Would you like to help represent New Zealand in Germany?

The New Zealand Embassy in Berlin is seeking a Policy and Public Affairs Assistant. Are you highly motivated, organised and looking to make a key contribution to a busy multicultural team?

This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to promoting New Zealand’s relationship with Germany, as well as advancing New Zealand’s relations with the Czech Republic, Liechtenstein and Switzerland. In this busy position, you will support the Post’s work with a range of Embassy contacts in the public and private sector. 

It is a fast paced and multifaceted job in a dynamic environment. The New Zealand Embassy is looking for a focused, organised self-starter with a strong sense of commitment and loyalty. Excellent German and English language ability is essential for this role.  Your first-rate research and critical analysis skills, coupled with strong written and oral communication skills, and the ability to build and maintain effective relationships with a wide range of stakeholders, will be key to your success.

You will assist with research, analysis, policy reports and briefings. You will help to lead the Embassy’s communications strategy, including through use of social media.  You will assist with public affairs and profile-raising events and activities that promote New Zealand’s interests.

You will also help with miscellaneous administrative duties.  Please refer to the job description linked below for further details.

Annual starting salary for the position will be between EUR 35,800 and EUR 42,000 dependent on skills and experience.

The successful applicant will be employed on local terms and conditions and must have the right to work in Germany.  Obtaining and maintaining the appropriate working visa is the responsibility of the applicant and any offer of employment is subject to this. In addition relocation to Berlin is to be undertaken at the expense of the applicant.

If this sounds like you, please read the postion description. and apply for the role, in English, by emailing us a: 

  • completed application form
  • short letter of application
  • and curriculum vitae.

Send your email to Julia.Oberthuer@mfat.govt.nz with the subject line — For the attention of the Administration Manager: Policy and Public Affairs Assistant.

Applications must to be received by Friday 15 September, 4.30 pm local time.

We would hope that the successful candidate would commence duties by the beginning of January 2018.

Policy and Public Affairs Assistant job description [PDF, 244 KB]

Application form  [DOCX, 40 KB] 

Internship programme at the New Zealand Embassy in Berlin

Since January there have been some developments in our ongoing internship programme at the New Zealand Embassy in Berlin.

Programme for graduates

The embassy now offers a six-month programme for graduates who are looking for an introduction into work in the public sector. 

As well as working at the New Zealand Embassy in Berlin, you will also work alongside Education New Zealand (external link) and Study in New Zealand (external link), who our offices are shared with.

Check the job description and frequently asked questions below for more information, such as deadlines, terms and conditions.

Programme for students

The three-month voluntary programme is still available for students who are in education. 

Check the job description and frequently asked questions below for more information, such as deadlines, terms and conditions.

Criminal record check

If you are the successful applicant, a criminal record check is necessary to gain a security clearance to start work with us. Therefore we strongly encourage applicants to apply for this document when you submit your application.

Apply for these programmes

To apply, email the following items to the recruitment mailbox with subject “internship”:

  • your CV
  • cover letter
  • completed personal particulars graduates form OR the personal particulars students form
  • referees form

Your application and CV must be in English, as this is the working language of the embassy. German language skills are also a key asset.

We only accept electronic submissions.


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