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Lead Adviser, Compliance and Enforcement

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Mō tēnei tūranga mahi | About this role

The Ministry acts in the world to build a safer, more prosperous and more sustainable future for New Zealanders.


Kia hangai ake e te Manatu he ao-haumaru, ao-tonui, ao-pumau, ki te oranga tonutanga mo Aotearoa whanui.  

  • Champion MFAT’s role as steward of New Zealand sanctions
  • Support the delivery of robust supervision and effective monitoring to ensure compliance with NZ’s regulations
  • Provide high quality strategic and tactical policy advice, supporting regulatory and compliance actions
  • Engage with the regulated community and government in relation to compliance and enforcement of sanctions


Join us as our regulatory compliance and enforcement expert to oversee our sanctions regulatory system. 


We are seeking a Lead Adviser to join the New Zealand Sanctions Unit in our Multilateral and Legal Affairs Group to provide high quality advice on compliance, enforcement, sanctions breaches and evasion activity.  We are a responsive, risk-based regulator that uses innovation and collaboration to maximise our impact to achieve desired outcomes for New Zealand. This is a 3-year fixed term opportunity.



Kōrero mō te tūranga - About the role  


  • You’ll lead the development of strategic and tactical regulatory tools, procedures, policy and advice
  • You’ll be responsible for translating legislative/policy change into effective operating policies, procedures, standards and controls
  • You’ll be responsible for regulatory design, compliance activities, risk assessments and investigations
  • You’ll engage directly with stakeholder groups and build effective relationships both internally and with other agencies and partners


For more detail you can view a copy of the position description here.


The full salary range for this role is $144,934 to $196,087 total remuneration, inclusive of our 3% KiwiSaver employer contribution.

We expect to appoint around the midpoint $170,510 – depending on your level of experience.  



Mā‎ wai te mahi nei? – Who are we looking for?


We’d like to hear from you if you have the following skills and experience:


  • Regulatory, law enforcement, intelligence and/or legal experience
  • Experience in stakeholder engagement with regulated communities/business sector
  • A confident communicator who can turn sometimes complex technical and legal information into plain English


Ideally you will also have a good understanding of tikanga (Māori customs and protocols), with the ability to weave te ao Māori (the Māori worldview) into your work. 


If you are just starting on this journey that’s OK too – as long as you have a willingness to learn and a desire to develop your cultural capability.  As a Te Tiriti o Waitangi partner, this is important to us and we offer training and support. 


Ngā hua o te mahi i te Manatū Aorere - Why MFAT?


We are committed to a focus on leadership, talent, training and development, and flexible work options.  Check out our benefits page to find out more about why we love working here.


MFAT is Rainbow Tick accredited. We value diversity and are committed to providing an inclusive culture where everyone feels supported, valued, and a sense of belonging.  We welcome applications from people from a diverse range of backgrounds. 

You can find out more about our staff networks and our Diversity and Inclusion Strategy here


Mō mātou - About us


Our people represent New Zealand on and offshore, and in doing so make New Zealanders safer and more prosperous.  By building connections with and influencing other countries and international institutions, we advance New Zealand’s interests and pursue New Zealand's values.  We provide advice to the Government on the implications for New Zealand of what is happening in the world. 


Me pēhea te tuku tono - To Apply/Interested?


Apply today with your CV and cover letter.


For a confidential discussion please contact


To be considered for this position you must be a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent Resident and able to obtain and maintain a NZ Government National Security clearance.  Use this online tool to self-check your eligibility for a SECRET security clearance. Please note that this tool is not part of the formal security clearance process:


Let us know if you need any support or have any access requirements that will help you through the recruitment process.


Applications close at 9.00pm NZT on Thursday 2nd May, 2024.