Organisation Resilience Manager (12-month secondment)

Applications are invited for a 12 month secondment position of Organisation Resilience Manager in the Organisation Resilience Unit, a function within the Services Group of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

The Services Group is responsible for providing a range of functions and services to enable business groups to achieve their outcomes. These functions include Finance, Information Management, Property, Procurement and Security. Each of these divisions provides a client-focused, co-ordinated service to Wellington and off-shore Posts.
 
The Organisation Resilience function resides within the Services Group.

It is a new function, accountable for ensuring that the Ministry’s Incident Management and Business Continuity frameworks are established and working well across the Ministry and posts.

It aims to build on the existing areas of excellence in responding to humanitarian disasters and consular emergencies and apply these to other areas of the Ministry, especially domestic incidents and incidents affecting NZ posts abroad.

This position will drive an emphasis on resilience in the Ministry: the ability to be able to operate effectively when disruptive events occur. 
 
Over recent years work has been done to update the Ministry’s incident management systems to ensure they are compatible with best practice in New Zealand and to commence work on business continuity planning.

This now needs an effective leader to work across the Ministry to take this planning to the next level and to communicate to all staff what resilience means in terms of the Ministry’s business.

The position will also interact with the National Security system coordinated by DPMC.

The position will ensure that appropriate training and exercising systems are in place.
 
The appointee will work closely with divisions, particularly those with existing expertise in this area. There will be the opportunity to acquire subject matter expertise to ensure that the Ministry can plan for and implement effective and robust business continuity.
 
The Organisation Resilience Manager will be a high performing leader who thrives on delivering excellent results and who wants to make a real contribution and positive change to the Ministry and the safety of its staff and New Zealanders generally.

To be successful in this role you will have an in-depth understanding of the Ministry and of the machinery of government and the government decision making process. You will have strong influencing skills, an ability to listen to others and to be able to gain buy-in to new initiatives.

The successful candidate will have a proven ability to deliver a programme of work.
 
Applicants must hold New Zealand citizenship and must be able to obtain a security clearance at the relevant level.

To apply for this position complete an application form and submit with your CV and covering letter by 5pm Wednesday 24 August 2016.

Position description [PDF, 218 KB]

Deputy Secretary - Europe, Middle East and Africa, Australia

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) acts in the world to make New Zealanders safer and more prosperous. It does this by working to understand geopolitical changes across the world, providing advice to the Government on its implications, and then acting to promote and protect New Zealand’s interests. Today, the Ministry has over 1,400 staff in New Zealand and at 57 overseas posts.

Leading approximately 285 staff, the Deputy Secretary – Europe, Middle East and Africa, Australia Group is responsible for leadership of New Zealand’s relations with Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and Australia. This strategic leadership appointment reports to the Chief Executive and is part of the Ministry’s Senior Leadership Team.  This role is based in Wellington.

This position shapes, implements and delivers the Government’s foreign and trade outcomes in the four regions outlined above.  This is a complex portfolio as New Zealand’s trade, political and security relationships exist at different levels of maturity for each region.  Reflecting this, the points of short to medium term focus for the Group are diverse.  For some regions the focus is the exploration of avenues to deepen New Zealand’s connections with the region, while for other regions the focus is on refreshing long term trade relationships and leveraging them to also consider the important people-to-people issues.

The Group also holds sponsorship of MFAT’s internal programmes of work in relation to Health & Safety, and the Career Ministry.  The Career Ministry is a significant programme of work exploring what a modern career looks like in the unique setting of the Ministry.

Key long term outcomes are to ensure that the New Zealand’s security and economic interests are safeguarded through its political and security relationships, and that economic growth and international competitiveness is advanced through New Zealand’s international connections.

To be considered for this role, you must be a New Zealand citizen with the ability to obtain and maintain an appropriate New Zealand Government security clearance.

Confidential enquiries and applications should be directed to Grant Pryde or Vishnu Nair at Ichor Leadership Search by 5pm on Friday 26 August. Contact us via email at search@ichor.co.nz or telephone: +64 4 499 8230.

Deputy Secretary - Trade and Economic

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) acts in the world to make New Zealanders safer and more prosperous. It does this by working to understand geopolitical changes across the world, providing advice to the Government on its implications, and then acting to promote and protect New Zealand’s interests.  Today, the Ministry has over 1,400 staff in New Zealand and at 57 overseas posts.

Leading approximately 90 staff across the Trade Negotiations, Economic and Maori Policy Units, The Deputy Secretary, Trade and Economic Group is responsible for New Zealand’s trade relationships with the rest of the world. This strategic leadership appointment reports to the Chief Executive and is part of the Ministry’s Senior Leadership Team.  This role is based in Wellington.

More specifically, the position takes the lead role in enabling MFAT to deliver on the ‘Building Export Markets Work Stream’, stemming from the Government’s Business Growth Agenda. The Trade and Economic Group contributes to these strategic goals by creating new market opportunities for New Zealand firms, protecting and leveraging existing overseas market access and supporting business internationalisation for New Zealand firms.

