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Technical Advisor

Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment
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  • Technical Advisor – Refugee Status Branch 
  • Exciting opportunity to join a team making refugee and related decisions in accordance with New Zealand and international law
  • 12 Month Maternity Cover


The purpose of The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) is to Grow New Zealand for All.


At MBIE, we look for people who are passionate about New Zealand and enthusiastic about making a positive change to our economy, our people and our safety.

Are you an analytical thinker with a passion for quality?  Do you have excellent analytical skills and a flair for coaching staff to enable them to do their best work? Is it time for a challenging career move?

The Refugee Status Branch is looking for a Technical Advisor to provide advice to refugee and protection officers and others in the Branch on refugee law and the processing of refugee status matters.  The role involves undertaking second person checks on refugee determinations, coaching and training, and managing a personal caseload.  The Technical Advisor is responsible for ensuring quality decisions that uphold New Zealand's international commitments.


The ideal applicant will have a history of making quality refugee and immigration decisions and:

  • In depth knowledge of the Refugee Convention and New Zealand and international refugee and related law
  • Advanced knowledge of refugee status determination procedures
  • Experience in deciding refugee claims and making other refugee related determinations
  • A demonstrated high standard of analytical skills and written work
  • Excellent workflow management practices
  • Proven experience and results with effective coaching, mentoring and training staff

Ideally you would have a tertiary qualification, preferably in law or the humanities, or extensive and comparable relevant experience.


To apply for this position, please click the ‘Apply Now' to register your details and submit your application for this vacancy. For further information please read the job description.  If you have any further queries please contact Sarah Hutcheson on


Applications close at 5pm on Monday 26 August 2019.


Applicants must be New Zealand Citizens or Permanent Residents.

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