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Unit Manager, Samoa, Tonga and Tuvalu

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

Are you looking for an influential leadership role managing some of New Zealand's closest bilateral relationships?    

The Pacific and Development Group is seeking a highly capable thought and people leader to manage the Samoa, Tonga and Tuvalu team in the Pacific, Polynesia and French Pacific Division. These are important relationships that generate a lot of political interest, with a strong domestic constituency, and complex policy and development challenges. We are seeking an energetic, highly motivated individual with experience in leading people and an interest in the Pacific. You will have cultural awareness, sharp political acumen, the ability to work across issues that span domestic and foreign policy interests and to collaborate and coordinate with internal stakeholders across the network. You will be able to develop and inspire your team and get the best from them, in line with our values. A critical success factor for the role is the ability to influence policy and practice across the region, working with a wide network of NZ Inc stakeholders. A partner-focused approach and strong collaborative skills will be required. 

Reporting to the Divisional Manager, PACPF, you will provide strong strategic direction and leadership in support of the government's priorities for Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu and American Samoa. You will be responsible for leading a highly dedicated and motivated team in taking forward a range of issues to achieve the priorities and high level outcomes in the Ministry's Strategic Framework and the Pacific Framework. Leading policy and political insights will be a significant focus of the role together with leading aid and development strategy and the delivery of results.

This is a big role with a team of 9 direct reports. It will be stimulating, rewarding, challenging and complex. It spans a broad range of issues that intersect directly with many other divisions and agencies. Strong experience in international relations is essential and an ability to quickly come to grips with Pacific issues and how development and PDG business processes work, is vital. Modelling an ability to work across the organisation, and particularly within the Pacific and Development Group, as well as across NZinc will be important.

How to apply:

Applications close 12pm 23 August 2019

To apply for this role and view a position description, please visit our vacancies page at and submit your CV and Cover Letter with the position and job reference #2019-92 and complete an application form prior to the closing date.

You must be able to obtain and maintain the appropriate New Zealand Government security clearance

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