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China Analyst

Department Name: Privy Council Office
Location: Ottawa
Classification: PM - 04
Salary: $56,496 to $61,047
Closing Date: April 20, 2007 - 23:59, Pacific Time Useful Information
Reference Number: PCO07J-008797-000028
Selection Process Number: 07-PCO-EA-11909
Employment Tenure: Permanent position
Vacancies: 1

Website: For further information on the department, please visit Privy Council Office

Who Can Apply:

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  • Persons residing in Canada and Canadian citizens residing abroad


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Preference will be given to Canadian citizens. Please indicate in your application the reason for which you are entitled to work in Canada: Canadian citizenship, permanent resident status or work permit.

Language Proficiency

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Applicants must demonstrate in their application that they meet the following merit criteria to be retained for further consideration.

English essential


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Graduation with a bachelor’s degree from a recognized university.


Experience in researching a wide range of primary sources of information on developments concerning China.

Experience in preparing, presenting and effectively defending analyses on issues related to China, both orally and in writing.

Other Merit Criteria and Conditions of Employment

  • The following merit criteria may be required for this position. Applicants should indicate in their application if they meet the merit criteria.
    • Graduation with a master’s degree from a recognized university in Political Science, International Relations, Conflict Studies or History, with specialization in Area Studies, and with a focus on Greater China (the People's Republic of China and Taiwan).
    • Experience in working or travelling in China.

Statement of Merit Criteria

Applicants who meet the above criteria will also be assessed against the Statement of Merit Criteria for this position.

Work Environment

The International Assessment Staff provide the Privy Council Office and other senior government clients with original, policy-neutral intelligence assessments of foreign developments and trends that may affect Canadian interests. The secretariat plays an interdepartmental coordinating role for the Canadian assessment community. It also helps foster and strengthen relationships with allied intelligence assessment organizations.

Within the International Assessment Staff, the Asia Division covers developments in Northeast, Southeast and South Asia.


The primary task of the successful candidate will be to gather, evaluate and organize material from intelligence and other classified or open sources on China, and based on this information to prepare assessments of Chinese political, economic, strategic and security issues for senior government decision makers. He or she must be prepared to accept input on draft assessments from peers and to defend the final versions to senior officials.

To support this work, the successful candidate will be expected to develop and maintain a comprehensive data base and body of expertise on a wide range of issues relating to China. He or she will be expected to travel to Asia periodically to consult with experts there.

The successful candidate will also be called on to provide written or oral briefs and presentations on issues relating to China from time to time, and to comment on draft assessments by other analysts or from other agencies.

Additional Requirements / Comments

  • CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT: Top Secret Security Clearance. This factor is not used at the preselection stage. The Department is responsible for the Security Clearance process.

Information to be provided:

When you apply, you must provide the following information or your application will be rejected:

  • Your résumé.
  • A covering letter in 1,000 words (maximum) "describing, with concrete examples, how you meet all the education and experience requirements for this position."
  • You must ensure that you select at least one employment type when submitting your application: Employment Tenure

Important Messages

Only on-line applications are accepted.

If you do not have Internet access in your home or through friends, relatives or neighbours, here are some suggested locations: campus career centres, libraries, community centres, Internet cafés, Canada/Student Employment Centres, and Public Service Commission (PSC) regional offices. You may also call 1-800 O-Canada (1-800-622-6232), or TTY 1-800-926-9105, for information on the nearest public Internet access location.

Persons with a disability preventing them from applying on-line should contact us at 1-800-645-5605.

Your résumé must clearly demonstrate how you meet the requirements.

We thank all those who apply. Only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

Questions regarding travel and relocation.

The Public Service of Canada is committed to building a skilled, diverse workforce reflective of Canadian society. As a result, it promotes employment equity and encourages candidates to indicate voluntarily on their application if they are a woman, an Aboriginal person, a person with a disability or a member of a visible minority group.

The Public Service of Canada is also committed to developing inclusive, barrier-free selection processes and work environments. If contacted in relation to a job opportunity or testing, you should advise the Public Service Commission or the departmental official in a timely fashion of the accommodation measures which must be taken to enable you to be assessed in a fair and equitable manner. Information received relating to accommodation measures will be addressed confidentially.

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