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Coordinator-Russia Sanctions Taskforce

Date:  13-Mar-2023

Wellington, NZ


Programme Coordinator


  • Important role within MFAT’s newly established New Zealand Sanctions Office
  • Collaborative and inspiring team working within a multi-agency system
  • Opportunity to make an impact on a global scale


We are looking for a passionate, highly organised individual to support the unit achieve its strategic priorities.


Kōrero mō te tūranga - About the role  


Shortly after the illegal invasion of Ukraine by Russia in 2022, New Zealand's Parliament unanimously passed the Russia Sanctions Act. This was a historic move for New Zealand as it joined its international partners in imposing sanctions to exert pressure on Russia and those supporting its invasion.


Reporting to the Unit Manager of the New Zealand Sanctions Office this position will work closely with the Lead Adviser and a broad range of stakeholders both internally and externally, with support from team administrators. The Programme Coordinator is pivotal to ensuring that the sanctions regulatory systems and processes are effectively maintained.  Key accountabilities for this role include:


  • Programme coordination
  • Governance and secretariat support, including maintaining programme artefacts covering risks, issues and decisions
  • Knowledge and information management
  • Innovating and improving our systems and processes
  • Budget and contract management
  • Relationship management


This is an exciting opportunity for a Programme Coordinator to further develop their skills and gain a comprehensive insight into a topical foreign policy issue. It is a fixed term opportunity to June 2024 and can be offered as a secondment to the right candidate.


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


The full salary range for this role is $70,637 and $95,567 total remuneration, inclusive of our 3% KiwiSaver employer contribution.

We expect to appoint around the midpoint or above $83,102–depending on your level of experience.  



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


We’d like to hear from you if you are an experienced Coordinator with the following skills and experience:


  • Previous experience in programme coordination, preferably in a multi-agency environment
  • Excellent organisational skills and an eye for detail
  • Governance secretariat experience
  • Knowledge of programme coordination methodologies


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 email


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 at Confidential level.


Use this online tool to self-check your eligibility for a Confidential 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 midnight on Monday 27th March 2023


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.