Commercial Adviser (2 roles)

The Commercial Division 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 collaborative approaches to establishing strong business relationships. We are part of an integrated system that enables MFAT to do great things in the world.

We have a vacancy for two Commercial Advisers to play a key lead role in implementing a customer focused approach to procurement. This role will: 

•      Play a key role in the delivery of excellent procurement services to the overseas aid programme and for our 63 posts overseas.

•      Procurements will have an infrastructure bias.

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

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


What the role does

 This is a key role in a team that is focused on providing flexible procurement services. You will work with a portfolio of internal customers, directly supporting a wide range of initiatives across New Zealand’s overseas aid programme and the assets overseas for the 63 posts. You will find yourself actively involved in delivering some of the most significant outcomes the Ministry is tasked to achieve.

You will be an advocate for high quality procurement practice, including the delivery of flexible and agile approaches to suppliers and market, as well as the implementation of strategic procurement and supplier relationship initiative across the Ministry.


What we need

We are looking for self-starters with strong procurement and relational management skills. The successful candidates will be customer-focused, approachable, and have great attitudes. They will be experienced in the practical application of procurement skills, and will bring with them a commitment to delivering public value through great procurement practice.

If you have transferable skills then this role, with the support of the wider team, will enable you to start your procurement journey.


How to apply:

Applications close 5pm, 27 September 2019

To apply, please submit your CV and cover letter to with the position and job reference #2019-101 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.

Position Description  [DOCX, 81 KB]

 Driver/Team Administrator/Staff Employed at Post/Warsaw

We are seeking an experienced Driver who can also undertake routine Administration duties to join our team at the New Zealand Embassy in Warsaw, Poland.

The Embassy represents the New Zealand Government to the highest standards of professional excellence across New Zealand’s Dpolitical, trade and economic, defence and security and international development interests, as well as delivering consular services for New Zealanders, in Poland and accreditations. 

The Driver/Team Administrator is responsible for supporting the efficient and effective operation of the Embassy by providing driving services to the Head of Mission and other Embassy staff members, as well as providing general administrative support, including vehicle maintenance, messenger/delivery services and routine office tasks.

The role will suit someone interested in working in a diverse and fast-changing environment. The ability to deliver results both independently and in a collaborative manner is essential, as is the ability to work effectively across cultures. This role will provide a rewarding experience across a range of tasks and challenges.

Candidates must have the right to live and work in Poland and hold a full clean driver’s licence. Please see the job description for further information.

How to apply: 

Applications close 4pm, 18 September 2019 (Poland time)

To apply, please submit the application form [PDF, 335 KB], your CV and cover letter to prior to the closing date.

Position Description   [PDF, 151 KB]

Data and Reporting Analyst

Join our Data Analytics and reporting team as a Data and reporting Analyst. You will be part of a team responsible for managing the data and reporting systems which support the efficient and effective delivery of the New Zealand Aid Programme

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 a data and Reporting Analyst you’ll become the expert on our reporting system, how the data goes in, what it means and how to use it to help us better understand our business, track progress and tell our story.  You will produce thoughtful, beautiful reports tailored for the audience, from project teams, governance boards, partners, Ministers and external stakeholders. 

It’s an exciting time as we accelerate our growth in capability and adapt to new ways of working. We have had our new Aid Management System for over a year now, and are looking at how we can better use it to produce useful analysis and actionable insights. Your role will be crucial to our success in this area.

We’re looking for someone who is confident, experienced and passionate about data and the power it has to transform understanding, drive improvement and evidence progress. To be successful in this role you’ll bring:

  • Experience in developing user-focused reports, including requirements gathering and tailored report design
  • A strong understanding of good report design practice – with a proven ability to convey complex information logically and concisely
  • Extensive experience in data collection, management and analysis
  • Flexibility and a service orientated approach to adjust your work programme based on competing priorities and self-manage to consistently meet agreed deadlines
  • An understanding of financial and non-financial performance reporting

Position Description [PDF, 197 KB]

How to apply:

Applications close 9pm, 27 September 2019

To apply, please submit your CV and cover letter to  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.


Associate Counsel (Fixed Term to February 2021)

The Ministry makes New Zealand safer and more prosperous. It does this by working to understand geopolitical changes across the world, advancing the Government’s international priorities, and providing advice to the Government on its implications. By building connections and influence in other countries the Ministry act to promote and protect New Zealand’s interests.

About the role:

In this position you will provide general legal advice to all parts of the Ministry. No two days are the same - you will be involved in challenging overseas property projects, interesting contracting and tendering processes, complex questions of diplomatic privileges and immunities, domestic and overseas litigation, and Treaty of Waitangi law. This position would suit a high performing lawyer who has a commercial and/or public law background and wants to make a difference in New Zealand.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Provide legal advice on different matters including (but not limited to) commercial activities, privacy and litigation 
  • Provide administrative and public law advice including on constitutional and machinery of Government issues and the Ministry’s implementation of its obligations under Te Tiriti o Waitangi/the Treaty of Waitangi
  • Advise Ministers and divisions on OIA and Ombudsman processes 
  • Address diplomatic privileges and immunities legal issues arising in NZ and overseas 
  • Advise on complex consular cases

Key Requirements:

  • Bachelor of Laws (LLB) and New Zealand Law Society Practising Certificate
  • At least 7 years’ post admission experience, with some preferably in government or in-house 
  • Ability to obtain and maintain an appropriate New Zealand Government Security clearance
  • Hold New Zealand citizenship
  • Strong relationship, written and oral communication skills with an ability to convey complex information logically 
  • Ability to think strategically and contribute to group conversations/decision making while also being confident in exercising sound judgement and working independently as well

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade aspires to be a workplace that values and utilises diverse and inclusive thinking, people and behaviours. This means that staff reflect the diversity of New Zealand and the countries The Ministry works in, and that the contributions of staff with diverse backgrounds, experiences, skills and perspectives are valued and respected.

The Ministry values are:

Impact: We achieve for New Zealand, everyday, everywhere
Kotahitanga: We draw strength from our diversity
Courage: We do the right thing
Manaakitanga: We honour and respect others

Robert Walters endeavours to review all applications in a maximum of five working days. If you have not received correspondence within this timeframe please do not hesitate to contact Olivia Murphy on 04 471 9738.

Position Description [PDF, 154 KB]