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Senior Policy Analyst (Trade)



Competition # : 32973 

Department: Intergovernmental Affairs

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Term

Union Status: Exclusion - Non Union - NSPG 

Closing Date: 10/22/2021 (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us


The Department of Intergovernmental Affairs is the central agency responsible for coordinating and leading Nova Scotia’s relations with the federal, and other provincial and territorial governments, as well as with foreign national and subnational governments.


Intergovernmental Affairs, through the Minister of Trade, is responsible for all matters relating to trade policy, interprovincial and international trade negotiations, agreements and disputes, and the development of the Province’s strategic approach to international markets.  The goal of the Strategic Trade Policy Division is to ensure Nova Scotians benefit from a competitive trading environment, through achieving better market access abroad for goods and service providers and mitigating the economic and fiscal risks associated with non-compliance.


About Our Opportunity


Reporting to the Director of Strategic Trade Policy, the Senior Trade Policy Analyst is accountable for providing support to the Director in managing international and internal trade policy issues through a focus on research, technical analysis, consultation and interdepartmental coordination, information dissemination, policy advice and document/correspondence preparation.

Primary Accountabilities


Some of the primary accountabilities in this role include: 


  • Undertaking in-depth research on complex issues. 
  • Identifying issues of interest to the province, collaborating with other provincial departments and provincial/territorial partners, when appropriate, and ultimately negotiating for/advising on positions favourable to the Province’s economy.
  • Actively monitoring economic and policy conditions in strategic markets to ensure timely advice can be provided on changes in market conditions and a rapid response can be facilitated that will minimize impacts to Nova Scotia exporters and/or importers.
  • Working with legal counsel and the Director, acts as a coordinator, undertakes research and drafts supporting documentation in the prosecution of trade disputes and complaints affecting Nova Scotia; maintains active awareness of dispute procedural calendars and provides advice to the Director on policy implications associated with the dispute processes and outcomes.
  • Participating in interdepartmental initiatives that further trade, goals, strategies, and coordination mechanisms by communicating and defining the Province's Corporate Trade Policy interests through interdepartmental committees (e.g., Trade Implementation Committee, State of Trade Working Group, and the Strategic Markets Working Group), and by providing direct support to, or leading from time to time, the development and implementation of new cross-government projects, such as the Trade Policy Handbook, which help avoid trade disputes and enhance information/data sharing, cohesion, program relevancy, and senior-level awareness.

Qualifications and Experience

To be successful in this role you have a Masters’ level degree in Economics, Political Science, Business or Public Administration. An acceptable combination of education and experience may be considered.  Strong consideration will be given to candidates with progressively responsible experience in trade, economics, international relations, legislation, regulation, and economic development.


As the successful candidate, you demonstrate leadership and analytical skills, independent judgement and initiative, and the ability to manage complex interdepartmental and intergovernmental work.  You must have a high level of interpersonal skills, communication (both verbal and written) with a demonstrated ability in decision making, problem solving, policy interpretation and development, strategic planning and relationship building.

You have strong written and statistical skills with proven experience in drafting reports, Cabinet document writing and preparation of briefing materials as well as an ability to build collaborative working relationships within and outside of government.  Computer literacy, including thorough knowledge of software packages such as Microsoft Office, will also be a component of your skill set.

You will be well-organized, capable of managing change and competing priorities, undertaking high level work under tight deadlines, and the ability to exercise sound judgement under pressure.

As the successful candidate, you will work effectively in a team environment and can undertake complex assignments without supervision.  You will demonstrate independent judgment and tact in dealing with people and exhibit a high level of professionalism as a person of the greatest discretion, as confidential documents may be involved and/or engagement with senior foreign and domestic government officials/diplomats.  You also apply the concepts of equity, diversity, and inclusion to all areas of your work and will support your colleagues to do the same.

Technical expertise in domestic and international trade agreements would be considered an asset for this position.


Leadership competencies required at this level of work are: 

Conceptual Thinking, Strategic Orientation, Outcome Focus, Initiative, Effective Interactive Communication, Partnering and Relationship Building, and Intercultural and Diversity Proficiency.


We will assess the above qualifications and competencies using one or more of the following tools: written examination, standardized tests, oral presentations, interview(s), and reference checks.



An equivalent combination of training, education and experience will be considered.  Applicants relying on education and experience equivalencies must demonstrate such equivalencies in their application.



Based on the employment status and the collective agreement, the Government of Nova Scotia offers its employees a wide range of benefits such as Health, Dental, Life Insurance, Pension, General Illness (Short and Long Term), Vacation and Employee and Family Assistance Programs. Click here to learn more about our various benefits offering and eligibility criteria.

Working Conditions


Majority of time spent in a comfortable office environment.


Travel may be required for work which can involve demanding hours and disruptive time zones.


Additional Information


Please note this is a term opportunity with an anticipated end date of September 19, 2022; however, the status of the opportunity is dependent on the start date of the successful applicant. 

What We Offer


  • Career Development where you have access to career guidance, tools, resources, and ongoing training for every stage of your career.
  • Engaging workplace. Our Employees feel valued, respected, connected, and tuned in. We have forward-thinking policies and strategies.
  • Countless Career Paths.
  • Department Specific Flexible working schedules.


Pay Grade:  EC 11 

Salary Range:  $3,062.13 - $3,836.49 Bi-Weekly


Employment Equity Statement:


Our goal is to be a diverse workforce that is representative, at all job levels, of the citizens we serve.  The Government of Nova Scotia has an Employment Equity Policy, and we welcome applications from Indigenous People, African Nova Scotians and Other Racially Visible Persons, Persons with Disabilities and Women in occupations or positions where they are under-represented.  If you are a member of one of these equity groups, you are encouraged to self-identify on your electronic application.


Offer of employment is conditional upon the completion of all applicable background checks and confirmation of credentials, the results of which must be satisfactory to the employer. We thank all applicants for the interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. All questions and concerns may be directed to