Research and Program Support Officer

About the Office of the Administrator:

The Ship-source Oil Pollution Fund (SOPF) compensates victims of oil pollution from ship-source and will celebrate its 30th birthday in 2019.

The Fund for Railway Accidents Involving Designated Goods (FRAIDG) will compensate victims of rail accidents involving crude oil, should damages exceed the railway’s limits of liability. It will reach its third year of existence in 2019.

Both funds share the same premises as well as a number of their human resources. Their common office is in downtown Ottawa, and hosts a staff of some 20 employees from various backgrounds, (finance, law, marine expertise, communications, information management, and administration).

The Office of the Administrator is outside of the federal public service and its employees and consultants are not covered by the collective bargaining agreements of the federal government. Furthermore, the employees are not covered by the pension and benefits regime provided to federal public service employees.

Job description:

The Administrator of the Fund has identified the need for a Research and Program Support Officer to help shoulder a number of key initiatives that are currently being developed and/or implemented over a one-year calendar, by each of the funds.

Based in the Ottawa office, and for a full-time term contract of one year, the Research and Program Support Officer will:

  • Provide support in the preparation of the SOPF’s 30th anniversary in putting together key historical data, and in working with the rest of the staff on the implementation of a number of key projects.
  • Assist in the delivery of a number of consultations with FRAIDG stakeholders, which will be instrumental in the development of the Fund’s readiness to manage and assess claims should a rail accident triggering the fund’s jurisdiction happen.

This is a new position, which should be filled as soon as possible.


Candidates should :

  • hold a bachelor’s degree from a recognized university;
  • be a Canadian citizen, a permanent resident, or have refugee status;
  • have an excellent level of proficiency in English or in French (orally and in writing) and at least a CCB level in the other official language.
  • be computer literate
  • be curious, a fast learner, logical and organized, have the ability to work with minimum supervision, and function well as part of a team;
  • have a “Reliability Status” (in terms of security clearance) or be able to obtain it, when hired.
  • be available to start in the position before the end of 2018.


The salary range for this position is from $51,000 to $57,000 for a 35-hour/week, depending on the experience. Please note that the employees of the Funds do not belong to the federal public service and are therefore not entitled to the benefits available to federal public servants.

How to apply

Candidates should send their CV and a cover letter to the attention of Questions on the position should be directed, in writing, to

Deadline for submission: November 26, 2018