Unit Manager- Fiji, Vanuatu, Kiribati

About MFAT

Our people represent New Zealand on and offshore, and in doing so make New Zealanders safer and more prosperous.

By building connections with and influencing other countries and international institutions, we advance New Zealand’s interests and pursue New Zealand's values. We provide advice to the Government on the implications for New Zealand of what is happening in the world.

We strive to achieve Impact for New Zealand every day and everywhere; demonstrating what we can achieve with diverse people and knowledge through Kotahitanga; building and using effective partnerships in a spirit of Manaakitanga; and showing Courage in our policy advice, diplomacy and organisational improvement.

We want our people to reflect the diversity of the New Zealand and communities we represent – valuing and respecting the contributions of staff with diverse backgrounds, experiences, skills and perspectives. We acknowledge Te Tiriti o Waitangi as New Zealand’s founding document and do our part to deliver on the Crown’s commitments to Māori under Te Tiriti.

We want our people to bring their whole selves to work. We value the transferrable skills and points of view that both career and life experience bring to the table. We seek staff who have specialist skills, such as languages, as well as broad generalist skills. As an employer we are committed to a focus on leadership, talent, training and development, and flexible work options.

About the role

We are on the search for our future people leaders who will support, mentor and coach our staff to achieve the Ministry’s strategic priorities. Our Unit Managers are the responsible for delivering on the vision for the division and empowering the team to be successful.  

As a Unit Manager with the Ministry, you are responsible for managing the planning and delivery of the groups agreed activities, development of policy advice on complex issues, whilst providing innovative solutions.

The Pacific and Development Group is responsible for the management and delivery of New Zealand foreign policy and the NZ Aid Programme in the Pacific. New Zealand invests money, knowledge, and skills to deliver sustainable development, reduce poverty and in response to crises in the Pacific.

Maintaining relationships with key stakeholders will be an important aspect of this role. You will foster a strong working relationship by building trust and credibility with stakeholders.

About the person

We are looking for stand out applicants who can think strategically, resolve complex issues, provide innovative solutions and above all be strong people leaders. You will have demonstrated experience leading a team of people to achieve their outcomes.

You will have a knack for building and maintaining relationships at all levels, be meticulously organised and have a personable approach. 

How to apply:

A position description can be found here. [PDF, 322 KB]

Applications close 4 December 2019, 5pm.

To apply for this role, please submit a covering letter, CV and completed application form to HRGRecruitment@mfat.govt.nz prior to the closing date, quoting the position title and job number #2019-143.

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

Visits and Events Support (employed locally), London

The New Zealand High Commission in London is seeking to recruit a visits and events support role.  This is a 12 month fixed term, part-time role, averaging 15 hours per week minimum, with some flexibility required regarding evening events.  Work hours will increase in the lead up to ANZAC Day (25 April).

The position is responsible for supporting New Zealand High Commission visits and events including: assisting with the delivery of ANZAC Day Services; high-level visits to the UK; and events organised by the New Zealand High Commission.  

This is a locally employed position, with terms and conditions being set in accordance with UK employment regulations. The High Commission does not provide assistance with accommodation or airfares. The salary is £14 per hour.

How to apply:

For further details about the position, please see the position description here. [PDF, 358 KB]

Applications will be accepted by email.  Please send a CV, completed application form [link here [DOC, 101 KB]] and a covering letter to property@newzealandhc.org.uk.

Applications close at 9am UK time on 25 November 2019. Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted for an interview.

Senior Adviser- Labour Mobility

Are you an exceptional policy adviser with a passion for the Pacific?

We’re looking for a Senior Adviser – Labour Mobility, to be part of New Zealand’s increased focus on improving economic opportunities for people in the Pacific region through labour mobility. The Senior Adviser – Labour Mobility is part of an advisory team in Wellington that provides policy advice and technical support for immigration and labour mobility issues including the Regional Seasonal Employer (RSE) Scheme.

