MFAT - Unit Manager: Humanitarian and Disaster Management

Posted on 17 November 2020

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Unit Manager, Humanitarian, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade 

  • Make a difference for New Zealand and people impacted by natural disasters and conflict
  • Lead a team in a high profile area to deliver humanitarian policy and responses
  • Represent New Zealand offshore in multilateral and bilateral engagements

We are looking for a talented individual to lead New Zealand's official international humanitarian action and engagement.  

Mō mātou - About us

Our people represent New Zealand on and offshore, and in doing so make New Zealanders safer and more prosperous.  By building connections with and influencing other countries and international institutions, we advance New Zealand's interests and pursue New Zealand's values.  We provide advice to the Government on the implications for New Zealand of what is happening in the world. 

Kōrero mō te tūranga - About the role

Are you looking for an exhilarating, high profile leadership role in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade that makes a difference for New Zealand and for countries and communities in the Pacific and beyond?

This position leads a seven person team that advises the Government on New Zealand's international humanitarian action, coordinates and oversees the delivery of New Zealand's offshore humanitarian assistance, and leads New Zealand's engagement with international and domestic organisations that deliver humanitarian assistance. 

It will suit an individual with policy flair and delivery experience who thrives on leading others to achieve big outcomes, has the drive and resilience to succeed in a fast paced and dynamic environment, and who wants to make an immediate impact.

You will have what it takes to build effective partnerships domestically and with other countries and international humanitarian organisations, be results focused, and strive for continual improvement.

 wai te mahi nei? - Who are we looking for?

You will have the following skills and experiences:

  • Policy and strategic leadership
  • Written and oral communications
  • Relationship, stakeholder management and influencing
  • Representing an organisation internationally, or at senior levels domestically
  • Delivering results in complex, fast paced environments
  • Systems leadership
  • Financial and risk management.

The following are desirable:

  • Knowledge of international humanitarian or development principles and practice
  • Media savvy. 

Applications are welcome from experienced people leaders, as well as from high performing individuals who are poised for a people leadership role. 

Humanitarian crises can occur at any time.  You will be resilient and flexible about working outside normal working hours where necessary.

Me pēhea te tuku tono - To Apply/Interested?

We want our people to reflect the diversity of New Zealand and the communities we represent - valuing and respecting the contributions of staff with diverse backgrounds, experiences, skills and perspectives. 

We value the transferable skills and points of view that both career and life experience bring to the table.  As an employer we are committed to a focus on leadership, talent, training and development, and flexible work options.

If you bring an authentic view of New Zealand's place in the world, we'd love to hear from you! 

Apply today with your CV and cover letter!  For a confidential discussion please call Deborah Collins on 021 844 866.

You must be able to obtain and maintain an appropriate NZ Government Security clearance.

Please check your eligibility before submitting an application at 

Applications close midnight on 26 November 2020.