Deputy Chief Executive Policy

• Tier-2 Strategic Leadership opportunity

• Deliver value for New Zealand

• Based in Wellington CBD

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) acts in the world to make New Zealanders safer and more prosperous. It does this by building connections with and influencing other countries to advance New Zealand’s interests, project New Zealand values and secure the outcomes that matter to New Zealand. Over 1,700 staff, based in New Zealand and in 60 overseas posts, work to enhance New Zealanders’ well-being through political, security, economic and development engagement with other countries, participating in multilateral and regional organisations that deal with important issues for New Zealand, and delivering consular services for New Zealanders overseas. MFAT also maintains strong domestic connections with New Zealanders to support the pursuit of the country’s international interests.                                               

We are recruiting a Deputy Chief Executive Policy who will lead the Ministry’s strategic direction, ensuring a coherent and clear foreign policy narrative across the Ministry, and that the Ministry is delivering its strategic priorities effectively and efficiently.   The Deputy Chief Executive Policy will be deeply experienced in contemporary foreign, trade and consular policy challenges, with a proven ability to work across systems and lead on significant Ministry and ‘whole-of-government’ issues, and extensive experience in engagement with Ministers and their staff.   In representing the Ministry in security and intelligence activities, and leading foreign policy discussions in New Zealand and offshore, the Deputy Chief Executive Policy will have a strong understanding at a strategic level of the key opportunities and risks for New Zealand in its international relationships, as well as the context in which the Ministry operates. As a member of the Ministry’s Senior Leadership Team, the Deputy Chief Executive Policy will lead an empowered and engaged team, be an exemplar of the Ministry’s values, and have a talent for developing leadership capability within the Ministry’s senior management.  

The Deputy Chief Executive Policy will head a Group comprising the following Ministry functions: International Security and Disarmament;

  • Risk, Governance and Assurance;
  • Strategy and Performance;
  • Executive Services;
  • Communications.

How to apply:

The position description can be found here. [DOCX, 75 KB]

Applications close 9am, Tuesday 18 February 2020.

To apply for this role please submit your CV and cover letter to prior to the closing date and time.

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

Unit Manager, Visits and Events Logistics Unit, and Deputy Chief of Protocol

This is an exciting leadership position at the heart of New Zealand’s diplomatic effort. We are looking for someone with event management experience and knowledge of government processes.  We need someone who enjoys a high-paced and fun working environment.

The Visits and Events Logistics Unit (VELU) at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade advances New Zealand’s foreign policy interests by delivering high quality visits and events both on and offshore.

The Unit Manager leads the high performing VELU team and manages the Ministry’s work programme of high level visits and events.

You will be responsible for:

  • leading the VELU team to ensure they are empowered to make decisions, have a strong team spirit, high level of engagement and deliver to a high standard;
  • building, maintaining and leveraging relationships with event management providers, contractors and suppliers to ensure successful delivery of projects;
  • engaging across government agencies with authority and credibility;
  • working closely with key stakeholders to ensure visit and events programmes meet business needs and deliver on the agreed objectives;
  • managing sensitive and complex issues which arise during a visit or event and have the potential to impact on  successful delivery or to create foreign policy risk;
  • providing leadership in risk analysis and mitigation for large scale events both onshore and offshore

To be successful in the role you will draw on your experience in visits and events management, project management, New Zealand government processes, your ability to coach and develop people, your skills in prioritisation and time management and your strong focus on delivery.

You will have the ability to operate strategically, communicate effectively and develop trust and credibility with senior managers and others across the organisation. Experience in supporting New Zealand’s diplomacy will be an advantage.

The Unit Manager is required to undertake occasional international and domestic travel.

​How to apply:

A position description can be found here [DOCX, 69 KB].  

Applications close 17 February 2020, 12pm.  

To apply for this role, please submit a covering letter, CV and MFAT application form to prior to the closing date, quoting the position title and job number #2020-16.  

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

Administration Manager (Ankara)

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 Ankara, Turkey.

The Embassy in Ankara 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 Turkey. 

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.

Applicants must be New Zealand citizens and able to obtain and maintain the appropriate New Zealand security clearance.  They must have the right to reside and work in Turkey.  This is a locally employed position and no assistance with relocation will be provided. The annual salary range for the position is Turkish Lira 118,150 – 159,850, (gross) depending on experience and qualifications (noting that the employee share of the social security payment (SGK) is deducted from the salary; taxation is the responsibility of the employee).

How to apply:

Applications close 21 February 2020, 5pm. It is expected that the successful candidate will start in the role from mid-July 2020.  

To apply for this role, please submit a CV and covering letter outlining your skills and experience relevant to the role to emailing     

The Position Description and Selection Criteria for this position can be downloaded from the Embassy’s website:

Team Administrator/Driver (Honolulu)

Are you an experienced administrator looking for a new challenge abroad?  The New Zealand Consulate-General Honolulu is seeking a Team Administrator/Driver.  The role involves the provision of administrative support to ensure the smooth and efficient operations of the office, and driving service in support of the Consul General.

This position provides administrative, communications and property support to the Consulate team and Administration Manager to include: managing post mail,  providing reception services, assisting with property management and HR functions,  supporting the administration of New Zealand scholarships, supporting event execution, administering social media,  and acting as the primary point of contact with the United States Office of Foreign Missions.  Driving duties include managing the post vehicle fleet and providing safe and punctual driving services to the Consul General, to include occasional nights and weekends. 

The successful applicant will be employed on local terms and conditions and must have the right to work in the United States. Obtaining and maintaining the appropriate working visa is the responsibility of the applicant and any offer of employment is subject to this.  If applicable, relocation to Honolulu is to be undertaken at the expense of the applicant. 

The starting salary range for this position is between USD$35,000 and USD$47,000 per annum, with position in the range dependent on skills and experience.  You would ideally be available to commence duties in Mar 2020.

Qualifications and skills of a successful candidate include:

  • Two to three years’ experience in a business administration role.
  • Strong customer focus, with the ability to communicate effectively with a diverse range of people.
  • Well-developed planning and organisational skills, including an ability to prioritise tasks effectively and work under pressure.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain effective relationships, including within a diverse team.
  • Strong achievement/delivery focus, meeting high standards including accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Experience coordinating external service providers and suppliers.
  • Ability to work autonomously and within guidelines, demonstrating the use of sound judgement and initiative.
  • Highly competent in the Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Ability to anticipate issues and problems and think of creative and effective solutions.
  • Demonstrated commitment to continuous improvement, including adaptability and openness to change.
  • Personal integrity, discretion and an honest and ethical approach.


  • Hawaii state driver’s license (currently held or able to obtain).
  • If New Zealand national, ability to obtain and maintain appropriate New Zealand Government security clearances.
  • If New Zealand national and transferring from New Zealand to Honolulu, ability to obtain and maintain proper working visa.
  • Flexible working hours to assist with occasional evening and weekend events.

How to Apply:

If you are interested, please download the application form [DOCX, 20 KB] and full position description [DOCX, 67 KB].  The application form, cover letter, and Resume/CV should be emailed to

Applications close at 9:00am Hawaii Standard Time on 12 February 2020.  Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.