Policy Adviser, New Zealand Permanent Mission, Geneva

Are you an experienced Policy Adviser looking for a new challenge?

Would you like to be part of the team representing New Zealand at the United Nations in Geneva? 

The New Zealand Permanent Mission in Geneva is seeking a Policy Adviser to help advance and support New Zealand’s interests.  This is a fixed term 12 months contract with a possibility of renewal. 

The Policy Adviser (Humanitarian) contributes to the advancement of New Zealand’s foreign policy interests (in particular New Zealand’s international development, humanitarian and migration* activities). Working with the Ambassador and Geneva’s United Nations team, you will support the Post’s engagement with key multilateral agencies, representatives from other governments, and local humanitarian and civil society contacts.  Your responsibilities will include: representing New Zealand at key meetings in your portfolio; reporting and making recommendations to Wellington on activities based out of Geneva; conducting research, analysis, and policy development; maintaining an active network with other Missions, multilateral agencies, and civil society stakeholders; and supporting VIP and MFAT visits from New Zealand. 

Your excellent research and analytical skills, flexibility, problem solving capabilities, sound judgement, and ability to build and maintain effective relationships, will be key to your success. French language skills and previous experience in multilateral settings and in New Zealand’s humanitarian funding would be an advantage. 

The position is employed on local terms and conditions.  You must be a New Zealand citizen, and able to obtain and hold a New Zealand Government security clearance.  The Permanent Mission does not provide assistance with airfares or accommodation but may be able to assist with obtaining a working visa for Switzerland.  

The starting salary range for this position is between CHF 96,237 and CHF 113,219 per annum, with position in the range dependent upon skills and experience.

You would ideally be available to commence duties in Geneva in January 2018. 

If this sounds like you, please download the application form and full position description. All applications must be made electronically and in English.

* (under review) 

The application form, and a covering letter of no more than two pages, should be emailed to claire.juhel@mfat.govt.nz with the subject line “POLICY ADVISER VACANCY”. 

Applications must be received by 5pm on Friday 1 December 2017.  

For further information please contact Claire Juhel (claire.juhel@mfat.govt.nz)

Go to the  New Zealand Permanent Mission website for more information about our work.

 Position description [PDF, 192 KB]

Application form [DOC, 97 KB]

Asset Information Management System Administrator

Applications are invited for the open tenure role of Asset Information Management System Administrator in the Asset Management Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade

The Asset Management Division is responsible for leading the strategic and tactical asset planning and management of the Ministry’s properties and other assets.  The Ministry has a significant network of 100+ office and Official Residence premises overseas, providing facilities and work environment for staff to conduct the Government’s official business effectively.  It also has approximately 250 offshore staff residential properties, assets and posts’ vehicles.

An Asset Information Management System (AIMS) is being implemented to significantly improve the long term asset management of the Ministry’s global asset portfolio.

We are seeking a diversely talented person for this newly created position.  Initially working in the AIMS project team to implement AIMS, then within the Wellington based Asset Management team to administer and enhance the system and provide support services to the global user base.

We are seeking candidates with an Information Technology qualification, who has a sound understanding and demonstrated experience with maintaining and supporting business systems in a large organisation. Experience working with property asset management systems and SQL databases will be an advantage.  You will have a strong customer focus, with the ability to communicate effectively with a range of people. 

Applicants must be able to obtain and maintain the appropriate security clearance.

This is a Wellington based role. You must be a New Zealand citizen and have the ability to obtain and maintain an appropriate New Zealand Government security clearance.

To apply for this position please complete an application form and submit your CV and covering letter to recruitment@mfat.govt.nz by 12noon 24 November 2017.

Consular Adviser/Team Administrator

The New Zealand Embassy, Bangkok, is looking for an exceptional person to be our Consular Adviser/Team Administrator.

As part of a small, high–performing team, you will support the management of  New Zealand citizen consular cases in Cambodia, Lao PDR, and Thailand and the delivery of notarial services in Thailand.  You will also provide administration functions to the Post to ensure the smooth and efficient operation of the Embassy.

The person we seek will have practical experience in Embassy consular work, New Zealand Government or the NGO sector, working directly with people requiring assistance as well as experience in an administration support role to a team.

You will be able to work independently without requiring close supervision and will demonstrate sound judgement and an understanding of New Zealand Government services. You will also be able to work harmoniously and effectively in a small team environment.  The ability to maintain a calm, patient and empathetic demeanor, even in demanding or stressful situations is key to success in the position.  A tertiary qualification would be an advantage.

