BI-03 Various Positions

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Position Title Vacancies Classification
Generic Stream: BI-03 Various Positions 10 BI - 03
Stream 1: Assessment Officer 4 BI - 03
Stream 2: Scientific Evaluator 4 BI - 03

Organization Name: Department of Health
Locations: Various Locations
Salary: $65,816 to $87,424
Closing Date: July 7, 2011 - 23:59, Pacific Time Useful Information
Reference number: SHC11J-009462-000005
Selection Process Number: 11-NHW-CS-EA-005

Web site: For further information on the department, please visit Department of Health

Who Can Apply

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  • Persons residing in Canada and Canadian citizens residing abroad.

Citizenship

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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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Various language requirements depending on the position being staffed. This selection process may be used to staff similar positions within Health Canada with various linguistic profiles including English or French essential, bilingual imperative and there may be bilingual non-imperative needs with levels up to and including CCC/CCC.

Second Language Writing Skills Self-Assessment

An optional self-assessment test is available to assess your writing skills in your second official language for this staffing process. If you are uncertain of your second language writing skills, you may wish to try this optional self-assessment test first before completing your application for a bilingual imperative position. The link to access the optional second language self-assessment test can be found in the Requirements list of your on-line application for this process. The test is designed to be completed within 15 to 30 minutes. Once you have completed the optional test, you will be given general feedback on your performance on the second language writing skills test. If you obtain a moderate or high score on the second language writing skills self-assessment test, then you may be able to obtain a sufficiently high mark on the statutory Second Language Evaluation - Test of Written Expression.

Education

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  • EEd1- Graduation with a biological science or related health science degree relevant to the duties of the position from a recognized university

Experience

COMMON ESSENTIAL QUALIFICATIONS FOR ALL STREAMS

EE1 - Work related experience conducting, monitoring, designing, or reviewing scientific, regulatory or technical: studies, experiments or evaluations.
Note: Experience as part of a Master's or PhD may be accepted.

EE2 - Experience in writing two or more types of scientific documents that critically evaluate scientific data. Examples of these documents may include strategies, guidelines, research protocols, scientific reports, discussion papers, evaluations or peer reviewed journal articles.
Note: Scientific reports written as part of an undergraduate degree will not be accepted.

EE3- Experience researching and analyzing scientific or regulatory information.

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STREAM 1: ASSESSMENT OFFICER

Essential Experience

Note: In addition to the common essential criteria, candidates interested in Stream 1 must also meet experience criteria, EE4, to be considered for this stream.

EE4: Significant* experience in the critical evaluation and interpretation of scientific data generated from studies in humans.

*Significant experience is defined as assessing at least 20 scientific articles or clinical trials involving humans. Assessment must be of studies performed in humans (in-vitro and animal in-vivo studies do not apply).
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STREAM 2: SCIENTIFIC EVALUATOR

Essential Education and/or Experience

Note: In addition to the common essential criteria, candidates interested in Stream 2 must meet EITHER the education (EEd2) OR both experience criteria (EE5 and EE6) listed below to be considered for this stream.

EEd 2- Graduate degree (M.Sc. or Ph.D.) from a recognized university with a specialization in toxicology, epidemiology, or a related health science.

OR

EE5: Experience** in assessing the effects/risks to human health from chemical or biological substances.

EE6: Experience** in preparing documents which summarize and analyze key scientific or regulatory information.

** Experience is defined as approximately one or more years of full time experience in the required area acquired following the completion of academic training.

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

STREAM POSITION DESCRIPTIONS

Stream 1: Assessment Officer
Assessment Officers are responsible for the evaluation of the safety and efficacy of natural health products (NHPs). NHPs are defined as vitamins, minerals, herbal remedies, homeopathic medicines, traditional medicines, probiotics and other products like amino acids and fatty acids. Assessment Officers make recommendations to their Unit Head after review of complex clinical data. Assessment Officers may also be involved in the approval of clinical trials, writing monographs for NHPs, or Health Risk Assessments for NHPs.

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Stream 2: Scientific Evaluator
Toxicology/Air Health Scientific Evaluators are responsible for reviewing and synthesizing toxicological, epidemiological and other information in support of human health risk assessments. Evaluators prepare human health hazard and risk assessment reports on commercial chemicals or environmental contaminants, or technical reports on epidemiological issues. Evaluators prepare technical summaries and briefing notes for the purpose of informing and recommending options to senior managers. Evaluators contribute individually and as a team member to the development of risk assessments, or other regulatory actions.

