Foreign Language Intelligence Analysts

Reference number: 45225-CSE(OC)2019                                          Closing Date: 2020-03-31

Job Summary

  • The big picture

One of CSE’s mandates is to provide the Government of Canada with unique information derived from foreign electronic emissions. That information is known as signals intelligence, or SIGINT.  Foreign Language Intelligence Analysts play an essential role in producing SIGINT, by performing timely, accurate analyses and preparing high-quality reports. Those reports help federal government and Canadian Forces officials make the right decisions to safeguard Canada’s interests and protect Canadians' lives.

  • What an analyst does

So what might you expect to do in an average day? For security reasons, we can’t provide a detailed work description here, but we can tell you that your specific tasks may vary substantially between assignments or even from time to time during the same assignment. You may be asked to work primarily with intelligence data that has already been collected: you will read or listen to Foreign language material, determine its relevance and importance, produce a translation or transcript if necessary, and then draft reports based on the information of intelligence value in the material. All these activities may require you to do extensive research on the subject matter and to draw on your understanding of the culture concerned.

On the other hand, you could be given a new intelligence requirement and asked to determine how the information could be collected. To do so, you may have to analyze social networks, communications infrastructure, and mountains of raw data. This too may require you to do in-depth research and also to collaborate with technical experts in other parts of CSE. Other assignments may include tasks from both ends of this spectrum.

  • What’s in it for you?

Are you intrigued yet? Here are some more reasons why you should consider applying for a Foreign Language Intelligence Analyst position:

  • The work is unique and varied. It will challenge you and keep you coming back for more.
  • You will have opportunities to use your Foreign language skills and your other talents on a daily basis.
  • You will have opportunities to develop your strengths and learn new skills.
  • The work you do will make a difference and could save lives.
  • You will enjoy a unique perspective on world affairs, seeing the story behind the news or even witnessing developments as they happen.


Position Type

Permanent positions, with a one (1) year probation period.


Salary Range

UNI 06 - $70,269 to $82,670 per year.

UNI 07 - $78,001 to $91,764 per year


Position Requirements

  • Foreign Language skills

Our foreign language requirements vary over time, but we have a continuing need for Middle Eastern, Asian, North African, West African and European languages.

Ideally, you will have advanced proficiency in both listening and reading in the language. “Advanced proficiency” means full comprehension of the language as it is used by educated native speakers. However, we may consider your application if you have only listening proficiency in a language that uses an alphabetic form of writing, and you are willing to take a course to acquire the necessary reading skills.

You don’t have to have a university degree, certification as a translator or any other formal qualification.

  • Other skills

Foreign Language proficiency is just one of the qualities we look for.  You also need:

  • a high level of analytical ability to assess the intelligence value of incoming data, select the information that meets the Canadian government’s intelligence requirements, and prepare accurate, concise reports;
  • sound judgement;
  • an aptitude for research; and
  • a well-rounded knowledge of world affairs.

You must be comfortable with information technology (IT) and willing to learn more about computers, networks and telecommunications.

You must be able to work effectively with other analysts in a team environment.  Because our work environment is so dynamic, you must be versatile and adaptable. If you don’t like change, this is not the job for you.


Official Language Requirements

English essential


Who Can Apply

Canadian citizens who can qualify for a Top Secret security clearance conforming to CSE’s standards.


Security Requirements

Candidates must have no criminal record.

The screening process involves a security interview, a polygraph test, a psychological assessment, and a background investigation covering a minimum of your last 10 years history, including credit and financial verifications.

How To Apply

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 selection process.

If you meet these requirements, you may submit your candidacy online by clicking “APPLY” at the bottom of the page.



CSE is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We encourage applications from women, Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities, and members of visible minority groups.  CSE offers an assessment process which will accommodate the needs of persons with disabilities.  If you may need such accommodation, please advise us.

New CSE employees start employment on a pre-defined intake date as a cohort group.  Together, they will benefit from a corporate orientation program as part of their integration to CSE.

Please include three references (2 supervisors and 1 peer) at the bottom of your application.  Note that we will only contact references towards the end of the assessment process.


Operational Requirements

Some positions may require shift work.


We thank all those who apply and advise that only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.