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Senior Communications Adviser - climate change focus

Date:  12-Jun-2022

Wellington, NZ


Senior Communications Adviser - climate change focus


  • Work with people focused on practical, meaningful climate change work
  • Support our Pacific region, and beyond, address climate change and reduce emissions
  • Wellington-based role with flexible working arrangements/hours negotiable


Provide Communications support to a team which is delivering NZ’s expanded climate action activities in the Pacific region.

Kōrero mō te tūranga - About the role


This is not your typical communications adviser role  - while you will be a part of our amazing team of communications professionals – the portfolio that you will look after in this role has a unique climate change focus, in particular providing communications assistance to the team delivering climate-focused financial support to other countries.


As you may be aware,  funding to help vulnerable countries address climate challenges is a growing share of Aotearoa New Zealand's overall development programme, following the October 2021 Government announcement of $1.3 billion climate finance to developing countries between 2022 and 2025.


The work you will do in this role will involve cooperative communications work across the Ministry and with our development partners in the Pacific and beyond. You will also work on broader communications to support the Ministry's role in delivering our Pacific and Development Climate Action Plan, and the overarching International Climate Change Engagement Plan.


This is a chance for you take a strategic approach to the planning and delivery of engagement and communication in this portfolio, targeting key audiences and stakeholders and using effective channels and tools to achieve impact and influence.


And in doing so you will be helping us to reach an audience that can make a tanglibe difference to the well-being of our planet.


Click here  to see a copy of the position description and find out more.


The appointment range for this role is $113,856 - $133,948 total remuneration including employer contributionto 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?


We would like to hear from you already have significant communications experience at a senior level including providing advice and guidance to senior managers on complex and/or ambiguous issues.


In particular we’d like to hear about your:


  • Ability to identify communications implications from business plans and initiatives and provide plans and advice that will achieve strategic objectives.
  • Ability to plan appropriate communications solutions using a range of channels, with a strong focus on achieving results.
  • Experience providing communications solutions to climate and environmental challenges
  • Expertise in communications service delivery and excellent knowledge of communications practice and relevant legislation.
  • Ability to work withand influence internal clients at all levels and develop trust and credibility in order to identify critical communications issues and deliver or broker relevant services.
  • Political awareness and ablility to take a strategic focus on communication opportunities.
  • Sound understanding of tikanga and Te Tiriti o Waitangi principles


Communications experience in the public sector and/or within an international context would be an advantage.

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.


For a confidential discussion or please email Daniel Glover at


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


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:


Applications close at midnight on Sunday 26 June 2022