Team Administrator - New York (LES)

New Zealand Permanent Mission to the United Nations New York

The New Zealand Permanent Mission to the United Nations (UN) in New York is seeking to recruit for the Team Administrator role. The Team Administrator is responsible for providing general administrative and IT support to help ensure the efficient and smooth running of the office. Managing Events and Official Visits will be a key part of the role.

The Team Administrator will be responsible for:

• Arranging functions and events and logistical arrangements for official New Zealand Government visits

•  Providing Administration Support, including managing the front desk and visitors, and property issues at the Chancery

• Providing first level IT support to office staff and IT systems

• Undertake the role of Deputy Post Security Officer (DPSO), including managing Post security processes

• Establishing and maintaining relationships with key contacts and external providers in order to maintain a high quality level of service and support for the Mission.  

Further details on the role:

• This is a locally engaged position based in New York. The successful applicant will be employed on local terms and conditions

• The Mission will facilitate a G1 visa for the successful applicant.   

Qualifications and Experience

Applicants must have previous experience in a business administration role. Previous IT experience would be desirable. Strong relationship management skills and strong written and oral communication skills are required. 

For queries about the position please email

Applications and Close-off

Applications, including curriculum vitae, cover letter and the names of at least two referees, should be sent to marked “Team Administrator NYK”.  

Applications must be received by 5pm on Sunday 22 January (NYC Time).

Applicants must be New Zealand citizens and be able to obtain and maintain an appropriate New Zealand Government Security clearance.


The Economic Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has a vacancy for a specialist Economist position based in the Trade and Economic Group in Wellington.
This is an exciting opportunity for someone with 1-4 years of relevant work experience to be part of a team that thinks about NZ’s economic journey through an international connections/connectivity to offshore markets lens.

The Economist is responsible for providing strong quantitative and qualitative analysis to support the Ministry’s trade and economic agenda. He/she will be involved in cross-agency engagement on policies to improve NZ’s international connections. As part of the Research and Analysis Unit in the Economic Division, you will contribute to shaping the Ministry’s economic research agenda, with a focus on new and emerging issues impacting the internationalisation of NZ business and supporting the implementation of NZ’s trade policy strategy.  You will also work  and manage relationships with other external-facing agencies to reinforce the work of the Ministry and provide trade related updates to Ministers.

The role is a stimulating and rewarding experience for someone wanting to strengthen their research and analytical skills at the same time as gaining good exposure to the challenges and opportunities of deepening New Zealand’s international connections. You will be part of a team of both economic specialists and policy officers, working across a wide range of areas that contribute to the Ministry’s mission of ‘acting in the world to make New Zealanders safer and more prosperous’.

The successful candidate will have a post graduate degree in economics, 1 to 4 years’ practical experience in economic research and/or policy analysis, excellent written and oral communication skills, a good understanding of statistical methods and techniques and be a good team player. If you are looking for an opportunity to research cutting edge issues in  a stimulating and supportive environment, this is as good an opportunity as you are going to get.
You must be a New Zealand citizen and 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 5.00pm, 30 January 2017.

Consular Adviser

We are seeking applications for the specialist open tenure role of Consular Adviser within Consular Division at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.    

Consular Division provides advice and assistance to New Zealanders who find themselves in difficult situations overseas (i.e hospitalisations, deaths, arrests, lost passports) and during overseas emergencies (i.e terrorist incidents, natural disasters, plane crashes).  The Division also advises and supports family members in New Zealand.  It works closely with consular staff at New Zealand’s overseas posts (embassies) to provide a 24/7 service.

Reporting to the Unit Manager, Emergency Response and Travel Advisories, the key responsibilities for the Consular Adviser will be:

• Responding to incidents and emergencies affecting New Zealanders overseas and providing guidance and support to overseas posts on the preparation and activation of consular aspects of emergency response capability and contingency planning, including travel advisories;

• Providing consular advice and assistance to New Zealanders and providing expert guidance and support to the Ministry’s overseas network of posts in dealing with consular cases. 

Ideally applicants would have a relevant qualification and/or experience in emergency response, social services and/or case management, and/or consular experience.  Applicants will have strong communication and relationship management skills, and will be able to exercise sound judgement and decision making under pressure, within clear policy parameters.  They must also be prepared to participate in the division’s after-hours duty roster and emergency responses as required.

Please note you must have New Zealand citizenship and be able to obtain and maintain an appropriate New Zealand Government security clearance.

The appointee would be expected to commence in the role by March 2017.  The salary range for this role is between $63,832 and $86,360. The role is based in Wellington.

