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Lead Adviser, Pacific Ocean and Fisheries

Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade
Job Category:
Policy & analysis
Wellington - Wellington
Wellington - Wairarapa
Job Type:
Ongoing - Full Time
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Job Description

Would you like to be part of New Zealand's efforts to make a difference in Pacific Island countries?
The Lead Adviser – Pacific Ocean and Fisheries role is a unique opportunity to lead New Zealand's engagement in development and policy initiatives for Pacific fisheries and the Pacific Ocean.  This work will support Pacific Island countries and Pacific regional agencies to implement the “Regional Roadmap for Sustainable Pacific Fisheries” and to progress issues supporting the vision of Pacific Island Leaders for the “Blue Pacific”. 

To be successful in this role you will bring:

  • Understanding of the key challenges facing developing countries and the role that effective policy engagement and development assistance plays in supporting priority issues for the Pacific region
  • a strong understanding of Pacific fisheries and/or Pacific oceans policy, management and development and a clear appreciation of approaches that can lead to improved performance in the Pacific context
  • Demonstrated leadership, coaching and mentoring skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
The competencies required to be successful include a strong intellect (demonstrated by complex analysis and strategic acumen), being a skilled negotiator, a relationship builder, and having superior judgement, combined with a track record in developing, managing and leading projects to deliver intended results.

We are looking for strong leadership skills and written, analytical, strategic thinking, planning and project management skills.  Candidates should also have experience in writing high quality briefings and submissions for senior decision makers and Ministers within tight timeframes.  Sharing your knowledge through mentoring and thought leadership is an important part of this role.

The successful candidate will work with Pacific Island stakeholders and be expected to travel extensively within the region.
How to apply:

Applications close 12:00pm, 16 October 2019.

You must be a New Zealand Citizen and able to obtain and maintain the appropriate New Zealand Government Security Clearance.

To apply for this role and view a position description, please visit our vacancies page at to submit your CV and cover letter and to complete a MFAT application form - prior to the closing date, quoting position title and job reference number #2019-110.

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