Canadian Security Intelligence Service

Job Description


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Closing Date
Reference Number
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Who Can Apply
Canadian Citizens
Montréal, Québec
Burnaby, British Columbia
Calgary, Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Ottawa, Ontario
Regina, Saskatchewan
Toronto, Ontario
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Salary Range
$84,050- $102,250
Language Requirement
English or French

The Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) is looking for dedicated individuals to fill the position of Foreign Language Communications Analyst in its various regional offices across Canada. Candidates must possess a high level of initiative, motivation and discretion.

This position will be of interest to individuals who are able to translate from one or more foreign languages identified below into French or English and who are able to work effectively as part of a team. As a Foreign Language Communications Analyst, you will read or listen to foreign language material, determine its relevance and importance as well as produce translations and draft reports based on the intelligence value in the material, to generate leads for investigations.

Under the direction of a Team Leader, you will be responsible for assessing, identifying oral and written communications and providing advice to management. This requires the ability to conduct extensive research and analysis on various subjects (social, economic, geopolitical and ethno-cultural), and be able to draw on your understanding of the culture concerned. As such, a keen interest in intelligence and politics is a must. Furthermore, the incumbent must be at ease working with computer systems and using social media.

You may also provide interpretation services in internal and external meetings and interviews related to investigations.

CSIS is looking for individuals with the following language proficiency:

  • Arabic
  • Somali
  • Farsi
  • Mandarin
  • Kurdish
  • Sorani
  • Russian
  • Punjabi
  • Urdu
  • Hindi
  • Bengali
  • Spanish


  • Undergraduate degree

The educational program must be from an accredited learning institution recognized in Canada. If you completed a program outside of Canada you will be required to obtain proof of a Canadian equivalency at your expense through a recognized credential assessment service.

Note: Any higher level of education could be recognized as experience.


  • Two (2) years of experience in research and analysis* and report writing.
  • Research and analysis is defined as experience in researching information via various databases and experience in analyzing information in order to make recommendations.
  • Experience in working in a team environment.
  • Experience in the use of computer applications, tools, and communications / social media apps.
  • Experience with computer systems.
  • Proficiency, at a specialized level**, in any of the languages listed above.

**Written tests will be administered in order to evaluate candidates’ language proficiency in a foreign language as well as in French or English.

Asset: Experience in interpretation or translation would be an asset.


  • Communication Skills (oral and written)
  • Organizational Skills / Multitasking
  • Rigor
  • Analytical skills
  • Adaptability / Flexibility
  • Ability to learn

Conditions of Employment

  • Candidates must successfully complete the Foreign Language Communications Analyst Training Course in Ottawa.
  • Foreign Language Communications Analysts are subject to one (1) a year probationary period


While we continue to explore opportunities for flexible work arrangements, the majority of work in our organization must be done in the office and cannot be performed at home.

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 different staffing regime. As such, we use a different staffing process and terminology.

CSIS is committed to building a workforce that is truly representative of the Canadians it serves by cultivating a diverse and inclusive workplace environment. This will be achieved by increasing employment equity group representation (including persons with disabilities, visible minorities, Indigenous peoples, and women) at all levels within the organization through hiring and talent management practices. We will also ensure that appropriate accommodations are made (e.g., specialized equipment, changes to physical workspace) to provide employment opportunities for all qualified candidates. In support of achieving a greater, diverse, and skilled workforce, we strongly encourage those individuals who belong to one or more of the employment equity groups to self-identify when applying.

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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