firms to develop technologies and successfully commercialize them in a global marketplace. They do this by providing technical and business advisory services and financial assistance to the small and medium-sized enterprises they serve.

Reporting to NRC-IRAP’s Program Expertise Director, the incumbent is part of a team of subject matter experts who seek continuous program improvements to pursue NRC-IRAP’s mandate.

The Program Advisor provides advisory and assessment services on the management of innovation programs by IRAP. The Program Advisor plays a key role in preparing business cases and planning strategic programs and projects, which includes developing and implementing these programs and projects.

The Program Advisor is responsible for supporting IRAP's work with SMEs by providing advice and guidance related to IRAP Innovation programs in key areas such as policy development, performance measurement and partnership formulation, in addition to developing risk mitigation strategies.

The incumbent brings expertise in transfer payment delivery and defines the strategic direction that guides the development of policies, procedures and processes, as well as IT and training matters. The incumbent leads projects in collaboration with program officers and stakeholders.

Screening criteria

Applicants must demonstrate within the content of their application that they meet the following screening criteria in order to be given further consideration as candidates:


A university degree in Science, Engineering, Business or Public Administration.


  • Recent and significant experience in the provision of expert advice and guidance to senior management in the administration of government programs, preferably contribution programs.
  • Recent and significant experience in one or more of the following: development of performance measurements, design of transfer payment programs, audits, evaluations.
  • Experience in dealing with challenges faced by innovative small and medium enterprises.

Recent: experience obtained within the last 2 years.
Significant: at least 3 years of experience.

Condition of employment

  • A Secret clearance must be obtained within 12 months of employment.
  • Reliability Status

Language requirements

Assessment criteria

Candidates will be assessed on the basis of the following criteria:

Technical competencies:

  • Knowledge of design, implementation and evaluation of programs.
  • Ability to research, analyse and provide advice related to program administration.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.

Behavioural competencies:

NRC-Wide cluster:

  •  Client Focus (level 3)
  •  Partnering (level 3)
  •  Teamwork (level 3)

Management Services cluster:

  •  Conceptual and Analytical Ability (level 3)
  •  Initiative (level 3)
  •  Organizational and Environment Awareness (level 3)

For this position, NRC will evaluate candidates using the following competency profile(s): | Management Services | NRC-Wide

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Relocation assistance will be determined in accordance with NRC's directives.

Salary range

  • These positions are classified as a Research Council Officer (RCO), a group that is unique to the NRC. The RCO group uses a person-based classification system instead of the more common duties-based classification system. Candidates are remunerated based on their expertise, skill, outcomes and impacts of their previous work experience. The salary scale for this group is vast, from $49,670 to $140,418 per annum, which permits for employees of all levels from new graduates to world renowned experts to be fairly compensated for their contributions.
  • The incumbent will receive the Bilingualism Bonus of $800 per year.

Closing date

06/30/2017 (5 days)

Applications will be accepted until 23:59 Eastern Time


  • Candidates must clearly demonstrate in their cover letter how they meet the education and experience factors listed on the poster. Candidates must use the education/experience criteria as a header and then write one or two paragraphs demonstrating how they meet them by providing concrete examples. In addition, the candidate is encouraged to describe in detail when, where and how he/she gained the experience. Failure to provide an appropriate cover letter will result in the rejection of your application. Candidates will not be solicited for incomplete or possible missing information.
  • NRC employees enjoy a wide-range of benefits including comprehensive health and dental plans, pension and insurance plans, vacation and other leave entitlements.
  • Preference will be given to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada. Please include citizenship information in your application.
  • Candidates who have Second Language Evaluation (SLE) test results with the Public Service Commission should include these results with their application.
  • The incumbent must adhere to safe workplace practices at all times.
  • We thank all those who apply, however only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

To apply

All applications must be submitted on-line.  Please do not fax or email your applications. By applying over the web, your application becomes available to managers immediately. Applications must be received no later than the closing date.

You should also be prepared to attach your résumé into the online application form in one of the following formats:

  • Microsoft Word
  • Rich Text Format (RTF)
  • ASCII text
  • PDF

As an employer who values diversity in its workforce, we encourage candidates to self-identify as members of the following designated groups: women, visible minorities, aboriginal peoples and persons with disabilities. Measures for accommodation are available to all candidates retained for further assessment.

Please review instructions before applying online.

To obtain a copy of the job description

Please direct your questions, with the hiring number (10-17-0192) to:

Telephone: (613) 949-7685