Counsellor/First Secretary – New Delhi

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  • Category: Offshore
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  • Date Advertised: 24-FEB-20
  • Job Reference: MPI20/1411119
  • Job Title: Counsellor/First Secretary – New Delhi
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  •  An opportunity to represent New Zealand and MPI overseas in a diplomatic capacity
  •  Focus on maintaining and improving market access for New Zealand Trade and Primary Products in India, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh
  •  Exciting opportunity to make a difference in an important market

Position type – fixed term (3-4 years)

Salary – $108k – 149k depending on skills and experience

Kōrero mō te tūranga – About the Role

This position is the sole MPI role based in New Delhi, with regular travel to accredited countries in the region (including Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Pakistan).

In the role of Counsellor/First Secretary (Primary Industries) New Delhi, we are looking for someone with exceptional relationship skills to help us maintain and expand trade with India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Myanmar, Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh for New Zealand’s primary products and food.  This role involves addressing issues relating to selling products internationally, furthering New Zealand’s interests by coordinating with overseas governments on projects of mutual interest that help facilitate trade and develop our international relationships, and dealing with sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) measures and other non-tariff barriers affecting New Zealand’s trade.

You will work collaboratively with MFAT and other MPI staff, and contribute to the New Zealand Inc. effort to further New Zealand primary sector objectives in the region, in primary products and food, with the focus on importing and exporting products internationally including negotiating with the relevant government agencies to clarify and resolve difficulties in trade.

Mōu – About You

As an MPI Counsellor or First Secretary, you will play a key role in furthering New Zealand’s interests across India, and we are looking for a skilled, confident, and resilient person who has demonstrated experience working internationally and across government or the private sector, or with different interest groups and organisations world-wide.

You will be a persuasive and impactful communicator who conveys credibility and has the ability to connect and engage with others in an authentic manner, whilst being positive and inspiring.   You are someone who has excellent influencing and negotiating skills and can clearly articulate our New Zealand value proposition.

Applicants should review the following selection criteria before applying:

  • You must be a New Zealand Citizen
  • You must be able to obtain and maintain the appropriate New Zealand Government security clearance.
  • The successful applicant and accompanying family members must also pass a medical assessment.
  • A tertiary qualification or significant experience in one of the following areas is desired: economics, agriculture, veterinary science, forestry, fisheries, horticulture, biology, resource management, law, public policy; 
  • Practical experience working in or representing New Zealand in a multilateral, regional or bilateral context in trade and/or regulatory  system is desired;
  • Practical experience in managing sanitary and phytosanitary issues is required
  • Understanding of our New Zealand primary industries is necessary
  • Excellent negotiation, communication and relationship management skills are critical

If you do not meet these minimum criteria, we will not be able to accept your application.

About the posting:

  • This position is the only role based in India representing MPI.  This role operates with support from MPI NZ, MFAT and peers from across the extended region
  • The successful candidate may be accompanied by their partner and immediate dependants
  • Posting allowances and benefits will apply

Ngā Taki Whakahaumaru – Security checks

Security Clearance Requirements:

  • Applicant must be a NZ citizen, who has resided continuously in NZ for at least the last five (5) years, OR
  • is a citizen of NZ, and/or has resided continuously in one or more of the following countries for the last five (5) years: either Australia, Canada, NZ, the United Kingdom (UK) or the United States of America (USA); and has a background history that is verifiable and can be assessed as appropriate by the NZ Security Intelligence Service (NZSIS) towards a recommendation of suitability for a security clearance at this level.
  • Click here to find out more about the national security vetting process and access the eligibility self-check tool.

Mō te Manatū Ahu Matua – About MPI 

The Ministry for Primary Industries is helping to seize export opportunities for our primary industries, improve sector productivity, ensure the food we produce is safe, increase sustainable resource use, and protect New Zealand from biological risk.

MPI is currently represented across 13 international locations across the world.  Our staff offshore are posted as New Zealand diplomats, representing MPI and New Zealand’s Primary Industries to build relationships with overseas governments and counterparts to create opportunities with international markets. Our staff have a predominant focus on Market Access, International policy and New Zealand’s trading opportunities.

The importance of our offshore network is ever growing and MPI has a presence in all our key markets and regions around the world to create and maintain positive trade relationships, and engage effectively with fast-growing high value markets.

To find out more about the Ministry and what we do please click here

Me pēhea te tuku tono – How to Apply

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

In order to be considered for this role, applicants must be available to interview within New Zealand or via Skype.

The closing date is 8 March 2020

If you have any questions about the role, please email

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.