Director for Pacific Connections (Auckland)

​The Pacific and Development Group (PDG) has a vacancy for a leadership role based in Auckland.

This key leadership role is an exciting opportunity to be part of the Ministry’s integrated approach to development and foreign policy engagement in the Pacific Region.  The Director for Pacific Connections provides senior leadership with key stakeholders in Auckland related to the Ministry’s Pacific and Development work, driving New Zealand’s engagement with businesses, communities, civil society, and visits (inwards and outwards) where there is a Pacific link. 

This role would be well-suited to someone with experience representing New Zealand at a senior level.  You should be a motivated individual with experience in international relations and development.  An ability to quickly come to grips with New Zealand’s engagement in the Pacific, as well as PDG business processes, is vital. Modelling an ability to work across the organisation, and particularly within the Pacific and Development Group, is a key attribute.  A positive commitment to work life balance and staff engagement is essential.

How to apply:

A position description can be found here. [PDF, 262 KB]

Applications close 10 December 2019, 12pm.  

To apply for this role, please submit a covering letter, CV and completed MFAT application form to prior to the closing date, quoting the position title and job number #2019-150.  

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

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 (external link) and to write a cover letter. Both documents should be saved in PDF format and sent to the following e-mail address:

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].

Senior Adviser -  Pacific Ocean and Pacific Fisheries

Do you have experience working on ocean and fisheries related issues?  Would you like to play a part in New Zealand’s efforts to make a difference in developing countries?

The Senior Adviser – Pacific Ocean and Fisheries will play a unique role in New Zealand’s Development and policy initiatives for ocean’s governance and fisheries management in the Pacific region. 

To be successful in this role you will bring:

  • a strong understanding of Pacific oceans and/or fisheries issues and a clear appreciation of approaches that can sustainably support the ambitions of  Pacific partners.
  • understanding of the key challenges facing developing countries and the role that effective development assistance plays in supporting priority issues for the Pacific.  
  • excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • demonstrated coaching and mentoring skills

The competencies for success include relationship building, and sound judgement, along with strong analytical skills and strategic acumen and being a skilled negotiator. A track record in developing, managing and leading projects to deliver intended results is important.

Candidates should also have experience in writing high quality briefings and submissions for senior decision makers and Ministers within tight timeframes.  Sharing your knowledge through mentoring and thought leadership is an important part of this role.

The successful candidate will work with Pacific Island stakeholders and be expected to travel extensively within the region.

How to apply

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

Applications close 10 January 2020, 5pm.

To apply, please submit your CV and cover letter to with the position and job reference #2019-155 and complete an application form prior to the closing date.

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