Manager International Environment | Wellington City
|Position Type:||Permanent Full Time|
|Attachments:|| L4 Manager International Environment FINAL.docx (Word, 83KB)
|Application Close Date:||22-Aug-2019|
- Be responsible for the strategic lead and development of New Zealand's approach to multilateral environmental agreements
- Respond to challenges and opportunities facing New Zealand's primary sector environmental performance and reputation
- Develop MPI's and the New Zealand's government's positions for participation in international forums as they relate to environmental issues affecting the primary sector
- Exciting new Management opportunity within our Policy & Trade branch
The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is responsible for ‘Growing and Protecting New Zealand'. It's no mean feat and we have a team of hard working and passionate people in a variety of roles both on the ground and in the office supporting us to make this happen.
About the team
The International Environment team leads MPI's engagement in international organisations and forums related to the environmental performance of the primary sectors. It is responsible for MPI's engagement with international climate change, biological diversity, sustainability and other environmental negotiations, as well as managing the nexus between New Zealand's domestic policy positions and the rest of the world.
The team plays a critical role in ensuring that MPI is well represented in multi-agency processes; that New Zealand negotiating positions in international environmental processes enable the ongoing sustainable performance of New Zealand's primary sectors; and that MPI as a whole is well-informed about international environmental developments – be they public or private sector driven.
About the role
The Manager, International Environment, is a key strategic position and is responsible for managing 6 direct reports.
The successful candidate will be an expert in managing relationships, both internal (MPI and within inter-agency processes) and international, and be able to maintain those relationships including through periods of high pressure. The manager must ensure that their staff have the right level of expertise and credibility, and are themselves expert at managing relationships.
The manager will also be capable of understanding technical developments at pace, and applying a strategic and politically-savvy lens to all New Zealand policy positions.
A key skill will be the ability to prioritise and direct interventions for the most benefit to New Zealand; the global environmental conversation, as it pertains to the primary sectors, is broad and noisy, and MPI must choose its work to have the most effect.
To be successful in this role, you will have
- Strong relationship management acumen
- The technical capacity to understand complex areas of work while ensuring political drivers are understood and reflected in that work
- Creativity and the ability to think laterally, and to “connect the dots”
- Resilience in order to manage a demanding and high profile work programme
- Experience in managing staff; administrative, financial and personnel systems and processes; and in developing and implementing support systems within government organisations.
- Knowledge of strategic and business planning processes.
- Experience in analysing technical issues and making business decisions with financial impact.
- Knowledge of MPI business environment, its strategic priorities, strengths and weaknesses
- Project management skills, including experience in leading projects and achieving effective outcomes in situations where there are diverse interests.
- Proven negotiation skills.
- Communications and presentation skills.
The Manager, International Environment ensures MPI effectively represents NZ Inc and primary industry sector interests in relevant cross-agency work programmes relating to international environmental issues that affect the primary sector, including international negotiations on climate change, biodiversity, forest management and sustainability.
The role is also responsible for establishing relationships with key primary sector stakeholders to ensure their views are considered during the development of New Zealand positions on international environmental issues.
How / why to apply?
Our work stretches all the way from the Beehive to the border. If you want a career in a supportive and hard-working team where you help to grow and protect New Zealand in a very real way then this is it. MPI has a focus on career pathways so this is the first step in your career with us and we will help you grow.
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If you have any questions about this role, please contact Katrina Minx, Senior Recruitment Advisor on 04 831 4908 or Katrina.firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications close: 22nd August 2019
The Ministry for Primary Industries is committed to providing a working environment that embraces and values inclusion and diversity. Your unique talents and experience will help us deliver exceptional services to our communities in Aotearoa. In return you'll enjoy an inclusive and flexible working environment in a diverse team of people while you're growing your career here in NZ and internationally. We actively encourage applications from all backgrounds. If you have any support or access requirements, we encourage you to tell us when you apply so that we can assist you through the recruitment process.