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Portfolio Manager - Global Development & Scholarships

Date:  19-Jun-2022

Wellington, NZ


Portfolio Manager – Global Development & Scholarships


  • Portfolio management of transformational international development programmes.
  • Newly created role with scope to influence delivery capabilities & outcomes.
  • Management & governance of multi-million grant & scholarships portfolio.


Play a key role in the decision making and stewardship of the Aotearoa New Zealand international development programme.


Kōrero mō te tūranga - About the role


This is a unique opportunity to join the Ministry as a Portfolio Manager supporting the Pacific and Development Group (PDG). Imagine using your experience to truly make a difference, helping people in developing countries by supporting the coordination and delivery relating to the Aotearoa New Zealand International Development Cooperation programme in particular the global development and scholarships portfolio.


As the Portfolio Manager – Global Development & Scholarships, you will be an integral part of the divisional leadership team, supporting high-quality development outcomes within divisions and across PDG by working closely alongside other Four Year Plan Managers and relevant Unit Managers. You will be heavily involved in providing oversight, governance and frameworks, liaising closely with a multitude of stakeholders across the Ministry. This also includes financial and performance reporting for five global development programmes spanning South & South East Asia, Middle East, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean.


The appointment range for this role is $133,948 to $154,040 total remuneration including employer contribution to kiwisaver – negotiable depending on experience.


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


This superb hands-on, roll your sleeves-up role will suit someone with exceptional stakeholder management experience, comfortable at all levels to develop trusted and enduring relationships gained from working in a large and complex organisation. To be successful, you will need:


  • Demonstrated experience in working in a large, complex organisation.
  • Prior experience developing governance and assurance practices  and maintaining these at a high level.
  • Experience in managing Portfolio/ PMO governance.
  • Understand and apply effective project management planning, coordination and control methods.
  • Experience providing effective Health and Safety and risk assessment and management.
  • Proven commercial acumen, budgeting, forecasting and financial management skills.
  • Adept at managing complex and sensitive consultations and negotiations with diverse stakeholders given their varied expectations, viewpoints and interests.
  • Experience gained in the public sector is highly beneficial.

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?


Please submit your application online, outlining your experience and motivation to apply to this role. For a copy of the position description please click here.


Should you have any questions, please contact us via email


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 Monday, 4th July 2022.


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.