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Foreign Policy Officer Recruitment Portal

Welcome to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) Foreign Policy Officer Recruitment Portal. Here you will find information about the Foreign Policy Officer role and the steps you will need to follow to make an application. It is important that you provide all the information required before the closing date to ensure your application can be considered.

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Foreign Policy Officers

We are looking for a diverse range of people to embark on careers as Foreign Policy Officers.   We are looking top appoint at three levels from Entry Level to Senior Policy Officer level.  A position description for this role is provided here: Foreign Policy Recruitment 2017 – Position Description

Foreign Policy Officers will have the opportunity, during their careers, to rotate through a range of roles, divisions and functions both on and offshore. There are structures and systems in place in the Ministry to support staff in their chosen career pathway.

The focus for newly appointed Policy Officers will be on developing the core skills, experience and knowledge required in their roles. This is done through the Foundations programme which is a two-year development programme for entry level foreign policy officers. Throughout this programme, and with the support of their manager, officers will develop the capabilities required for the role which will set the foundations for a career in the Ministry and beyond.

The Application and Assessment Process

The process for application consists of a series of stages, each of which will be carried out by set deadlines. It is important that you complete the application form and supply all the required documentation so that your application is eligible for evaluation (See How to Apply). The stages in the process are outlined below:

Stage 1 – Applications open for submission. We will be reviewing applications as soon as they come in so get yours in early if possible.

Stage 2 – Applications close 5pm Tuesday 29th of August (this deadline has been extended from the previous deadline of Weds 23rd) – you must have submitted your CV in the MFAT template, Application Form, Academic Transcript and Passport Identification by this date to be eligible for consideration.

Stage 3 – Online Psychometric Assessments will be emailed to shortlisted candidates for completion (at home) in the week beginning Mon 4th September. These assessments will consist of a personality profile, verbal and numerical critical reasoning exercises and take about 1.5 hours in total.

Stage 4 – Group Assessment Centres held in Wellington.  The most likely dates will be Friday 15th, Monday 18th and Friday 22nd of September. These Assessment Centres be run by H2R Consulting and will involve a group exercise, competency based interview, presentation and written exercise. You must be able to attend at least one of these dates. (MFAT will make a contribution towards costs for those travelling from out of town to assessment centres).

Stage 5 – Reference Checks – will be carried out for candidates who performed well through the assessment centre process. Please ensure your referee contact details are complete and correct on your application form (and they know they may be contacted).

How to Apply

To apply for these roles you must use the templates below as they have been specially designed for this process:

1 – Save the completed CV template, then submit your CV and Application Form here: Submit My Application Note: You must include your Application form with your CV when you apply or you will not be considered.

2 -Email a copy of your Academic Transcript and Passport Photo ID (your NZ passport) to

Applications must be fully completed and submitted before 5pm Tuesday 29th of August. Late applications will not be accepted.


The information you provide in your application will be protected. Personal information is required only for the purpose of assessing your application, and passing the security vetting process conducted by the NZSIS, and will be retained, used and disclosed only in accordance with the Privacy Act.

Security Clearance – To be eligible for employment in certain roles at MFAT you will need to obtain a level of security clearance from the NZ Security Intelligence Service. This will involve a vetting process with your referees, background checks, past activity and countries which you have lived in.

Note: A clearance might not be granted if vetting enquiries can’t be completed. The most common reasons for this occurring are:

  • Residence outside New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom or the United States for a period of 5 to 10 years before application for a clearance.
  • A lack of response from referees provided in your application.Click on this link to find out the criteria for obtaining a security clearance at MFAT – MFAT Security Clearance Criteria.
  • The reasons above can also lead to enquiries being delayed. The Ministry has no influence over vetting times; you can ensure a quicker vetting by ensuring referees cooperate and by advising the Ministry of changes to the details in your form.