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Policy Adviser (Economic), New Zealand High Commission, London

Reference: TNTOCT2018
Location: London, United Kingdom
Sector: Government & Defence
Salary: £34,495 to £40,583
Job Type: Full Time
Date Posted: 03/10/2018
Recruiter: New Zealand High Commission
The New Zealand High Commission in London is seeking to recruit a Policy Adviser (Economic) to provide high level policy advice and support to High Commission staff.

The Policy Adviser is responsible for contributing to the advancement of New Zealand’s economic and foreign policy interests by supporting the New Zealand Government’s engagement with government officials, local industry, non-governmental organisations and the business sector. This includes building relationships with key stakeholders, conducting research and analysis, and preparing reports, briefings and other documentation.

We are looking for someone with a university qualification, experience in providing policy advice, an ability to think critically and analytically, who is politically aware, with good research skills, sound judgement and problem solving capabilities. They must be highly flexible and adaptable, and able to work as part of a high achieving team. The successful candidate must hold or attain the right to work in the United Kingdom, and must be able to obtain and maintain a New Zealand security clearance.

The position is required to build and maintain the following relationships:

Internal (within Post)
High Commissioner
Deputy High Commissioner
Primary Industries Counsellor
First Secretary (Trade and Economic)
Other staff including NZ Inc agency staff
External (outside Post)
NZ Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT)
Other New Zealand government departments & agencies
UK Government departments & agencies
Other London-based High Commissions and Embassies
Private Sector
Non-government organisations
Academic institutions
International organisations
Other staff of the High Commission and NZ government agencies (NZ Inc)

The position has the following key accountabilities:
Policy Delivery
In close coordination with New Zealand High Commission staff, identify, research and analyse and report on:
UK domestic agriculture policy and trends and their implications for New Zealand
Trade and agriculture, including Brexit policy engagement and the UK-New Zealand bilateral agriculture relationship
Market access and market development for New Zealand exports, particularly in the food and beverage and agri-technology sectors
Climate change including fossil fuel subsidy reform, energy policy issues including carbon markets, and collaboration with the UK
Environment, including for agriculture and resource sectors, fisheries (not including Oceans, Whaling, Antarctica)
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development – voting and general business
Support New Zealand High Commission staff as required on official calls and travel, including preparing briefing for meetings.
Monitor press and other media sources to stay informed on current events and developments relevant to the bilateral relationship.
Respond to economic/trade-related enquiries from the public and from government agencies (both New Zealand and UK).

Relationship Management

Cultivate an excellent network of contacts across policy areas of responsibility (especially agriculture, environment and sustainability issues) to inform and promote New Zealand’s interests in the UK.
Liaise regularaly with counterparts in other missions and other New Zealand Government departmens and agencies.
Visits and Events
Provide policy input into arrangements for official and Post visits to/from New Zealand and to/from the UK; and support planning and arrangements for visit, representational functions and events.

Communications and Public Diplomacy
Assist in organising constituency-building liaison, public diplomacy and profile-raising functions that promote New Zealand’s interests.
Support promotional activities (including in conjunction with NZTE and Public Diplomacy Manager) with potential clients, media and other PR constituents to help improve the international performance of New Zealand companies.

Organisational Responsibilities
Ensure all Post policies and procedures are adhered to.
Be aware of and adhere to the Health and Safety policies and procedures.
Contribute to Post-wide projects and emergency response situations.

Knowledge Management
Contribute to the continuous development of the Post’s knowledge base by using the Post’s internal systems, sharing information and data with relevant internal stakeholders.

Be familiar with the Post Security Instructions and adhere to these at all times.

Perform other such duties as can reasonably be regarded as incidental to the position description and other duties reasonably within their experience and capabilities as may be required from time to time.

Qualifications, skills and experience

You must have the following qualifications, skills and experience:
Tertiary qualification as a minimum
Experience in developing policy advice
Ability to think critically and analytically
Good research and information data analysis skills
Ability to anticipate issues and problems and think of creative and effective solutions
Demonstrated ability to contribute to and work within a team
Excellence written oral and communication skills
Demonstrated ability to build and maintain effective relationships
Component in Microsoft Office Suite, including strong skills in Outlook, Word and Excel
Well-developed planning and organisational skills, including ability to prioritise tasks effectively and work under pressure
Strong customer focus, with the ability to communicate effectively with a range of people
Possess a strong achievement/delivery focus – sets high standards including accuracy and attention to detail
Ability to work autonomously and within guidelines, demonstrating the use of sound judgement
Ability to anticipate issues and problems and think of creative solutions
Displays personal integrity and an honest and ethical approach

You must have the ability to obtain and maintain appropriate security clearances. New Zealand citizenship or New Zealand residency is an advantage.

This is a locally employed position, with terms and conditions being set in accordance with UK employment regulations. The High Commission does not provide assistance with accommodation or airfares. The starting salary is in the range of £34,495 – £40,583 per annum. Hours: Monday – Friday, 09:00 to 17:00 hrs.

Applications will only be accepted by email. Please send a CV, completed application form and a covering letter to Applications close at 9am (UK time) on Friday 12 October 2018. Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted for an interview.

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