Political Economic

Advancing Canada’s Priorities in the World

Build a career promoting and defending Canada’s foreign policy agenda on issues such as human rights, the environment, peacebuilding and disarmament.

As a Political Economic Officer, you play an important role in advancing Canada’s national interests through our relations with other countries and international institutions, and in shaping Canada’s foreign policy development and direction.

Your chance to:

  • Advocate our priorities in bilateral relations with countries such as the United States, China, or Russia and in multilateral relations with institutions such as the United Nations or the Organization of American States (OAS)
  • Seek approaches that benefit Canada and the world on global issues such as peacebuilding, democratic development, human rights, the environment, disarmament, or international crime and terrorism
  • Witness and contribute to the management of international crises
  • Build people-to-people links through academic, scientific, sport and cultural exchanges
  • Apply professional training and skills to the international landscape, for example, in international law

We work in...

  • Headquarters in Ottawa
  • regional offices across canada
  • 150+ offices worldwide

You can work with us as a...

Foreign Service Officer (FS), Political Economic, on foreign policy issues, including relations with specific institutions or countries, or on issues such as security, disarmament or human rights. Foreign Service Officers are based in Ottawa and agree to be assigned to diplomatic missions abroad according to operational needs and their own professional interests and personal circumstances.

Policy Officer (EC), on bilateral, multilateral or sectoral foreign policy issues. Policy Officers are based in Ottawa, but may apply for postings to regional offices in Canada or to diplomatic missions abroad.

We perform the following tasks:

  • Analyze international trends and developments through the lens of Canadian priorities
  • Develop policy recommendations
  • Integrate Canada’s international affairs policies
  • Identify and build relations with stakeholders to promote Canada’s international objectives
  • Manage and deliver a range of programs internationally

To succeed you are…

  • Flexible
  • Analytical
  • Service-oriented
  • An effective communicator both orally and in writing
  • Attentive to details and take pride in your work
  • A self-starter, showing initiative and the ability to take action under pressure
  • An active listener, respectful and open to the opinions of others
  • Sound of judgment when analyzing problems
  • Cooperative and enjoy being part of a team