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Unit Manager Ministerial Services

Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade
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Wellington - Wellington
Wellington - Wairarapa
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Ongoing - Full Time
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Job Description

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (the Ministry) acts in the world to make New Zealand safer and more prosperous.  It does this by working to understand geopolitical changes across the world, advancing the Government's international priorities, and providing advice to the Government on its implications. By building connections and influence in other countries we act to promote and protect New Zealand's interests.


The Deputy Chief Executive (Policy) Group includes the Audit and Risk, Communications, Executive Services, Strategy and Performance and International Security and Disarmament Divisions.  Executive Services Division (ESD) is responsible for managing the Ministry's responses to information requests from Ministers, requests through the Official Information Act, and from Parliament, requests from the media, and from the public. ESD also includes the Information Services team, comprising research librarians who service the whole Ministry to enable timely and efficient information sharing, through publications, media summaries and research (including specialist bulletins).


The Unit Manager Ministerial Services is responsible for leading and managing a four-person team of skilled generalists to deliver responses to Official Information Act requests (made of the Ministry and our Ministers), support Select Committee processes, oversee quality control of Ministerial correspondence responses and report on performance and improvement of our services to the Ministry and to external stakeholders.


You will have an opportunity to use your expertise in the following areas:

  • Coaching and developing a busy team to achieve a consistently high standard of work under pressure
  • Supporting the machinery of government and working with Ministers' offices, political staff, central agencies and the Office of the Ombudsman
  • Maintaining and improving business processes and systems to ensure consistently high quality and timely service delivery, internally and externally
  • Building capability in a diverse range of teams and managers across the Ministry to support effective delivery of key, ESD-managed outputs.

To view a position description and to apply for this position please view the Vacancies page at

Application close Wednesday 26 September 2018.

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