MCDEM and CDEM sector vacancies

MCDEM vacancies

Senior Emergency Management Advisor (Infrastructure Resilience)

The Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management (MCDEM) is a business unit of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. This is your opportunity to work at the heart of central government, as part of a closely-knit team that provides leadership in reducing risk, being ready for, responding to and recovering from emergencies.

MCDEM works with a diverse range of agencies that comprise the civil defence emergency management sector. Organisations involved local authorities, central government departments and agencies, emergency services, welfare agencies, lifeline utilities (infrastructure providers), science and research organisations, international agencies, and non-government organisations.

National Planning is a small, passionate, influential team that are responsible for maintaining the national civil defence emergency management (CDEM) planning framework and providing strategic leadership for emergency management planning under the national security system.

The SeniorEmergency Management Advisor (Infrastructure Resilience) leads the Ministry's infrastructure resilience programme including engaging and advising lifeline utilities (infrastructure providers), national agencies, and Civil Defence Emergency Management Groups on how to meet their obligations under the Civil Defence Emergency Management Act 2002. You will play a pivotal role to connect and support lifeline utilities (infrastructure providers) with the civil defence emergency management sector and central government to enable planning and activities across the 4Rs of risk reduction, readiness, response and recovery from emergencies.

If you are interested in being part of a team that is passionate and committed to building New Zealand's disaster risk management and resilience, this is the role for you.

As Senior Emergency Management Advisor (Infrastructure Resilience), you will:

  • Lead the Ministry's infrastructure resilience programme, including specialist advice and support at the national, regional and local levels in relation to infrastructure resilience and CDEM Act requirements under the national security system.
  • Support the review and development of national agency infrastructure strategies and plans under the national security system.
  • Support the review and development of national hazard-specific plans, for example for earthquake and tsunami.
  • Build and maintain effective relationships and liaising with CDEM stakeholders and lifeline utilities (infrastructure providers) at both senior and operational levels.
  • Maintain a strong evidence-based focus and translate international research and policy into guidance and practice.

 Our ideal candidate will possess:

  • Experience in strategic or operational planning
  • Knowledge or experience in infrastructure providers (private, public, or non-government sectors) desirable
  • Experience in working with strategic-level engagement, promoting initiatives across government and to private sector stakeholders
  • Project management experience with an ability to use project management methodologies
  • Strong problem solving skills and be an analytical thinker
  • The ability to build strong, enduring relationships with internal and external stakeholders
  • The ability to effectively present information to audiences at all levels
  • Knowledge of the CDEM sector and New Zealand's national security system.

You will also have a very hands-on role during emergencies as a member of the MCDEM Duty Team and fulfilling an operational role during activations of the National Crisis Management Centre.

The indicative appointing pay range for this role is $84,870 - $106,088.

Please note: To be eligible for employment in this role you must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret security clearance. This requires you to have been a NZ citizen for at least 5 years.

Alternatively you must hold NZ Permanent Residence or hold a current NZ Residency Class Visa and have been a citizen of UK, USA, Canada or Australia for at least 5 years.

Candidates must also have a 5 year checkable background in countries where meaningful and reliable checks can be undertaken. Where meaningful checks are unable to be made, the candidate application may not be able to be progressed.

We will also consider secondments from other agencies for the period of this fixed term.

Applications close 5pm on Sunday 20 May.

See the job description for more information.

CDEM sector vacancies


Geohazard Analyst - GNS Science, Lower Hutt

  • Join our new 24/7 geohazard monitoring team
  • Contribute to NZ's safety
  • Multiple positions available

This is a unique opportunity to be part of a new GeoNet team providing enhanced 24/7 situational awareness of earthquake, tsunami, landslide and volcanic activity.  In this role, you can grow your career in applied science, work alongside scientists and contribute to ongoing enhancements in geological hazard monitoring. 

You will receive comprehensive training to build on your earth science or physics qualification.  By the end of the year you will be working rotating shifts, monitoring perils and informing external emergency managers when necessary. 

If you have strong analytical ability, are calm under pressure, willing and able to work shifts including nights and weekends, we are keen to hear from you. 

For further information about this position and to apply online please visit

Apply now, interviews commence prior to the closing date of Monday 4 June 2018



Project Leader Hikurangi Response Plan - Fixed Term. (Vacancy No 18-912)

Are you an experienced and successful project leader? Are you looking for your next career challenge?

Hawke’s Bay Civil Defence Emergency Management (HBCDEM) is seeking suitable applicants for this important role to lead the development of a Hikurangi Response Plan (HRP) for the East Coast of the North Island of New Zealand for a twelve month period.

This is a multi-agency project which will coordinate civil defence emergency management response planning using relevant scientific knowledge related to the Hikurangi subduction zone.  The role will work with scientists to develop a maximum credible subduction hazard scenario from the largest source of earthquake and tsunami risk in New Zealand, to inform community consideration of the impacts and consequences.  As project leader you will need to promote a coordinated, and well prepared, interagency approach when responding to an event, and identify future requirements.

This is an exciting role with a very important outcome. If you are well organised, knowledgeable about the issues related to emergency management and have a strong ability to gain cooperation across a range of agencies, then this could be the right role for you.

A qualification in a relevant discipline is desirable and you will need to have a high degree of self-confidence and an ability to facilitate a consensus approach with diverse groups.

Applications close at 4 pm on Monday 28th May 2018.

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To apply and to ensure your application is considered for this role, please go to the vacancy page on the Hawke's Bay Regional Council website

Emergency Management Advisor Processes and Technology (VACANCY – 17-878)

Would you like to work for a progressive organisation in a varied, rewarding and challenging role?

The Hawke’s Bay Emergency Management Group is a cooperative of all of the councils in Hawke’s Bay. Our role is to jointly deliver civil defence emergency management across Hawke’s Bay. The Group office is staffed by a small group of multidisciplinary emergency management professionals who work across Hawke’s Bay. While we each have our specialities, we work across the four goals of comprehensive emergency management being reduction, readiness, response and recovery. We would like to fill a challenging and varied emergency management advisor role which will be an employee of Hawke’s Bay Regional Council based in Hastings.
Key skills for this role will include the ability to:

  • Develop and manage the information and communications technology (ICT) that supports our timely and effective response to an emergency.
  • Overseeing the testing and maintenance of the Group’s response and alerting ICT (hardware and software).
  • Build constructive relationships with other ITC staff in a variety of council, central government and non governmental partners. 
  • Explore ICT options to improve the CDEM Group’s ability to communicate and respond in a range of scenarios.
  • Help maintain responsive emergency management coordination centres through the provision of resilient and flexible ICT.
  • Work positively with other emergency management advisors in providing ICT solutions within their areas of expertise.

You will need a qualification or strong experience relevant to the role and an ability to effectively manage a wide range of ITC systems such as smart phone apps, Office 365, SharePoint, GIS and training applications. Strong communication skills with an ability to engage with a variety of audiences and organisations effectively. You must be willing to provide an appropriate service outside of normal hours when required, be able to work unsupervised, and have a clean current driver’s licence.

Applications close on 27th May 2018.

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To apply and to ensure your application is considered for this role, please go to the vacancy page on the Hawke's Bay Regional Council website