Senior Evaluator


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Closing Date 2019-10-23
Reference Number 19-968-09-105
Job Category Experienced
Who Can Apply Canadian Citizens
Location Ottawa, Ontario
Salary Range $89,400 - $108,820
Status Indeterminate (permanent)
Language Requirement Bilingual Non-Imperative (BBB/BBB)

Job Summary

The Senior Evaluator is responsible for leading policy and program evaluations in accordance with the Treasury Board Secretariat's Policy on Results and related directive.

  • Oversee the work of evaluators by coaching and providing guidance; monitor their progress and providing input in the preparation of performance evaluation.
  • Plan, manage and coordinate the evaluation of departmental programs; schedule and assign activities, coordinate and monitor the work to ensure project objectives are met; and manage the design and adaptation of data collection tools to meet project objectives.
  • Plan, organize and lead the design and development of evaluations to examine their effectiveness and efficiency in alignment with organizational strategic objectives and priorities.
  • Manage the selection of methodologies for evaluation studies and the application of analytical tools; review and develop evaluation reports, briefings and presentations outlining the results of evaluation engagements, and provide recommendations on reporting.
  • Provide advice and guidance to managers, and maintain contact with clients to inform of the status of evaluations.
  • Lead research to assess current and future requirements; conduct analyses of findings on a broad range of issues, and provide advice and recommendations to managers and senior managers concerning changes or improvements to departmental policies, strategic plans and programs. 
  • Develop and maintain evaluation knowledge and expertise and remain current on developments in the field.
  • Represent the Evaluation section at various forums; lead corporate and horizontal evaluations and consult with representatives of OGDs, partners and stakeholders on joint evaluation projects.


  • Bachelor’s degree with specialization in evaluation, business, economics, sociology, statistics or a related field.

The educational program must be from an accredited learning institution recognized in Canada.
Note: Any higher level of education could be recognized as experience.

Education Asset:

  • Graduate degree or post-graduate degree or a certificate in evaluation (or in a related field) or
  • Credentialed evaluator from the Canadian Evaluation Society.


  • Seven (7) years of experience in participating in all phases of evaluation projects (planning, methodological design (including tool development), collecting and analysing quantitative and qualitative data, developing recommendations and reporting).

  • Four (4) years of experience within the last seven years in leading evaluations and/or leading phases of evaluations.

  • Significant* experience in using qualitative and quantitative research methods and analysis techniques for evaluation.

  • Significant* experience in developing recommendations and providing evaluation advice to key stakeholders including senior management.

  • Significant* experience in writing evaluation reports and relevant documents.

  • Experience in preparing and presenting evaluation information to a variety of target groups (e.g., program managers, senior management etc.).

  • Experience in developing and maintaining client/stakeholder relationships.


*Significant experience is assessed in terms of the depth and breadth of experience (including the complexity of tasks) associated with the performance of these senior evaluator duties for a minimum of three (3) years. 



  • Knowledge of federal government program evaluation policies and standards.

  • Knowledge of research methods and analysis techniques related to evaluation.


  • Ability to manage all the steps of an evaluation project and monitor evaluation plans.

  • Ability to communicate effectively orally.

  • Ability to communicate effectively in writing.


  • Analytical skills

  • Advisory

  • Collaboration

  • Results Oriented

Conditions of Employment

  • Availability to work overtime on occasion.
  • Candidates must be willing and able to travel domestically as needed.


A competency-based interview may be administered.

A written examination may be administered.

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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.



Applicants must clearly demonstrate in their application how they meet each Education and Experience criteria. Failure to do so will result in the applicant being screened out of the career opportunity.

CSIS is a separate employer and is not subject to the Public Service Employment Act (PSEA). CSIS has its own classification, compensation system, and a different staffing regime. As such, we use a different staffing process and terminology.

CSIS is committed to diversity and inclusion and the equitable participation of all Canadians. Should you require accommodation in relation to a disability, please tell us at the beginning of the selection process. This information will be kept confidential.

The personal information provided in your application is protected under the Privacy Act and will be held in Personal Information Bank SIS/P-PU-025.

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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