4168 Program officers unique to government

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Lead statement

Program officers in this unit group are primarily concerned with the administration and operation of government institutions, such as Parliament, and activities unique to the operations of government, such as international relations, federal-provincial affairs, elections and tribunals.

Example Titles

  • tribunal officer
  • federal-provincial relations officer
  • office of the Speaker officer
  • standing or select committee officer
  • returning officer
  • elections officer
  • foreign service officer
  • royal commission officer
  • intergovernmental affairs officer
  • attaché
  • protocol officer

Main duties

Program officers unique to government perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Advise politicians or diplomats on the social, economic and political effects of government decisions on other governments in Canada or abroad
  • Explain Canadian foreign and domestic policies to governments and nationals of foreign countries, and act on behalf of Canada abroad
  • Collect, monitor and analyze international pressures, issues and communications and brief on intelligence and security matters
  • Plan intergovernmental meetings and conferences with officers of other municipal, provincial or federal governments
  • Co-ordinate the logistics and administration of elections within constituencies and ensure that electoral and voting procedures are followed
  • Co-ordinate administrative support services for legislative committees, royal commissions or tribunals
  • Participate as a member of a board or tribunal
  • Plan logistics and oversee diplomatic protocol of official visits to Canada by foreign politicians and dignitaries.

Employment requirements

  • A bachelor's degree is usually required.
  • A master's degree may be required.
  • Several years of experience as a researcher, consultant or program administrator may be required.
  • Foreign service officers are accepted on the basis of competitive examination.

Exclusions

  • Administrative officers (12211221)
  • Court officers and justices of the peace (12271227)
  • Economists and economic policy researchers and analysts (41624162)
  • Employment insurance, immigration, border services and revenue officers (12281228)
  • Executive assistants (12221222)
  • Social policy researchers, consultants and program officers (41644164)