Refugee and Protection Officer

Posted on 10-Aug-2017
Application Close Date: 27-Aug-2017
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  • Challenging and Rewarding Career Opportunity
  • Fantastic, supportive team environment
  • Auckland Central Location
  • Permanent position


Refugee and Protection Officer


As one of New Zealand's largest government agencies, the work we do impacts the lives of all New Zealanders. Our purpose is to grow the New Zealand economy to provide a better standard of living for all New Zealanders. To achieve this, we need a strong, high performing economy, and in Immigration New Zealand we are bringing in the best people New Zealand needs in order to prosper.


This is all echoed in our Māori identity – Hikina Whakatutuki – which broadly means “lifting to make successful”.


A challenging and exciting opportunity has come about within our Refugee Status Branch in Central Auckland.  You will be joining a dedicated team who are passionate about their work.  In this role as a Refugee and Protection Officer (RPO) you will be making decisions on refugee and protection status in accordance with New Zealand and international law.  This will involve interviewing claimants, investigations, analysing relevant country of origin information and writing quality decisions.


To be successful in this role, you will have:

  • Knowledge of the Refugee Convention, the Convention Against Torture and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the Immigration Act, 2009, other international human rights instruments, New Zealand refugee case law (in particular that of the Immigration and Protection Tribunal and administrative decision making principles and practice
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • A tertiary qualification in a relevant field or equivalent knowledge and experience in refugee status determination


Our aspiration is that MBIE is a great place to work where great work gets done.


We believe in harnessing the potential of our people and the diverse skills and life experiences they bring to MBIE.

Our targets are challenging and require us to work with others, and across the Ministry (making the most of our size and scope).

With our Crown entity partners we work collaboratively with other government agencies; local government; businesses; industry, sector, union and employer groups; consumer groups; Māori leaders; and scientists to develop and deliver fit-for-purpose policy, services, advice and regulation that support people, businesses, communities and regions to be successful.  As the lead agency for providing government services for business, we are focussed on making it easier for business to interact with government.


How to apply:

Click on the APPLY button below in order to be directed to our on-line careers website.  You may view a position description at this site, as well as complete the on-line application, and upload a CV and cover letter. For tracking and evaluation purposes, all applications must be submitted via our on-line process.

Email Margaret Goldfinch at quoting ref MBIE/1291118 if you have any further questions.

Applications close at 5pm on Sunday the 27th of August 2017.


Applicants must be New Zealand citizens or New Zealand resident.