New Zealand Law Society - Policy Adviser - Development and Humanitarian (New York)

Policy Adviser - Development and Humanitarian (New York)

  • Contribute to the advancement of New Zealand's foreign and development policy
  • Provide support on UN and multilateral development and humanitarian issues
  • Represent New Zealand's interests at the UN in New York

Join a dynamic and high performing team representing New Zealand's interests at the UN in New York

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

This is a unique opportunity to advance New Zealand interests in the development and humanitarian space as a Policy Advisor (Development and Humanitarian) you will be responsible for contributing to the advancement of New Zealand's foreign and development policy by providing effective policy advice and support on UN humanitarian and multilateral development issues.

As a UN Delegate representing a member state, you will:

  • attend both in-person and online meetings and negotiations
  • manage New Zealand's humanitarian engagement at the UN in New York (working loosely with Wellington and Geneva)
  • undertake negotiations on behalf of New Zealand in the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and the UN General Assembly (UNGA) humanitarian resolutions
  • manage New Zealand's engagement in the ECOSOC (including New Zealand's bureau membership in 2022-2023)
  • develop and support opportunities for New Zealand to profile its engagement and contribution to international humanitarian issues and events
  • monitor, report and advise on key issues such as health, vaccines, disaster relief, migration, and refugee issues
  • provide reports on trends and important developments in areas of interest and relevance to New Zealand's humanitarian development policy priorities
  • contribute to the Mission's pool of knowledge and relationships that matter: decision-makers, policy-makers, thinkers and influencers. This includes developing and maintaining complex relationship management skills with Member States and UN Agencies.

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

On your application we would like to hear about your:

  • proven skills in written and oral communication including the ability to effectively present New Zealand positions and negotiate for desired outcomes
  • ability to work autonomously within guidelines, with sound judgement and a keen sense of political sensitivity and acumen
  • comfort in working with ambiguity, uncertainty and 'grey areas' that require flexibility, accommodation and out of the box thinking
  • proven ability to operate in a fast-paced and busy environment, adapt to changing situations, balance priorities and work to tight deadlines
  • ability to quickly form relationships and networks with representatives from other Member States, the UN Secretariat and relevant Agencies, and relevant NGOs, all while demonstrating cultural sensitivity
  • positive can-do attitude and ability to anticipate issues and problems and think of creative solutions
  • ability to maintain the highest standards of accuracy, discretion and tact
  • knowledge of New Zealand society and culture and sense of New Zealand identity including tikanga and Te Tiriti o Waitangi principles.

Me pēhea te tuku tono - To Apply

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! Questions about the position can be directed to with the job title in the subject line.

You must be able to obtain and maintain an appropriate NZ Government Security clearance, which requires applicants to have New Zealand citizenship.

Please note that the successful applicant will be employed on local terms and conditions and must have the right to work in the United States. Obtaining and maintaining the appropriate working visa is the responsibility of the applicant and any offer of employment is subject to this. If the successful candidate is a New Zealand national, the Consulate will support the visa application process. If applicable, relocation to New York will be the responsibility of the applicant.

Applications close 9pm on Monday, 17 May (New Zealand time).

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