In the context of concern with improving the policy capacity of the federalgovernment, considerable work has been done to identify problems andpropose solutions.One finding was that generic competencies and skills are needed todiagnose broad policy issues, see the interconnections, and anticipate futureresearch needs.To address this issue, a competency profile has been developed for policyanalysts, based on research and consultation. This profile includes 6 broadtypes of competencies: Knowledge, Organizational, Technical / Operational,Intellectual, Relationship and Personal. These competencies frequentlyemphasize the ability to think and act with a horizontal point of view.This profile is intended for use as the cornerstone of an integrated HumanResource Management system (covering selection, training, careercounselling, etc.) for policy analysts across the Public Service. It can beadapted by individual departments for the particular kinds of policy jobs thatexist there. Different working levels and types of work will affect theknowledge, skills and abilities required.For example, for the job of a policy specialist, one might add in-depthknowledge and technical expertise in a particular field. For the job of apolicy manager, one would add leadership and management skills.The attached profile has been developed in an inspirational, visionary,forward-looking style. It is intended as a description of the "ideal" policyanalyst - a model - something to strive for. It is not intended as abenchmark for one individual. It may be considered in terms of a completepolicy group where the competencies of the policy analysts working togethershould meet or exceed this profile.