Policy Adviser (Health) Geneva
- Shape and advance New Zealand's health diplomacy in the WHO, COVAX Facility and Gavi
- Advance New Zealand's foreign and development policy
- Based at the Permanent Mission to the United Nations in Geneva
Join a dynamic, high performing team representing NZ's foreign, development and health policy interests in Geneva.
Kōrero mō te tūranga - About the role
This Policy Adviser position is a unique opportunity to contribute to the advancement of New Zealand's health diplomacy interests with a focus on the COVID-19 response and strengthening the international system's future pandemic preparedness and response.
You'll oversee New Zealand's engagement with the WHO and other key organistions responding to COVID-19 such as the COVAX Facility and Gavi in Geneva (working closely with New Zealand teams in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Ministry of Health and Ministry of Primary Industries in Wellington). You'll provide insights on trends and important developments in areas of interest and relevance to New Zealand's health policy priorities.
- Your monitoring, reporting and advice on the international COVID-19 response, strengthening future WHO pandemic preparedness and response, devlopments in the COVAX Facility and Gavi, WHO transformation and governance improvements is critical to the Permanent Mission's success.
- You'll develop and support opportunities for New Zealand to profile its engagement and contribution to international health issues and events.
- You'll contribute to the Permanent Mission's pool of knowledge and relationships that matter: decision-makers, policy-makers, thinkers and influencers. This includes developing and maintaining complex relationships with Member States and international agencies.
- As a UN Delegate representing a Member State, you'll attend in-person and online meetings and negotiations.
- Please carefully review the position description attached to the advert on our careers pages for detailed information about this role.
The appointment range is CHF 94,619 to CHF 111,317 - negotiable depending on experience.
Mā wai te mahi nei? - Who are we looking for?
We would like to hear from you if you are an experienced policy adviser and you:
- have proven skills in written and oral communication including the ability to effectively present New Zealand positions and negotiate for desired outcomes.
- demonstrate ability to work autonomously within guidelines, with sound judgement and a keen sense of political sensitivity and acumen.
- can quickly form professional networks, while demonstrating cultural sensitivity.
- have a proven ability to operate in a fast-paced and busy environment, adapt to ambiguity and changing situations, balance priorities and work to tight deadlines.
- have a strong knowledge of New Zealand society and culture and sense of New Zealand identity including tikanga and Te Tiriti o Waitangi principles.
You would ideally be available to commence duties in Geneva in January 2022.
Ngā hua o te mahi i te Manatū Aorere - Why MFAT?
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Mō mātou - About us
Our people represent New Zealand on and offshore, and in doing so make New Zealanders safer and more prosperous. By building connections with and influencing other countries and international institutions, we advance New Zealand's interests and pursue New Zealand's values. We provide advice to the Government on the implications for New Zealand of what is happening in the world.
Me pēhea te tuku tono - To Apply/Interested?
To find out more or to apply, please email your CV and cover letter (of no more than 2 pages) to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line "HEALTH POLICY ADVISER VACANCY".
Applications must be in English and be received by 9pm on Friday 15 October 2021 (New Zealand Time).
You must be a New Zealand Citizen and able to obtain and maintain an appropriate NZ Government Security clearance.
The successful candidate will be responsible for their own relocation to Geneva but the Permanent Mission will assist with obtaining a legitimation card, an authorization to work for a diplomatic mission in Switzerland.