Graduate and Intermediate Level Policy Officer Opportunities

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade

  • Wellington

Graduate and Intermediate Level Policy Officer Opportunities

  • Let us introduce you to the world of foreign policy and kick start your career in diplomacy
  • Bring your true self, your perspective, experiences and passion for making a difference
  • Permanent Graduate and Intermediate roles, start dates available Nov 2021 and Feb 2022

Creating a meaningful career, one that grows and evolves as you do, is so important. With us you'll 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 confidently tap into your passions and do more with your degree.

Kōrero mō te tūranga - About the role  

Our people are based in over 50 countries around the world; we work with others at home and abroad to advance New Zealand's interests internationally. We, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT), are the Government's specialist foreign, trade and development policy advisers, international legal advisers and negotiators.

We're looking for our next intake of Policy Officers at both a graduate level/ PO1 and an intermediate level/ PO2. You'll have an incredibly diverse, exciting and meaningful career ahead of you, beginning in Wellington as a desk officer before rotating through a range of roles both here in New Zealand, and in our embassies offshore You'll have meaningful work from day one and apply the knowledge acquired at university in challenging real-world situations. You may find yourself working on areas such as advising the government on our relations with other countries, climate change and the environment, development and humanitarian activities, the UN and human rights, trade negotiations or international security and arms control. All of these are important to the safety and prosperity, and ultimately the wellbeing of New Zealanders. Visit our careers page to learn more about what it's like to work at MFAT from our Policy Officers.

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

The nature of our work is broad-ranging, so we welcome applications from those with fresh and different perspectives, creative thinkers from a range of academic disciplines. Your university grades aren't the be-all and end-all; we want to hear about your interest and passions, and most importantly how your goals and values align with ours. Those who really stand out will have skills or experience in things such as volunteering or leadership experience, cross cultural and language skills, academic excellence, a strength in Mātauranga Māori and/ or knowledge of the Pacific.

Graduate Policy Officer applicants will need the following:

  • New Zealand citizenship - Or have submitted an application with DIA
  • Bachelor's level tertiary qualified (in any field, not just law, economics or politics)
  • 3 months' minimum work experience in any industry – part-time or full-time
  • Ability to gain and maintain an appropriate security clearance (Use this online tool to self-check your eligibility for a security clearance - note this is not part of the formal security clearance process)

The salary for this role is $62,607 per annum.

Additional skills and experience required for Intermediate Policy Officer roles:

  • 3-5 years relevant full time professional experience
  • Cross cultural skills - E.g Strength in Mātauranga Māori, or deep understanding and connections with the Pacific


  • Ability to speak another language E.g. Te Reo, Pacific languages, Mandarin and others relevant to the work of MFAT

The salary for this role is $78,540 per annum.

Me pēhea te tuku tono - Interested?

Visit our careers page for all the info on recruitment process and timelines. The application process will take you approx. 20 minutes, and you'll need to have a CV and unofficial transcript ready to upload.  Cover letters and references are not required at this stage. 

  • For those selected to attend the assessment centre in Wellington, we will provide assistance with domestic travel
  • Successful applicants can choose either a November 2021 or February 2022 start date.

Applications close: 9pm on Sunday, 1st August 2021 (NZ standard time).  Kaua e whakamā. Tono mai!

Apply here


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