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Policy Adviser, New Zealand Consulate (Honolulu)

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
United States
Full Time
Partial remote, time in workplace
Applications close:
80,000 - 90,000 salary range
Posted 2 weeks ago

Kōrero mō te tūranga - About the role  


The New Zealand Consulate in Honolulu is seeking an experienced policy professional to appoint to the role of Policy Adviser.  A core focus of the Consulate’s work is maintaining a network of relationships with US Indo-Pacific Command (INDOPACOM) with the objective of better understanding the United States’ approach to regional risk management and explaining the implications for New Zealand.  The Consulate is also responsible for managing New Zealand’s diplomatic relationships with the North Pacific – i.e. Palau, Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Federated States of Micronesia.  Looking for opportunities to support and thicken New Zealand’s partnerships is a central component of the Consulate’s mission.   


The Policy Adviser plays a key role in supporting outreach with military and civilian contacts in Hawai’i; engagement with North Pacific partners; and management of the NZD1.5 million North Pacific Development Programme.  The role would suit an applicant who has a sound understanding of New Zealand’s Indo-Pacific interests and an appreciation of the complexity and risks inherent in the geo-strategic challenges in the region.  Strong communication skills (particularly report writing), sound judgement and the ability to contribute to, and thrive as part of, a small team are all prerequisites.    Previous experience working on national security / foreign policy / development issues would be an advantage, as would New Zealand citizenship.


The salary range for this position is USD 66,600 to USD 91,520 and appointment within the range is negotiable, depending on experience.


Mā‎ wai te mahi nei? – What qualities are we looking for?


  • Proven capabilities in building, maintaining and leveraging networks of influence.
  • Experience in policy development and a natural curiosity about the way New Zealand advances its interests in the Indo-Pacific.
  • Demonstrated ability to work proactively and independently, and manage a broad portfolio of issues.  
  • The ability to prepare high-quality written analysis, at speed, of events and trends that are impacting New Zealand’s interests.      


You must have the right to live and work in the United States to apply for this role. If you are a New Zealand passport holder and interested in this position, you will likely be eligible for an A2 visa to work in the United States, which the Consulate is able to support.


Me pēhea te tuku tono - To Apply/Interested?


To apply for this position, please submit the following documents:


  1. Curriculum Vitae (CV):

Provide a detailed CV (two pages maximum) outlining your work history, education, and relevant skills and experiences.


  1. Cover letter:

Include a cover letter that explains why you are interested in this position and how your skills and experience align with the requirements of the role.


To apply, please email your completed application form and your CV and Cover Letter to [email protected] 


Please DO NOT use the ‘Apply with Seek’ or ‘Apply’ buttons on this advertisement. Only applications that have been emailed to the above address will be considered.


For a copy of the position description please click here


Applications close at midnight (NZ time) on Tuesday 2nd July 2024.


Please note:  If the successful candidate has worked or lived in New Zealand and are subsequently employed as locally engaged staff in a New Zealand Government Embassy, High Commission, or Consulate they may, subject to individual circumstances, have New Zealand Tax Residency obligations.   We advise any applicant, who may be in this situation, to discuss their tax residency status with the NZ Inland Revenue (IRD) and determine any potential personal tax obligations to IRD.