Deputy Secretary - Multilateral and Legal Affairs

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.

Key long term outcomes are to ensure that 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. The Ministry has over 1,400 staff in New Zealand and at 57 overseas posts.

Based in Wellington and reporting to the Chief Executive, the Deputy Secretary – Multilateral and Legal Affairs leads a team of approximately 110 staff, including at posts in New York and Geneva.

The function leads a mix of policy teams, some with specialist functions, and whole-of-Ministry roles. It provides leadership of New Zealand’s multilateral and legal policy advice, representation and negotiations in support of the full set of the Ministry’s strategic priorities.  Its focus is on building and sustaining a more effective rules-based international system defined and directed through the operation of multilateral agencies and international treaty processes. 

The role also oversees the provision of consular services to New Zealanders travelling and living offshore and the administration of diplomatic privileges and immunities to the diplomatic corps resident in or accredited to New Zealand.

As the ideal appointee, 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.

Equally, you will offer depth and maturity of thought leadership, owing to the comprehensive and complex issues this role is responsible for, including climate change and sophisticated multilateral affairs.

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 5.00pm on Wednesday 19 October. Contact us via email at or telephone: +64 4 499 8230.

Senior Adviser, Commercial Partnerships, Sustainable Economic Division

Pacific and Development Group Open Tenure Role

The Pacific and Development Group (PDG) is responsible for overseeing 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.  The New Zealand Aid Programme will invest more than $600 million in economic development activities over the next three years. Private sector partnerships will form a fundamental pillar of our investment approach.

We are looking for a business development specialist with outstanding relationship management skills and extensive private sector experience to join our new commercially focused team.

Working closely with other MFAT staff, NZ Inc. agencies and Pacific economic development agencies, you will develop financial and non-financial partnerships and activities that deliver economic and social benefits for developing countries, with a particular focus on the Pacific.

An experienced negotiator, you will have a strong track record of converting ideas and relationships into partnerships and projects that deliver tangible results.

You must be a highly motivated self-starter with relevant qualifications in a commercial discipline.  You will be able to demonstrate a high level of financial and commercial experience, which should include engaging and negotiating with counterparts at senior executive and/or Board level.

The successful candidate will use their skills to help to build the commercial capability of the Ministry’s staff. 

International experience, preferably in a developing country context, and experience working across different cultures is highly desirable.

This role can be based in either Wellington or Auckland.

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

To apply for this position please complete an application form and submit with your CV and cover letter by 5pm Tuesday 19 October 2016.

Principal Development Manager / Development Manager

The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade is looking for an experienced economist and thought leader to drive our economic governance aid investment and advisory work in the Pacific.
Are you an experienced economist with a passion for working in international development? The Principal Development Manager Economics serves as a lead adviser to the Ministry and the New Zealand Aid Programme on economic policy and analysis, public financial management, and financial sector development in developing countries. The role’s primary responsibility is to lead the delivery of the New Zealand Aid Programme’s Economic Governance investment priority. This priority focuses on strengthening the quality of economic policy in the Pacific, and includes a mix of  bilateral and regional aid investments and policy engagement priorities.
The ideal candidate for this role is a motivated professional economist who:
• is trained at the tertiary level (Master’s / PhD)
• has relevant professional experience, with a strong preference for candidates with experience as a country economist either within developing countries or for international development finance institutions
• demonstrates a sound knowledge of the international development landscape, including relevant frameworks and best practices in the areas of economic and financial sector policy, public financial management, international development finance architecture
• understands how to make change happen in difficult contexts and multi-cultural environments, and
• is a strategic thinker, has the ability to influence senior decision makers, and can represent the Ministry and New Zealand at the international level.
Depending on the successful candidate’s profile, there may also be opportunities to meet emerging demands for support and thought leadership from other teams within SED, particularly in the areas of value for money assessments (e.g. viability gap and economic/social cost-benefit assessments, financial structure advice, and the use of alternative financing instruments),  public sector institutional reform, and the use of incentive-linked aid.
Candidates with a compelling profile, but less experience, may be considered for appointment at the Development Manager level.

You must be able to obtain and maintain an appropriate New Zealand Government Security clearance.
If you have any questions, or would like to discuss the role further, please email Vinny Nagaraj, the recruiting manager, at

To apply for this position please complete an application form and submit with your CV and covering letter by 9am on Friday 28 October 2016.

Development Support Officer - Partnerships and Funds

The New Zealand Aid Programme is the New Zealand Government’s international aid and development programme. It supports sustainable development in developing countries in order to reduce poverty and contribute to a more secure, equitable and prosperous world.

As a Development Support Officer (DSO) in the Partnerships and Funds Unit you will support the team to achieve outcomes in line with PDG policy frameworks and programme strategies.  The DSO will deliver timely and high quality business outputs, thereby contributing to overall delivery of the New Zealand Aid Programme’s strategic goals.

The DSO will focus on providing high quality administrative services to the Partnerships and Funds Unit, including correspondence and meeting/event coordination,  information and database management and  some contract and financial management support. The DSO will have  expert computer skills across a range of Microsoft products, strong written and verbal communication skills and the ability to effectively manage relationships with a variety of stakeholders.  The Partnerships and Funds unit engages with a large number of external stakeholders and we are looking for a person with excellent customer relations skills and judgement.

Please note 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 9am on Wednesday 26 October 2016.