With an international economic and political environment that is continuously changing, the Trade and Economic Group has a critical role in anticipating and preparing for the many paths that may arise, so that New Zealand can become more prosperous through its international trade and economic connections and connectivity.

Key long term outcomes are to ensure that the New Zealand’s security and economic interests are safeguarded through its political and security relationships, and that economic growth and international competitiveness is advanced through New Zealand’s international connections.

To be considered for this role, you must be a New Zealand citizen with the ability to obtain and maintain an appropriate New Zealand Government security clearance.

Confidential enquiries and applications should be directed to Grant Pryde or Vishnu Nair at Ichor Leadership Search by 5pm on Friday 26 August. Contact us via email at search@ichor.co.nz or telephone: +64 4 499 8230.

Deputy Secretary - Pacific and Development

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) acts in the world to make New Zealanders safer and more prosperous. It does this by working to understand geopolitical changes across the world, providing advice to the Government on its implications, and then acting to promote and protect New Zealand’s interests. Today, the Ministry has over 1,400 staff in New Zealand and at 57 overseas posts.

Leading approximately 340 staff, the Deputy Secretary, Pacific and Development Group is responsible for providing leadership of New Zealand’s relations with the Pacific. It is also responsible for the effective implementation of the government’s international development assistance programme. This strategic leadership appointment reports to the Chief Executive and is part of the Ministry’s Senior Leadership Team.  This role is based in Wellington.

The Pacific and Development Group is tasked with becoming a centre of excellence in implementing and delivering the government’s foreign affairs, trade and development assistance outcomes in the Pacific.

New Zealand’s international development investment is in the order of NZ$1.71 billion over the 2015-18 period.  The Pacific and Development Group provide the structure and expertise to ensure that this investment is made in an efficient and cost effective way.

As an ideal appointee for this position, you will be an astute negotiator and influencer at the highest level. In addition, you will demonstrate proven ability in international relations and foreign policy, with a wide circle of influence and political acumen.

You will also have a track record of success in strategic leadership and management, outstanding interpersonal skills and a history of valuing, motivating and developing people.  The capacity and leadership depth to influence and support at a strategic and organisational level will be recognisable talents. Equally, you will have the experience to respond appropriately to crisis situations in the regions for which you are responsible.

Key long term outcomes are to ensure that the New Zealand’s security and economic interests are safeguarded through its political and security relationships, and that economic growth and international competitiveness is advanced through New Zealand’s international connections.

To be considered for this role, you must be a New Zealand citizen with the ability to obtain and maintain an appropriate New Zealand Government security clearance.

Confidential enquiries and applications should be directed to Grant Pryde or Vishnu Nair at Ichor Leadership Search by 5pm on Friday 26 August. Contact us via email at search@ichor.co.nz or telephone: +64 4 499 8230.

Adviser Audit (fixed term/secondment)

An opportunity has arisen for a temporary secondment within the Audit and Risk Division (AUR) of the Deputy Chief Executive Group. 

AUR provides independent assurance services and risk advice to the CEO, Audit and Risk Committee and management.  We comment on the effectiveness of our people, structures, systems and processes right across the Ministry – in New Zealand and at our overseas posts.  Our scope of work covers all administrative, financial, functional or operational processes across the Ministry.  Our work is unique in many ways when compared to other Ministry divisions. We pride ourselves in our ability to see the wood for the trees, arrive at straightforward solutions and provide sound advice while successfully balancing competing aims.

AUR has a newly approved work plan for 2016/17 which covers broad areas of the Ministry’s operations.

The successful candidate will work as part of the team to deliver this plan, including:

  • Providing assurance and risk advice by undertaking audits (locally and potentially overseas) and partnering with the Senior Audit and Risk Adviser to implementing our 3 Year Risk Management Plan
  • Providing timely advice on the Ministry’s Code of Conduct, policies and procedures and audit and accountability requirements
  • Participating in a project to update the Ministry’s Code of Conduct.

The successful candidate will have an interest in what the division does and/or aptitude for detail, logic and objective thinking in a subjective world.

You must also be able to obtain and maintain an appropriate level of security clearance.

This is a great opportunity for someone who is keen to do something different and gain insights into a specialised profession on a “free-look” basis.

The proposed term for the secondment is for four months from 3 October 2016 to 31 January 2017.

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

To apply for this position please complete an application form and submit with your CV and covering letter by 5pm Thursday 25 August 2016.

Position description [PDF, 154 KB]

Adviser Commercial and Procurement

This role is in the Pacific and Development Group, which oversees the New Zealand Aid Programme.

Our mission is to support sustainable development in developing countries in order to reduce poverty and contribute to a more secure, equitable and prosperous world. 

We deliver sustainable international economic development and over half of our aid budget is focused on the Pacific region.

Based in Wellington, you will work with local and overseas Ministry staff to procure, source and negotiate high value contracts and/or grants for projects that benefit governments, businesses and communities in developing countries. 

