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Principal Wellbeing Adviser

Date:  14-Jun-2022

Wellington, NZ


Principal Wellbeing Adviser


  • Lead wellbeing initiatives and processes in a respected government agency.
  • Join a diverse and complex organisation invested in the culture, health and wellbeing of its people.
  • An opportunity to make a genuinely positive, long-term impact within the Ministry.


Create and shape organisation-wide wellbeing capability, developing and implementing customer centric wellbeing initiatives Ministry wide.

Kōrero mō te tūranga - About the role


MFAT is committed to supporting its people and keeping them safe, healthy and well. Reporting to the Head of Health, Safety and Wellbeing, you will take a lead role in the development and implementation of wellbeing initiatives and processes across the Ministry. As the Principal Wellbeing Adviser in this diverse and complex organisation with a global presence, you will be instrumental identifying and implementing effective risk controls to protect the wellbeing of staff on and offshore.


This Wellington based role will see you at the front and centre on all matters relating to wellbeing, ensuring our processes, practises and initiatives meet the needs of our Ministry and its people. You’ll be tasked with the delivery and strategy around wellbeing, reviewing and establishing processes and initiatives across a broad range of hazards and system elements to meet the specific needs of the business, ensuring best practice approaches and embedding the Te Whare Tapa Wha model as the Ministry’s approach to well-being. Your strong stakeholder engagement and experience across diverse groups will see you coach, influence, and manage work relationships to ensure our people have a safety-first mind-set.

The appointment range for this role is $113,856.00 - $133,948.00 (Band 18) 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?



As the Principal Wellbeing Adviser, you will engage with multiple stakeholders at various levels and, as a senior member of the team, you enjoy working autonomously whilst being supported by, and collaborating with a broader team of health, safety, and wellbeing professionals. Ideally you will have the following experience:


  • Demonstrated experience in a similar position, growing organisation-wide capability and developing and implementing customer centric well-being initiatives.
  • Subject matter expertise in employee wellbeing, Health and Safety Law and regulations, and policy development.
  • Ability to prioritise and manage a variety of complex tasks under tight time constraints.
  • Extensive strategic and stakeholder engagement experience.
  • Well-developed ability to work collaboratively and lead small teams with an inclusive and collaborative work style.
  • Strong analytical and written and verbal communications skills.

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. 

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.

Me pēhea te tuku tono - To Apply/Interested?


If you are looking for a challenge and a rewarding role in a great, supportive team, we’d love to hear from you. Apply today with your CV and cover letter.

For a copy of the position description click hereShould you have any questions, please contact

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 Wednesday, 29th June 2022.