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'Fly in' Team Manager

Department of the Prime Minister & Cabinet
Job Category:
Police & emergency services
Wellington - Wellington
Job Type:
Ongoing - Full Time
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Job Description

The Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management (MCDEM) is a business unit of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. It provides leadership in reducing risk, being ready for, responding to and recovering from emergencies. The Ministry manages central government's response and recovery functions for national emergencies and supports the management of local and regional emergencies or where another agency is the lead.

Fly In Teams will be a new capability in the emergency management system. They will rapidly deploy to locations within New Zealand, with the right skills, experience, and attributes to effectively and consistently provide support to the response and recovery effort. The establishment of Fly In Teams was part of the Government's announcement in August 2018 following the review into better responses to natural disasters and other emergencies.

Teams will include senior emergency management practitioners and senior support agency representatives, who could be selected from across government agencies, the emergency services, local government, CDEM Groups, and specialists such a seismologists.

The Fly In Team Manager's primary responsibilities are the development, operational arrangements and on-going maintenance of the New Zealand Fly In Team capability.


As Fly In Team Manager, you will be responsible for Fly In Team:

  • Establishment (alongside the Programme Manager)
  • Development and maintenance of operational arrangements, including systems, policies, procedures and protocols
  • Coordination of recruitment, selection, induction and the capability development programme including exercises
  • Equipment procurement and maintenance
  • Agency collaboration and relationships, ensuring the successful implementation of this new capability in the emergency management system


You will need to demonstrate:

  • A passion for the Fly In Team concept and what it will deliver for the benefit of all New Zealanders.
  • Experience within emergency management practice or a related field. Experience in deployable capabilities and/or as a member of a deployable capability is an added advantage.
  • An ability to develop, foster and maintain strong relationships based on trust and confidence at a range of levels.
  • The ability to navigate issues, negotiate solutions, operate with sensitivity, diplomacy and tact.
  • The ability to effectively manage and motivate a team of highly skilled staff.
  • Composure, resilience and comfort in complex and high pressure environments, where there is ambiguity, uncertainty, pressure, a high work tempo and competing priorities.
  • Analytical thinking, with strong problem solving skills and excellent writing ability.


This is an opportunity to really make a difference to New Zealand's emergency management response and recovery capability. If this sounds like you, please contact us today.

Please note that due to the security requirements of this role applicants must be New Zealand citizens or permanent residents.

To view the job description and apply online use the apply now button. If you have any queries, please contact Rachel Walker, Programme Manager Fly In Teams at

Applications close at 5pm on Monday 19 November 2018

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