Prevention of Child Exploitation Technical Specialist

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    Govt NZ Jobs
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    negotiable / month
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  • Posted:
    3 weeks ago
  • Category:
    Govt Jobs
  • Job Type: Ongoing – Full Time
  • Category: Defence, corrections & security
  • Location: Auckland
  • Date Advertised: 06-MAR-20
  • Job Reference: 32272
  • Job Title: Prevention of Child Exploitation Technical Specialist
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TECHNICAL SPECIALIST – Child Exploitation Operations Team (CEOT)

Bring your expertise and be part of the team that protects vulnerable children from harm.

Here at the New Zealand Customs Service (Customs), we play a critical role in preventing the harm created through child exploitation.  Much of this crime happens online, which means protecting New Zealand’s border at our physical and cyber front lines. The CEOT team work with local and international partners to chase leads from the darkest corners of the internet to the busy city streets.

We are looking for a subject matter expert in the field of preventing online child exploitation who can provide technical leadership, advice and specialist knowledge to the investigation of criminals dealing in objectionable material that exploits children.

This role requires an individual with experience working within a law enforcement environment to combat those who exploit children online.  This experience will include an in-depth understanding of the various software applications and platforms used, and comprehensive knowledge of specific investigative techniques, including covert online investigation and victim identification functions, as well as an understanding of related legislation.

As well as technical skills – levelheadedness and sound judgement are important, to handle sensitive information and situations well, and staying calm and composed in challenging situations.  The CEOT team are out in the field and work in diverse environments working with individuals from all walks of life. 

We will be looking for people who care about their team and delight in supporting the development of technical capability – who are a trusted mentor and technical coach and enjoy training others.

The CEOT team deals with confronting information and objectionable material that exploits children. Resilience and the ability to separate the job and home life, leaving work at the door, is important. We have strong support systems in place for our teams.

As part of the recruitment process, you will need to pass a medical test and the NZ Police Physical Competency Test (PCT).  The PCT is a timed obstacle course, requiring you to do a variety of tasks from climbing a wall, to dragging a weight, to jumping through a window. You can find out more about this online.  If you’re overseas, we’ll work with our partner agency to arrange suitable fitness testing.


You will need to obtain a Top Secret national security clearance. To begin the process of applying for Top Secret clearance, you must be a New Zealand citizen or a permanent resident who has resided in New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom or the United States continuously for the last 10 years.  Already having Top Secret clearance in NZ or one of the countries listed above is a benefit, but not a requirement.  If you have the skills to do this work but are not a citizen or permanent resident, please do contact us so we can assess whether you we can consider you for this opportunity.

Working at Customs

Our people get on-the-job training, formal courses and leadership programmes, and the chance to move across diverse roles. We foster an inclusive and supportive team environment with vibrant social and cultural groups. We also support flexible working – talk to us about how we can help you achieve your flexible working goals, within our operational requirements.  Our people get discounted health insurance, free on-site gyms (in some locations) and three days of service holidays in addition to four weeks of annual leave. Apply now

Click on the apply button below to submit your application.

Please submit a cover letter which outlines your suitability and motivation for this role, along with your current CV. Your CV should state your qualifications, work history and important work achievements.

The online application process takes a bit of time and requires you to provide examples of previous work – specific questions are asked in the online process. It’s best to set aside some time when you won’t be interrupted.

If you have any queries, please contact

Applications close at 11pm on Sunday 15 March 2020.

For more information about New Zealand Customs Service visit us at our Specialised Careers Website.