To apply for this position please complete an application form and submit with your CV and covering letter by 10am on Friday 27 January 2017.

Senior Systems Engineer

Applications are invited for the open tenure role of Senior Systems Engineer, supporting Infrastructure systems within the Information Management Division (IMD) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

IMD is responsible for the provision of cost effective and reliable global technological systems, solutions and support, and the management and oversight of records and archives, with programmes to enable staff to better access and share information and knowledge across the Ministry’s global network.

This role sits within the IMD Infrastructure team, which is responsible for the management, stability and integrity of the Ministry’s infrastructure systems, including: Wide and Local Area Networks distributed across a global landscape, network protection, server hardware, operating systems and Active Directory, virtualisation platforms (VMWARE and Hyper-V), Citrix AGEE VPN services, encryption systems, data storage systems (EMC SANs), software deployment, data backup and recovery and other infrastructural hardware and systems attached to the Ministry’s networks.

This Senior Systems Engineer role will be responsible for providing technical, administrative, and client support services for the development, maintenance and management of the Ministry’s infrastructure systems in multiple environments, as well as providing technical input to Ministry ICT projects.

To be successful in this role you will ideally hold a recognised industry standard qualification/certification and you will have over 10 years’ experience in supporting IT systems in an enterprise wide environment.  It is essential that you have extensive knowledge and experience with Microsoft Server operating systems, including all aspects of Active Directory.  Your experience and interest in all areas of cyber security will also be of great benefit. Other specific skills and experience are being sought in the following technologies:

• Microsoft System Centre Configuration Manager (SCCM)

• Microsoft System Centre Operations Manager (SCOM)

• Backup Management (BackupExec and Networker) • Virus Management (Symantec Endpoint Protection)

• VMWare ESX

Additional to the technical skills, you will exhibit excellent communication skills, experience in technical documentation, excellent analytical and problem-solving capability and have a pragmatic collaborative approach with a focus on delivery.  You will be expected to lead and mentor other engineers with lesser experience and you will also be able to quickly establish effective working relationships at all levels within an organisation.

Applicants must have New Zealand citizenship and be able to obtain and maintain the appropriate security clearance.

To apply for this position please complete an application form and submit with your CV and cover letter by 12pm on Friday 27th January 2017.

Foreign Policy Officer Opportunities

Are you someone who:

  • Makes sound, reasoned decisions and is willing to trust their judgment, knowledge and experience to suggest new ways of doing things
  • Has exceptional communication, influencing and interpersonal skills and an inclusive and collaborative approach to relationships and teamwork
  • Is high performing and driven by success and has the ability to pick themselves up after setbacks and learn from the experience
  • Has an interest in New Zealand and our place in the world and a desire to add your own creative and unique contribution.

We are looking for a diverse range of people to embark on careers as foreign policy officers.  A foreign policy career in the Ministry will offer you the opportunity to work across a broad range of areas in New Zealand, regionally and internationally.  This includes contributing to policy recommendations, analysing trends in international political, trade and economic developments, participating in inter-governmental discussions, and helping to implement policy. As a foreign policy officer you will have the opportunity to apply your knowledge, skill and expertise in a range of different roles in Wellington and offshore at one of our embassies, high commissions, missions or consulates.  

A foreign policy career is built on a number of core foundations that we want to see in our applicants.  We look for well-rounded individuals with very good academic records, preferably at post-graduate level.  We look for work or vocational experience that has enabled you to build professional skills, knowledge, and networks.  We look for you to have an understanding of the history and culture of New Zealand and a familiarity with Te Reo and tikanga Māori.  While not essential, a proficiency in languages in addition to English, is advantageous.   

Applicants must hold New Zealand citizenship and you must be able to obtain and maintain an appropriate New Zealand Government security clearance.  The ability and willingness to travel is also required for these roles, and there are opportunities to live and work at MFAT’s offshore locations. 

The position description contains more information about the role itself and the key requirements for people wishing to join as a Policy Officer.  You can find out more about working for us on thiswebsite  and full details on the application, assessment and selection process is available from our recruitment partner H2R Consulting (external link).

Application details To ensure your application goes through the correct process please only use the H2R web portal for making your application. Applications will only be accepted via H2R Consulting.  Please quote reference number #20797 when applying.   All applications will be acknowledged by email and managed confidentially. For any further information please contact Kerry Pattinson at H2R on 04 4999 471. Applications close at 5pm on Monday 6th February 2017 (Waitangi Day).