Services Trade Adviser (Specialist)

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    2018-07-22T00:36:37+00:00 4 hours ago
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  • Job Type: Ongoing – Full Time
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  • Location: Wellington – Wairarapa
  • Date Advertised: 19-JUL-18
  • Job Reference: NZ/66
  • Job Title: Services Trade Adviser (Specialist)
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  • Are you motivated to learn more about a dynamic part of the New Zealand economy and help New Zealand businesses to take advantage of the new opportunities created by new technology? 
  • Are you looking to build on your existing strong professional work experience and take on new leadership challenges while supporting the well-being of New Zealanders?

Services are crucial to the New Zealand economy, making up around 70% of GDP.  Trade in services is an important part of this, with tourism and education major earners and employers, and is experiencing exciting growth as New Zealand technology firms take advantage of opportunities offshore.  The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade supports this growth through shaping services trade policy in a way that reflects the interests of New Zealand industries and regulators, and is mutually supporting of domestic economic policy.

This position in the Services and Investment Unit within the Ministry’s Trade Negotiations Division will support this policy evolution.  Drawing on your existing professional experience, you will build strong relationships right across the services sector, including government agencies, regulators and industry.  It will allow you to develop expert knowledge of evolving trade and economic policy issues and extend your existing understanding of New Zealand Government processes, regulatory settings and industry interests.

You will act as a key interface between our international trade and domestic services policy by contributing to the development of cross-agency policy work on issues of relevance.  You will also play a key role supporting our wider trade negotiating agenda, including bilateral and regional free trade agreements and multilateral negotiations at the WTO, and discussions at international bodies such as the OECD and APEC on services trade issues.  This position will equip you with experience in resolving technical and political challenges, including as you help resolve barriers that are faced by New Zealand services exporters. 

In this role you will be able to extend your existing policy skills across a new range of issues, and learn the mechanics of international trade negotiations.  You will gain valuable exposure to New Zealand’s wider trade and economic priorities, and how these contribute to wider Government objectives.  Development support and training for those new to trade issues will be available, to build on your existing strong strategic policy skills and experience. 

In addition to the qualifications and attributes outlined in the attached position description, to be successful in this role you’ll bring:

  • Strong strategic policy skills and a working understanding of the machinery of government from your time at another Government agency or in government relations, public management or corporate governance roles;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, an ability to work successfully with a diverse range of people and influence new ideas, share knowledge and work cooperatively within and across teams;
  • A passion for supporting the well-being of New Zealanders, and an interest in how international trade policy can support that; and
  • Highly developed and proactive organisational skills that can be leveraged to deliver policy outcomes through practical initiatives.

Technical expertise in services regulation, financial services, investment and/or immigration policy would be an advantage, as would a relevant qualifications or experience in economies, law or international negotiations.

The role is based in Wellington, but there will be a need for some international travel to participate in negotiations and meetings held outside New Zealand.

Applications close 1 August 2018 at 5.00pm

To view a position description and apply for this role, please visit the ‘Working for Us/Vacancies page at to complete an application form and submit with your CV and cover letter.