View Vacancy – NZW – Economic Policy Analyst – Wellington, B3(L)

The British Government is an inclusive and diversity-friendly employer.  We value difference, promote equality and challenge discrimination, enhancing our organisational capability. We welcome and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds. We do not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, colour, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, age, veteran status or other category protected by law. We promote family-friendly flexible working opportunities, where operational and security needs allow.

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This is a fascinating time to join the UK in New Zealand whānau at a time of unprecedented global challenges and opportunities. This fixed term position is tied to the negotiation, agreement and enforcement of the proposed UK/NZ Free Trade Agreement (FTA) and will terminate upon its completion. This exciting role will help establish the conditions for a strong, bilateral trading relationship with New Zealand. In particular you will provide economic analytical support to our UK/ NZ FTA negotiations. 

Working as part of the trade policy team, you will develop a deep knowledge of the NZ market, sectors and Government priorities, providing insight to policy development in Wellington, Auckland and London. 

You will also lead and manage projects to achieve our economic policy goals and work with the wider trade policy team to deliver programmes for visitors.

You will work closely across the Wellington High Commission, Auckland Consulate-General and London Trade Policy teams on all issues.  There is significant scope to flex the job to play to the strengths and experience of the successful candidate, and for their own future development.  The role may change and develop as the trade agreement negotiations begin and continue. There may be times when your work will flex to meet overall the High Commission priorities.

You will join a small and friendly team and enjoy working as part of the wider High Commission team, and be able to manage the challenges of working remotely with colleagues in Auckland, Canberra and London.  Equally you will be comfortable  leading on work with limited supervision.

The diversity of our workforce is one of our greatest strengths. The British High Commission is an inclusive and diversity-friendly employer. We value difference, promote equality and challenge discrimination, enhancing our organisational capability. We welcome and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds. We do not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, colour, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, age, veteran status or other category protected by law.

  • Economic Analysis.  You will support the negotiating team here in Wellington through policy development preparation and analysis on specific sectors and overall economic policy issues.  You will bring your analytical skills and experience and deep understanding of NZ economic and trade related issues. Using network contacts and understanding you will provide insight to the trade and political teams and to London colleagues.  (60%)
  • Policy.  You will lead on the development and implementation of a number of economic policy projects.  You will deal directly with local, national and international interlocoters to develop market driven projects which support, meet and boost our economic policy goals, and ensure those projects are implemented and conclude successfully.  (20%)
  • Visits.  You will organise, coordinate and contribute to programmes for trade and economic  related visits and visitors, including liaison with NZ Government stakeholders (20%)

  • Experience of working on economic policy issues OR experience of working on Government trade or economic policy
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to translate complex issues into a well drafted prose with clear analysis and recommendations.

  • Awareness of New Zealand’s agricultural sector and its role within trade agreements.

Seeing the Big Picture, Making Effective Decisions, Leading and Communicating, Collaborating and Partnering

4 November 2020

B3 (L)

Fixed Term, Full-time


18 months

Asia Pacific

New Zealand


British High Commission


$6,934.75 per month, $83,217 per annum (before tax)

7 December 2020

The British High Commission is committed to learning and development for all staff, and a wide range of training opportunities are available. 

Normal office hours are 8.45am-5.00pm.  We welcome applications from those looking for flexible hours or working from home for part of the week. The successful candidate will be encouraged to develop a pattern of working that works best for you and the wider team.

Due to the nature of the negotiations and being in contact with London, there may be times when you will need to start early or work late; time off in lieu for working additional hours will be available. 

This position currently has funding secured to March 2022.  Any continuation is dependent on the progress of the UK/NZ trade agreement.  Please do contact the hiring manager if you wish to discuss this further. 

Appointment is subject to a 90 day trial period pursuant to section 67A of the Employment Relations Act 2000 and gaining and maintaining Posts security clearance requirements.

Open to New Zealand citizens, permanent residents and candidates with current local work permit . Employment offers are subject to successful clearance of pre-employment checks. No accommodation or relocation expenses are payable in connection with this position.

Staff recruited locally by the High Commission are subject to Terms and Conditions of Service according to local New Zealand employment law. 

Only short-listed applicants will be contacted regarding the next phase of the selection process.  To those applicants not short-listed, we extend our appreciation for considering the British Government as a potential employer.

For more information on the work of the British High Commission, visit our website –

All applications must be received before 23:55 (NZDT), 04 November 2020.

Applications must address experience against the role responsibilities and required competencies in the cover letter and also include a current CV.

Incomplete application forms will not be taken into consideration, so please ensure you provide the information requested. We regret to advise that we will only be contacting short-listed candidates. Applicants called for an interview will be assessed on the core competencies listed above.

Please be aware that you will only be able to apply to vacancies for Local Staff roles with the British Government through this official site (operated by Oleeo). Jobs may be advertised on third party websites, however our adverts will always link back to the official site. If you complete and send an application through any other site, we will not receive it.

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