Office of the Ombudsman: Manager International Development and Engagement

Posted on 22 June 2020


  • Lead the design, delivery and evaluation of the International Development and Engagement Strategy
  • Help improve public sector integrity capability in the Asia-Pacific region
  • Lead a team of professionals to deliver the work programme

Mō te Tari o te Kaitiaki Mana Tangata – About the Ombudsman

The Chief Ombudsman and his staff help New Zealanders in their dealings with government agencies. We handle complaints against government agencies, undertake investigations and inspections, and encourage good administration. Independent and impartial we focus on fairness for all and act as an international leader in promoting and developing this kaupapa, particularly with our Asia-Pacific neighbours.

Mō tō mātou tira – About our team

The International Development and Engagement (IDE) team is responsible for supporting the Chief Ombudsman’s vision of developing and learning from international best practice, by designing, delivering and evaluating the International Engagement and Development strategy. The IDE team works with subject matter experts across many teams to provide guidance, training and development support. The primary purpose of this work is to improve public sector capability and accountability for Ombudsmen or Ombudsman-type integrity and anti-corruption institutions in the Asia-Pacific region.

Mō te tūranga - About the role

As the Manager International Development Engagement, you will lead a small team of professionals to work with staff across the office to develop and deliver this work, ensuring strong and effective relationships are built to deliver the best outcomes. You will provide management support and oversight of the work programme, including the prioritisation and planning required to ensure that the team is leveraged to be successful.

He kōrero mōu – About you

To be successful in this role you will have:

  • A relevant tertiary qualification, preferably in international development, public or administrative law.
  • Experience working in international development and engagement for developing countries across the Asia-Pacific region.
  • Experience working with international development organisations/agencies to build collaborative partnerships and/or facilitate introductions to support countries to achieve desired outcomes.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the role of the Ombudsmen in contemporary society and the office’s operating environment.
  • Management experience leading and working within a team-oriented, collaborative environment.
  • Experience leading design and delivery of a strategy and work programmes.

Me pēhea e tono - How to apply

To apply, register through The Ombudsman online career centre, complete the application form and upload your CV and cover letter. For further information about this vacancy please email

All applicants will have a legal entitlement to work in New Zealand. Appointees will be subject to a criminal convictions check and may be required to achieve and maintain a NZ Government (NZSIS) security clearance.

Depending on skills and experience the salary is expected to be $111,000 to $146,000.

Applications close 5 pm Sunday, 28 June 2020.

Download the full job description, here.