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Senior Adviser, NZ Inc Operations

New Zealand Foreign Affairs & Trade
New Zealand
Full Time
Partial remote, time in workplace
Applications close:
110,000 - 120,000 salary range
Posted 2 weeks ago

Kōrero mō te tūranga - About the role  

The NZ Inc global network is comprised of 11 government agencies operating from 69 offshore posts across 51 countries and territories. The NZ Inc Unit within MFAT’s Portfolio and Delivery Services Division (PDS) performs a key role in supporting NZ Inc agencies to operate internationally.

Strong relationships and engaging effectively across our broad stakeholder network are central to our success, and the Senior Advisor is responsible for tools and strategies that guide this and enable a high-functioning NZ Inc engagement machinery.   You will apply a NZ Inc-wide lens in formulating advice and managing complex issues that arise from our diverse stakeholder needs. Achieving results means working closely with other members of the NZ Inc Operations Unit, NZ Inc agency partners and relevant Ministry business units. 

For more detail you can view a copy of the position description here.


The salary range for this role is between $101,621 and $119,554 total remuneration, negotiable depending on skills and experience.

The total remuneration is inclusive of our 3% employer contribution.


Mā‎ wai te mahi nei? – Who are we looking for?

We will be looking for you to demonstrate the following in your application:


  • Your strong stakeholder engagement and relationship management skills, and ability to build and leverage relationships across multiple stakeholder groups.
  • Ability to apply critical thinking skills in leading formulation of advice on complex issues
  • Your solid understanding of offshore operations / New Zealand government diplomatic network, and the value of a cohesive NZ Inc global network.

Ideally you will also have a good understanding of tikanga (Māori customs and protocols), with the ability to weave te ao Māori (the Māori worldview) into your work. 

If you are just starting on this journey that’s OK too – as long as you have a willingness to learn and a desire to develop your cultural capability.  As a Te Tiriti o Waitangi partner, this is important to us and we offer training and support. 


Ngā hua o te mahi i te Manatū Aorere - Why MFAT?

We are committed to a focus on leadership, talent, training and development, and flexible work options.  Check out our benefits page to find out more about why we love working here.


MFAT is Rainbow Tick accredited. We value diversity and are committed to providing an inclusive culture where everyone feels supported, valued, and a sense of belonging.  We welcome applications from people from a diverse range of backgrounds. 

You can find out more about our staff networks and our Diversity and Inclusion Strategy here

Mō mātou - About us

Our people represent New Zealand on and offshore, and in doing so make New Zealanders safer and more prosperous.  By building connections with and influencing other countries and international institutions, we advance New Zealand’s interests and pursue New Zealand's values.  We provide advice to the Government on the implications for New Zealand of what is happening in the world. 


Me pēhea te tuku tono - To Apply/Interested?

Apply today with your CV and cover letter.

For a confidential discussion please contact Brigitte Bialy


To be considered for this position you must be a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent Resident and able to obtain and maintain a NZ Government National Security clearance.

Use this online tool to self-check your eligibility for a security clearance. Please note that this tool is not part of the formal security clearance process:



Let us know if you need any support or have any access requirements that will help you through the recruitment process.


Applications close at 9pm on Wednesday 21 February 2024.


Please note: This is not a Foreign Policy/diplomatic role.  This is a ‘Corporate’ role (known here as a Specialist role) based in central Wellington, NZ.  

While it is not usual for specialist staff to be ‘posted’ outside of NZ, from time to time a specialist role overseas becomes available at one of our embassies, high commissions, missions or consulates. To be considered for one of these positions you would need to apply and be considered via a competitive recruitment process.                                                            

If you do have an interest in an MFAT foreign policy/diplomatic career, you would be welcome to apply for this either via our graduate recruitment or mid-level foreign policy recruitment campaigns.