We are looking for a
Critical and lateral thinker, ideally with a background in social science, humanities or information studies research (or similar)
Follower of world events and human rights issues who is interested in understanding and contributing to New Zealand's immigration system
Tech-savvy interrogator of online media and information who understands broader geopolitical contexts
Super searcher' with a love of complex search strings and internet research
Careful and concise writer who can condense complex findings into well-crafted, plain English research for a varied audience
Team player who enjoys working collaboratively on research and projects
Confident communicator and engaging presenter
Why work for us?
Our work is challenging and rewarding. We model and contribute to international best practice in Country of Origin Information (COI) research and support Immigration NZ's decision making through the provision of high quality research responses.
We welcome team members who embrace change with a positive attitude, are innovative, can confidently share views while respecting others and who are willing to contribute to our collegial work environment with a solutions-focused mind set.
About the role
The role of Researcher in the Country Research Unit offers daily information challenges on wide-ranging topics.
We source information and provide research that can be applied to a range of Immigration New Zealand (INZ) decisions. The Auckland team's work is primarily to support refugee decision-making processes.
Our researchers utilise a suite of online and hard-copy resources to answer research questions from INZ staff.
The Country Research Unit operates between Auckland and Wellington. We work hard to support each other and communicate effectively across locations.
Skills and experience required :
Practical experience in online research utilising information from a variety of publically available sources
Excellence in online searching techniques. This includes the ability to formulate and execute complex online search strategies, evaluating the reliability of information, effectively searching proprietary databases and adapting search strategies as required.
Ability to review large amounts of information and apply this to generate clear, concise written and oral communication
Lateral thinker with ability to quickly assimilate new information or practices
An interest in international current affairs, global security issues and human rights
Excellent written and spoken communication skills for varied audiences
Excellent time management skills
A relevant degree and post-graduate (NZQA approved) qualification
Experience in developing and delivering presentations
A working knowledge of other languages would be advantageous
Applicants must be a NZ citizens or have permanent residence to work for Immigration NZ.
About MBIE :
The purpose of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) is to Grow New Zealand for All. Our goal is to create a strong and high-performing economy by creating an environment that supports businesses to become more productive and internationally competitive.
The Intelligence, Data and Insights Branch of INZ contributes to MBIE's agreed outcome, to grow New Zealand's economy and improve the quality of lives through a high-performing labour market and immigration system.