Principal Adviser, Employment Relations

  • Provide strategic employment relations guidance to the business
  • Be part of a large HR team
  • Permanent role with a leading government agency

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade is seeking a full-time permanent Principal Adviser, Employment Relations based in Wellington.

The Principle Adviser, Employment Relations is the subject matter expert responsible for providing advice and guidance on employment relations (ER) matters to the HR Business Partners that so that they can operationalise the ER strategy. This role will develop and manage the key strategies ensuring they align to the Ministry’s values and culture.   

This is an exciting role for an ER champion to work across a range of work streams such as collective bargaining, development of ER strategy, contract management and being the in-house ER expert. 

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 the unions so that any issues are dealt with fairly.

We are looking for someone with a strong background in dealing with complex ER issues, is a star influencer and has the ability to negotiate at a senior level. You will have extensive knowledge and experience in understanding and applying employment legislation, working with unions and have the ability to build positive working relationships.

You must be able to obtain and maintain an appropriate NZ Government Security clearance.

Applications close 5.00pm, Thursday 18 October 2018

To apply for this role, please complete an application form (below) and submit along with your CV and cover letter to by the closing date


Human Resources Coordinator

Join us in the heart of Wellington's thriving CBD, in a fantastic opportunity within Learning and Development.

You will be a key member of the People Capabilities team, providing HR administrative services in this busy role supporting Divisional Managers with Learning and Development initiatives.  You will be responsible for Learning & Development logistics and reporting, event management and providing secretarial support for a range of forums.

High levels of initiative, independent thinking, great follow through and attention to detail are all attributes we are seeking to be successful in this role.  Essentially someone with a "can do attitude", who is a team player and can deliver results. 

You will be naturally organised, adept with the latest technology (Word, Excel and PowerPoint) and enthusiastic and results oriented.  This role would an experienced administrator who has an interest in developing their HR career.   

Ring Melanie on 021 434 357 if you would like to find out more about the role. 

Note that we will begin interviewing for this position prior to close off, so it is preferable to get your CV to us asap.

All applicants must have NZ citizenship or Permanent Residency (and have resided in NZ for the past five years).


How to apply:

Applications close 9am, 15 October 2018.

To apply, please email your CV and cover letter to by the closing date.


Communications Coordinator - Pacific and Development

The Communications Coordinator – Pacific and Development role will support the delivery of a programme of proactive strategic communications focused on New Zealand’s engagement in the Pacific, and the work of the New Zealand Aid Programme in the Pacific and beyond.

The successful applicant will have a hands-on role creating written and visual content for a range of channels, including social media and web. They will provide day-to-day communications advice and communications support to Ministry staff Wellington and in our Pacific Posts. They will be responsible for managing tools and databases that support the effective delivery of first rate communications, and play a vital role in helping to grow our audiences.

We want to hear from you if you are a talented communications professional, with strong writing skills, multimedia experience, and a great design eye. You will bring creative energy, but also exceptional organisation skills to support the smooth-running of a small team. You will be ready for the challenge of working in a fast-paced, dynamic organisation that deals with the big global issues of our time, and you will seize opportunities to get involved in diverse projects that will advance your career.

How to apply:

Applications close 5.00pm, Friday 19 October 2018.

To apply, please complete an application form and submit along with your CV and Cover letter to by the closing date.

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


Internships at the New Zealand Permanent Mission to the United Nations, New York

Interns at the New Zealand Permanent Mission to the United Nations have the opportunity to bring New Zealand’s foreign policy to life on the international community’s largest stage.

The Mission engages interns year-round and seeks to create internships rich in professional value. Internships are intended to give participants exposure and experience in the operations of the Mission and the United Nations. The expectation is that interns will support the Mission’s staff in advancing New Zealand’s interests at the United Nations.

To succeed in the internship, interns should be capable of quickly developing a sound understanding of New Zealand’s foreign policy positions and be willing to take up a wide variety of work with enthusiasm.  Common tasks interns are required to perform include attending and reporting on various meetings and events at the United Nations, assisting with research, contributing to high-level visits, and providing administrative and event support. It is essential that interns have strong communication skills, excellent judgement and a positive attitude.

Internships are typically for four months, with commencement dates staggered throughout the year.



We prioritise giving internship opportunities to New Zealand citizens and residents. Graduate students are particularly encouraged to apply.

The New Zealand Mission’s work touches on a broad number of international issues. This diversity of thought is reflected in our people. We encourage applications from a wide-range of backgrounds.  


Qualifications, skills, and knowledge

Desired qualifications, skills and experience:

  • Excellent      written and oral communication skills. 
  • Flexibility      and willingness to undertake a wide range of tasks, including      administrative tasks.
  • Possess      a strong delivery focus – sets high standards including accuracy and attention to      detail.
  • Ability      to work within guidelines.
  • Demonstrated      ability to build and maintain effective relationships and to work within a      team.
  • Ability      to anticipate issues and problems and think of effective solutions.
  • Displays      personal integrity and an honest and ethical approach.
  • The      internship is open to applicants from all backgrounds, although ideally an      applicant’s background and/or field of study has been relevant to the work      of the Mission.  Common backgrounds include Politics, International      Relations, International Law, Economics, Human Rights, International Development,      International Security, Indigenous Studies, and Peacekeeping.



Internships are unpaid and interns are fully responsible for their own costs (including accommodation, insurance and travel expenses).  However, a modest stipend will be available to offset part of the cost of undertaking the internship.

Prospective interns should be aware of the high cost of living in New York. Current students may be able to offset the costs by applying for internship grants and/or academic credits from their academic institution or find local sponsorship opportunities.


Additional Requirements

Interns are required to carry comprehensive travel insurance with adequate cover for medical expenses and personal liability for the duration of their assignments.

Interns are required to sign a standard undertaking covering non-government personnel participating in government delegations.


Visa Requirements

The Mission will facilitate a G2 visa for the duration of the internship. Successful applicants already in the United States on different visa may be able to stay on this visa for the duration of the internship – this will need to be discussed with the Mission in advance of starting.



Applications should include a covering letter setting out the applicant’s interest in, and suitability for, an internship, accompanied by a CV, academic transcript (these can be informal transcripts), and the contact details of two referees. If possible these documents should be combined into one attachment.

Applicants should clearly indicate the commencement date of the internship they are applying for.  Prospective interns already in the United States should advise their current visa status.


Current Opportunities

We are currently recruiting interns for four-month internships commencing at the following times:

•       One position: 28 January – 24 May 2019

•       One position: 18 February – 21 June 2019

•       One position: 27 May – 27 September 2019

•       One position: 24 June – 25 October 2019

•       One position: 1 July – 8 November 2019

•       Three positions: 26 August – 20 December 2019

•       One position: 1 October 2019 – 31 January 2020

•       One position: 28 October 2019 – 28 February 2020


How to apply

Applications must be received by 5.00pm, Friday 19 October 2018 (New York time) and should be sent by email to with the subject line “NYK Intern Application”



Due to the high volume of applications, we will not be able to provide feedback on applications that are not shortlisted