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Senior Advisor Risk, Audit and Risk Division, SGG

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade works to make New Zealand's voice heard overseas. Its vision is to give New Zealand an edge internationally, and its mission is to create the conditions for New Zealand to thrive and to make its mark as a global citizen. New Zealand has recently been appointed to a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council for 2015-16. 

Two years on from the implementation of its new business model the Ministry has achieved its initial goals and is now in the best position possible to aim for the future. It will continue to build on the special talents of its people, leading edge systems and processes and an overall “can do” culture in order to deliver on its objectives for the benefit of New Zealand.

Key to this is the advice and support provided by the Audit and Risk Division and its team of assurance and risk specialists who work in close partnership with the business. As a division within the Strategy and Governance Group, Audit and Risk has an excellent track-record and is highly rated as a responsive and valuable “member of the team”, possessing specialist skills and capabilities that are valued by the business.

A unique opportunity now exists for a Senior Adviser Risk in the Audit and Risk Division. Reporting directly to the Divisional Manager/Head of Audit and Risk, the Senior Risk Adviser will serve as the Ministry’s primary touch-point for advice and guidance on risk management frameworks, methodologies, tools and processes. This value-add role provides the opportunity to work closely with the CEO, Audit and Risk Committee, Senior Leadership Team and other Ministry Managers in order to ensure the organisation’s operations are best positioned to achieve its strategic outcomes.  

We are seeking a risk management professional who is passionate about risk, believes in the value good risk management brings to a business, and has influenced this success in practice. This is will suit a self-starter with an interpersonal style who relates well to others and who will enjoy coaching and developing Ministry staff in risk management.

A relevant degree, professional qualifications and associations (CA/CIA/CRMA/IIA) and previous hands-on risk experience in the private or public sector is essential.

Applications close 12pm, Monday, 3 November 2014.

You must be able to obtain and maintain an appropriate New Zealand Government security clearance.

For further information about the role, please refer to the position description attached or by contacting Wendy Harrison at Wendy.Harrison@mfat.govt.nz


​Trade Law Adviser (Specialist)

An exciting opportunity has opened up within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade in a role that lies at the centre of our efforts to contribute to New Zealand's trade and economic growth and to help achieve the Government’s goal of increasing exports from 30% of GDP to 40% by 2025.
Reporting to the Manager of the Trade Law Unit this role provides legal and policy analysis that supports New Zealand’s trade priorities, negotiating activities and international litigation.

You will be actively involved in New Zealand’s trade agenda at a critical time due to the large number of negotiations underway, active trade litigation processes in the World Trade Organisation, and an increasing number of novel trade issues confronting our exporters and government.

The successful candidate will need to have appropriate legal qualifications and at least 3 years professional experience relevant to the unit’s varied trade and economic work. 
We are looking for applicants who can:

Salary will depend on relevant experience but is likely to fall within a range of $84,000 to $114,000.

Application Details

To apply for this position please complete the on-line application form and submit with your CV and covering letter by 5.00pm on Friday 24 October 2014.

You must be a New Zealand citizen and be able to obtain and maintain an appropriate New Zealand Government security clearance.

If you have questions please email: lgl@mfat.govt.nz  


Account Manager Visits and Events Unit (VELU) - Wellington

An exciting opportunity is available to join the energetic team that provides capability, direction and support in the delivery of logistical solutions for the Ministry’s programme of visits and events.

As Account Manager (Visits and Events) you will be responsible for managing all logistical aspects of a portfolio of inward and outward visits for which the Ministry has responsibility.  This will include foreign dignitaries and officials visiting New Zealand, or providing logistical oversight for New Zealand Government missions to foreign countries.  

A diverse programme of events which involve the Ministry, often as the lead agency, will test your organisational, project planning and communication skills.  These events can be small scale regional meetings, and Ministry led presentations through to high level meetings. This will require working closely with staff across the Ministry. For larger events you will also be working with an external events management service provider.
You may already have some experience in visits and events management in either Government or private sector.  You will have a positive attitude and enjoy developing effective working relationships. The role requires sound relationship management skills including capacity to manage external service providers and suppliers. Equally important will be a strong attention to detail, with excellent planning and organisation skills and the ability to self-manage and use initiative. 

Expected commencement date for this role is 2 February 2015 although this is subject to discussion with the successful applicant.

Applications for this position will close on 21 October 2014.

For further information please see the position description [PDF 80KB].  Applicants must hold New Zealand citizenship and you must be able to obtain and maintain an appropriate New Zealand Government security clearance.

To apply for this position please visit www.h2r.co.nz/hot-jobs to submit your CV and covering letter and refer to reference number 18111.  For further information please contact Bronwyn Long on 04 4999 471 or Bronwyn@h2r.co.nz  All applications will be acknowledged by email.


Strategic Procurement Manager New Zealand Aid Programme - Wellington

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) works to make New Zealand's voice heard overseas and contributes directly to the security and well-being of all New Zealanders.

MFAT manages the New Zealand Aid Programme to support sustainable development in developing countries in order to reduce poverty and contribute to a more secure, equitable and prosperous world. Over half of its budget is focused on our own region, the Pacific. MFAT has an exciting opportunity for a procurement manager or an engineer, experienced in procuring high value, strategic projects, to join the New Zealand Aid Programme’s Procurement team.

The Strategic Procurement Manager will design project procurement initiatives and manage high value competitive bidding and negotiations.  These initiatives directly contribute to the efficient and effective delivery of the government's international aid and development programme. They include highly varied, challenging and time critical projects such as New Zealand’s response to overseas disasters.

The primary objectives for this role are to:

Delivering these objectives will entail influencing, leading, facilitating, coaching, training and supporting a wide range of internal and external stakeholders globally. You will be working with technical and subject matter experts, senior managers and overseas government officials to ensure MFAT maximises value and minimises risks in a wide range of markets.

You should have extensive experience of procurement, ideally for high value projects such as civil engineering, construction, infrastructure, health, education, etc. You must have outstanding communication and negotiation skills and work with a collaborative approach. When building and maintaining professional relationships, you must be able to gain the respect of people at all levels and from a wide range of cultural backgrounds.

​For more information please contact Shenée Mawhinney at Robert Walters on (04) 471 9731.

All applications must be received by Sunday 2 November 2014.

This process is being managed by Robert Walters on behalf of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade (MFAT). Robert Walters reviews all CV's manually and you will be contacted if your skills and experience meet the requirements of this position.

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