The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade acts in the world to make New Zealand safer and more prosperous. It does this by working to understand geopolitical changes across the world, advancing the Government’s international priorities, and providing advice to the Government on its implications. By building connections and influence in other countries we act to promote and protect New Zealand’s interests. The Pacific and Development Group leads an integrated approach to New Zealand’s diplomatic and development engagement with Pacific countries and is responsible for the delivery of the New Zealand Aid Programme in the Pacific and globally.
Work as part of project teams in delivering specific country work programmes as part of the New Zealand Aid Programme. As the Project Coordinator (Development) you will work on multiple activities and projects across various sectors and country focused teams.
You will be a business process technical expert in PDG, providing advice/guidance to Contracted Activity Managers and MFAT Staff working in Activity and Contract Management.
To be successful in this role you must be an energetic self-starter with excellent financial, contract management, attention to detail, time management and communication skills.
Providing technical advice/guidance on Business Processes, including Business Case approval process, budget approvals, forecasting, contract approvals and supplier due diligence
MFAT Procurement, Contracting and Exemptions policies,
Best practice guidance for managing activities and contracts in MFAT systems
Managing Activity Risk registers and H&S Plans
Peer reviewing contracts
Working as member of project team in concept and design of activities
Planning and leading procurements as per business processes, working with Commercial advisers as required
Drive process improvement across programme, portfolio and activity management
Minimum of three years’ experience in project coordination and contract management (including finance and administration)
Relevant tertiary qualification (Project management qualification desirable).
Adaptive management experience
Sound written and verbal skills
Ability to build, maintain and leverage relationships with internal and external peers/contacts
Sound planning and organising skills
Treasury Business Case preparation or use of would be desirable.
Sound understanding of Tikanga and Treaty of Waitangi principles
Competent in Microsoft Office suite of products
An understanding of the Machinery of Government and the Government decision making process
Strong qualitative and quantitative analytical skills
Ability to work effectively with colleagues within the division
Sound judgement and decision making skills
Demonstrates the drive and ability to improve own capability. Includes self-awareness and self-improvement focus
This is a great opportunity to be part of a team that provides support to project teams delivering specific country work programmes as part of the New Zealand Aid Programme.
The role offers a supportive team environment and opportunity to further develop your skills.