Policy Adviser – Political and Regional

at New Zealand Embassy
Location Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Date Posted October 7, 2021
Category Social Sciences
Job Type Full-time
Currency ETB


Are you interested in foreign policy of relevance to New Zealand in Ethiopia and the Region? 

Are you highly motivated with excellent skills in policy advice?

 The New Zealand Embassy in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, is looking for a Policy adviser to contribute to the advancement of New Zealand’s foreign policy interests. The successful applicant will join a small team supporting the Embassy’s engagement on political and regional issues. While developing strong working relationships with government officials, local contacts, the political establishment and subject-matter experts.

The successful applicant will have

  • A Post graduate tertiary qualification as a minimum
  • 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 effectively present research, information and analysis e.g. briefings and reports.

The applicant we are looking for will be able to effectively prioritise and organise his or her own workload around competing priorities.  They will be able to quickly pick up new ways of working, including new processes and systems.  They will be able to work independently without requiring close supervision and be able to work effectively in a team.  They will also have excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrate sound judgment.

This is a locally engaged position.  The Embassy does not provide assistance with airfares, transfer costs or accommodation.  Applicants must have the right to reside and work in Ethiopia.  The annual starting salary for the position will be dependent upon skills and experience.  The full position description is available on request by email from http://www.ethiojobs.net/

Kaitiakitanga: Generations of New Zealanders benefit from sustainable solutions to global and regional challenges;

Prosperity: New Zealanders have better job opportunities and incomes from trade, investment and other international connections;

Security: New Zealanders are able to live, do business, travel and communicate more safely at home and offshore;

Influence: New Zealanders have confidence their country can influence others on issues that matter for them now and in the future.

Diversity and Inclusion - Kanorau, Kauawhi

We aspire to be a workplace that values and utilises diverse and inclusive thinking, people and behaviours.  This means that our staff reflect the diversity of New Zealand and the countries we work in, and that the contributions of staff with diverse backgrounds, experiences, skills and perspectives are valued and respected.

Our values are:

  • Impact: We achieve for New Zealand, every day, everywhere
  • Kotahitanga: We draw strength from our diversity
  • Courage: We do the right thing
  • Manaakitanga: We honour and respect others

The Ministry recognises the importance of staff having flexibility around work hours and working arrangements to maintain a work/life balance.  In turn there may be some situations where the Ministry’s business deliverables require staff to be available during certain hours of the day or for longer periods to meet a temporary surge in work requirements.

About the Embassy - Mō te Kāinga Taumata

The Embassy represents the New Zealand Government to the highest standards of professional excellence in diplomacy, trade negotiations, international development and consular services.  This is done by building connections with the host Country and accredited countries where required, that enables the New Zealand Government to achieve more than they could alone.

About the Position - Mō te Tūranga

The Policy Adviser (Political and Regional) is responsible for contributing to the advancement of New Zealand’s foreign policy interests by supporting the post’s engagement on political and regional issues with government officials, local contacts, the political establishment and subject-matter experts. This includes conducting research and analysis, preparing reports, briefings and other documentation, and actively maintaining a network of contacts in support of New Zealand’s diplomatic efforts.

Key Accountabilities - Kawenga Matua

The following key accountabilities of this role assist in delivering the Ministry’s purpose:

Policy Delivery

  •  In close coordination with the Policy and Development team, research, identify, analyse and report on key issue areas – domestic and regional: political/social/economic; peace and security; government relationships - and emerging trends and contacts of interest/relevance to New Zealand.
  • Monitor, analyse and summarise media sources and websites on key issue areas that are of relevance and interest to New Zealand and the bilateral relationship.
  •  Become a subject matter expert on policy issues of relevance to New Zealand, including government policy, national legislation, and public sentiment.
  • Develop and maintain contacts with appropriate in-country and regional Government agencies, trade and business organisations, research/academic institutions, media and other organisations.
  • Foster working-level relationships with offices in the partner governments, the African Union, other regional and mulitlateral organisations.
  •  Liaise regularly with counterparts in other missions and other New Zealand Government departments and agencies.
  • Effectively use and contribute to the post’s map of relationships that matter: decision-makers, policy-makers, thinkers and influencers.
  • Support Post management as required on official calls and travel, including preparing briefing for meetings.
  • Respond to general policy enquiries from the public and from local government agencies.
Communications and Public Diplomacy

Support the Embassy’s information, communications, public affairs and public diplomacy work, with particular focus on the above key issue areas, with the objective of raising New Zealand’s profile and broadening a New Zealand constituency.

