Senior Leadership Appointments  

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

 

Deputy Chief Executive – People & Operations                       

This is a new, strategic leadership role that integrates and oversees MFAT’s people and operations services, both on and offshore.

Leading approximately 250 staff, the role is accountable for integrating the organisation’s enabling functions, including people, capability, resources and investments. High quality planning, delivery and future proofing will ensure the Ministry’s operations and people functions perform strongly and are sustainable into the future.

If appointed you will be the ‘integrator’, providing strategic leadership and drive across MFAT’s people and operations functions. These include human resources, organisational capability, financial and asset management and investment, commercial engagement and delivery, security of people and assets, and information management.

Your background will point to strategic leadership experience, gained from working within complex organisational settings. You will be able to provide thought leadership, with the capacity to contribute to MFAT’s organisational governance and strategy. Other success factors will include people leadership credentials, coupled with strong interpersonal and intellectual agility, and the capacity to deal with ambiguity

 

 

Deputy Secretary – Multilateral & Legal Affairs

This role provides leadership of New Zealand’s multilateral and legal policy advice, representation and negotiations, in support of the Ministry’s strategic priorities.

Accountable for circa 120 staff, the role’s core focus is on building and sustaining an 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, as well as host government services to the diplomatic corps resident in, or accredited to, New Zealand.

Ideally, 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 people management.

The depth and maturity of your thought leadership will be a key asset, given the complex issues this role is responsible for, including a comprehensive multilateral affairs portfolio

 

Application Details

Both roles above will work closely with each other and a number of other senior leadership team colleagues. They are based in MFAT’s corporate head office in Wellington.

Confidential enquiries and applications should be directed to Vishnu Nair or Guy Brew at Ichor Leadership Search by 8.00am on Monday 26 August 2019. Contact us via email at search@ichor.co.nz or call +64 4 499 8230.

 

Aorere Internships

Applications open 6 August 2019 and close 1 September 2019

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade is once again seeking interest from people who would like to apply for our Aorere Internship work programme during the summer of 2019/2020.  The Aorere programme targets applicants of Māori descent. 

As an intern, you’ll learn what it takes to work at the Ministry and gather valuable insights into what may ultimately lead to a permanent job opportunity. The Ministry will provide a basic salary and an interesting role with the opportunity to network and develop your skills.

As we are Wellington based, you’ll need to relocate to the capital during your internship. There may be an opportunity to work in the Auckland office, but this will only be offered to candidates with certain challenges in temporarily relocating, for example, candidates with dependent children.

To be considered you’ll need:

  • at least one year of completed tertiary study for a degree in any discipline 
  • participation skills showcased through cultural, community, church,  sports or paid activities
  • New Zealand citizenship and to be of Māori descent

We’re accepting applications from people of any age, as long as it's understood the roles given to interns over the summer will be at entry level, and are not intended for people with prior experience in policy work.

If you have family responsibilities, high needs, health issues, live rurally or are experiencing any other barriers that make you hesitant about considering this opportunity, please still apply. We’ll ensure you are assessed only on the skills and behaviours you can demonstrate, and will support your application as best we can.

What you can expect:

  • A paid internship of 11 weeks between 18 November 2019 and 14 February 2020
  • A role within a business unit of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and the opportunity to acquire a letter of reference
  • Support and guidance from our wider team including an induction into the Ministry
  • Reasonable travel costs to and from Wellington at the start and end of the internship
  • Housing guidance if required
  • Networking opportunities!

Application process:

We’re looking at a balance of attitude and aptitude, and want you to bring your ‘whole self’ to MFAT. To apply you must complete an online application. Please note:

1. The application needs to be done in one sitting, it can’t be saved!

2. You’ll need your Grade Point Average before you apply. You can calculate it here. (external link)

3. You’ll need your latest academic transcript. It can be a non-official transcript.

4. You’ll need to upload your CV at the end of the application, so have it ready.

APPLY HERE (external link)

If you’re successful in being shortlisted, there is a further assessment stage from 2 September – 14 September, with an interview following in late September.

Offers made               30 September
Start and end date   18 November 2019 to 14 February 2020
Location                     Wellington, New Zealand
Questions?                Text us on 021 560 151 or email pca@mfat.govt.nz

   

Protocol Support Officer

Part-time (15 hours per week)

The Protocol Support Officer provides support to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Protocol Division in the area of diplomatic and consular privileges and immunities.

