Unit Manager Practice, Quality and Capability

Pacific and Development Group (PDG) 

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Open Tenure, Wellington

• Lead a newly formed team focused on quality and learning

• Grow capability and ensure best practice

• Wellington based role, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Join our newly created division as Unit Manager, Practice, Quality and Capability. 

This role heads a team in the Development Capability and Insights (DCI) Division as part of the Pacific Development Group (PDG) at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.  DCI is a support function for the rest of the group focused on providing exceptional internal customer service evaluation, planning and reporting, and business practice supported by effective learning.

As the leader of the Practice, Quality and Capability Unit (PQC) you’ll manage a small team delivering services in business practice, capability building and technical learning. It’s an exciting time as we accelerate our growth in capability and adapt to new ways of working.  Like the rest of the Ministry we are rapidly moving to a learning culture and the PQC is critical to achieving this goal for PDG.

In addition, this role will establish a robust business practice function for the Group as we embed and support a new operating model.  This includes implementing the business case approach (based on Treasury’s Better Business Case), establishing new quality standards, an internal reporting system, and a user friendly compliance framework.

The best practice advice from your team is paramount to ensuring support and guidance to the entire group, but especially for the leadership team and governance board as they strive to transform the delivery of NZ’s aid/humanitarian programmes in a complex and changing foreign policy environment.

We’re looking for someone who is independent, influential and service oriented. To be successful in this role you’ll bring:

• Demonstrated experience leading a service/advisory team in large organisations

• A deep understanding of business case process development, investment logic and governance

• Experience developing quality assurance functions and embedding quality assurance practices and principles

• Strong leadership experience with an ability to influence at executive level

• Experience in delivering capability and/or learning services

• Passion for international development and New Zealand’s role in the international community

This position is about leading an integrated approach to New Zealand’s diplomatic and development engagement with Pacific countries and is responsible for the delivery of the New Zealand Aid Programme in the Pacific and globally.

To apply for this position please complete an application form and submit with your CV and covering letter by  5.00 pm 26 June 2018.

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

Senior Adviser Practice and Capability

Pacific and Development Group (PDG) 

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Open Tenure, Wellington

• Lead a newly formed team focused on capability and practice

• Grow our people and ensure best practice

• Wellington based role, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Join our newly created division as Senior Adviser, Practice and Capability. You will be part of a team leading the implementation of new business practices and capabilities at the Ministry.

This role is within the Development Capability and Insights (DCI) Division as part of the Pacific and Development Group (PDG) at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. DCI is a support function for the rest of the group focused on providing exceptional internal customer service in business practice, learning & development, evaluation and planning and reporting.

As the Senior Adviser, you’ll provide thought leadership around capability building & effective business practice. It’s an exciting time as we accelerate our growth in capability and adapt to new ways of working. Like the rest of the Ministry we are rapidly moving to a learning culture and your role is critical to achieving this goal.

You’ll lead the capability development of all staff across PDG and the maintenance of PDG’s capability framework.  This includes continuous improvement of resources to support staff capability development, quality assurance, enhancing business process design, and working with project teams to improve tools and systems.

We’re looking for someone who is confident, experienced and passionate about internal customer service. To be successful in this role you’ll bring:

• Demonstrated experience in  a senior advisory role on developing business capability

• Strong people skills with a proven ability to work alongside and influence through training,  at leadership team level

• A deep understanding of assessing capability and a honed ability to identify gaps critical to growing capability for the future

• An innovative and positive approach with a track record in designing initiatives that change organisational behaviours and performance

• Passion for international development and New Zealand’s role in the international community

This position is about leading an integrated approach to New Zealand’s diplomatic and development engagement with Pacific countries and is responsible for the delivery of the New Zealand Aid Programme in the Pacific and globally.

To apply for this position please complete an application form and submit with your CV and covering letter by 5.00 pm 26 June 2018.

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

Project/Programme Coordinator

Want to be part of the largest event the Government has ever hosted, that brings 20 World Leaders to New Zealand? Join the planning team for APEC 2021.