Additional Requirements / Comments

  • PLEASE ENSURE YOU READ ALL POSTER NOTES THOROUGHLY AS THEY CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION THAT WILL BE REQUIRED IN THE APPLICATION PROCESS. FAILURE TO READ THE NOTES AND FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS COULD RESULT IN YOUR APPLICATION MISSING CRITICAL INFORMATION PROVIDING FOR INSUFFIENT INFORMATION FOR THE ASSESSMENT BOARD TO COMPLETE YOUR ASSESSMENT RESULTING IN YOUR ELIMINATION FROM THE PROCESS.
  • PROCESS INFORMATION

    • CURRENT POSITIONS TO FILL ARE ALL IN THE NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION. THIS POOL MAY BE USED TO STAFF SIMILAR POSITIONS IN VARIOUS REGIONS ACROSS CANADA.
    •ALL CANDIDATES WHO APPLY WILL AUTOMATICALLY BE CONSIDERED FOR THE GENERIC STREAM (BI-03 VARIOUS POSITIONS).
    • Candidates will also be asked to identify interest in streams 1 and/or 2 for which they wish to be considered.
    • All essential qualifications are common requirements for BI-03 positions at Health Canada and you must meet all common essential qualifications to be deemed qualified for the generic stream (BI-03 Various Positions). In addition to common essential qualifications, you must also meet stream specific essential qualifications to be deemed qualified for stream 1 and/or 2.
    • Common or stream-specific asset requirements may/may not be used for right fit selection.
    • A person MAY be appointed to the position even though he/she does not meet any/all of the asset qualifications, operational requirements or organizational needs. However, meeting the asset criteria MAY be desirable and may be a deciding factor in choosing the person to be appointed.
    • A pool of essentially, partially and/or fully assessed MAY be established from this advertised selection process which MAY be used to staff similar positions with various linguistic profiles including English or French essential, bilingual imperative, and bilingual non-imperative (note that there are currently no non-imperative positions) with levels up to and including CCC/CCC, various security requirements, various Conditions of Employment and/or various tenures including casual and acting at the BI-03 group and level within Health Canada in all regions.
    • A list of candidates eligible for deployment, assignment and/or secondment at the BI-03 group and level may be established.
  • APPLICATION INFORMATION

    • IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT YOU CAREFULLY REVIEW YOUR SUBMITTED APPLICATION PRIOR TO THE CLOSING DATE TO ENSURE ALL INFORMATION IS ACCURATE AND COMPLETE, INCLUDING CONTACT INFORMATION, TEXT QUESTION RESPONSES, SCREENING QUESTION RESPONSES, ETC. HEALTH CANADA IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY INCORRECT OR INCOMPLETE APPLICATION INFORMATION.
    • TECHNICAL SUPPORT IS AVAILABLE SOLELY THROUGH THE PUBLIC SERVICE RESOURCING SYSTEM (PSRS). You may obtain technical support by contacting your regional PSRS office at the following link; http://jobs-emplois.gc.ca/centres/contact-eng.htm. You are encouraged to apply within the hours in which support is available. Health Canada IS NOT responsible for any incorrect or incomplete applications which may result from technical difficulties. IT IS THE CANDIDATES RESPONSIBILITY TO ENSURE THEIR APPLICATION IS CORRECTLY SUBMITTED WITHIN THE PRESCRIBED TIMEFRAMES.
    • ALL APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED ONLINE THROUGH THE PSRS SYSTEM. Do not e-mail, fax, or mail in hard copy documents as these will not be accepted.
    • Acknowledgment of receipt of applications will not be sent; we will only contact successful candidates when the screening process has been completed.
  • Candidates are entitled to participate in the selection process in the official language of their choice. Candidates are required to indicate their preferred official language in their application profile.
    • For this selection process, our intention is to communicate with candidates by e-mail. This includes: invitations, information requests, online examinations administered via e-mail, provision of assessment results, etc. CANDIDATES MUST INCLUDE IN THEIR APPLICATION A VALID E-MAIL ADDRESS THAT IS FUNCTIONAL AT ALL TIMES AND ACCEPTS MESSAGES FROM UNKNOWN USERS. SOME E-MAIL SYSTEMS BLOCK THESE TYPES OF E-MAIL, ENSURE TO CHECK/VIEW YOUR SPAM FOLDER REGULARLY. Candidates MUST check their email accounts frequently as there may be a deadline for responses. Responses provided after the indicated deadline WILL NOT be accepted.
    • It is the responsibility of the candidate to ensure that ACCURATE CONTACT INFORMATION is provided and updated as required, INCLUDING YOUR APPLICATION PROFILE (e.g. e-mail address, telephone numbers, etc.). Errors in your profile and/or failure to update your contact information MAY result in no further consideration of your application if you cannot be reached.
    • Please ensure to take note of your PSRS applicant number (your account login number). You may be identified in our correspondence and/or assessment solely by this number.
    • Candidates WILL be required to provide proof of citizenship. Citizenship MUST be acquired at the time of application. Preference WILL be given to Canadian citizens.
    • Candidates WILL be required to provide proof of education. Candidates with foreign education credentials MUST provide proof of Canadian equivalency AT THE TIME OF APPLICATION. Consult the Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials for further information at: http://www.cicic.ca.
    • Candidates MUST make arrangements at the time of application to ensure that these documents (i.e. proof of education and citizenship) are available upon request.
    • Candidates will be provided with instructions via e-mail indicating how to submit the document(s). If possible, candidates should have these documents scanned for quick availability. Qualified candidates CANNOT be included into the established pool(s) until these documents are received.
    • Your resume will be requested at a later date. You will be informed via email when to submit your resume.
  • SCREENING QUESTIONS
    (PLEASE READ CAREFULLY)