As well as having excellent written and oral communication, analysis, problem-solving, policy development and negotiation skills, you’ll enjoy working with teams to develop initiatives for strengthening and expanding labour mobility effectiveness. You’ll be able to provide top quality advice, lead on policy reviews and be completely unfazed by ambiguity or complexity.

Being collaborative and great at building relationships are vital, because you’ll be working with programme teams and partners to advance economic and human development outcomes in Pacific Island countries.

To be successful, you’ll need significant and demonstrable experience in policy on immigration and labour mobility. You will also need in-depth understanding and expertise in areas relevant to advancing opportunities through education, training, skills development, work ready and temporary migrant workforce.  The successful applicant will also need to be comfortable operating in multiple cultural settings. Work experience in the Pacific region would be advantage.

How to apply:

A position description can be found here. [PDF, 183 KB]

Applications close 29 November 2019, 12pm.

To apply for this role, please submit a covering letter, CV and application form to HRGRecruitment@mfat.govt.nz prior to the closing date, quoting the position title and job number #2019-142.

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

Senior Commercial Portfolio Manager

The Commercial Division in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade takes an active role in ensuring the Ministry’s overseas aid programme and other key initiatives are well supported with agile and flexible procurement services. We are focused on delivering great outcomes through collaboration and strong business relationships. We are part of an integrated system that enables the Ministry to do great things in the world.

We have a vacancy for a Senior Commercial Portfolio Manager to lead a team in delivering a customer focused approach to procurement. This roles will:

• Lead a commercial portfolio team to deliver excellent procurement services

• Implement innovative and practical commercial solutions to achieve great outcomes.

• Use your procurement skills to make a real difference in the world.

• Provide leadership for collegial work practices across the commercial team 

What the role does

This is a key commercial leadership role responsible for delivering flexible procurement across the Ministry. Your portfolio of customers will include a number of Ministry Divisions and will see you directly supporting a wide range of Ministry initiatives. Your particular focus will be high value capital and infrastructure procurements, for which you will provide specialist knowledge in support of national infrastructure and capital projects. You will find yourself actively involved in delivering some of the most significant outcomes the Ministry is tasked to achieve.

In doing this, you will be a leader and advocate for high quality procurement practice, including flexible and agile market approaches, as well as implementing strategic procurement and supplier relationship management across the Ministry.

What we need

We are looking for self-starters with strong leadership and relational management skills, and the skills to provide strong thought leadership. The successful candidate will be customer-focused, approachable, and have a great attitude. They will be experienced in the practical application of procurement skills across a wide range of markets, with particular strengths in delivering infrastructure and capital procurement projects. They will bring with them a passion for delivering public value through great procurement practice.

How to apply:

A position description can be found here. [PDF, 625 KB]

Applications close 26 November 2019, 12pm.

To apply for this role, please submit your CV and cover letter and complete a MFAT job application form to HRGRecruitment@mfat.govt.nz prior to the closing date, quoting the position title and job reference 2019-139.

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

Bilingual (English/French) Executive Assistant to the Ambassador and Bilateral Team (Paris)

The New Zealand Embassy Paris is looking for a fully bilingual (English/French) Executive Assistant to the Ambassador and Bilateral Team.

This is a full time position (35 hours per week) based in Paris. 

The Embassy in Paris 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 France and accredited countries.

Working in a diverse environment, candidates must be fully bilingual (English/French), have proven experience in an Executive Assistant role, have a strong focus on quality and attention to detail and be technologically adept.  You will have a proactive attitude and strong written and oral communications skills in both languages, and the ability to work well independently and as part of a team. You will also have excellent time management, planning and prioritisation skills.  You will be flexible, responsive and enjoy building relationships and working closely with a wide range of people.

This is a full time, locally-employed position, with terms and conditions set in accordance with French employment regulations. No offshore allowance, transfer costs or housing provisions apply.

Further details on terms and conditions of appointment will be discussed at the interview. 

