Protocol Adviser

We are looking for someone to be part of a dynamic team responsible for continuing to ensure the Government's responsibilities and obligations under the Vienna Conventions on Diplomatic and Consular Relations are met.

You need to be able to work at a fast pace, think and plan ahead and be one of the contacts responsible for administering privileges and services to a number of foreign diplomatic and consular missions accredited to NZ.  You will also be responsible for the appointment of foreign Heads of Posts, including foreign Honorary Consuls.  You will work closely with relevant managers and will develop a strong network internally and externally with other government organisations.  Importantly, as the successful appointee, you will from time to time represent the Ministry at important ceremonial events and will require a professional demeanour.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Preparation and tracking of formal documentation for foreign Heads of Post appointments;
  • Administer the application of diplomatic and consular privileges and immunities for accredited foreign government representatives; and
  • Assisting the wider Diplomatic Protocol Team including with ceremonial and commemorative events involving the Diplomatic Corps in New Zealand. As an ideal candidate you will have a number of attributes including:
  • An ability to establish credibility with members of the Diplomatic and Consular Corps and government departments.
  • Lots of resilience, confidence and a 'can do' attitude.
  • Excellent planning and organisational skills.
  • An ability to work with people from a range of backgrounds and cultures including the strong skills in building and maintaining relationships with internal and external peers and contracts.
  •  Sound written and verbal skills with strong attention to detail.
  •  An understanding of the Government's responsibilities and obligations under the Vienna Conventions on Diplomatic and Consular Relations.
  • An ability and willingness to provide high quality professional services to others.

 To apply for this position please complete an application form and submit with your CV and covering letter by 10 May 2016.

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

Chef - NZ Embassy, Washington DC

Are you a professional, reliable and creative Chef looking for your next challenge? Keen to cook for the Diplomatic Community in Washington DC?

The Embassy of New Zealand in Washington DC is seeking a Chef to prepare and cook top quality meals served at the Ambassador’s Residence and the Embassy for official functions such as receptions, luncheons and dinners; and to perform related duties.  The Chef plans, budgets, organises and manages official functions at the Residence and at the Embassy. 

The successful applicant must be able to demonstrate/prove:

• Experience in planning innovative seasonal menus and preparing high-standard meals for functions of 100 guests or more;

• Practical experience in international and New Zealand cuisine is preferred;

• Customer-focused and have sound judgement;

• Good communication skills, attention to detail, motivation, initiative;

• Ability to work under pressure; 

• Good computer skills; 

• Work effectively autonomously and as part of team in a fast paced environment.  

Relevant experience with a proven work history in a reputable organisation is essential.   We are looking for the successful appointee to commence duties at the end of June 2016.  This is a locally-engaged position with terms and conditions of employment set in accordance with local employment requirements.  No financial assistance with transferring to Washington DC is provided. The Chef is expected to live on site (accommodation provided).

For a copy of the Position Description please visit our website: (external link)

To apply for this position, send an email to with two Word documents attached:
• A letter of no more than two pages, addressed to the EA to the Ambassador, setting out why you are applying for this job, with specific examples of how you meet all the criteria set out above;
• A current CV (résumé)
Any application that does not meet these specifications will not be accepted. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for an interview.
Applications close 5.00 pm on Monday 9 May September 2016 (local time)

Executive Assistant to the Ambassador - NZ Embassy, Brussels

The New Zealand Mission to the European Union in Brussels wishes to recruit an Executive Assistant to the Head of Mission, to commence duties with effect from mid-June 2016 at the latest.  We are looking for someone who has: •Proven experience as a Personal Assistant •A good working knowledge of French •Public relations skills and a customer service focus •A good knowledge of New Zealand and its heritage •Strong initiative, organisational skills and the ability to work both independently and as part of a team •Excellent interpersonal skills They must also be proficient in the use of MS Office packages and the Internet.

Applicants must have the right to reside and work in Belgium.  If the successful applicant is a New Zealand citizen, the Embassy will arrange a work/residence permit. The contract is permanent.

The successful applicant must be able to obtain and retain a New Zealand Government security clearance. 

Curriculum vitae and motivation letter can be sent electronically to

The salary range is from €38,000-43,000 - dependant on experience.

Applications close Monday 9 May 2016.