Graduate Policy Officer job 2022 with the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade


  • Launch your career in foreign policy, diplomacy and international development
  • Bring your whole self into an inclusive workplace dedicated to making a difference
  • Permanent Senior Policy Officer roles, available start dates November 2022 and February 2023

Kōrero mō te tūranga – About the role

We, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT), are the specialist foreign, trade and development policy advisers, international legal advisers and government negotiators. Our work is challenging, ever-changing and important to the security, prosperity, sustainability and ultimately the well-being of New Zealanders. We live our values ​​of kotahitanga, manaakitanga, courage and impact, and seek to support our people from all walks of life to succeed.

As a Policy Officer at MFAT, you will have the following:

  • A diverse, exciting and challenging career awaits you when we start at our Wellington headquarters
  • The opportunity to grow through a range of roles focusing on international issues affecting New Zealand. You will begin work in one of many areas, including advancing New Zealand’s relations with other countries, climate change and the environment, international development, international law, trade negotiations, international security, disarmament and arms control.
  • It can, after a period of time in Wellington, also include service in one of the 59 embassies, high commissions or consulates abroad that we manage

From day one as a full-time MFAT employee, you’ll undertake meaningful work — applying skills learned in college and elsewhere in challenging real-world situations.

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

We are looking for our next recruitment of Policy Officers to start in November 2022 or February 2023. The nature of our work is broad, so we welcome applications from graduates from all backgrounds, perspectives and disciplines. Skills and experience that will help you thrive in this environment include things like volunteering or leadership experience, cross-cultural and language skills, academic excellence and strength in Mātauranga Māori and/or knowledge of the Peaceful.

To be eligible for our graduate program, you must be the following:

  • New Zealand Citizenship – Or have submitted an application to the DIA
  • Qualified upper bachelor’s degree (in any field, not just law, economics or politics)
  • Minimum three months work experience in any industry – part-time or full-time
  • Able to obtain and maintain an appropriate security clearance (use this online tool to self-check your eligibility for a security clearance. Please note that this tool is not part of the official security clearance process)

Creating a meaningful career that grows and evolves with you is important. With us, you will have the opportunity to grow, evolve, learn new skills and do work that matters. We’ll help you create the career you want, where you’ll confidently tap into your unique skills and interests and achieve more with your degree.

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

You can find out more about what it’s like to work with us by visiting the careers section of our website: https://www.mfat.govt.nz/graduates

Me pēhea te tuku tono – To apply/interested?

Our application process will take you approx. 20 minutes; you will need an unofficial resume and transcript ready to upload before you answer a series of questions. Be sure to answer all questions to the best of your ability!

Our application form asks questions upfront about the things we value the most, so there’s no guesswork to know what should or shouldn’t be left out. Cover letters and references are not required at this stage.

Applications close at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, March 25, 2022 (New Zealand Standard Time).

Please note

It is a departmental priority to ensure the safety, happiness and health of our employees overseas and at home.

The Covid-19 vaccine is an essential part of how MFAT will protect the health and well-being of our people and other New Zealanders we serve. This means that in order to work at MFAT, all new staff will need to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19. Proof of your vaccination status will be required as part of our recruitment process.

To undertake any ministry travel or overseas assignment, it is necessary that the staff member (and any accompanying family members) meet the health requirements of that country, including having up-to-date vaccinations required by to the intended destination, as required for health clearance by the Department’s health care provider.

See our website for more details on our recruitment process + access the job description. If you have any questions, we’re here to help – mā mātou koe e āwhina! Email us at: [email protected]

Kaua e whakama. May Tono

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