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International Law Specialist: Trade Law

Date:  16-Jun-2022
Location: 

Wellington, NZ

Description: 

International Law Specialist: Trade Law

 

  • Permanent position – flexible hours negotiable
  • Support NZ's trade priorities, negotiating activities and international litigation
  • Take an active role in New Zealand's trade agenda at a critical time

 

Work alongside people who are passionate about New Zealand’s prosperity and security. 

Kōrero mō te tūranga - About the role

 

Joining our Trade Law Unit team as an international law specialist, with a focus on trade law, is an excellent  opportunity to contribute to New Zealand’s trade and economic agenda by working with and alongside people who are passionate about New Zealand’s prosperity and security.   

 

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.

 

Reporting to the Manager of the Trade Law Unit, you will provide legal and policy analysis that supports New Zealand's trade priorities, negotiating activities and international litigation.   You will also be actively involved in New Zealand's trade agenda at a critical time due to the impacts of COVID-19, the numerous negotiations under way, the challenges facing the international rules-based system and an increasing number of issues at the interface of domestic law and international trade law.

 

We are open to candidates at either band 16 or band 17 level:

 

To view the band 16 position description please click  here

 

The appointment range for the band 16 role is $78,540 - $92,400 total remuneration including employer contribution to Kiwisaver – negotiable depending on experience

 

To view the band 17 position description please click here

 

The appointment range for the band 17 role is $95,555 to $112,418 total remuneration including employer contribution to Kiwisaver – negotiable depending on experience.

 

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

 

We are keen to hear from you if you are a policy or legal professional with 2-7 years experience, relevant to our team’s varied trade and international legal work.   Undergraduate or postgraduate study of international law and international trade law would be a definite advantage.

 

In addition we will be looking for the following skills, experience and qualifications on your application:

 

  • Ability to demonstrate the organisation’s values, goals, policies and procedures in all aspects of work.
  • Relationship and influencing skills
  • Excellent planning and organising skills with proven success delivering results.
  • The ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines.
  • Sound judgement.
  • An openness to learning and a collaborative approach to problem solving.

 

More experienced candidates aiming for the band 17 role will also be able to demonstrate:

 

  • Coaching skills to guide junior staff.
  • The ability to manage complex pieces of work.
  • An understanding of government processes.
  • A demonstrated ability to advise Ministers and senior Ministry leaders.

 

In addition, you must have completed the professional legal studies course (Profs), and preferably are already admitted to the Bar.

 

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. 

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.

Me pēhea te tuku tono - To Apply/Interested?

 

Apply today with your CV and cover letter.

 

For a confidential discussion please email  Amy.Tisdall@mfat.govt.nz  and Jo.Mckeagg@mfat.govt.nz

 

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:

http://www.protectivesecurity.govt.nz/eligibility-tool

 

Applications close at midnight on 1 July 2022