The Ministry of Ethnic Communities is seeking Expressions of Interest (EOIs) to fill one vacancy on the Ethnic Communities Development Fund Panel (the Panel) from 1 September 2023. The deadline for submitting expressions of interest is 14th July 2023.

About the Ministry

The Ministry for Ethnic Communities is the chief advisor to the government on ethnic diversity and inclusion in New Zealand society. We provide information, advice and services to ethnic communities, and give out funds to support community development and social cohesion.

New Zealand’s ethnic communities come from diverse geographies and cultures, with a broad range of life experiences. Our mandated communities include anyone in New Zealand who identifies their ethnicity as Middle Eastern, Latin American, African, Asian, and Continental European.

About the Ethnic Communities Development Fund

The Ethnic Communities Development Fund provides $4.2 million per annum in grants for initiatives that support ethnic communities to grow their skills, celebrate their culture and take part in wider Aotearoa New Zealand society. The Ethnic Communities Development Fund is available for applications throughout the year.

The role of the Panel

The Panel operates as an advisory panel and makes recommendations on the distribution of grants, taking into consideration the purpose, priorities and criteria of the Ethnic Communities Development Fund.  

The Panel consists of a Chair, who represents the Ministry, and up to six external members.

Skills and attributes sought

EOIs are sought from people, from our mandated ethnic communities, who are able to demonstrate the following skills and attributes in the context of Aotearoa New Zealand:

  • understanding of the aspirations of, and challenges faced by, ethnic communities;
  • knowledge of current Government priorities and initiatives in relation to ethnic communities;
  • understanding of community funding programmes; and
  • governance experience in the public and/or community and voluntary sector.

The desirability for diverse representation in the Panel, and to have Panel members from different regions of the country, will also be considerations in the selection criteria.


You must be a New Zealand citizen or have New Zealand permanent residency in order to apply.

Appointment process

Candidates must complete the EOI form and provide a current curriculum vitae (CV).

To download the form, please click on one of the following links:

Expression of Interest form - Word

Expression of Interest form - PDF

Please email a copy of the above documents to by 11:59pm on 14th of July 2023. No late EOIs will be accepted.

An internal Ministry panel will assess all EOIs submitted, and shortlisted candidates will be invited to an interview.

The final appointment decision to the Panel will be made by the Deputy Chief Executive Systems Capability and Programmes.

Please note that the submission of an EOI will not necessarily result in an appointment to the Panel, and no review process will be available.

Further information

Please refer to the Additional Information for information on candidates’ declaring conflicts of interest, further checks for preferred candidates, and time commitment and fees for appointees.

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