Senior Policy Analyst – International Relations

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    2 weeks ago
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  • Category: Policy/Analysts
  • Location: Wellington City
  • Date Advertised: 28-FEB-20
  • Job Reference: MPI20/1451796
  • Job Title: Senior Policy Analyst – International Relations
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Ma tau rourou, ma taku rourou, ka ora te iwi (with your contribution and my contribution the people will prosper) 

Work alongside a team of passionate professionals!

Kōrero mō te tūrangaAbout the role

You will be based in the International Policy Directorate in the Policy & Trade Branch of MPI, which has responsibility for hosting the Secretariat of the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases (GRA), leading New Zealand’s collaborative international research and capability building efforts on agricultural greenhouse gases. 

To achieve this you will:

  • Contribute to the design and implementation of New Zealand’s collaborative international research efforts through the GRA.
  • Contribute to the design and implementation of New Zealand’s capability building efforts through the GRA.
  • Manage day to day relationships with key providers of New Zealand’s engagement in the GRA, in particular the New Zealand Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Research Centre.
  • Work alongside New Zealand government agencies, research institutions and universities, Māori, industry and other relevant stakeholders.
  • Establish and maintain linkages with relevant research and capability funders in other countries. 

Ngā Pūkenga me ngā Wheako – Skills and Experience 

We are a team of professionals with an extensive breadth of experience and a mix of expertise joining together to maintain high quality bilateral relationships and working to achieve New Zealand’s international policy and trade objectives.

You will have a strong set of core transferable skills preferably with climate change and/or agricultural production expertise.  The significant investment by the Government in the GRA, including hosting the GRA Secretariat is an important part of New Zealand’s Climate Change response and international leadership objectives. 

You will bring strong written and critical thinking skills and have the ability to work with ambiguity. Your experience or interest in the primary sectors as well as experience in tackling an issue, researching, developing proposals and providing advice will enable you to achieve results. 

You will have a relevant tertiary science qualification as well as: 

Strong analytical and problem solving skills. 

Good interpersonal and communications skills. 

Ability to think clearly and make decisions under pressure.

  • Ability to plan and prioritise use of time, and manage work flows.
  • Sound oral and written presentation ability.

Ability to build and maintain positive and productive relationships and networks.

  • Excellent problem anticipation and solving skills. 

You will be able to use and develop your skills, on a range of tasks, from designing and analysing research, project management, developing policy, advising Ministers and participating in legislative processes. 

For this role you will also have: 

  • Relevant science and/or agricultural qualification, preferably post-graduate level.
  • Confident to work independently
  • Experience as a policy analyst or in a similar working environment.
  • Previous experience establishing and maintaining collaborative relationships.
  • Strong interest in climate change, agriculture, international relations.
  • Some experience in research contracting would be an advantage
  • Ideally a sound knowledge of basic components of New Zealand’s international climate change obligations, or strong willingness to upskill. 

Mō te Manatū Ahu MatuaAbout MPI │International Relations, Global Research Alliance 

MPI leads New Zealand’s involvement with the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases and supports the GRA objectives to:

  • reduce the emissions intensity of agricultural production systems;
  • find more opportunities to increase the potential for soil carbon storage (a process known as sequestration);
  • align national research programmes and develop collaborative research projects; and
  • build knowledge and expertise across the global science community. 

New Zealand also co-chairs the Livestock Research Group of the GRA, contributes to the Croplands and Integrative Research Groups and hosts the GRA Secretariat, including the Special Representative.

Click the links to find out more about Policy and Trade at MPI and Global Research Alliance

To find out more about the Ministry and what we do please click here. 

Ahurea – Culture 

We encourage a vibrant, diverse and inclusive workplace where difference is championed and we’re an employer of choice because of it. We recruit, grow and retain talented, engaged and motivated employees who actively contribute towards an environment where everyone feels welcome and valued.

Ngā hua o te Mahi i te Manatū Ahu Matua – Benefits of working at MPI 

  • Refurbished offices close to Railway Station
  • Up to three additional (MPI holidays) leave days
  • Career development and internal opportunities across the branch and organisation
  • Parental leave ex-gratia payment
  • Wellness benefit for employees
  • Bi-annual MPI-paid eye test and contribution to the costs of corrective lenses/frames

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Wā Mahi Ngāwari – Flexible Working 

If you’re interested we are open to discussing flexible working options with you.  Please feel free to talk to us at the interview about the flexibility you need and we will explore what’s possible for the role. 

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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: 13th March 2020 

If you have any questions about the role, please contact Katrina Minx, Senior Recruitment Adviser on 04 831 4908 or

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.