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Deputy Secretary, Multilateral & Legal Affairs Group

This critical, strategic leadership appointment reports to the Chief Executive and plays a vital role in achieving the Ministry’s vision. This is a senior and influential role, offering the ability to make a real difference for New Zealand.

Key aspects of this exciting and challenging role include:

You will be an astute influencer at the highest level with proven ability in international relations and foreign policy, particularly in a multilateral context, and have strong political acumen. You will have a track record of success in leadership and management, outstanding interpersonal skills and a history of valuing, motivating and developing people. 

The role is based in Wellington, although regular overseas travel is required.  You must be a New Zealand citizen with the ability to obtain and maintain an appropriate New Zealand Government security clearance.

If you have the skills and drive and want to make a difference for New Zealand, then direct your confidential enquiries and applications to Lindsay Jackson or David Hollander at JacksonStone & Partners.

Application details

Applications close: Sunday, 29 March 2015

Apply or view the position description: www.jacksonstone.co.nz

Reference: 42583

Further enquiries: Lindsay Jackson or David Hollander on 04 550 8000


Deputy Director Fiji/Tuvalu/Tonga, International Development Group (IDG)

Are you looking for a leadership role that saves lives, works with developing countries, and involves representing New Zealand internationally? 

The International Development Group has this exciting management position available. This leadership role is responsible for the management and delivery of the Fiji, Tuvalu and Tonga Programme within the New Zealand Aid Programme.

The previous incumbent in this role was also the Wellington based High Commissioner to Tuvalu.

The Deputy Director role is an excellent opportunity for a leader with a desire to make a difference and who excels in a fast-paced environment. You will be results focussed, enjoy leading and managing a team of committed staff, and you will strengthen and enhance the delivery of New Zealand’s Aid Programmes to Fiji, Tuvalu and Tonga.

The role will suit those who can lead the development of effective aid programme strategies and plans, provide quality policy advice and work exceptionally well with colleagues and stakeholders.  The accountabilities, and further information about the role, can be found in the position description.

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate:

We are seeking a person with an in-depth and practical understanding of New Zealand’s Aid Programmes, experience in development assistance to Pacific microstates, and demonstrated competence in working in partnership with traditional Polynesian, cultures.

Application details

To apply for this position please complete an application form and submit with your CV and covering letter by 9:00am on Tuesday 31 March 2015.

The role is based in Wellington and may require domestic and international travel.

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


Development Officers, International Development Group (IDG)

Would you like to play a part in New Zealand’s efforts to make a difference in developing countries?

The New Zealand Aid Programme is the New Zealand Government’s international aid and development programme. It supports sustainable development in developing countries in order to reduce poverty and contribute to a more secure, equitable and prosperous world.

As a Development Officer you will manage a portfolio of exciting development activities under one of our country, regional or thematic programmes, thereby contributing to overall delivery of the New Zealand Aid Programme’s strategic goals.

There is currently a Development Officer opportunity available working on our Cook Islands Programme.  Additional Development Officer roles across the programme (e.g: Pacific, Global or sectorial areas) are likely to arise in the near future and applicants for this role may be considered for consequential opportunities. 

The successful candidate may be a recent graduate (DO1) or have relevant work experience  (DO2).

At the Entry Officer (DO1) level we are seeking people who have an interest in international development and would like to develop their knowledge of this field.  Excellent research and critical analysis skills, along with strong written and oral communication abilities will be valuable to your success in the role. You will bring determination, initiative and perseverance to the team. You will have an understanding of and interest in development issues.  We are looking for well-rounded individuals with excellent post-graduate academic records from a range of disciplines including Arts, Humanities, Development Studies, Science and Economics.

At the Development Officer (DO2) level we are seeking applicants who have sound financial management skills, contract management skills, a background in policy development and IT skills. A strong interest in international development or humanitarian action and an appreciation of development effectiveness are key. Integral to the DO2 role is the ability to develop effective and positive working relationships across a variety of cultural and ethnic groups and to effectively manage multiple tasks. As a successful candidate you will be a team player with a strong sense of customer service and a passion of delivering high quality outputs. You will hold a relevant tertiary qualification and be able to demonstrate strong research and analysis skills.

You will have an understanding of the key challenges facing developing countries and the role that effective development assistance plays in supporting sustainable economic development.  Experience working in developing countries would be an advantage.

Application details

To apply for this position please complete an application form and submit with your CV, covering letter and academic transcript by 9.00am on Monday 30 March 2015.

The role is based in Wellington and may require domestic and international travel.

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


Administration Manager (seconded), New Zealand Embassy Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - Fixed Term 1 Year

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade is seeking an experienced office manager with significant people and administration management skills for the New Zealand Embassy in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The Embassy in Addis Ababa represents the New Zealand Government to the highest standards of professional excellence across New Zealand’s political, trade and economic, defence and security and international development interests, as well as delivering consular services for New Zealanders in Ethiopia.  

The Administration Manager contributes to the achievement of the strategic priorities of the Post through effective delivery of a full range of office administration duties, including management of local staff and the Embassy’s financial processes, property and IT systems, and management of the Embassy’s consular services.  Attached below is a full position description.

The role will suit those interested in a broad range of work in a fascinating, diverse and fast-changing environment. The ability to provide leadership and deliver results in a collaborative manner is essential, as is the ability to work effectively across cultures. For the right person, this role will provide a rewarding experience across a range of tasks and challenges, as the New Zealand Ethiopia relationship continues to grow.

This position would be employed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and seconded to the Embassy in Addis Ababa for a fixed term of one year initially, which may extend depending on budget approval.  Total Fixed Remuneration for this position ranges from NZ$84,476-$114,656 and the appointee will also receive an off-shore allowance package whilst posted to Addis Ababa.  Further details on terms and conditions of appointment will be discussed at the interview.  The successful applicant will be provided with any training required prior to commencing at post.

Application details

To apply for this position please complete an application form and submit with your CV and covering letter by 9.00am on Friday 27 March 2015.  It is expected that the successful candidate will start in the role in May.

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

Confirmation of the position will be subject to both a security and medical clearance.



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