MFAT: Advisor - Funds Manager

Posted on 23 February 2023

MFAT: Advisor - Funds Manager


  • Engage with NZ NGOs working in the international development sector 
  • Manage a fund that supports a wide range of aid activities across several regions, sectors and themes in international development 
  • Apply your international development expertise to aid activity designs 

Manage the Ministry’s annual contestable fund for NZ NGO partners delivering international development projects and provide oversight to a portfolio of activities of around $50m. 

Kōrero mō te tūranga - About the role 

As our Fund Manager within the Partnerships team you will play a critical role in our Pacific and Development Group. The Partnerships team manages a $120m portfolio with New Zealand Non Government Organisations (NGOs) and their partners in the Asia Pacific region to deliver sustainable development impact and empower local communities. 

This is a varied role in which you will:

  • Manage annual contestable funding rounds
  • Engage with NGO stakeholders to build interest and advise on fund criteria and processes, and seek periodic feedback on operation of the fund
  • Manage all aspects of activity management including leading design, delivery, monitoring, evaluation and learning, financial accountability, and identifying and managing risks
  • Respond to enquiries and provide specialist Manaaki fund advice
  • Prepare design phase contracts for successful applicants per Manaaki round 
  • Analyse Fund management trends, portfolio insights and prepare reports and recommendations to Governance Group
  • Advise on Partnerships policy and strategy issues and opportunities, based on Manaaki insights
  • Capture and share lessons learned, including externally to contribute to sector capability development
  • Conduct periodic operational reviews of the Manaaki fund and implement improvements as necessary
  • Assess budgets and financial reporting, and manage contracts

The band for this role is $98,119 - $132749. The appointment range is likely to be $98,119,to $115,434 total remuneration – negotiable depending on experience. 

At MFAT we have the ability to work from home and/or work flexible hours when necessary.   Please note however this role is based primarily in Wellington and is not suitable for fully remote work. 

Mā‎ wai te mahi nei? – Who are we looking for? 

  • Relevant tertiary qualification or equivalent work experience
  • At least 5 years’ project/programme management experience
  • Budget and financial forecasting/reporting experience
  • Experience managing a grant funding mechanism or equivalent is ideal
  • Relationship management experience with a range of stakeholders 

Ngā hua o te mahi i te Manatū Aorere - Why MFAT?

We are committed to a focus on leadership, talent, training and development, and flexible work options.  We have a number of benefits including:

  • Study assistance, and access to online learning tools
  • Health and well-being benefits
  • Discounted health insurance.

Check out our full benefits page to find out more about why we love working here.

We are also working to grow the diversity of our workforce and the inclusive nature of our workplace. Click on our diversity and inclusion page to find out more.

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. 

Me pēhea te tuku tono - To Apply/Interested? 

Apply today with your CV and cover letter.

For a copy of the position description please click here

 If you have any questions please email Steve Scannell

You must be a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent Resident and able to obtain and maintain an appropriate NZ Government Security clearance.

Use this online tool to self-check your eligibility for a Confidential security clearance. Please note that this tool is not part of the formal security clearance process: 

Applications close at midnight on Sunday 5th March 

For more information visit the MFAT website.