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Foreign Language Communications Analyst

Job ID19- 968-07-121-3103
Date Posted2019-09-25
Job TypeFull-time
Job CategoryPublic Administration
Closing Date 2021-12-22
Reference Number 19- 968-07-121
Job Category Experienced
Who Can Apply Canadian Citizens

Location Ottawa, Ontario
Montreal, Quebec
Toronto, Ontario
Burnaby, British Columbia
Edmonton, Alberta
Salary Range $73,970 - $89,970
Status Indeterminate (permanent)
Determinate (term)
Language Requirement English or French essential

Job Summary

​The Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) is looking for dedicated individuals to fill the position of Foreign Language Communications Analyst in its various regional offices across Canada. Candidates must possess a high level of initiative, motivation and discretion.

This position will be of interest to individuals who are able to translate from one or more foreign languages identified below into French or English and who are able to work effectively as part of a team. As a Foreign Language Communications Analyst, you will read or listen to foreign language material, determine its relevance and importance as well as produce translations and draft reports based on the intelligence value in the material.

Under the direction of a Team Leader, you will be responsible for assessing, identifying oral and written communications and provide advice to management. This requires the ability to conduct extensive research and analysis on various subjects and be able to draw on your understanding of the culture concerned.  As such, a keen interest in intelligence and politics is a must. Furthermore, the incumbent must be at ease working with computer systems and using social media.

CSIS is looking for individuals with the following language proficiency:

  • Arabic
  • Farsi
  • Mandarin
  • Russian
  • Punjabi
  • Hindi

If you are inspired by this role and want to further your career with one-of-a-kind experiences and challenges, then we want to hear from you. 

​Write us a cover letter telling us how you meet the education and experience listed below; do not forget to attach your resume.


  • Undergraduate degree

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 through a recognized credential assessment service.

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


  • Two (2) years of experience in research and analysis* and report writing.
    • *Research and analysis is defined as experience in researching information via various databases and experience in analyzing information in order to make recommendations.
  • Experience in working in a team environment.
  • Experience in the use of computer applications, tools, and communications / social media apps. 
  • Experience with computer systems.
  • Master, at a specialized level**, one of the languages listed above.

**Written tests will be administered in order to evaluate candidates' language proficiency in a foreign language as well as in French or English.  

Asset: Experience in interpretation or translation would be an asset.


  • Communication Skills (oral and written)
  • Organizational Skills / Multitasking
  • Rigour
  • Analytical skills
  • Adaptability / Flexibility
  • Ability to learn

Conditions of Employment

Candidates must successfully complete the Foreign Language Communications Analyst Training Course in Ottawa. 

Foreign Language Communications Analyst are subject to one (1) year probationary period. 


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.

For more information, visit CSIS for Foreign Language Communications Analyst