How to apply:

A copy of the position description in English can be found here. [PDF, 303 KB]

A copy of the position description in French can be found here. [PDF, 481 KB]

Applications close 27 November 2019, 5pm (Paris time).

To apply for this role, please send a CV and covering letter (in French) outlining your skills and experience relevant to the role to parembassymedia@gmail.com by the deadline.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.  

It is anticipated that the successful candidate would start in the role in January 2020.

Portfolio Manager, Climate Change Programme

We are looking for a Portfolio Manager – Climate Change to join the Climate Change and Environment Unit (the Unit), Sustainable Development Sector and Thematic Division (DST), Pacific and Development Group (PDG).

The Unit leads on climate change and environment development issues in the Pacific and beyond and is responsible for the delivery of the Climate Change Programme – a NZ$150 million dollar programme of support focused on boosting the Pacific’s resilience to climate change.

This senior position will be responsible for providing high-quality analysis and financial advice to the Unit to support the effective delivery of the Climate Change Programme. We seek a person with significant portfolio management experience, strong strategic and business planning skills, excellent financial management and forecasting skills who is adept at navigating complex information management systems. You will have strong political acumen, relationship management, partnering and communication skills, and proven experience in engaging and influencing leaders, teams and partners.  International development cooperation experience is an advantage.  

How to apply:

This is a Wellington-based role, and we are happy to accommodate flexible work arrangements.

A position description can be found here. [PDF, 378 KB]

A brief summary of the Climate Change Programme is available here. [DOCX, 322 KB]

Applications close 27 November 2019, 12pm.

To apply for this role, submit your CV and cover letter and complete a MFAT job application form to HRGRecruitment@mfat.govt.nz prior to the closing date, quoting the position title and job number #2019-135.

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

For further information about this role, please contact adele.plummer@mfat.govt.nz

Lead Adviser, Climate Change (Social and Security) and Lead Adviser, Climate Change (International Negotiations)

Are you a thought leader on issues of climate change?

Would you like a key role in representing New Zealand in international negotiations on climate finance?   Or to lead on the international development social and security dimensions of climate change? Would you like to be a key part of New Zealand’s efforts to make a difference in Pacific Island countries?

We are looking for two Lead Advisers, one to join our Pacific and Development Group’s Climate Change and Development Unit, and one for the Climate Change Division of our Multilateral and Legal Group. These are distinct but complementary roles, with different reporting lines, but they will work closely together.    

Lead Adviser, Climate Change (Social and Security)

We are looking for a Lead Adviser to take up a new role in the Climate Change and Environment Unit, Sustainable Development Sector and Thematic Division (DST), Pacific and Development Group (PDG).  

DST’s Climate Change and Environment Unit is responsible for leading on some of the most exciting and topical development issues in the Pacific and beyond. Your substantial climate change expertise will be used on key country-level and regional issues, including the social and security impacts of climate change, loss and damage, climate-related human mobility, and disaster risk reduction. The Unit is also responsible for the delivery of the Climate Change Programme – a NZ$150 million dollar programme of support focused on boosting the Pacific’s resilience to climate change.  

We are looking for somebody who is a senior thought leader, as well as a capable people leader, and who can use their expert credibility in order to be influential. You will work closely with a wide range of partners and stakeholders, including the Climate Change Division, other members of the Pacific and Development Group, other MFAT colleagues in Wellington and at Posts, other New Zealand agencies, partner governments in the Pacific, and expert Pacific and global institutions.  

The ideal candidate for this role will be a motivated professional who:

  •  has significant relevant professional experience, with a preference for candidates with experience in or in relation to developing countries, and particularly in the Pacific context;
  • demonstrates a strong knowledge of the international development landscape; demonstrates deep knowledge of international climate change topics, particularly those relating to the social and security dimensions of this;
  • understands how to make change happen in difficult contexts;
  • has excellent policy analysis, written and oral communication and relationship management skills; and 
  • is a strategic thinker, with the ability to influence decision-makers and to represent the Ministry and New Zealand at the highest levels internationally.  

