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Generic Competency Profile[1]

Generic Competency Profile[1]

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Annex 5:Generic Policy Analyst Draft Competency Profile
 
Introduction
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.
 
Summary
Policy analysts are change agents with an eye on the medium and long termas well as the short term. They help to conceptualize, design, implementand assess policy, program and legislative changes. They help Ministers toalign policy change with the evolving roles of government at all levels, andto use governance tools to achieve policy goals.Policy analysts are knowledge brokers who serve and advise Ministers andDeputies at all stages of the policy development process. They operate withenormous sensitivity to the political process. They respect the collectiveand individual responsibilities of Ministers and Cabinet. As intellectualinterlocutors between the public service and the political level, and oftenwith the public at large, the quality of their work reflects on the integrity of theentire public service. They serve the government objectively, professionallyand neutrally to help it achieve its policy goals. They are also custodianswith a view to maintaining long-term sevice transcending the short-term viewof the government of the day.The ideal policy analyst has mastered the tools of the trade, has experiencein diverse policy fields, and brings to bear superior judgement, analysis andintegrative skills to ensure that past, present and future considerations areavailable to Ministers to assess their policy options. Policy analysts bringideas, wisdom and insight to issues. They create intellectual frameworksthat enable discussion of issues by a wide range of constituencies, and theyadvise and often assist Ministers in interacting with these constituencies.They draw together knowledge from within and outside of government in asensitive, collaborative fashion, and are acutely aware of the broadestcontext within which policy develops. They act as both team players anddiplomats in working with communities of shared interest within and outsideof government. The public interest is always an important consideration intheir work.

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