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Chief Assessments Officer

Department of the Prime Minister & Cabinet
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Policy & analysis
Wellington - Wellington
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Ongoing - Full Time
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Job Description


The National Assessments Bureau (NAB) is part of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, which serves to advance an ambitious, resilient and well-governed New Zealand. 

NAB is an authoritative voice, trusted and relied upon for expertise, knowledge, technical assessment capability and judgement.  The Chief Assessments Officer position holds great responsibility. As the most highly regarded technical assessor, the holder of the position needs to assert intellectual independence, navigate through a range of complex relationships while providing impartial advice to the highest standards. The role works closely with the wider intelligence community, and strong personal networks within this community would be advantageous.

This role requires a solid understanding of the principles and practices of intelligence assessment, an in-depth understanding of policy/government processes and intelligence methodologies and leadership to mentor and coach other assessment officers within the group. Consistency in producing high quality assessed intelligence is a must.  Experience within the wider New Zealand Intelligence Community, which may include a foreign affairs or defence background, or academic experience, would be highly desirable.  

Please note: To be eligible for employment within the NZIC you must have been a NZ citizen for at least 10 years. Alternatively you must hold NZ Permanent Residence or hold a current NZ Residency Class Visa and have been a citizen of UK, USA, Canada or Australia for at least 10 years.

You must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret Special (TSS) security clearance. Ordinarily to obtain this level of clearance candidates must have a 15 year checkable background in countries where meaningful and reliable checks can be undertaken. Where requisite checks are unable to be made, the candidate application may not be able to be progressed. Please visit for more information on obtaining a security clearance.

Candidates should submit a CV and cover letter.  

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Applications close at 5.00pm on Tuesday 20 November 2018.

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