Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade

Unit Managers

Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade

Government Services

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Applications Close - End of Day: 17-09-2018


New Zealand

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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (the Ministry) acts in the world to make New Zealander's safer and more prosperous. We do this by building connections with and influencing other countries to advance New Zealand's interests and project New Zealand values. We provide advice to the Government on the implications for New Zealand of what is happening in the world.

We are looking to enhance and extend the capability of the Ministry across a wide spectrum of activity, including foreign policy, development, trade, and support services - all with the aim of delivering on the Government's priorities.

We have a variety of Principal Adviser opportunities across the Ministry. The Principal Adviser roles are varied and each offer scope to influence and provide exciting new steps in a global, public sector career.

If you are looking to make a difference to New Zealand's position on the global stage, have a look at our job descriptions for further details on the individual opportunities. We support a range of flexible work options for all positions.

As the successful candidate, you will report to the Deputy Secretary, and be responsible for providing leadership and expertise across strategic policy and organisational areas to enable delivery of the Ministry's strategic outcomes and results.

In this role you will be the lead planner for the group, assisting with capability development and contributing to Ministry-wide programmes and initiatives. In addition, you will lead or support delivery of complex policy projects within the group.

You will have an opportunity to use your expertise in the following areas:

  • Lead strategy and policy development and implementation
  • Lead high-level diplomatic engagement in pursuit of New Zealand's interests
  • Lead and manage specific work programmes and projects
  • Lead business planning and performance monitoring
  • Lead stakeholder engagement initiatives

Come and work with us to help ensure we continue to deliver in a fast-paced and changing world, promote trade, and expand and complete trade agreements.

To view further information on each position and to apply for these positions please refer to the vacancies page on Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade website -

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

Applications close at 12 noon on Monday, 17 September 2018.

Unfortunately we are unable to accept applications submitted directly through Kea New Zealand.

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