Policy Analyst/Senior Policy Analyst – Trade Policy

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    Govt NZ Jobs
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    Full-Time
  • Posted:
    4 months ago
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  • Category: Policy/Analysts
  • Location: Wellington City
  • Date Advertised: 21-OCT-19
  • Job Reference: MPI19/1424938
  • Job Title: Policy Analyst/Senior Policy Analyst – Trade Policy
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Ma tau rourou, ma taku rourou, ka ora te iwi (with your contribution and my contribution the people will prosper)

Fast-paced and interesting international-focused work supporting our primary sectors, including opportunities to:

  • represent New Zealand in bilateral, plurilateral and multilateral international trade negotiations;
  • support New Zealand’s engagement on emerging issues such as e-commerce that are fundamentally changing the international trading environment; and
  • strengthen bilateral relationships with our primary sector trading partners including through working closely with MPI’s off-shore posts. 

Work in a collegial, supportive and dynamic environment.

Mō te Manatū Ahu MatuaAbout MPI

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is responsible for ‘Growing and Protecting New Zealand’. It’s no mean feat and we have a team of hard working and dedicated people in a variety of roles supporting us to make this happen! MPI also provides a range of services to ensure New Zealand is protected from biological risk and that the food New Zealand businesses produce is safe and suitable for us all to consume. MPI’s services ensure that New Zealand’s natural resources are sustainable while enabling the primary sector to innovate and grow the value of its exports. Our overall ambition is for New Zealand to be the most trusted source of high value natural products in the world. Join us to help this ambition become a reality.

Mō tō mātou rōpūAbout our team

The Trade Policy team at MPI supports New Zealand’s primary industries by working hard to ensure excellent access for our primary products into as many international markets as possible. This involves  engaging in negotiations in bilateral, plurilateral and multilateral contexts and providing the technical expertise required to address particular trade issues relevant to the primary sectors, for example, understanding tariff quota administration systems, addressing non-tariff barriers to trade, and engaging on the agricultural trade policies of other countries.  We represent New Zealand at a number of international organisations including the World Trade Organization, the OECD and the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO).  We also support the implementation of New Zealand’s commitments under various trade agreements and policies and programmes that support growth in primary sector trade.

Kōrero mō te tūrangaAbout the role

Due to an internal movement we have a position available at a senior policy or policy analyst level. The role will support MPI’s contribution to international trade negotiations as well as our work in various international organisations. A particular focus of the role will be supporting MPI’s contribution to e-commerce negotiations.  The role will also involve providing advice on the nature of New Zealand’s current international trade obligations. The role will ideally involve the successful candidate mentoring others to increase MPI’s capability to engage in the international sphere.

Ngā Pūkenga me ngā WheakoSkills / Experience

We are looking for a candidate that is able to represent MPI (and New Zealand) on the international stage and provide high quality analysis on complex issues.  The successful candidate will have a strong interest in the success of the primary sectors.

Specifically, we are looking for someone who has:

  • Policy experience, who can think strategically and use evidence to inform their work.
  • Strong knowledge and/or interest in New Zealand’s primary industries.
  • Previous experience in international negotiations is ideal.
  • The intellectual capability to analyse complex issues and provide sound advice.
  • Superb communication and influencing skills and who can work collaboratively within MPI, across government and with our wide range of stakeholders.
  • A willingness to provide intellectual and professional leadership to others.
  • Sound judgement, integrity and discretion.
  • A relevant qualification (e.g. legal, economic and/or international relations)

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Me pēhea te tuku tonoHow to apply?

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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: 3 November 2019

If you have any questions about the role, please contact Katrina Minx, Senior Recruitment Adviser on 04 831 4908 or katrina.minx@mpi.govt.nz.

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.