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Senior Manager, International Cooperation & Engagement

NZ Ministry of Education
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  • Unique leadership role in international engagement
  • Join a collegial group with a great culture
  • Represent NZ internationally


Our International Division leads a broad and critical work programme spanning international education, policy and engagement.  

This opportunity is one of two roles reporting into the Group Manager International Education, and leads our work on international cooperation and engagement as it relates to education. 

You'll work across the Ministry and with a range of external stakeholders, and advise our Ministers and Senior Leadership team on how to best achieve outcomes for education through our international cooperation and engagement.

This includes:

  • representing NZ's interests with international counterparts in multilateral forums such as APEC and the OECD, and in bilateral government to government forums;
  • identifying and maximising strategic opportunities for the Ministry and wider education sector to understand global education challenges and share innovation, best practice and information; and
  • managing Secretariat services and support for the UNESCO National Commission.


We're looking for strong leadership ability and public sector experience in international relations, including multi-lateral work. You'll need exceptional relationship management skills as you'll be involved in top table discussions across government, with senior ministers, with diplomats and you'll be representing NZ internationally.  You'll be a strategic, tactical thinker who can identify the opportunities and priorities in this space, and lead a high performing team of 5 staff to achieve outcomes.   Management experience is ideal, but not essential - providing you have initiative, judgement and strong people skills.

This is a rare opportunity to be the expert on international engagement within a large Ministry, and join a collegial, results-oriented group with a great culture. 


For more information, call Wendy Sleath at OCG Consulting on 021 458 557 (happy to chat after hours); or email

To apply, go to and apply online via vacancy 1307819 (Please do not apply via government jobs, or via email).


Applications close Sunday 26th November

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