You will directly contribute to the efficient and effective delivery of the government's international aid and development programme, including challenging and time critical projects such as New Zealand’s response to overseas disasters.

Around 75% of the New Zealand Aid Programme’s $600m annual expenditure is transacted via grants to overseas governments, NZ public sector entities, Non-Government Organisations, multi-lateral organisations and the private sector.

The Adviser Commercial and Procurement will provide advice on the engagement and selection of grant recipients via contestable and inter-governmental processes to achieve international development outcomes, including the development and review of related contracts and other formal arrangements.

The successful candidate will be expected to provide timely, accurate, high quality, specialist commercial advice on options for structuring of grant agreements in Aid Programme activities.

You should have a degree and relevant post-graduate level professional qualification in a commercial discipline and a proven track record in providing commercial advice. 

You will have an ability to convey complex information logically and concisely and will be able to coach, share knowledge and work cooperatively within and across teams.

Knowledge of negotiating and managing international grants or contracts or grant awards would be an advantage.

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

To apply for this position complete an application form and submit with your CV and cover letter by 5pm Wednesday 24 August 2016.

Position description [PDF, 120 KB]

Senior Adviser Commercial and Procurement

This role is in the Pacific and Development Group, which oversees the New Zealand Aid Programme.

Our mission is to support sustainable development in developing countries in order to reduce poverty and contribute to a more secure, equitable and prosperous world. 

We deliver sustainable international economic development and over half of our aid budget is focused on the Pacific region.

Based in Wellington, you will work with local and overseas Ministry staff to procure, source and negotiate high value contracts and/or grants for projects that benefit governments, businesses and communities in developing countries. 

You will directly contribute to the efficient and effective delivery of the government's international aid and development programme, including challenging and time critical projects such as New Zealand’s response to overseas disasters.

The Senior Adviser Commercial and Procurement will work closely with other Ministry specialists to successfully deliver a pipeline of international projects with private sector partners investing and/or wishing to increase their social or economic benefits in developing countries, with a particular focus on the Pacific.

We are seeking an experienced procurement or commercial specialist to undertake sourcing, negotiations and relationship management with businesses operating in our investment priority area such as agriculture, renewable energy, ICT, tourism and fisheries.

The successful candidate will be expected to build effective supplier relationship management practice and lift the commercial awareness and capability of the Ministry’s staff and managers. 

You must be a highly motivated self-starter with a degree and relevant post-graduate level professional qualification in a commercial discipline. 

You will be able to demonstrate a high level of commercial judgement and decision making skills in a commercial function, such as procurement, with at least three years’ experience in the private sector.

Your experience must include leading the negotiation of complex contracts or financing arrangements with counterparts at board level.

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

To apply for this position complete an application form and submit with your CV and cover letter by 5pm Wednesday 24 August 2016.

Position description [PDF, 122 KB]

China Capable Public Sector Learning Curator

Collect, Organise, Present and Stage

Exciting opportunity: fixed term contract until 30 June 2017!

We are looking for a Learning Curator to join the China Capable Public Sector (CCPS) programme.  This is an unique opportunity to participate in a cross-agency initiative led by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.  In this role you’ll support the delivery of multi-channel learning solutions and curate knowledge and learning assets into a web-based portal for current and future use. 

You may come from a corporate learning background where you’ve deployed blended learning solutions and/or you will have a natural curiosity to collect, synthesise, organise and present knowledge in a customer-centric way.  You’ll have a knack for using technology and keep solutions simple, current and useful.

The keys to success in this role are your flair for curating knowledge, a customer-centric focus, your savvy communication skills, and bent for establishing smart systems, building rapport, using your initiative, and ‘making it happen’ in a fast-paced, agile delivery environment.

You’ll be working to support the CCPS team, particularly the Delivery Manager where you’ll be applying your skills and experience to:

• Curate, maintain, and re-use learning assets and delivery collateral by keeping information accessible, current, and relevant on multiple delivery channels via a website knowledge portal

• Actively promote and manage learning events across a collaborative development environment with multiple forums and activities

• Prepare and design marketing and learning materials to promote learning activities, e.g. marketing flyers, course outlines, supplementary resources

• Ensure learners experience first class service and engage actively in the CHINA CAPABLE programme

• Proactively engage with stakeholders including educators, agency leaders and learners and respond intelligently to their general enquiries.

• Innovate and improve our processes for communicating and sharing knowledge with stakeholders.

If you want to part of a high-performing programme team where you will be learning and challenged constantly this is an ideal role.  You’d be joining a well-respected government agency offering an attractive salary package, inspiring culture, and an opportunity for career development that comes through working in an innovative programme environment.

We are looking for a confident and competent person who is organisationally perceptive and can innovate to support delivery solutions.

To apply for this position please complete an application form and submit with your CV and covering letter by 5pm Thursday 31 August 2016.

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

Position description [PDF, 278 KB]