High-levels of spoken and written English and Thai are essential.

The position is a locally employed full time position.  For a position description please visit www.nzembassy.com/thailand (external link) or telephone the Embassy on 02 254 2530.

Applications including a cover letter, CV including three referees and copies of relevant documents should be sent in a sealed envelope to the Administration Manager, New Zealand Embassy, 14th Floor, M Thai Tower, All Seasons Place, 87 Wireless Road, Bangkok 10330 by Wednesday 22nd November 2017 at 4pm. 

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


Divisional Manager - Executive Services Division

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) acts in the world to make New Zealanders safer and more prosperous. Its purpose is to create the international conditions and connections for New Zealand to thrive.  MFAT has over 1,400 staff in New Zealand and at 57 overseas posts.  Leading a specialist team, the Divisional Manager – Executive Services is responsible for leading the support of MFAT’s relationship with Ministerial offices, Parliament and the public.

Through your team you will ensure requests and responses managed by the Ministry are done so efficiently and effectively.  These requests include OIA requests, Ministerial correspondence and Parliamentary questions.  As a centralised team, the Divisional Manager ensures consistent advice and quality assurance to other parts of the Ministry, Ministers and the Senior Leadership Team.  The Divisional Manager has responsibility for coordinating the Ministry’s engagement in Select Committee processes, and also leads the information services function.

The successful appointee will have the following experience and capabilities: • Demonstrated understanding of Machinery of Government processes; • Previous experience in developing and managing processes and systems for handling Ministerial correspondence and briefings, Cabinet papers, Parliamentary Questions, and Official Information Act requests. • Ability to coach and develop people, including those beyond your immediate team • Key stakeholder engagement skills, with the capacity to influence across a range of audiences; • Demonstrated ability to make sound judgment calls under pressure and lead a highly-skilled, multifaceted team in a fast changing environment; • Proven understanding of how to support service delivery mandates will be valuable.

This is a Wellington based role. You must be a New Zealand citizen and have the ability to obtain and maintain an appropriate New Zealand Government security clearance.

To apply for this position please complete an application form and submit along with your CV and covering letter to recruitment@mfat.govt.nz by 12noon 29 November 2017.

Senior Adviser Inclusive Development (Gender and Human Rights)

This is a key role in the Ministry’s Pacific and Development Group tasked with strengthening the inclusiveness of New Zealand’s international development effort and that of our partners, in particular through promotion and protection of human rights and the advancement of gender equality and women’s empowerment.

You would be the Ministry’s policy lead on inclusiveness, gender and human rights within international development. You will establish and maintain MFAT policy on inclusive development and ensure that this is reflected in strategic and operational frameworks, aid programme standards, and in performance and management information systems.   You will lead policy analysis, advice and engagement in this area. You will champion and influence gender and human rights within MFAT, with our partners and in the Pacific and multilateral arena.

We seek a person with a strong background in inclusive social or economic policy, human rights and gender. You will have well developed public policy skills. You will be a highly effective at engaging and influencing leaders, institutions and people. International development experience is an advantage.

To apply for this position please complete an application form and submit with your CV and cover letter by 12 Noon, Friday 8 December 2017.

Principal Adviser - Governance

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) acts in the world to make New Zealanders safer and more prosperous. It does this by working to understand geopolitical changes across the world, providing advice to the Government on its implications, and then acting to promote and protect New Zealand’s interests.

The Principal Adviser, Governance will lead coordination of support to the enterprise governance bodies, supporting the Chief Executive and Senior Leadership Team in the discharge of their governance roles.  The Ministry’s Governance Framework provides a mechanism through which the Chief Executive and Senior Leadership Team can exercise collective responsibility for achieving organisational outcomes; creating a sense of shared ownership across the organisation.  The Principal Adviser – Governance will work with and guide advisers to the various enterprise governance bodies.  The role will synchronize the work of the committees to deliver a coherent Ministry decision-making, oversight and assurance (governance) framework.

The successful candidate will bring to the role significant experience working within public sector and political processes and administration, and have a fundamental understanding of good governance practices.  They will also:

• Have a relevant tertiary qualification

• Be self-motivated with a high degree of initiative and committed to ongoing learning and development

• Have strong verbal and written communication skills gained through providing advice to a range of stakeholders

To apply for this position please complete an application form and submit along with your CV and covering letter by 12noon 30 November 2017.