Policy Advisor/Interpreter (Primary Industries)



The role

Do you want an opportunity to use your:

  • flare for building relationships;
  • fascination with gathering market intelligence;
  • excellent English and Chinese interpretation and translation skills; and
  • excellent research and analytical talents

to enhance New Zealand’s food, beverage and primary product trade with China? 

The Ministry for Primary Industries team at the New Zealand Embassy in Beijing is looking for a new policy advisor and interpreter/translator. The successful new team member will:

  • provide two-way interpretation and translation services for seconded staff;
  • provide high quality and insightful market advice;
  • work on projects, which will include travel in China, research, and producing      reports;
  • build relationships with businesses and government regulators.

 The position is one-year fixed term with the possibility of renewal. The successful applicant has the flexibility to work full-time to half-time based on negotiation.

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The team

For small country, New Zealand is a big exporter of food, beverage and primary products. China is one of New Zealand’s most important trading partners, with New Zealand’s food, beverage and primary industries trade with China growing spectacularly in the last ten years. That includes New Zealand’s dairy, meat, seafood, forestry, horticulture, wine, and other food and beverage exports.

The Primary Industries team at the Embassy helps facilitate market access for New Zealand’s food, beverage and primary product trade with China, facilitates border clearance of food and beverage imports, monitors in market supply chains, and enhances perceptions of New Zealand as a key partner in China’s agribusiness and food industry development.

Don’t miss your chance to join this dynamic team.

Visit www.mpi.govt.nz (external link) for background information about New Zealand’s Ministry for Primary Industries.

How to apply

If you are interested in applying, please submit your application by email, titled POLICY ADVISOR / INTERPRETER (PRIMARY INDUSTRIES) to ron.xavier@mfat.govt.nz.

Applications close at 5pm on 22 January 2021

Applications should be in English, and include a CV and a cover letter. 


After applications close we will short-list applicants. In the week beginning 1 February 2021 we will invite short-listed applicants to attend an interview in person at the New Zealand Embassy in Beijing. 

The interview will comprise three sections:

  • a panel interview based on the applicant’s skills and experience;
  • an English to Chinese, and Chinese to English oral interpretation assessment;      and
  • an English to Chinese, and Chinese to English written translation assessment.

Additional details

If the successful applicant is not currently living in Beijing they will be required to cover their own relocation costs. All accommodation, medical, taxation and other costs associated with living in Beijing will be the personal responsibility of the successful applicant.

Remuneration is to be mutually agreed, commensurate with the successful applicant’s skills and experience.

Applications close 22 January 2021.  Only short-listed applicants will be contacted.