Professional Practices Advisor

Job ID18- 968-08-060-8907
Date Posted2018-11-05
Job Type
Job Category
Closing Date 2019-01-16
Reference Number 18- 968-08-060
Job Category Subject Matter Expert
Who Can Apply Canadian Citizens

Location Ottawa, Ontario
Salary Range $78,800 - $95,870
Status Indeterminate (permanent) 
Language Requirement Bilingual Non-Imperative (CBC/CBC)

Job Summary

The Professional Practices Advisor is responsible for managing the activities of the Departmental Audit Committee (DAC), the Quality Assurance and Improvement Program and for providing advice to the Chief Audit and Evaluation Executive (CAEE) on Internal Audit frameworks and processes.

  • Manage the activities of the DAC by developing agendas, liaising with internal and external stakeholders; coordinating activities related to the DAC and drafting/reviewing DAC related documentation and outputs.
  • Manage/develop the Quality Assurance and Improvement Program and conduct quality assurance on branch activities and engagements.
  • Monitor, report and follow-up on the management response and action plan following recommendations from internal audits and Officers of Parliament.
  • Liaise with members of the DAC, stakeholders at all levels of the organization, as well as the Officers of Parliament to monitor and coordinate internal audit activities, and represent the CAEE and CSIS at departmental or interdepartmental meetings.
  • Advise and provide recommendations to the CAEE on internal audit policies and practices and collaborate in the Branch planning and reporting requirements.
  • Lead research, analysis and briefings as it relates to internal audit activities in CSIS.
  • Manage and coordinate the resources for internal audit professional services.


Undergraduate degree and

CERTIFICATION: An accounting designation (CPA: CA, CMA, CGA) or an internal audit certification (for example: CIA, CGAP, CISA).

The educational program must be from an accredited learning institution recognized in Canada.

If you completed a program outside of Canada you will be required to obtain proof of a Canadian equivalency at your expense from an accredited learning institution recognized in Canada.

Note: Any higher level of education could be recognized as experience.


Four (4) years of experience within the last six (6) years of internal audit experience (for example in conducting assurance engagements and/or in providing secretarial support to the Departmental Audit Committee)

Candidates must also possess:

  • Experience in preparing briefing material for Senior Management (defined as EX-02 and above).
  • Experience in providing strategic advice to Senior Management (defined as EX-02 and above).
  • Experience working independently and in a team setting.


  • Judgement
  • Rigour
  • Communication
  • Analytical skills
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Values and Ethics

Conditions of Employment

  • Upon appointment, an employee shall remain in their new position for two (2) years.
  • Employees must possess and maintain a valid and permanent Canadian driver's license for the duration of their employment in that position. 
  • Flexibility is required in relation to the work schedule that may extend beyond core hours of work based on operational requirements. 


Not Applicable

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Security Requirements

Candidates must be eligible to receive an Enhanced Top Secret security clearance. The process involves a security interview, a polygraph, and a background investigation that includes credit and financial verifications. The use of illegal drugs is a criminal offense. Drug use is an important factor considered in your reliability and suitability assessment during the selection process. Therefore it is important not to use any illegal drugs from the time you submit your application.


We thank all applicants for their interest in CSIS. However, only those who are selected for further consideration will be contacted.

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