We advertise contracts for external suppliers on the Government Electronic Tenders Service (GETS) website.


Contracts and grant funding opportunities 

We advertise contracts for external suppliers and consultants on the Government Electronic Tenders Service (external link) (GETS) website. You need to register on GETS (external link) to see our tender documents and receive tender notifications.

If you are interested in supplying or receiving a grant from the New Zealand Aid Programme please follow these links:

Read about New Zealand Aid Programme contracts

Find out about applying for a contestable grant

Our approach

Our procurement policy, guides and processes follow the Government Procurement Rules, and we work to the five principles of government procurement:

  1. plan and manage for great results
  2. be fair to all suppliers
  3. get the right supplier
  4. get the best deal for everyone
  5. play by the rules.


Read the Government Procurement Rules (External Link) (external link)

Health and Safety

Government has an objective to reduce the rate of fatalities and serious injuries in the workplace by at least 25% by 2020. One of the ways the Government is achieving this is through the Health and Safety At Work Act that came into effect on 4 April 2016. Questions around how this affects your current contract with MFAT or how it may impact your ability to work with MFAT can be directed to commercial@mfat.govt.nz.

MFAT Supplier Code of Conduct

MFAT's Commercial Division has recently released a new supplier code of conduct that has been updated.

The new code requires all suppliers to MFAT to act lawfully and adhere to our policies and procedures. The intent of this document is to make our expectations of suppliers clear, and provide a vehicle for subcontractors to suppliers to be aware of our expectations.

It has been specifically developed to fully cover both the conduct standards approved by Cabinet for suppliers in NZ, and the international standards required for our work overseas. It replaces two previous documents totalling 40+ pages and did not address the conduct of domestic suppliers. In this regard the new code is more concise and much easier to read than our previous guidance, as well as encompassing all suppliers, not just those who support the Aid Programme.

The Supplier Code of Conduct has specifically been updated to include UN requirements, such as the Ministry Policy on Preventing Sexual Exploitation Abuse and Harassment (PSEAH):
NZ Aid Program PSEAH Policy [PDF, 797 KB]

It also reflects the New Zealand Government Procurement Supplier Code of Conduct (external link)approved by Cabinet and published by MBIE as Procurement Functional Lead.

The revised MFAT Supplier Code of Conduct can be reviewed here:


Read MFATs Technical Advisers Code of Conduct [PDF, 128 KB]

How to improve your chances

Get informed

Take time to learn about our policies and priorities, our key partnerships, geographical focus and activities that we fund.


Network with other suppliers and consultants who do business with MFAT. You may get valuable development experience working as a sub-contractor to a company that has an ongoing projects, including members of our supplier panels.

Join the MFAT Suppliers and Consultants Group (external link) on LinkedIn™. This group, and its sub-groups, connects current suppliers and other international development professionals and specialists interested in working with the aid programme.

Join our LinkedIn Networking Group (external link)

Be strategic

Target the contracts where you can clearly evidence that you have relevant and effective skills and experience. Ensure you fully research the project location and demonstrate how you will address any specific issues or challenges. MFAT provides debriefings to unsuccessful tenderers – make full use of the information provided to improve your future bids.

Learn what's important in the tender process

Our tender documents detail how your offer will be assessed. Focus your response according to the weighting given to each assessment criterion. Read all the conditions of tender to ensure that your response is fully compliant, otherwise your offer may be rejected. For example provide signed declarations and keep documentation below any maximum page numbers. Always ensure your tender is delivered before the deadline!

When responding, avoid repeating sections of the Terms of Reference verbatim. Assessment panels look for proposals that demonstrate strong understanding of an assignment and its constraints, such as operational, logistical, financial and possible political issues. Focus CV information on the skills and experience required for that particular project. Don’t make claims that cannot be substantiated – if you are likely to be successful, they will be subject to reference checking.

Always proof read your documents before submission. Many Ministry projects involve the provision of important reports, so the quality of your bid document will signal whether your report writing skills are likely to meet the required standard.


Contact us

For all feedback or queries about procurement, grants and commercial activities at MFAT:

Commercial Division
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
195 Lambton Quay, Private Bag 18-901, Wellington 6160