New Zealand Law Society - Lead Adviser, Trade Law Unit - Wellington

Lead Adviser, Trade Law Unit - Wellington

  • Provide timely, strategically sound and accurate legal analysis and advice that supports Ministry and government trade priorities.
  • Represent the Ministry in bilateral talks, government processes and in FTA negotiations, providing high level legal advice in relation to compliance with and implementation of New Zealand's international trade law rights and obligations.
  • Lead or contribute to the unit's involvement in international arbitration and dispute settlements processes (e.g. WTO disputes).

Be a part of a highly collaborative team as we work with various parts of the Ministry and other agencies to achieve FTA goals, provide advice across a range of domestic issues and work to advance various parts of the WTO agenda. It is not just law and it is not only trade - a big part of what we do involves strategic thinking and policy participation to influence outcomes, especially at the Lead Adviser level.

Kōrero mō te tūranga -About the role

  • Contribute to the unit's delivery of its planned and agreed activity stream to realise its strategic priorities and high level outcomes.
  • Coach and mentor foreign policy staff within the unit, providing constructive feedback, fostering high standards in the quality of outputs and ensuring a culture of learning, sharing of experiences and constructively challenging thinking as required.
  • Demonstrate the organisation's values, goals, policies and procedures in all aspects of work.

The appointment range for this role is approximately NZ$135,000 - negotiable depending on experience.

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

  • A minimum of a Bachelor of Laws. Undergraduate or post graduate study in international law would be desirable
  • Extensive experience in trade law issues or something similar, or a combination of trade law and trade policy experience
  • Experience providing intellectual and professional leadership to a team of highly skilled professionals
  • Extensive experience in developing and providing strategic and technical policy advice
  • Track record of creating practical solutions to complex and ambiguous problems
  • Strong skills in legal analysis and an ability to communicate legal concepts and analysis clearly, simply and effectively

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. Check out our 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 confidential discussion please email Jo McKeagg at

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

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

Applications close at 9pm on 1 August 2021.

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