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Policy Analyst Recruitment and Development Program (PARDP) - Graduate Stream

Who should apply

PARDP’s graduate stream is seeking highly motivated candidates who have a keen interest in Canadian public policy and administration.

Applicants must have or be in the process of obtaining a graduate degree (master’s, or law (juris doctorate), or PhD), demonstrate academic excellence, and have experience conducting research (qualitative or quantitative) and leadership experience.

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Required Competencies

  • Driven: you identify opportunities, issues, and gaps; proactively acts and follows through on work activities to capitalize or resolve issues
  • Analytical: you ask questions, you think about underlying assumptions, you create, gather and summarize data in all its forms (quantitative, qualitative), you have keen observational skills, you take a critical approach to understand problems and are cautious about making grand statements without corroborating with reliable and relevant sources
  • Collaborative: you share information and include relevant parties, you establish relationships that are built on mutual trust and benefit, you seek consensus in a constructive fashion, you value and seek diverse perspective, and you aim to co-create solutions and give credit to those involved in the process
  • Storyteller (Oral and Written Communication): you breathe life into information in an adapted manner in order to inform the public and engage or support the decision-making process. you have strong oral and written communication skills
  • Respectful of Diversity: you value differences; you seek different perspectives; you build on the strengths of others; you find commonalities to achieve shared goals; you share credit and celebrate successes. You understand the importance of truth and reconciliation

Message from PARDP Champion

Photo of Frank Des Rosiers

As the PARDP Champion, I am proud of the talent this program attracts, and of the strong reputation it has developed within NRCan and beyond. As NRCan’s flagship recruitment program, PARDP provides a unique opportunity to develop the core competencies required to become a strong policy-analyst and dedicated public servant. As a result, many of our PARDPs have emerged from the program as exceptional leaders and policy professionals.

I have worked with many of our PARDPs and I am consistently impressed by the variety of skill-sets and perspectives that they bring to the Department. As we advance important files related to the environment, the economy, reconciliation, and innovation, we need competent, enthusiastic, and creative individuals. PARDP continues to recruit such people to support the Department’s work in these areas.

Frank Des Rosiers

Assistant Deputy Minister
Strategic Policy and Innovation Sector

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