Graduate Foreign Policy Officers

  • Company:
    Govt NZ Jobs
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  • Salary:
    negotiable / month
  • Job type:
    Full-Time
  • Posted:
    7 days ago
  • Category:
    Govt Jobs
  • Job Type: Ongoing – Full Time
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  • Location: Wellington – Wairarapa
  • Date Advertised: 03-MAR-20
  • Job Reference: NZ/1823
  • Job Title: Graduate Foreign Policy Officers
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  • Summary:
  • Take your career global with MFAT
  • Work across a range of international issues throughout your career
  • Represent New Zealand on the world stage

Here at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) we’re looking for our next intake of Foreign Policy graduates.

As a Foreign Policy Officer, you’ll have an incredibly diverse, exciting and meaningful career ahead of you. Our people are based in over 50 countries around the world, and work with others at home and abroad to advance New Zealand’s interests internationally. We are the Government’s specialist foreign, trade and development policy advisers, international legal advisers and negotiators.

As a graduate, you’ll begin your career in Wellington before having the opportunity to rotate through a range of roles both here in New Zealand, and in our embassies offshore. You may find yourself working on areas such as: New Zealand’s relations with other countries, international trade, environmental issues including climate change, development assistance, regional security, arms control and human rights.

Who are we looking for?

The nature of our work is broad-ranging, so we’re looking for graduates with a range of skills, experiences and backgrounds. Diversity of thought is key, so there’s no “one size fits all” with our graduates. We’re looking for people who are curious about global challenges and other cultures – people who are keen to help make positive changes for New Zealand. And because relationships are at the heart of what we do, you’ll enjoy working with people.

Minimum requirements

  • New Zealand citizenship – Or have submitted an application with DIA
  • Bachelor’s level tertiary qualification
  • 3 months’ minimum work experience in any industry – part time or full time
  • Able to gain and maintain an appropriate security clearance
  • Willing and able to be posted overseas and travel for work

Those who really stand out will have skills or experience in one or more of the following: Volunteer or leadership experience, cross cultural and language skills, academic excellence, a strength in Mātauranga Māori or knowledge of the Pacific.

For those selected to attend our assessment centre in Wellington, assistance with domestic travel will be provided, and options for offshore candidates can be discussed.

Successful applicants will have staggered start dates: July 2020, November 2020 or February 2021.

Applications close midnight Sunday 22 March (NZ standard time)

For more information and to apply, check out our website for all the details on our graduate roles, our recruitment process, and a few myth busters. 

Please do not apply on Govt Jobs as your application will not be seen.

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