Senior Advisor – Irregular Migration

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    Govt NZ Jobs
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    negotiable / month
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  • Posted:
    5 months ago
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    Govt Jobs
  • Job Type: Ongoing – Full Time
  • Category: Other
  • Location: Wellington
  • Date Advertised: 04-NOV-19
  • Job Reference: MBIE/1430192
  • Job Title: Senior Advisor – Irregular Migration
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Advertisement – Senior Advisor Irregular Migration – Intelligence, Data and Insights, Immigration New Zealand

  • Play a pivotal role in developing and implementing New Zealand’s strategy to prevent irregular migration
  • Lead projects and initiatives to treat the risk of people smuggling
  • Work with New Zealand and foreign government agencies, international organisations and non-government organisations

About the role:

Are you looking for the opportunity to make your mark on an expanding programme of work supporting New Zealand’s border and national security?

This newly created permanent role is in the Irregular Migration Programme Team in Immigration New Zealand. The Team’s role is to provide specialist advice, and deliver projects and initiatives both domestically and internationally in order to address the risk of irregular migration to New Zealand.

As a Senior Advisor, you will work with stakeholders to initiate, implement, monitor and evaluate programme activities, such as New Zealand-sponsored capacity building overseas. You will also assist in the financial management and oversight of the programme and serve as the operational link to immigration policy development.

This is a great opportunity to put your relationship management skills to the test, working collaboratively across Immigration New Zealand branches, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) units, and with external domestic and international stakeholders. Your proven experience in providing strategic advice, and managing projects and initiatives will enable you to lead and manage activities that make a difference to New Zealand.

What you will bring to the role:

As a Senior Advisor, you’ll have a minimum of five years’ experience working with senior officials in an advisory or support capacity. You’ll be highly organised and self-motivated, open to learning and adapting as you run multiple streams of work effectively and efficiently. You’ll exercise good judgement and know when to take the lead or check in with others on work that may be ambiguous.

We are keen to hear from you if you:

  • Hold a relevant tertiary qualification
  • Have proven experience in planning, organising, monitoring and reporting on projects
  • Can quickly establish and build professional working relationships of trust and confidence with internal and external stakeholders
  • Can work effectively in a cross-cultural environment
  • Are a New Zealand Citizen, or hold a residence class visa, and are able to gain and maintain a national security clearance
  • Are able to travel overseas if necessary, sometimes at short notice


Applicants must be able to obtain and maintain a TOP SECRET government security clearance. In order to achieve this you must be a New Zealand citizen or resident who has resided continuously in this country for 10 years, OR a citizen of Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, or the United States of America; and have resided continuously in one or more of those countries for the past 10 years prior to application, with a background history which is verifiable and can be assessed as appropriate by the NZSIS towards a recommendation of suitability for a security clearance at a high level. If you do not meet these minimum criteria, we will not be able to accept your application.

About the Branch

This position is based within the Irregular Migration Programme Team, and is part of the Intelligence, Data and Insights Branch within Immigration New Zealand.

Immigration New Zealand works with international organisations and industry partners to improve border security and make immigration easier. We lead government strategy designed to help migrants settle into New Zealand.

Our values are part of everything we do. Our people are strong collaborators who believe we are always Better Together – Mahi Tahi. We are Bold and Brave- Maia in the way we create, innovate, learn and share. We take charge of Building Our Future – Pono Me Te Tika and we Own It – Pae Kahurangi in everything we do.

We are part of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE), New Zealand’s largest government department. MBIE’s purpose is to grow the New Zealand economy to provide a better standard of living for all New Zealanders.

Why work for us?            

First and foremost, you’ll be part of a team making a real difference for New Zealand. You will also benefit from:

  • Excellent training programmes and development opportunities
  • 23 days annual leave
  • Flexible working opportunities
  • Industry competitive salary
  • Exposure across NZ’s largest government Ministry

How to apply

Click on the APPLY button below in order to be directed to our on-line careers website.  You may view a position description at this site, as well as complete the on-line application, and upload a CV and cover letter. For tracking and evaluation purposes, all applications must be submitted via our on-line process.

Please e-mail Sarah Hutcheson at sarah.hutcheson@mbie.govt.nzf or a confidential discussion or questions about the role, quoting reference MBIE/1430192.

Applications close at 5pm Sunday 17 November 2019