Senior Advisor – National Security Systems Directorate

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    Govt NZ Jobs
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  • Salary:
    negotiable / month
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  • Posted:
    2 weeks ago
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  • Job Type: Ongoing – Full Time
  • Category: Policy & analysis
  • Location: Wellington
  • Date Advertised: 08-OCT-20
  • Job Reference: 24444
  • Job Title: Senior Advisor – National Security Systems Directorate
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Do you have experience leading and coordinating across issues?

Do you enjoy collaborating with others to solve complex problems?

Can you develop and maintain strong relationships across a range of agencies and organisations?

Are you passionate about being part of the system that keeps New Zealanders safe?

We’re looking for two talented Senior Advisors to join a dynamic, tight-knit team navigating some of New Zealand’s most pressing challenges at the heart of our national security system.

The National Security Systems Directorate (NSSD) sits within the National Security Group, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

Our role is to support the system across a broad range of national security areas. We support inter-agency planning and coordination; provide secretariat support to the system’s governance boards; contribute to system responses to issues of national security significance; and promote collaboration across the broad range of agencies working across national security in New Zealand. 

The Senior Advisor’s key responsibilities are:

  • leading complex projects and programmes and contributing to the development of an enhanced strategic approach to national security
  • building relationships across the national security community
  • leading, coordinating and supporting interagency and external collaboration to support national security objectives underpinned by a risk-based framework
  • supporting senior decision-makers by providing quality advice about cross-cutting system-level issues.
  • contributing flexibly to the broader work of the Directorate, particularly in response to crises as part of a duty team.

What are we looking for?

We’re looking for experienced, competent senior advisors who can pivot quickly and turn their hand to whatever comes along. Significant experience in working in a strategic advisory, policy or operational role in the New Zealand public sector, and a demonstrated understanding of New Zealand’s security environment are essential. The successful candidates will be able to show an understanding of, and commitment to, the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi (the Treaty of Waitangi).

We encourage applicants from all backgrounds to apply. Creating a diverse and inclusive workforce, that reflects the communities we serve, will help us to delivery effectivity for both the government and for the people of New Zealand.

In return

You’ll be part of a tight-knit team where the work is both stimulating and unique.

We will provide training and support for your role as you progress and you’ll work in a supportive environment that encourages flexible working arrangements.

Eligibility requirements:

To be eligible for this position, you must have been a NZ citizen for at least 10 years. Alternatively you must hold NZ Permanent Residence or hold a current NZ Residency Class Visa and have been a citizen of UK, USA, Canada or Australia for at least 10 years.

You must also be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret Special (TSS) security clearance. Ordinarily to obtain this level of clearance candidates must have a 15-year checkable background in countries where meaningful and reliable checks can be undertaken. Where requisite checks are unable to be made, the candidate application may not be able to be progressed.

For more information

Please email 

Applications close at 5pm on Monday 26 October. All applications must be submitted online.  Please note that secondment opportunities will also be considered.