New Zealand Embassy Manila, The Philippines

Job Vacancies at the New Zealand Embassy

Manager, New Zealand Aid Programme

Would you like to play a part in the New Zealand’s Government’s development efforts to make a difference in the Philippines?

The New Zealand Embassy in Manila is looking for a locally employed Aid Manager to advance and support the New Zealand Aid Programme. The New Zealand Aid Programme supports sustainable development in developing countries in order to reduce poverty and contribute to a more secure, equitable and prosperous world.

As the Aid Manager you will manage a portfolio of exciting development activities in the Philippines focused on agriculture, knowledge and skills development, and disaster risk management.

We are seeking applicants with relevant work experience who have a sound base of project, contract and financial management skills. You should bring excellent analytical, written and policy development skills. The prospective candidate must have the ability to think strategically and see linkages between different streams of work You will also have a strong understanding of key development challenges facing the Philippines and the role that effective development assistance plays in supporting sustainable economic development.    

The Aid Manager role requires a strong delivery focus and capacity to manage multiple tasks and projects including during disaster events. You will be able to demonstrate initiative and to work both independently and as part of an effective team.  Integral to the role is an ability to develop effective and positive working relationships across organisations and cultures. You will have a strong sense of customer service and a passion to deliver at a high standard and effect change. You will hold a relevant tertiary qualification.

The role directly reports to the Ambassador.  Full details of the job description can be viewed below.

It is critical that all employees of the Embassy are honest, trustworthy, able to perform the position to a high level and obtain and maintain appropriate levels of security clearance.

If you have the strategic mind-set, proactive person, ready to take on the distinct New Zealand approach which reflects our diversity and heritage of integrity in foreign affairs and want to be part of a strong organisation this could be your next long term role.

The Embassy is looking for the successful appointee to commence duties in late October 2015.  

The successful applicant will be employed on local terms and conditions and must be able to obtain and maintain the appropriate working visa if required (this is the responsibility of the applicant and any offer of employment is subject to this).  In addition, relocation to the Philippines is to be undertaken at the expense of the applicant.

The Embassy checks a minimum of two references prior to an appointment and at least one of these will be an applicant's recent manager. Please have prepared three referees who are willing to be contacted for comments should you be asked to provide them. If you are applying from the employed workforce at least two referees must be recent previous managers.

To apply for this position, send an email to with two Word documents attached:

  • A cover letter of no more than two pages;
  • A CV (resume) of no more than four pages.

Your cover letter and CV will be evaluated to determine your expertise in the areas required by the position you are applying for. It is important you present your expertise and experience clearly, concisely, and accurately. Conciseness is to your advantage as the key features of your experience are likely to be more obvious to the selection panel.

With your cover letter please describe:

  • The reasons for your interest in the role;
  • Your key areas of expertise as compared to the ‘Qualifications, Skills and Experience’ requirements set out in the position description.

Your CV should include the following information:

  • Your career history (with your current position presented first). Please do not use acronyms and abbreviations.
  • Provide a brief explanation of any gaps in your work history
  • The position title, beginning and end dates and name of the organisation, for all positions you have held
  • Key functional responsibilities in each position, and,
  • Your key achievements and role in achieving these (i.e. were you the lead or a contributor?)

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

The deadline for applications is 5pm on 4 September 2015.

File PD_NZ Aid Manager Manila_August2015.pdf

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