New Zealand Embassy seeks Policy Adviser

MFAT Temporary  Brussel, Brussel, Belgium 4 Feb 2016

Job Description

MFAT acts in the world to make New Zealanders safer and more prosperous.
We advance the Government’s international priorities. We interpret changes, provide advice to the Government on their implications, and then act to promote and protect New Zealand’s interests. By building connections and influence in other countries we secure the outcomes that matter to New Zealand. We seek to deliver value to New Zealand and New Zealanders, through:

  • improved prosperity for New Zealand and our region
  • the stability, security and resilience of our country, our people and our region
  • leadership by amplifying New Zealand’s influence and standing in the world
  • kaitiakitanga or stewardship, by delivering solutions to global challenges for the benefit of present and future generations.

Our people are diplomats, negotiators, analysts , advisers, and specialists, and together we contribute solutions to global challenges, and help our country and region towards improved prosperity, resilience and security.
Relationships are at the heart of what we do and because of this our people are our most valued resource. We’re big on professional development and this includes cultivating talent to become our future leaders. Our staff work here in New Zealand and in 57 posts, in 50 countries around the world.

The New Zealand Mission of New Zealand to the European Union wishes to recruit a

Policy Adviser

Locally engaged staff – Policy Adviser – Full Time– Short-term employment contract for 6 months (possibly extendable).

on a short-term contract starting mid-March 2016.

Job Description:

We are looking for someone who has:

  • Strong analytical, drafting and reporting skills;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
  • Experience in or knowledge of economic and foreign policy;
  • Knowledge of European institutions would be an advantage.

In this busy position, you will be responsible for conducting research and analysis, preparing policy reports on areas of key strategic interest to the Mission. You will also support the Embassy’s engagement with government officials, local contacts and the business sector in its areas of accreditation. The ability to build and maintain effective relationships with a wide range of stakeholders will be key to your success.

You should have a sound working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications.

Fluency in written and spoken English is essential. Other languages (particularly French or Dutch) would be an advantage.


Applicants must have the right to reside and work in Belgium. The successful applicant will be employed under local terms and conditions and will be responsible for meeting all personal tax obligations. If based abroad, the successful applicant will be responsible for transfer costs to and from, and for accommodation in Belgium.

The Position Description is available on the New Zealand Embassy website… 

If this sounds like you, please send your curriculum vitae and letter of motivation, in English, electronically to

Applications close at 5pm on 19 February 2016.

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