MCS&E Adviser (Tokelau) MPI - To be discussed

Closing Date: March 10, 2020

Mō te Manatū Ahu Matua – About MPI

Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is responsible for ‘Growing and Protecting New Zealand’. It’s no mean feat and we have a team of hard working and dedicated people in a variety of roles supporting us to make this happen! MPI also provides a range of services to ensure New Zealand is protected from biological risk and that the food New Zealand businesses produce is safe and suitable for us all to consume. MPI’s services ensure that New Zealand’s natural resources are sustainable while enabling the primary sector to innovate and grow the value of its exports. Our overall ambition is for New Zealand to be the most trusted source of high value natural products in the world. Join us to help this ambition become a reality.

Kōrero mō te tūranga – About the Role

The MCS&E Adviser (Tokelau) position

Tokelau is a territory of New Zealand and part of the Realm of New Zealand. Tokelau is dependent on its fishing sector, fisheries revenue and development assistance from New Zealand. Among New Zealand’s shared vision with Tokelau is the vision to build stronger governance and more effective public services for Tokelau, to support Tokelau on their path to self-determination.

The MPI Compliance Directorate, in collaboration with MFAT under an agreed Memorandum of Understanding, has established a MCS&E Adviser (Tokelau) position within the Fisheries Compliance Liaison and Coordination team (FCLC). The position is available for a 3-year fixed term period. The location of the position can be based around the successful candidate.

  • Salary band: $75k-$100k, depending on skills and level of experience

The MCS&E Advisor (Tokelau) will focus on understanding priority monitoring, control, surveillance and enforcement (MCS&E) needs to support the development and implementation of fisheries compliance frameworks within the Tokelau EEZ. They will coordinate access to the right compliance and enforcement services to build capability and enhanced capacity of the Tokelau Fisheries Management Agency (FMA). They will plan, lead, manage and deliver an allocated work programme, and actively contribute to the related work of MPI, MFAT, other government agencies and organisations in support Tokelau and New Zealand’s shared vision.

This is a high profile, diverse and unique role with an international focus that requires you to collaborate across government agencies, travel internationally and be self-managing in often trying circumstances.

Mōu – About You 

  • Have experience in fisheries compliance and enforcement, and working in a regulatory environment
  • Have knowledge of international policy and domestic fisheries law
  • Have technical knowledge of MCS tools (eg vessel monitoring systems, observer reporting, catch and effort reporting, surveillance platforms, inspection regimes, etc)
  • Be able to plan a work programme in accordance with strategic objectives and needs
  • Be able to identify MCS&E needs, develop training tools, and have experience mentoring and training others
  • Be able to quickly develop strong working relationships with stakeholders both in New Zealand and abroad, and be able to work in cross-cultural environments
  • Have a proven ability to think strategically, have excellent judgement and analytical skills
  • Be able to provide timely and accurate advice on a range of compliance matters and be able to navigate ambiguous situations with ease
  • Have maturity, possess a high level of political nous and the ability to negotiate and influence others.
  • Have excellent written and verbal skills.


MPI is a place where there are diverse opportunities and where there is the ability to create a career in an organisation that supports growth and development. We encourage a vibrant, diverse and inclusive workplace where difference is championed and we’re an employer of choice because of it.

We support work life balance and flexible work arrangements whenever possible. Please talk to us at interview about the flexibility you need and we will explore what’s possible for the role.

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Benefits include:

  • Up to three additional (MPI holidays) leave days
  • Career development and internal opportunities across the branch and organisation
  • Wellness benefit for employees
  • Reduced premiums for Group Healthcare Schemes
  • Comprehensive one-week MPI Induction Programme

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Me pēhea te tuku tono – How to Apply

A security clearance classification to the level of SECRET is required for this position. Successful applicants will be required to obtain and maintain this clearance so please visit for more information before applying.

In order to be considered for this role, you must either be a New Zealand resident or citizen. To view the position description and/or apply for the role (submitting a cover letter and current curriculum vitae), please click “APPLY NOW” or visit the MPI Careers Site. For tracking and reporting purposes, all applications must be submitted through our online careers portal.

For further information, please refer to the attached job description or email

Applications close: 8 March 2020

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