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Policy Adviser- Pacific Connections

Date:  10-Jun-2022

Auckland, NZ, 1010


Policy Adviser- Pacific Connections


  • Newly created opportunity
  • Engage with the Pasifika diaspora all around New Zealand
  • Dynamic, busy and fast paced role with a focus on relationship management


A rare opportunity to join the Pacific Connections team in this Wellington based specialist position.


Kōrero mō te tūranga - About the role


This position is part of the Pacific Connections team. The Auckland based team works to enhance MFAT’s relationships with Pacific stakeholders and Pasifika constituencies around New Zealand; build collaborative partnerships for the Ministry with key stakeholders in Auckland and across Aotearoa New Zealand related to the Ministry’s Pacific and Development work; contribute to the Ministry’s engagement with businesses, communities, civil society, and visits (inwards and outwards) where there is a Pacific link; and support the effective delivery of New Zealand Aid Programme funded activities.


This position will be based in Wellington and report to the Director Pacific Connections and working closely with the team to deliver on their work programme across Aotearoa New Zealand. Key accountabilities will include:


  • Policy Development and Delivery
  • Relationship Management
  • Ministerial Servicing
  • Commercial and Financial Acumen
  • Knowledge Management


The appointment range for this role is $78,540 to $9,4002 total remuneration including employer contribution to Kiwisaver – negotiable depending on experience.


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 will need to apply and be considered via a competitive recruitment process.


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

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


  • A strong track record of developing and maintaining enduring relationships with stakeholders, particularly in a Pacific context
  • Experience in government programme, community engagement and policy development and delivery in the Pacific
  • Extensive Pacific networks in Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand and/or the Pacific (desirable)


If you have approximately 3-5 years of experience in a similar or related role, are well presented with highly developed interpersonal skills and are happy to work after-hours in a dynamic and fast paced environment we would love to hear from you.


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.


We are also working to grow the diversity of our workforce and the inclusive nature of our workplace. Click on our diversity and inclusion page to find out more.

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.


To download a copy of the Position Description click here


For a confidential discussion please email Felicity Bollen


You must be a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent Resident and able to obtain and maintain an appropriate NZ Government Security clearance.


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


Applications close at midnight on Tuesday 28th June 2022