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Policy Analyst/Senior Policy Analyst

Ministry for Primary Industries
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Policy & analysis
Wellington City
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Ma tau rourou, ma taku rourou, ka ora te iwi (with your contribution and my contribution the people will prosper)

  • Do you have a background in the primary sector, economics, science, policy, international affairs?
  • Do global environmental sustainability issues interest you?
  • Then read on, we have a great opportunity for you


Mō te Manatū Ahu Matua - About MPI

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) vision is that 'New Zealand will be the world's most sustainable provider of high-value food and primary products.' It's no mean feat, and we have a team of hard working and passionate people in a variety of roles both on the ground and in the office supporting us to make this happen.

MPI has a focus on career pathways and we will work with you to help you grow.

To see the benefits of working at MPI, please click here


Mō tō mātou rōpū - About our team

The International Environment team at the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is looking for smart, driven Analysts to join them. The team is at the international forefront in delivering MPI's ambition, working to ensure that as New Zealand builds towards being the world's most sustainable provider of food, we are operating in an even global playing field which recognises our sustainability credentials.

MPI's International Policy Directorate leads international engagement on a range of international and bilateral issues of interest to New Zealand's primary sector, including trade, sustainability and economic growth, and establishes and represents New Zealand's position in various international fora. 

The International Environment team's work spans international agriculture, forestry, and sustainable food system policy issues relating to climate change, biodiversity, sustainable forest management and sustainable development. The team contributes to, and participates in, a range of international environmental fora in order to protect and promote New Zealand views and positions in relation to sustainable production, sustainable resource use and international environmental governance.


Ko te tangata mo tēnei tūranga? - Who are we looking for?

If you have excellent writing and verbal skills and are a self-starter that can identify effective solutions and be able to respond to requests that often appear unexpectedly with short time frames, then this could be the role for you. You also need to excel in relationship management as you will be building a record of positive engagement within MPI and externally.   

Senior Policy Analyst: we're looking for someone with strong policy, and strategic systems thinking experience to coordinate our sustainable food systems work program to develop and negotiate government positions.

Policy Analyst: we're looking for someone with policy and stakeholder management experience to support our broader work program and transition into leading our negotiations at the Convention on Biological Diversity  


Me pēhea te tuku tono - How to apply

To find out more about the Ministry and what we do, please click here. If you want a career where you help to grow and protect New Zealand in a very real way then this could be it. Our team is collegial, supportive and hard working. MPI has a focus on career pathways so take this step in your career with us and we will help you develop.


To view the position description and/or apply for the role (submitting a cover letter and current curriculum vitae), please click on “APPLY NOW” or visit the MPI Careers site.  For tracking and reporting purposes, all applications must be submitted through our online careers portal.


To apply for this role you must hold the right to work in New Zealand or be eligible to obtain it – click here to find out more about work visa eligibility and options.


For internal candidates please make sure your current manager is aware of your application. Please note this is an opportunity to move into trade policy at your current level.


Applications close: 24 April 2020


Please note, due to the current ongoing situation with COVID-19; we have had to make the difficult decision to put the recruitment for this position on hold for the foreseeable future. You will still have the opportunity to apply for this role and we will keep your details on file until we are in a position to commence recruitment at a later stage. 


If you have any questions about the role, please contact Melissa Heaney on


The Ministry for Primary Industries is committed to providing a working environment that embraces and values inclusion and diversity. Your unique talents and experience will help us deliver exceptional services to our communities in Aotearoa. In return you'll enjoy an inclusive and flexible working environment in a diverse team of people while you're growing your career here in NZ and internationally. We actively encourage applications from all backgrounds. If you have any support or access requirements, we encourage you to tell us when you apply so that we can assist you through the recruitment process.

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