A position description is available here [PDF, 295 KB]. For any further information about this role, please contact adele.plummer@mfat.govt.nz.

Lead Adviser, Climate Change (International Negotiations)

We are looking for a Lead Adviser to join the Climate Change Division (CCD), in the Multilateral and Legal Group.

The Climate Change Division (CCD) is responsible for leading New Zealand’s engagement in international climate change negotiations and championing implementation of the Paris Agreement. The Lead Advisor in CCD will provide subject matter expertise and intellectual leadership on components of international climate change policy, lead New Zealand’s engagement in international negotiations on climate finance, and work with DST’s Climate Change and Environment Unit and other MFAT divisions and domestic agencies to support New Zealand’s climate finance obligations under the Paris Agreement.  

Our ideal candidate is a senior thought leader, as well as a capable people leader, and who can use their expert credibility in order to be influential.  We are looking for a motivated professional who:

  • demonstrates sound knowledge of the international climate change policy landscape and New Zealand’s role and interests in this;
  • is an experienced multilateral negotiator able to operate independently and to mentor others;
  • has a strong understanding of New Zealand’s domestic climate change policy and the machinery of government generally;
  • demonstrates familiarity with the New Zealand finance sector; • understands the operation of the New Zealand Aid Programme,  particularly our approach to climate finance;
  • has excellent policy analysis, written and oral communication and relationship management skills; and 
  • is a strategic thinker, with the ability to influence decision-makers and to represent the Ministry and New Zealand at the highest levels internationally.  

A position description is available here [PDF, 576 KB]. For any further information about this role, please contact anna.broadhurst@mfat.govt.nz.

How to apply:

Applications close 22 November 2019, 9am.

These are Wellington-based roles, and we are happy to accommodate flexible work arrangements. A moderate amount of off-shore travel will be required.

You must be a NZ Citizen and be able to obtain and maintain the appropriate New Zealand Government Security Clearance. 

To apply for this role and view a position description, please visit our vacancies page at https://www.mfat.govt.nz/en/about-us/work-with-us/vacancies and submit your CV and cover letter and complete a MFAT job application form prior to the closing date, quoting the position title and job reference 2019-134. Please clearly identify which of the 2 positions you wish to be considered for. 

Deputy Registar of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea

Election: The Deputy Registrar is elected by the Tribunal from among candidates nominated by its judges for a term of five years. He/she may be re-elected.

Functions: The duties of the Deputy Registrar are specified in the Rules of the Tribunal, especially in article 37 thereof.

Qualifications and experience:

  • Excellent knowledge of the jurisprudence and procedure of the Tribunal. 
  • Knowledge of the United Nations system, diplomacy or the work of international organizations.
  • A minimum of 15 years of professional experience in the practice of public international law, law of the sea or international dispute resolution.
  • Progressively responsible managerial experience including in administrative work, preferably in a judicial institution or an international organization, and proven supervisory abilities in a multilingual and multicultural environment. Education: Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law, with a specialization in public international law, preferably in law of the sea or settlement of disputes.

Languages: English and French are the two official languages of the Tribunal. An excellent command of both languages is required. Knowledge of the German language would be an additional asset.

Remuneration: The salary is applicable at the level of D-2 under the United Nations common system, tax-free with United Nations benefits and allowances.

How to apply

Applications: Applicants should send their expression of interest by e-mail to the Registrar of the Tribunal, indicating the vacancy announcement number.

Applicants are requested to complete a Personal History Form (P.11 form), which can be found on the Tribunal’s website at www.itlos.org (external link) and to write a cover letter. Both documents should be saved in PDF format and sent to the following e-mail address: personnel@itlos.org

Deadline for applications: 15 December 2019

Only applicants nominated by Judges will be contacted.

The original job advertisement can be found here [PDF, 171 KB].