New Zealand High Commission Rarotonga, Cook Islands

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Are you passionate about sustainable development in the Cook Islands?

Do you have excellent management skills?

Are you highly motivated and able to take on a leadership role?

The New Zealand High Commission in Rarotonga is looking for a well-qualified, experienced, enthusiastic individual for the position of Senior Development Programme Coordinator, to assist with the management of the New Zealand Aid Programme in the Cook Islands. 

You will have excellent written and oral communication skills, the ability to work independently and meet deadlines, the ability to manage information and develop informed, evidence-based solutions. You will have a sound knowledge of the development challenges and opportunities facing the Cook Islands, and have a tertiary qualification in a field relevant to the role.

Your research and analytical skills will support the High Commission’s work in the Cook Islands, and you will be responsible for Aid Programme policy development and engagement. New Zealand citizenship is not essential, but an ability to obtain and maintain and appropriate New Zealand Government security clearance is required.  You will also be involved in developing and maintaining relationships with stakeholders, assisting to develop strategies, and managing development projects through the design, implementation, contract management, and monitoring and evaluation stages.

If this exciting position sounds like you, position descriptions and application forms are available on our website or by emailing

Applications close at 12.00 noon on Friday the 24th July 2015 (Cook Islands time)

To apply, please send your application form, covering letter and CV by email to, drop it to reception at our office at the New Zealand High Commission in Avarua, or send by post to:

First Secretary, Development
New Zealand High Commission
PO Box 21
Rarotonga, Cook Islands

Note: This is a locally employed position and the successful candidate will need to obtain a work permit to work in the Cook Islands.

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