Graduate Analyst/Analyst/Senior Analyst – Intelligence Assessment Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet I Te Tari O Te Pirimia Me Te Komiti Matua - Wellington

Closing Date: August 9, 2021

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet I Te Tari O Te Pirimia Me Te Komiti Matua
Graduate Analyst/Analyst/Senior Analyst – Intelligence Assessment
Permanent, Full-time / Secondment


We are looking for creative global thinkers to join a team assessing New Zealand’s most pressing national security challenges at the heart of the New Zealand government.

  • Do you enjoy working collaboratively with others to understand complex strategic problems, people and countries?
  • Are you honest, with a passion for New Zealand, and a commitment to our security in its widest sense?
  • Are you curious about the world, connecting with others and making sense of it in challenging times?

The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (DPMC) serves to advance a confident, well-governed and secure New Zealand. The National Assessments Bureau (NAB) forms part of the New Zealand Intelligence Community. Located within the National Security Group in DPMC, NAB has been going through a growth period and provides a career pathway into New Zealand’s Top Secret Workforce.

NAB is the primary agency charged with providing independent national assessments to support our Prime Minister, Cabinet and security system leaders. As an assessment analyst you will have a portfolio on an area of national security priority, working in a warm, supportive and interdependent team, and become expert in identifying, sharing and communicating about emerging risks and trends, drawing on all source information and intelligence.

We would like you to hear from you if you are enthusiastic about learning, thrive in ambiguity and:

  • Have first rate analytic and research skills;
  • Can communicate clearly, with impact and confidence in writing and in person;
  • Are a caring team player that can collaborate and exert influence through excellent interpersonal skills;
  • Can think creatively, cooperate and innovate to meet customer demand and support NAB’s growth and change process; and
  • Are self-aware, adaptable and skilled at managing your time and performance, delivering under pressure and planning for success.

We are seeking advanced tertiary qualifications or equivalent experience. Some life and work experience that shows your ability to connect and cooperate with others, such as community service, would be desirable, but is not essential. We will consider secondment arrangements.

As an organisation, we believe that integrating diversity and inclusion overall is a key ingredient for organisational success and mitigation of cognitive bias. Existing staff also have diverse academic backgrounds including in international relations/political studies, sciences, economics, law, history, literature, languages, geography, gender studies, development, philosophy, psychology and criminology.

We would welcome a wide range of applicants in this round.  But experience or study in the following areas is desirable but not essential: (1) Asia-Pacific geo-politics,  (2) Pacific Islands economics and politics and (3) science (bio-sciences, human health, chemistry and physics) and technology. Appointees do not need to already be specialists in these areas and may come with a more general background, but should be interested in learning about them. Cultural competency and skills in high priority regions is of high value including language skills.

Roles available

We are looking to appoint up to 4 candidates at different levels. The role levels will take into account work experience, existing specialist knowledge and capacity to quickly transfer skills, as well as to cover the range of organisational needs.

  • The Graduate Analyst role is generally a first professional role, with promotion considered within 2 years and a focus on learning about all aspects of joining the workforce and a role in NAB, DPMC and the public service over that period.
  • The Analyst role is more advanced academic qualifications and/or experience, with capacity to transfer skills quickly to some aspects of a role at NAB, DPMC and the public service. Assessments analysts have significant responsibility.
  • The Senior Analyst role is for those with significant experience, some specialist knowledge and capacity to transfer skills quickly, and leadership capacity. Senior analysts lead international engagement initiatives, complex analytic projects and are nationally-recognised experts.

Good Employer commitment

We are committed to being a good employer and honouring our Equal Employment Opportunity obligations. We believe that integrating diversity and inclusion overall is a key ingredient for organisational success as well as to the mitigation of cognitive bias in assessment. We endeavour to provide flexible employee practices and conditions that support a healthy work-life balance, including consideration of part-time work.

DPMC appointments will be impartial and based on merit and suitability for the role. DPMC recognises the aims, aspirations and employment requirements:

  • of Māori and the need for greater involvement of Māori in the Public Service;
  • and the cultural differences of ethnic or minority groups;
  • of women; and
  • of people with disabilities.

For further information or if you have any questions please email

Applications close at 17:00 on Monday 9 August 2021.