Communications Adviser

  • Supporting the WW100 project
  • Understanding of government
  • One year fixed term contract

MFAT acts in the world to make New Zealand safer and more prosperous. The Communications Division works with diplomats, analysts and negotiators supporting engagement on key issues and outreach about MFAT’s work and out place in the world.  This is a stimulating, dynamic environment focused on issues and projects that make a real difference for New Zealand and its people.
This role will work with Ministry staff and the wide communications team to deliver communications for projects and issues, with a focus on the preparation and publication of communications materials, stakeholder engagement and supporting business partners as required. 
This position also supports MFAT’s involvement in the World War 1 commemorations by developing and delivering the WW1000 communication strategy with a focus on digital and social media.
Strong written and verbal skills are essential requirements along with good judgment, decision making ability and political nous. The successful candidate must be able to obtain and maintain an appropriate New Zealand Government Security clearance and be a New Zealand citizen.
Applications close:  Wednesday 19 April
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Reference:  44367
Further enquiries: Heather Church or Lindsay Jackson on +64 4 550 8000

Tariff Anaylst (Specialist)

An opportunity has opened up within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade in a role that lies at the centre of our efforts to contribute to New Zealand's trade and economic growth and help achieve the Government’s goal of increasing exports from 30% of GDP to 40% by 2025.  

The Trade and Economic Group (TEG) leads New Zealand’s participation at the World Trade Organisation (WTO), in the negotiation Free Trade Agreements (FTAs), and provides technical advice on market access issues affecting exporters.  TEG also leads engagement with global economic organisations, provides economic analysis and consults with key exporters in order that MFAT assistance to exporters can be effectively targeted.  

Tariff Analyst (Agriculture and Goods Unit, Trade Negotiations Division)   

The role is responsible for providing high quality technical and policy expertise in the area of tariffs in support of New Zealand’s trade policy and negotiating activities.  

You will be actively involved in the trade agenda at a critical time.  With New Zealand involved in a number of negotiations, you will have the opportunity to take a leading role in New Zealand’s negotiating agenda.   You will provide robust accurate and timely data analysis to inform New Zealand’s participation in international trade negotiations.  You will also be involved in work to ensure the effective implementation of FTA agreements which have been completed.   In Wellington you will work closely with the broader government machinery on tariff policy issues.  You will also have the opportunity to contribute to the Ministry’s work on issues relating to non-tariff barriers to trade..

In addition to the qualifications and attributes outlined in the attached position description, we are seeking candidates skilled in the following areas:

• Experience in providing policy leadership on technical policy issues at an analyst level.

• High numeric literacy, with experience in data analysis.

• Highly developed and proactive organisational skills that can be leveraged to deliver policy outcomes through practical initiatives.

• An ability to influence and engage and negotiate effectively with other governments.

• Political awareness and the ability to influence other policy-makers.

• Proven teamwork and mentoring skills.

• Established relationship management skills that position you well to engage with Ministry stakeholders, including domestic agencies and regulators, professional registration bodies, exporters and industry groups, other NGOs, and Māori.  

Technical expertise in tariff policy would be an advantage, as would a relevant qualifications or experience in economic, law or international negotiations.  

The role is based in Wellington, but there will be a need for frequent travel to participate in negotiations and meetings held outside New Zealand.

You must be able to obtain and maintain an appropriate New Zealand Government security clearance.

To apply for this position please complete an application form and submit with your CV and covering letter by 5pm Friday 28 April 2017.

Group Business Manager - Services

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade is seeking a Group Business Manager to join our Services Group on a permanent basis.

This role is a key member of the Services Group Leadership Team providing cross group leadership in business management, corporate services, financial management and reporting, administrative services and human resource management.  The Services Group has connection points across the Ministry which means this is a critical role as it supports the day to day running of the Group.  This role is also responsible for ensuring the secure management of diplomatic mail and has overall responsibility for the Wellington Facilities function.  Managing Services business planning information analysis and reporting processes is another important area of ownership.

The position leads a team of dedicated facilities and business services staff who are responsible for a broad range of tasks including financial analysis, recruitment support, travel, diplomatic courier services and facilities management.

The position manages operational relationships with other business units to ensure there is a high level of satisfaction and added value in its support to the business.  The role will also undertake some projects in a sponsor or advisory capacity to support the Services Group and wider Ministry initiatives.

We are seeking a creative and agile thinker who has previously managed a corporate business function, ideally in a large organisation.  Along with previous experience in a senior role, we would expect you to have a strong background in business relationship management and process improvement, business and programme planning, management, and reporting.  It would be preferable if you have a strong understanding of human resources principals and/or finance disciplines and have led and managed a team.  You will need to have strong influencing skills and be able to gain buy-in to new initiatives.

You must meet be able to obtain and maintain an appropriate NZ Government Security clearance.

Applications close: 27 April 2017, 5pm


Government of Tokelau - Director of Health

Applications are invited from suitably qualified and experienced candidates to the position of Director of Health in the Tokelau Public Service. The Director of Health is responsible for managing and leading the Department of Health, encompassing the provision of quality health care and services; development and implementation of policy; resource management including finances and personnel; planning, monitoring and mandatory reporting.

The successful applicant must have at least 5 years of experience at a senior management level particularly in one or more of the various areas of health. Must also possess an understanding and appreciation of the Tokelau language and cultures and be able to communicate effectively with village governance and communities.

The key Duties and Responsibilities of this position includes the following:

  • Provide leadership and improving health services in Tokelau
  • Provide advice on health issues to the leaders of Tokelau
  • Manage relationship with key stakeholders
  • Oversee the overall operation and management of the Health Department
  • Manage the Tokelau Health Patient Referral Scheme

The successful applicant must satisfy the following criteria:

  • Consultative and motivational style of leadership
  • Proven experiences in health and organizational management, planning and policy development
  • Ability to maximise return from limited resources
  • Understanding and appreciation of Tokelau language and cultures
  • Strong community focus and excellent communication skills
  • Relevant tertiary qualification and at least 5 years management experiences in the area of health

Detailed Job Description is available on request.

This is a contract position for 2 years and will be based in Tokelau but is expected when necessary to travel
between the three atolls and overseas as required and approved.

Remuneration commencement level is at NZ$46,904pa taxable. Relocation costs at the start and end of the
contract is provided. Accommodation is also provided for the duration of the contract.

Interested candidates should send their application with a covering letter clearly stating strengths and suitability for the role, attaching an up to date curriculum vitae and providing recent references from three professional referees with their contact details. Applications should be sent to the address below no later than 4.00pm on Friday 5th May 2017.

Contact for a copy of the Job Description. Late applications will not be considered.

Senior Executive Officer
Tokelau Public Service Commission Office
c/o Tokelau Apia Liaison Office
P.O. Box 865


phone: (+685) 7701336