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  • Make a difference as part of our Country Research Unit
  • Put your leadership and research skills to use in this exciting role
  • Permanent full-time position, AUCKLAND based


About the role:

The Principal Researcher - Protection is a role that reports to the Manager – Country Research within the Country Research Unit of Immigration New Zealand. 

In this role you will primarily be responsible for the day-to-day management of the Protection research team.  This team of researchers provides accurate and timely Country of Origin Information (COI) research.  A distinct field of human rights research, COI is used by decision-makers to aid in answering questions about the political, social, cultural, and economic and human rights situation in countries of origin.  The team is responsible for delivery of research products primarily to support decision-making across the Refugee Status Unit, Refugee Quota Programme and the Immigration and Protection Tribunal. 

You will be a natural relationship manager, with an ability to engage and support staff to help further strengthen understanding and awareness the Country Research Unit across INZ.  You will also have a commitment to innovation and continuous improvement and to generating new ideas and ways of doing things.

Skills and Experience:

We are keen to hear from you if you have:

  • Experience leading a high performing team to meet challenging targets while understanding the importance of fostering a positive working environment to deliver quality outputs.
  • A degree and post-graduate (NZQA approved) professional library qualification, or a post-graduate qualification in social sciences, human rights or development studies.
  • The ability to quickly establish and build strong working relationships and to develop trust and credibility with senior managers, staff and key internal and external stakeholders
  • Highly developed communication and writing skills
  • Strong research skills and knowledge of, and experience in, the delivery of high quality research products
  • Knowledgeable in the areas of international current affairs and human rights issues and an awareness of the operating environment for immigration
  • A proactive, can-do attitude with a high level of initiative, sound judgement and discretion
  • Exceptional teamwork and collaborative abilities and a willingness to share knowledge and expertise with others
  • A strong customer focus.

Why work for us:

MBIE is one of New Zealand's largest, most influential and most diverse public sector agencies.  This means that we are able to offer significant opportunities for developing experience across a broad variety of areas.

We aim to create a culture where our people are empowered to bring fresh ideas and perspectives and to develop new approaches.

We also take the time to foster a work environment that is enjoyable for all.  This means we like to collaborate, support and encourage our people, encourage excellence and innovation and take the time to have some fun and celebrate our successes.

Applicants must be New Zealand citizens or New Zealand permanent residents.

How to apply:

Click on the APPLY button below in order to be directed to our on-line careers website.  You may view a position description at this site, as well as complete the on-line application, and upload a CV and cover letter. For tracking and evaluation purposes, all applications must be submitted via our on-line process.

Please e-mail Sarah Hutcheson at if you have any further questions and quote reference number MBIE/1431249. Applications close on Friday 15 November 2019.



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