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Applications sought for entry-level and mid-level foreign policy officers to join the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Kia ora tātou,

Do you want to make a positive difference to New Zealand and experience a diverse and exciting work life?

We are seeking applications for entry-level and mid-level foreign policy officers to join the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

You may already have some experience in developing or delivering policy in either the public or private sector, or be keen to develop your skills in this area.

Your proven research and critical analysis skills, along with strong written and oral communication abilities will be critical to your success in the role. You will bring resilience, flexibility, initiative, and an outstanding work ethic to the team. You will have an understanding and interest in New Zealand’s foreign and trade policy priorities. We are looking for well-rounded individuals with excellent academic records, preferably at post-graduate level.

You will have the opportunity to work across a broad range of areas in New Zealand, regionally and internationally. You might contribute to economic sustainability and security in the Pacific; help New Zealand firms internationalise and export; or build positive and resilient relationships with other countries, regions, and organisations. The ability and willingness to travel is also required for these roles, and there are opportunities to live and work at MFAT’s offshore locations.

Proficiency in languages, in addition to English, is advantageous and as we represent New Zealand, an understanding of tikanga Māori is an advantage.

Applicants must hold New Zealand citizenship and you must be able to obtain and maintain an appropriate New Zealand Government security clearance.

Assessment Process

If you are successfully shortlisted, you will be required to undertake ability and personality assessments as well as attend an assessment centre which involves a competency-based interview, written exercise, and a group exercise. The assessment centres will be held in Wellington in the last week of October and the first week of November (indicative dates are 29 October, 31 October, and 3 November). Please make sure you are available during this time as you will be advised of your need to attend with one or two weeks’ notice.

Application details

To apply for these vacancies please visit www.h2r.co.nz/hot-jobs, quoting reference number #18073. Please include your CV and covering letter when you apply.

To ensure your application goes through the correct process please only use the H2R web portal for making your application. Applications will only be accepted via H2R.

Once received, H2R will contact you to complete the MFAT-specific application form for you to return with a copy of your passport and your academic transcript. H2R will also provide a copy of the position descriptions when they contact you in regards to this. If you would like a copy of the position descriptions prior to making your application please make this request via email at jobs@h2r.co.nz.

All applications will be acknowledged by email and managed confidentially.

For any further information please contact Gemma Bunning at H2R on 04 499 9471.

Applications close at 10.00am on Friday 3 October 2014.


​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  


Personal Assistant / Group Administrator, Pacific Development Division, Wellington

Take this exciting opportunity to join an energetic team that contributes to the New Zealand Government’s international aid and development programme.

The New Zealand Aid Programme supports sustainable development in developing countries in order to reduce poverty and contribute to a more secure, equitable and prosperous world. It is managed by development specialists in the International Development Group (IDG) in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

We currently have a permanent opportunity available for a hard-working Personal Assistant / Group Administrator within the Pacific Development Division of IDG.

The key purpose of this role is to provide personal assistance to our busy Director and administrative support to the wider team of approximately 25 people. This is the sole administrative position for the group.

This is a challenging and varied position with tasks including:

Your strong customer focus will be highly valued as you will be responsible for maintaining a professional image for the organisation at all times and delivering a service that promotes our core values.

To be successful you will have experience providing senior management level support, outstanding interpersonal and communication skills, strong computer skills covering the Microsoft office suite, excellent attention to detail, and be a natural planner and organiser with the ability to self-manage and use initiative. You will have a positive attitude and enjoy developing effective working relationships.

This opportunity would suit a high energy individual with a collaborative and responsive approach, who is up for a challenge and can show they have what it takes to work at this level.

For further information please see the position description.

Application details

To apply for this position please complete an application form and submit with your CV and covering letter by 5pm on Wednesday 1 October 2014.

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


Administration Manager - New Zealand Embassy Brussels, Belgium

Are you an experienced Administration Executive looking for a new challenge?

Do you thrive on building relationships and delivering through others?

The New Zealand Embassy in Brussels is seeking an Administration Manager to be responsible for the overall administration of our Post.

In this busy position, you will manage a team of administration and consular staff to support the delivery of the Post’s strategic outputs.  You will ensure office processes and systems run smoothly, take charge of budget management and ensure compliance with all process guidelines and internal controls. You will manage property and facilities service providers and ensuring cost efficient contracts run smoothly. You will also provide basic HR guidance and administration assistance to our Head of Mission and Management team.

You will have significant experience in office administration and team management, and be comfortable working as part of a team. You will also need to demonstrate strong English communication skills, relationship building skills, customer focus and attention to detail. In particular the ability to build working relationships with off shore teams is essential.

Application details

A full position description can be viewed on our website, www.nzembassy.com/belgium [external link]. If you are interested you should submit an up to date C.V. together with your letter of motivation by email to nzemb.brussels@mfat.govt.nz all applications must be made in English. Closing date for applications is Sunday 12th October 2014.

Salary range €51,705 - €69,955, dependant on experience.

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