What you will do
You will be responsible for the provision of high quality analysis and timely advice to the Chief of Defence Force (CDF) in support of CDF’s role as the Government’s principal military adviser.
The Director Ministerial Services is the principal NZDF point of contact with the staffs of the responsible Ministers, the Foreign Affairs Defence and Trade Select Committee (FADTC), the Finance and Expenditure Committee and the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet; ensuring requests for information are met, and strong working relationships are maintained.
The Director Ministerial Services directs and oversees the NZDF’s adherence to the Official Information Act and is key to managing the quality and timeliness of Cabinet Papers, Notes to Ministers, and routine reports.
What we need
An experienced senior advisor and leader with a thorough and in-depth level of understanding and expertise in the work practices and principles across the broad range of Defence and Security related activities. This includes a robust understanding of the NZDF and Ministry of Defence organisation and functions, as well as the workings of government.
You’ll have a sound understanding of Cabinet, Parliamentary and Central Agency processes, as well as maintaining a high level of political awareness and experience working with senior officials and Ministers of the Crown.
You will also be:
Who we are
The purpose of the Office of the Chief of Defence Force (OCDF) is to ensure that the Defence Force is working effectively across HQNZDF Command and Executive functions along both Service and Portfolio lines.
The OCDF provides direct advice and support to the Chief of Defence Force (CDF) and the Vice Chief of Defence Force (VCDF) that enables timely and effective decision making. The OCDF provides further support, advice, direction and coordination across the wider organisation through HQNZDF Service and Portfolio branches.
Every hour of every day, 365 days of the year, the New Zealand Defence Force is contributing to the defence, security and well-being of Aotearoa / New Zealand. As a modern, professional military, it is our goal to maintain well trained, equipped and disciplined armed forces that can react to crisis at short notice.
NZDF is an inclusive organisation that is open to flexible working arrangements and welcomes applications from people regardless of gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, age, beliefs/opinions, or family circumstances.
In return for your expertise, dedication and hard work, NZDF is offering remuneration reflective of your experience, along with: