ILANZ, In-House Lawyers Association of New Zealand

Refugee and Protection Officer - Auckland

  • Challenging and Rewarding Opportunity
  • Start your career in international protection law
  • Fantastic dedicated team environment
  • Permanent opportunity - Auckland Central based

About MBIE

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".

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.

About the role

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, inquiring into the circumstances of the claim, analysing relevant country of origin information and writing quality decisions based on the law.

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 - the ability to prepare high quality written reports and decisions
  • A tertiary qualification in a relevant field or equivalent knowledge, and experience in refugee status determination

How to apply:

Click here to apply now.  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 Rosie Horsfall at quoting MBIE/1328533 if you have any further questions.


Applications close at 5pm on Monday 23 April 2018.

We are looking to interview candidates in May 2018 for a start date in July 2018.

Applicants must be New Zealand citizens or New Zealand resident.