    • You will be required to provide information on how you meet the essential education and experience qualifications during the application process by means of responding to a number of screening questions. IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO PROVIDE CLEAR AND CONCRETE EXAMPLES IN YOUR RESPONSES TO EACH QUESTION, INCLUDING WHEN (FROM-TO), WHERE (OCCUPATIONAL TITLE, ORGANIZATION) AND HOW YOU OBTAINED YOUR EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE. It is recommended that you describe the experience examples in specific terms, providing sufficient details so that the Assessment Board can clearly understand. Describe the situation/task, the action you took and what you accomplished. Content of your response may be validated by a reference as your responses to these questions will be used as a primary source of information. Lack of EXAMPLES and DETAILS WILL result in your application being rejected as the Assessment Board will have insufficient information to determine if the requirement is met. YOUR RESPONSES ARE LIMITED TO A MAXIMUM OF 4000 CHARACTERS (WITH SPACES) PER QUESTION.
    • VERY IMPORTANT NOTE: The PSRS system will time out after 60 minutes which may result in your inability to save your work or loss of data. It is recommended that you draft ALL RESPONSES in another document on your PC which may be saved (e.g. in MS Word or WordPerfect) and copy/paste into the PSRS system when completed. HEALTH CANADA IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR SYSTEM PROBLEMS WHICH MAY RESULT IN LOSS OF DATA AND/OR INCOMPLETE OR NON SUBMITTED APPLICATIONS.
    • It is the candidate’s responsibility to ensure that the content of their application is clear, accurate, and up to date. Candidates WILL NOT be solicited for clarification nor for incomplete or possibly missing information.
    • Content of your responses MAY be validated at any time during the selection process.
  • ASSESSMENT

    • Volume management strategies such as random selection or common education assets may be applied to the generic stream (BI-03 Various Positions) and at any assessment stage in the process.
    • Asset qualifications may be assessed at anytime during the selection process, including: asset education, experience, knowledge, abilities and competencies. You will be informed via the application screening questions or by email when and how these additional qualifications will be assessed.
    • Common assets may be applied to any of the following: generic stream, Stream 1 and/or Stream 2.
    • Candidates MAY be assessed using one or more of the following tools: standardized tests, written/online exams, interviews, simulation exercises, and/or reference checks.
    • Candidates’ standardized test results may be used for other selection processes.
    • Depending on the number of applicants, Department needs and HR plans, volume management strategies such as a sliding area of selection, random selection, top-down approach, and/or cut-off scores MAY be used for the purpose of managing applications/candidates volumes.
    • A written/online exam and interview will be scheduled in the weeks following the close of the poster. Candidates MUST make themselves available within the time span of the testing and interview phase. The written/online exam and/or interview MAY be administered outside of regular working hours including evenings and weekends. IF YOU ARE UNAVAILALE FOR THE SCHEDULED TESTING AND/OR INTERVIEW SESSION YOU MUST INFORM US IMMEDIATELY. CANDIDATES WILL ONLY BE RE-SCHEDULED ON A CASE BY CASE BASIS. SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION WILL BE REQUIRED AT THE TIME OF YOUR REQUEST TO BE RE-SCHEDULED.
  • SECOND LANGUAGE EVALUATION (SLE)

