Investigator / Senior Investigator Office of the IGIS The Inspector General of Intelligence and Security - Defence House, Wellington, New Zealand

Closing Date: January 31, 2024

Monitor New Zealand’s intelligence and security agencies

The Office of the Inspector-General provides independent oversight of New Zealand’s two intelligence and security agencies to ensure they operate lawfully and in a manner New Zealanders would think proper. We do this by examining selected areas of the work of the New Zealand Security Intelligence Service and the Government Communications Security Bureau, focusing on the systems they have in place to ensure that human rights and other legal and ethical obligations are respected. The Inspector-General is looking for investigative staff to support this important function.

As an investigator you will be responsible for investigating the activities of the intelligence and security agencies on behalf of the Inspector-General. This includes assisting on any inquiries the Inspector-General initiates, reviewing agency operations and intelligence warrants, and investigating complaints about the agencies. You will assist the Inspector-General in monitoring the agencies’ activities and assessing the soundness of their operational and compliance policies and procedures.

We are looking for a motivated individual with an enquiring mind to fill this role. Candidates will have a tertiary qualification with some post-qualification work experience. A qualification in law is useful but not essential. A background in IT, investigations, audit procedures, compliance and/or policy would also be useful. We are a small office, so a wide skill-set and willingness to undertake tasks across the breadth of our work is essential. More experienced candidates may be considered for the role of a Senior Investigator.

To be suitable, you will need to have the following qualities:

  • Self-motivated, disciplined, reliable, and determined with a “can do” approach
  • Professional independence and personal detachment
  • A team player, flexible and operating with respect, trust, and support for others
  • Excel at interpersonal and relationship management skills
  • A critical thinker – strong in cognitive, analytical, and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • The highest levels of personal integrity and conduct, and ability to obtain and maintain a high level (Top Secret Special) security clearance

A background in the security and intelligence area is not essential, but would be helpful. Significant learning opportunities will be available to successful applicants. We will consider applicants wishing to work part-time. Secondments from public sector agencies will also be considered for suitably qualified candidates. This position is based in Wellington. Remote working/working from home is not practicable, for security reasons.

More information is found at: The advertisement and positions descriptions can be found here.

Applications close 5pm Wednesday January 31 2024.

Submit your application by emailing to  Remember to include your covering letter, current CV, completed application form and proof of identity.
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