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GNWT Competency Model

 GNWT Competency Model


In line with the Government of the Northwest Territories’ (GNWT’s) strategies, the GNWT Public Service embarked on a Competency Model Review Project. The focus of the project was to identify and define the competencies that are important for successful performance in different roles. The competency model now forms the basis of strategic human resource processes, such as attraction, selection, retention, performance management, development, and succession planning.

Why Competencies?

Think of the “best’ teacher or coach in your life experience. Chances are that teacher or coach demonstrated not only sound technical knowledge and skills, but also a variety of behaviours that made your experience with that person exceptional.

Unlike other forms of looking at job requirements and performance, which focus on “hard” outcomes, competencies provide a means of looking at not just what someone does, but how they do it - those characteristics that make a person ‘exceptional’. Competencies look at the behaviours used to attain results and offer a systematic way to examine these behaviours.

A competency is a characteristic which enables people to deliver superior performance in a given job, role, or situation.

The competencies provide a description of the patterns of behaviours that are required for success in the GNWT Public Service. They help individuals and the organization focus on the characteristics that enable people to consistently achieve high standards of performance.

The Competency Model consists of 6 Core Competencies, which become mandatory April 1st, 2016, and 39 General Competencies, which are optional to be used by Supervisors & Managers to tailor a position for success.