You will be part of an all-of-government programme led by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, to plan and deliver a successful Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) which New Zealand will host in 2021. This is largest event the Government has ever hosted, that brings 20 World leaders to New Zealand. APEC involves a 12-month period of hosting from December 2020 to November 2021 and attracts up to 22,000 attendees to 12 significant events held throughout the year. APEC will bring decision-makers and leaders from across the Asia-Pacific together and will create significant opportunities for New Zealand to promote its economic interests with trading nations including China, the US and Japan.

 

About the role:

Are you a highly-skilled and experienced Senior Programme/ Project Coordinator and want to be part of an exciting programme of work? The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade needs you!  The work is varied and demanding, and your planning and administration skills – plus lots of initiative - will be relied upon every day. To be successful in this role you will be an energetic self-starter capable of working as part of an integrated team but who is sufficiently experienced to work independently and achieve results on your own. You will be a person with excellent planning and organising skills. Your contribution as Programme/Project Coordinator will help New Zealand to achieve its strategic benefits from hosting APEC. The Asia-Pacific is the fastest growing economic region in the world and APEC is its leading economic forum.

Key Responsibilities:

• Planning with managers and project managers incorporating risk and change control;

• Supporting governance meetings, pulling together performance reporting and information packs, and recording meeting results;

• Monitoring and reporting programme progress, quality, finance and risk/issues.

• Supporting managers and project managers with communication and stakeholder engagement

• Providing administrative support including meeting coordination

• Quality control of information management and documentation within the programme.

 

Key Requirements:

• Experience in working on a cross-government, or large transformation programmes

• Experience of working in a Managing Successful Programmes (MSP) programme environment, or with similar structured programme/project methodologies

• Good communication and relationship management skills to work successfully with a wide variety of professionals

• Ability to self-manage, prioritise and organise your work and naturally take ownership of critical tasks and deadlines

• Willingness to take on a challenge, solve problems and persevere.

• Prince2 foundation or equivalent is desirable

• Proficient in use of project management tools, such as MS Project and Visio

• Experience with scheduling, meeting minutes, reporting and coordinating meetings

• Project financials and forecasting experience • Flexible and adaptable approach to your work

You will be the kind of person who plans ahead to avoid last minute pressure and stress.  You'll be focused on results and understand how to effectively influence people to achieve them. This is a once-every-20 year opportunity, where the experience you'll gain from working on APEC 2021 will set you apart from others in the project support profession. The role offers a supportive and fun team environment that you can help shape.

To apply for this position please send your CV and covering letter to vaite.villouta@robertwalters.co.nz by 5.00 pm 29 June 2018.

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

Unit Manager and Head of Government and Economics

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Pacific and Development Group (PDG) leads an integrated approach to New Zealand’s diplomatic and development engagement with Pacific countries.  The Group supports New Zealand’s extensive interests and close ties in the region, and is responsible for the delivery of the New Zealand Aid Programme in the Pacific and globally. It’s an exciting time to join the Group as we lead implementation of the Government’s refreshed approach to New Zealand’s engagement in the Pacific under its ‘Pacific Reset’.

This management role is a dual-responsibility role. As Head of Governance and Economics you will provide strategic and thematic thought leadership and lead external engagement for the Pacific and Development Group in the areas of Governance and Economics. As Unit Manager, you will lead and manage a high performing team of specialist advisors that support activities to increase the effectiveness of public institutions in managing and distributing resources, delivering services, and promoting civil, political, and social rights. This is a broad and encompassing area of work that is outward looking – involving considerable engagement and collaboration with Pacific governments and international development agencies – but also involves a strong internal focus to ensure that high-quality economic analysis and the principles of effective governance are embedded across all of New Zealand’s aid and foreign policy activity.

To be successful in this role you’ll bring:

  • Strong strategic and thought leadership experience with an ability to influence at high levels and to think and work politically
  • Demonstrated experience building and leading a high performing advisory team
  • Extensive experience in governance and economics in a developing country context
  • Excellent stakeholder engagement skills that you use to drive debate and bring new ideas to our work
  • A collaborative work style and focus on achieving great outcomes for New Zealand and our partner countries.

You must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret New Zealand Government Security clearance.

Applications close 9am Monday 9 July 2018