This role is at an intern-equivalent level and is remunerated accordingly.  It would suit a current tertiary student with an interest in international relations.

Specific tasks include:

  • Manage and process departure documentation for foreign diplomats, including updating internal records, updating the official Diplomatic and Consular List on the MFAT website and filing;
  • Process domestic student status applications;
  • Process car forms for foreign diplomats applying for and removing diplomatic licence plates;
  • Assist Protocol Advisers with calculating and processing rates refunds for diplomatic missions/posts;
  • General research for members of Protocol Division

Applicants should be able to demonstrate very close attention to detail, excellent IT skills including competence in the use of Microsoft Excel, and the ability to work methodically in close coordination with a team.  An understanding of the basic principles of privacy law and government processes would be desirable.

 

How to apply:

Applications close 12 noon 30 August 2019.

To apply, please submit your CV and cover letter to HRGRecruitment@mfat.govt.nz with the position and job reference #2019-93 and complete an application form prior to the closing date.

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

 

Principal HSW Adviser (Wellbeing)

Are you an experienced health and safety professional looking for a new challenge?

Would you like to apply your extensive occupational health expertise in an international context? 

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade is seeking a full-time Principal Adviser Health, Safety and Wellbeing (HSW) based in Wellington.  

This is a new exciting role for a highly experienced HSW professional (specialising in occupational health & wellbeing) to work across a range of work streams in a complex multinational environment.

Our people operate around the globe and face a diverse range of health and psychosocial risks. This role provides a unique opportunity for you to apply your experience, particularly in occupational health & psychosocial risks, in an international context.

 

What the role does

Working closely with the Ministry’s Manager Health, Safety & Wellbeing (HSW), you will act as the primary source of HSW technical information, advice and will lead on the development of the Ministry’s Health & Wellbeing Strategy.

The diversity of this role will see you assisting in the establishment of the Ministry’s HSW unit and supporting the growth & professional development of junior team members.  Take an active part from the beginning as we shape and deliver a four-year programme of work to further achieve the desired HSW strategic outcomes in our offices in New Zealand and across the world.

 

What we need

We are looking for someone with significant experience in leading and supporting HSW programmes within large and complex organisations.

You will be the kind of person who has the drive and resilience to lead proactively and deliver sustainable high performance as well as the ability to work well in a team environment.

You will be able to demonstrate strong relationship management skills, be focused on results and understand how to effectively influence & support people to achieve them.

Bring your expertise in occupational health, psychosocial risk management and well-being, and a sound understanding of the approaches needed to successfully manage health and safety in the workplace. 

 

How to apply:

Applications close 12pm, 2 September 2019

To apply, please submit your CV and cover letter to HRGRecruitment@mfat.govt.nz with the position and job reference #2019-94 and complete an application form prior to the closing date.

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

 

Health, Safety and Wellbeing Data Analyst

The Health, Safety and Well-being unit at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade is now seeking a full-time HSW Data Analyst to compliment the skill set of our team. You will play a crucial part in helping us to deliver our HSW strategic goals and to support our vision of being a happy, healthy and high performing Ministry. 

Our people operate around the globe and face a diverse range of HSW risks and challenges. This role provides an opportunity to apply your administrative and analytical skills to ensure we have HSW processes and systems that support our operational needs and that are easily accessible and fit for purpose. 

What the role does 

Reporting to the Ministry’s Manager Health, Safety & Wellbeing (HSW), you will provide high quality administrative support and acting as first point of contact for HSW inquiries within the Ministry. You will also collect, analyse and report safety data and information that provides assurance and advice to the Ministry. 

What we need 

While HSW experience is desired, it is not essential. Instead you will bring a keen interest in HSW and be willing to take up HSW training opportunities.

You will bring:

  • strong administrative and analytical skills gained in a similar size and diverse organisation;
  • Experience and proven track record of developing and delivering robust meaningful performance reports appropriate for intended audience;
  • Excellent analytical capability, including the ability to interpret and manage data and provide practical advice to support continuous improvement;
  • Competency in the use of databases and Microsoft Office Suite; and
  • The ability to adapt and prioritise workloads and demands, with a proactive and self-motivated approach to work, committed to enhancing and improving the range of services which the HSW team can provide and be a team player. 

The role is Wellington based. 

 

How to apply:

Applications close 12pm, 2 September 2019

To apply, please submit your CV and cover letter to HRGRecruitment@mfat.govt.nz with the position and job reference #2019-95 and complete an application form prior to the closing date.

