Working for the IGIS




Everyone working for the IGIS must be a New Zealand citizen and has to be security cleared ("vetted") to the highest level, as utmost integrity and trustworthiness is required.

The IGIS is an equal opportunity employer.  The staff come from predominantly legal backgrounds bringing a diverse range of life and work experiences.


The IGIS Office comprises the Inspector-General, Deputy Inspector-General, Investigating Officers, IT Manager/Security Advisor and an Office Manager/ Executive Assistant.

Current Vacancies

Job title: Investigator / Senior Investigator (two vacancies)

Location: Wellington

Closing date: Friday 23 October 2020

Monitor New Zealand’s intelligence and security agencies

The Office of the Inspector-General provides independent oversight of New Zealand’s two intelligence and security agencies to ensure they operate lawfully and in a manner New Zealanders would think proper. We do this by examining selected areas of the work of the New Zealand Security Intelligence Service and the Government Communications Security Bureau, focusing on the systems they have in place to ensure that human rights and other legal and ethical obligations are respected. The Inspector-General is looking for investigative staff to support this important function.

As an investigator you will be responsible for investigating the activities of the intelligence and security agencies on behalf of the Inspector-General. This includes assisting on inquiries instituted on the Inspector-General’s initiative, reviewing selected areas of agency operations and investigating complaints made by members of the public. You will assist the Inspector-General in monitoring the legality and propriety of the agencies’ activities (particularly in relation to intelligence warrants), and assessing the soundness of their operational and compliance policies and procedures.

We are looking for motivated individuals with enquiring minds to fill two roles. Candidates will have a tertiary qualification with some post-qualification work experience. A qualification in law would be useful, but is not essential. A background in computer science, investigations, audit procedures, compliance and/or policy would also be useful. We are a small office, so a wide skill-set and willingness to undertake tasks across the breadth of our work is essential. More experienced candidates may be considered for the role of a Senior Investigator. To be suitable, you will need to have the following qualities:

  • Self-motivated, disciplined, reliable, and determined with a “can do” approach

  • Professional independence and personal detachment

  • A team player, flexible and operating with respect, trust, and support for others

  • Excel at interpersonal and relationship management skills

  • A critical thinker – strong in cognitive, analytical, and problem-solving skills

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

  • The highest levels of personal integrity and conduct, and ability to obtain and maintain a high level (Top Secret Special) security clearance

A background in the security and intelligence area is not essential, but would be helpful. Significant development opportunities will be available to successful applicants.

We will consider applicants wishing to work part-time. Secondments from public sector agencies will also be considered for suitably qualified candidates.

Submit your application by post to Office of the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security, PO Box 5609, Wellington or by emailing to Remember to include your covering letter, current CV, completed application form (download from link below) and proof of identity.

If you have questions that would help you assess your suitability for this role, please contact us in confidence on Your email will be responded to by either the Inspector-General or the Deputy Inspector-General.

Postion description [PDF, 311 KB]

Application form [DOCX, 415 KB]




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