Visits and Events

  • In consultation with Post management team propose / develop visit and function objectives, detail desired programme elements, prepare participant and guests lists, specify protocols required during the visit or event.

Translation and Interpretation Services

Provide accurate and timely translation of Amharic and french policy statements, media and other publications, etc into English.

Where professional interpretation is not available, provide two-way interpretation for seconded staff and officials.

Organisational Responsibilities

  • Understand the Ministry’s strategic priorities and high-level outcomes framework and how this role contributes to the framework
  • Understand tikanga and Treaty of Waitangi principles, and have sufficient appreciation of Te Reo Māori to be able to apply the Ministry Māori dimension, underpinned by Ministry values, in a way that is relevant to the context of our business
  • Contribute to Ministry-wide projects, consular and emergency response situations
  • Using the Ministry’s Capability and Leadership Frameworks, identify and participate in opportunities for learning and development, including through regular coaching and mentoring.
  • All other duties as required by the employer

Knowledge Management

Contribute to the continuous development of the Ministry’s knowledge base by using the Ministry’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.

Health and Safety

The Ministry is committed to providing a safe and healthy working environment for all staff, including contractors and other workers, both on and offshore.

You are responsible for:

  •  taking reasonable care of your own and other’s health and safety and being mindful of the effect of your actions (or lack of action) on the health and safety of others
  • complying with reasonable Ministry instructions to ensure the Ministry is able to comply with the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015
  • cooperating with health and safety policies and procedures
  •  identifying and reporting hazards, injuries, illness and incidents (including near misses) that arise from your work or in the workplace
  • identifying and eliminating or mitigating health and safety risks so far as reasonably practicable and consulting with others in doing so
  •  raising health and safety matters with your manager or health and safety representative (or contact as appropriate)
  • ensuring that all health and safety incidents, injuries, near misses are immediately reported through the HR Kiosk
  •  ensuring that significant hazards and risks or critical incidents are drawn to the immediate attention of your Manager.

Relationships - Pātahitanga

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

Internal (within the Embassy / Ministry):

  • Head of Mission
  • Manager (Deputy Head of Mission, Addis Ababa)
  • Other members of the Post Policy and Development Team
  • Other MFAT staff, both onshore and offshore

External (outside the Embassy / Ministry):

  • Key staff in Ministry policy divisions
  • Other New Zealand agencies
  • Partner Government Foreign Ministries and other agencies
  • Peers in other key diplomatic missions and development agencies
  • Political Parties
  • Subject matter experts (academics, think-tanks; civil society, business, academia, regional and international institutions and organisations).

Delegations - Whakatautapatanga

Delegations are set out in the Ministry’s Instrument of Delegation.

Mandatory Role Requirements - Whakaritenga Tūranga Whakahauanga

  • Be eligible to live and work in Ethiopia.
  • You must be able to obtain and maintain appropriate security clearances (specifically local Police clearance).

Job Requirements

Skills, Knowledge and Experience - Tohu Mātauranga, Pūkenga, Mātauranga, Wheako

The Policy Adviser will have the following experience, skills and knowledge:

  •  Post graduate tertiary qualification as a minimum
  • 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
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills (in both English and Amharic)
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively present research, information and analysis e.g. briefings and reports.
  • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain effective relationships
  •  Competence 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
  • Displays personal integrity and an honest and ethical approach.


Applying Instructions

Interested applicants with relevant experience should send a covering letter of no more than one page, setting out why you are applying for the position, your suitability for the role, your experience in financial management and the contact details for two recent references, together with a non-returnable CV to nzembassy.vacancy@gmail.com with the subject title: Policy adviser: Vacancy.

Applications close at noon midday on Monday 18 October 2021.  All applications must be made in English.  Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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