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

 

Health, Safety and Wellbeing Adviser

Do you have a proven track record of successfully partnering with and coaching managers to apply health safety and wellbeing (HSW) requirements in practice? 

Or perhaps you are an experienced professional in a related field looking for a different challenge and to take your career in a new direction? 

The HSW unit at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade is now seeking two full-time HSW Advisers to join our team. 

Our people operate around the globe and face a diverse range of HSW risks and challenges. This ‘hands on’ role provides a unique opportunity for you to apply your experience and skills to support, coach and mentor managers and their teams to help the Ministry meet our goal to create a happy, healthy and high performing Ministry. 

What the role does 

This position is a key supporting role within the HSW unit and acts as a source of practical information, coaching and guidance to managers and internal stakeholders to help them successfully use and implement the Ministry’s HSW procedures and policies. 

This opportunity will complement and enhance your existing professional capabilities. You will apply your strong relationship management skills to improving the engagement and enthusiasm of managers and their teams in HSW matters and support them to integrate HSW into their daily practices, both locally and at an international level. 

What we need 

We are looking for candidates with first-hand successful experience in coaching and mentoring others, enabling them to use organisational tools effectively and to achieve desired organisational targets and goals. HSW knowledge and experience is desired but not essential. 

You will have the drive and personality to engage with and develop successful and sustainable relationships with stakeholders, including managers, Health & Safety Representatives and our diverse workforce.  

You should have, or be willing to work towards, a formal HSW qualification to Level 4 or above and hold, or aim to hold, a professional membership of NZISM (or equivalent professional body). 

You will be technologically adept, flexible and able to adapt quickly to a busy diverse workplace, with a proactive and self-motivated approach to work, committed to enhancing your professional capability and be a team player. 

The role is Wellington based.

 

How to apply:

Applications close 12pm, 2 September 2019

To apply, please submit your CV and cover letter to HRGRecruitment@mfat.govt.nz with the position and job reference #2019-96 and complete an application form prior to the closing date.

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

 

 

Senior Network Engineer

  

Applications are invited for the open tenure role of Senior Network Engineer, supporting Infrastructure systems within the Information Management Division (IMD) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Within the Ministry IMD is responsible for the provision of cost effective and reliable global technological systems, solutions and support, and the management and oversight of records and archives, with programmes to enable staff to better access and share information and knowledge across the Ministry’s global network.

The Infrastructure team is responsible for the management, stability and integrity of the Ministry’s infrastructure systems, including: global Wide and Local Area Networks, network protection, server hardware, operating systems and Active Directory, virtualisation platforms (VMWARE and Hyper-V), Citrix XenApp and AGEE VPN services, encryption systems, data storage systems (EMC SANs), data backup and recovery and other infrastructural hardware and systems attached to the Ministry’s networks. 

This Senior Network Engineer role will be responsible for providing technical, administrative, and client support services for the development, maintenance and management of the Ministry’s network infrastructure systems in all environments, as well as proving technical input to Ministry ICT projects.  This role will lead support on all areas of networking and networking protection, including switching, routing, firewalls, VPNs, WAN optimisation etc.  This role provides all aspects of Infrastructure administration, planning, performance, capacity management and client support as well as providing technical advice and mentoring to team members and other IMD staff.

To be successful in this role you will ideally hold a recognised industry standard qualification/certification and have over 8 years’ experience in supporting network infrastructure systems in an enterprise wide environment.  It is essential that you have extensive knowledge of, and experience with, switching, routing, firewalls, VPNs, WAN optimisation and ideally with the following vendor technologies:  Cisco (switches, routers), Fortinet (fortigate, fortianalyser, fortimanager), VMWare (networking and firewalling), Citrix (Netscaler, AGEE, CloudBridge) and Microsoft TMG.

Additional to the technical skills you will have, excellent communication skills, experience in technical documentation, excellent analytical and problem-solving capability and have a pragmatic collaborative approach with a focus on delivery.  You will also be able to quickly establish effective working relationships at all levels within an organisation.

Applicants must have New Zealand citizenship and be able to obtain and maintain the appropriate security clearance.

 

How to apply:

Applications close 12pm, 12 September 2019

To apply, please submit your CV and cover letter to HRGRecruitment@mfat.govt.nz with the position and job reference #2019-97 and complete an application form prior to the closing date.

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