    • Candidates interested in bilingual positions WILL require valid Second Language Evaluation (SLE) results. For more information on bilingual position requirements, linguistic profiles, and testing, please refer to the following link: http://www.psc-cfp.gc.ca/ppc-cpp/sle-els/index-eng.htm
    • Candidates already possessing valid SLE results WILL be required to provide a copy when requested. Candidates will be provided with instructions via e-mail indicating how to submit their results. If possible, candidates should have these documents scanned for quick availability. A copy of SLE results can be requested, with no charge to the candidate, at the following link: http://www.psc-cfp.gc.ca/ppc-cpp/tests-reslt-tests/tst-rslt-examn-eng.htm
    • Candidates are encouraged to take the Public Service Commission Unsupervised Internet Test (UIT) to determine their potential on the Second Language Evaluation (SLE) and whether they should apply for bilingual imperative positions. This is an optional, multiple choice self-assessment test of second language written communication skills. This test is designed to be completed within 15 to 30 minutes. For the test takers’ convenience, a time limit of 60 minutes has been allotted to complete the test. http://www.psc-cfp.gc.ca/ppc-cpp/psc-tests-cfp/uit-eng.htm
    • Candidates who do not possess valid SLE results but who indicate in their application an interest in being tested will be scheduled at any time during the selection process. Candidates MUST make themselves available for the scheduled date. CANDIDATES WILL ONLY BE RE-SCHEDULED ON A CASE BY CASE BASIS. SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION WILL BE REQUIRED AT THE TIME OF YOUR REQUEST TO BE RE-SCHEDULED. Candidates who fail to appear at their scheduled time MAY no longer be considered in this selection process and will not be provided with another opportunity to de the SLE. Please note that a $200 penalty may be charged to Health Canada when a cancellation occurs less than 2 working days before an examination is to be administered or when an individual fails to attend a test.
    • Candidates who have been fully assessed and found to have met all essential qualifications except official language requirements may update their second-language evaluation (SLE) results for as long as the pool is/pools are valid. N.B.: Each candidate can only undergo SLE testing one time within the context of an appointment process; any update to a candidate's linguistic profile must be as a result of subsequent SLE testing done outside of this appointment process.
  • SECURITY

    • Candidates MUST undergo security screening and obtain the appropriate clearance level/reliability for the position(s) being staffed.
    • Candidates already possessing valid security clearance will be required to provide the following information: date of birth, security clearance level, and organization that currently holds your security clearance. Your security clearance will be validated by Health Canada at the time of appointment. Candidates will be provided with instructions via e-mail indicating how to submit the required information.
    • Candidates who do not possess valid security clearance will be provided with the security forms and instructions via e-mail indicating how to complete and submit these documents. Your security screening will be processed at the time of appointment.
  • ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
    • Candidates who are NOT Federal Public Servants WILL be responsible for all travel and/or accommodation expenses resulting from the assessment phases of this selection process.
    • Candidates who are Federal Public Servants MAY be reimbursed for travel and/or accommodation expenses resulting from this selection process. Candidates MUST indicate whether they require travel and/or accommodation prior to the assessment phase. Unauthorized travel and/or accommodation expenses WILL NOT be reimbursed.
    • Note: We will have several assessment locations across Canada to accommodate candidates located outside the NCR.
    • Tele- and/or video conference interviews may be conducted for those candidates located outside the NCR.
    • Candidates with disabilities: If you require special accommodation at any stage in the selection process, including a technical aid or an alternative method of assessment to ensure an equitable assessment of your qualifications, please indicate this in your application.
    • Health Canada MAY be using the services of a third party to administer an online assessment. Your name and email address will be provided to this organization to facilitate the administration of the assessment tool. By submitting your application, you have provided Health Canada the consent to provide this information to the organization for administration purposes only. This information will only be used for administration of the assessment tool. Please ensure you read any and all correspondence that may be received regarding the assessment tool. Failure to do so could result in your elimination from the staffing process. By applying to this process, you are giving Health Canada the permission to share your application as well as all assessment results with board members, hiring managers and their HR representatives.

Information to be provided:

  • You must ensure that you select at least one employment type when submitting your application: Employment tenure

Important messages

By applying to this process you are giving Health Canada the permission to share your application as well as all assessment results with hiring managers and their HR representatives

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.