We advertise contracts for external suppliers on the Government Electronic Tenders Service (GETS) website.

Contracts and grant funding opportunities 

We advertise contracts for external suppliers and consultants on the Government Electronic Tenders Service (external link) (GETS) website. You need to register on GETS (external link) to see our tender documents and receive tender notifications.

If you are interested in supplying or receiving a grant from the New Zealand Aid Programme please follow these links:

Read about New Zealand Aid Programme contracts

Find out about applying for a contestable grant

Our approach

Our procurement policy, guides and processes follow the Government Rules of Sourcing, and we work to the five principles of government procurement:

  1. plan and manage for great results
  2. be fair to all suppliers
  3. get the right supplier
  4. get the best deal for everyone
  5. play by the rules.

 

Read the Government Rules of Sourcing (external link)

Health and Safety

Government has an objective to reduce the rate of fatalities and serious injuries in the workplace by at least 25% by 2020. One of the ways the Government is achieving this is through the Health and Safety At Work Act that came into effect on 4 April 2016. Questions around how this affects your current contract with MFAT or how it may impact your ability to work with MFAT can be directed to commercial@mfat.govt.nz.

How to improve your chances

Get informed

Take time to learn about our policies and priorities, our key partnerships, geographical focus and activities that we fund.

Network

Network with other suppliers and consultants who do business with MFAT. You may get valuable development experience working as a sub-contractor to a company that has an ongoing projects, including members of our supplier panels.

Join the MFAT Suppliers and Consultants Group (external link) on LinkedIn™. This group, and its sub-groups, connects current suppliers and other international development professionals and specialists interested in working with the aid programme.

Join our LinkedIn Networking Group (external link)

Be strategic

Target the contracts where you can clearly evidence that you have relevant and effective skills and experience. Ensure you fully research the project location and demonstrate how you will address any specific issues or challenges. MFAT provides debriefings to unsuccessful tenderers – make full use of the information provided to improve your future bids.

Learn what's important in the tender process

Our tender documents detail how your offer will be assessed. Focus your response according to the weighting given to each assessment criterion. Read all the conditions of tender to ensure that your response is fully compliant, otherwise your offer may be rejected. For example provide signed declarations and keep documentation below any maximum page numbers. Always ensure your tender is delivered before the deadline!

When responding, avoid repeating sections of the Terms of Reference verbatim. Assessment panels look for proposals that demonstrate strong understanding of an assignment and its constraints, such as operational, logistical, financial and possible political issues. Focus CV information on the skills and experience required for that particular project. Don’t make claims that cannot be substantiated – if you are likely to be successful, they will be subject to reference checking.

Always proof read your documents before submission. Many Ministry projects involve the provision of important reports, so the quality of your bid document will signal whether your report writing skills are likely to meet the required standard.

 

Contact us

For all feedback or queries about procurement, grants and commercial activities at MFAT:

Commercial Division
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
195 Lambton Quay, Private Bag 18-901, Wellington 6160
commercial@mfat.govt.nz