CFIA Leadership Competency Dictionary
Program Expertise

Risk Management

Leverages CFIA's capacity to prepare for, mitigate and manage issues and emergencies and to support success through science-based risk assessments. Uses performance metrics, quality control and/or assurance techniques (as appropriate) and establishes review mechanisms to quantify risks, and suggest mitigating solutions.

Illustrative Behavioural Indicators:

Level EX 4 and above - Instills a risk management mindset and culture across the Agency

  • Coaches and explains to others the importance of embedding risk management mindset in all Agency dealings.
  • Aligns Agency systems and processes to support risk management principles.
  • Support others who identify improvements in the Agency risk management processes.
  • Develops crisis and emergency risk management planning strategies that impact multiple units, government organizations and industry, scientific and or political stakeholders.

Level EX 3 - Shapes broad risk management strategies for Agency and partner organizations

  • Creates a risk management plan and selects appropriate controls or countermeasures to measure risks.
  • Implements planned methods for mitigating risks and carefully monitors outcomes across the government.
  • Understands risk mitigation measures and horizontally communicates appropriate risk options and recommended solutions.
  • Provides leadership and support to the design, implementation and evaluation of food safety, animal health or plant protection performance measures, risk management and risk mitigation strategies.
  • Maintains complete knowledge of the subject content by drawing on and applying current research / literature and/or by interacting with the professional community in their area of expertise.
  • Recommends alternative solutions, methodologies and strategies for risk mitigation and management across the function.
  • Implements sound risk management strategies and solutions across the function.

Level EX 2 - Develops new risk management approaches that can be implemented within or even outside CFIA

  • Develops and manages the implementation of Risk Management Plans to identify, analyze, plan, track, evaluate and control food safety, animal health or plant protection risks on a continuous basis.
  • Leads the development and/or implementation of Emergency Management Plans for the Agency.
  • Proposes effective ways to reduce complex risks in Agency investigation, compliance, and enforcement operations, and prioritizes the risk management procedures based on their importance.
  • Assesses the vulnerability of key assets like information, finances, personnel, material, etc. to the identified threats.
  • Determines the expected consequences of specific threats to CFIA and industry operations.
  • Develops and implements business continuity plans and communication strategies.

Level EX 1 - Implements risk management strategies

  • Embeds risk management procedures, policies in unit's operations.
  • Establishes review mechanisms to quantify risks, and suggest mitigating solutions.
  • Assists in the development and/or implementation of Emergency Management Plans for the unit.
  • Coaches and assists others with the on-going monitoring of risk and assists with the implementation of risk response or mitigation strategies.
  • Is key contributor of scientific and policy practices for assessing and managing food safety, animal health or plant protection risks.
  • Conducts effective risk assessment reviews and evaluates potential risk and losses.

Level EX minus 1 - Ensures adherence to risk management approaches in unit's work

  • Monitors team activities for the application of regulations and policies governing risk management.
  • Acts on food safety, animal health or plant protection threats or risks by implementing RM guidelines diligently through his or her team's operations.
  • Uses performance metrics, quality control and or assurance techniques (as appropriate) effectively to review implementation of risk management approach in unit's work.

Level EX minus 2 - Understands risk management procedures and importance

  • Is familiar with scientific and industry practices for assessing and managing risks.
  • Understands regulations and policies governing risk management.
  • Identifies the different organizational standards and protocols involved in risk management.
  • Identities food safety, animal health or plant protection threats or risks and proposes potential solutions.
  • Is aware of the importance of risk and emergency management procedures to the viability of CFIA operations and mandate.

Engaging Others (Partnering with others)

Advances the successful solution to an issue by assuring the ongoing and active commitment and participation of partners and stakeholders. Deploys appropriate approaches at all organizational levels that lead to individuals and teams to contribute and work together over the longer term, encourages interactive collaboration, develops cohesive plans and executes projects in a manner that capitalizes on the strengths of all parties.

Illustrative Behavioural Indicators:

Level EX 4 and above - Uses advanced engagement strategies to ensure the sustained collaboration of partners with competing agendas across government in the attainment of broad organizational goals

  • Works horizontally across government to improve inter-team cohesion and effort towards the desired achievement of Agency mandate.
  • Brings a whole-of-government perspective to the work of stakeholders and own team.
  • Promotes cross-government collaboration in ambiguous situations where areas of responsibility are not well defined to attain organizational goals.
  • Goes across government structures to maximize alignment and collaboration between programs and teams.

Level EX 3 - Uses engagement strategies to ensures the sustained collaboration of partners across the Agency

  • Promotes cross-function collaboration: Goes across Agency structures to maximize alignment and collaboration between programs and teams.
  • Seeks solutions that reflect an "enterprise-wide" mentality.
  • Provides coaching and direction to others on how to collaborate with stakeholders and how to set the rules of engagement for an effective collaboration.
  • Liaises openly and transparently with others to build sustained effort and commitment to ensure Agency objectives attainment.
  • Provides coaching and direction to others on how to collaborate with stakeholders vying for same resources.

Level EX 2 - Manages integrated project teams with interested parties to the benefit of delivering on cross-departmental projects

  • Sets up and manages work teams from across the organization to move ideas into action and ensure sustained participation in projects.
  • Seeks to secure resources across the Agency to secure the delivery of key projects, programs or policy initiatives.
  • Works to reach out to other stakeholders and establishes broad coalitions that benefit all parties.
  • Works at implementing solutions that benefits all involved parties.
  • Shares knowledge and communicates lessons learned from different partnering arrangements to promote sound business planning.
  • Coaches others on how to develop proposals and work plans for effective inter-team collaborative arrangements.
  • Manages effectively cross-functional team collaboration.

Level EX 1 - Communicates with partners for maximum engagement

  • Optimizes communication by sharing information, enlisting the help of others and maximizes alignment between programs and teams.
  • Proactively celebrates results with stakeholders to further encourage a collaborative mindset across CFIA's partners.
  • Builds interest and teamwork within the integrated team through careful consideration of the purpose of the interaction (needs and feelings of target audience, desired business impact of each audience, etc.).
  • Expresses optimistic expectations of cross-team members, partners and stakeholders and understands the sensitivities surrounding different individuals and adapts language, tone, style and content of communications appropriately.

Level EX minus 1 - Monitors partner engagement

  • Makes sure that partners keep focus and commitment to projects.
  • Correctly interprets clues of wavering engagement in other parties and acts appropriately to reenergize all parties.
  • Keeps team members informed of project progress on a regular basis to motivate their participations.

Level EX minus 2 - Shares project and other key information

  • Ensures that project reports, goals and objectives are clearly understood, useful and timely for other parties to continue their work.
  • Is receptive and responds in ways that communicate clear understanding and cooperation in inter-branch teams.
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