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PNZ Chef de Mission – Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games

This is 17 month (August 2019 - December 2020) voluntary role, with an opportunity for an honorarium by negotiation.

Job Title:

PNZ Chef de Mission – Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games


Paralympics New Zealand

Reports to:

PNZ Games Campaign and Sports Manager


New Zealand



PNZ is the National Paralympic Committee (NPC) for New Zealand. It is a charity and its overall vision is ‘Excellence & Equity through Sport’. As a member of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), PNZ is part of a worldwide social change movement, which uses the power of sport to positively influence community perceptions of disabled people and to promote a more diverse and inclusive society. To do this, it supports and celebrates the achievements of Para athletes at international and national competitions all year round and every two years, it leads New Zealand teams to the Paralympic Games. PNZ also works in the local community to advocate for sport to become more accessible for disabled people and to support the creation of more systems and programmes to enable participation in Para sport. It is responsible for raising public awareness and driving community engagement with Para sport and New Zealand Paralympians. New Zealand was the most successful country in the world for medals per capita at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games and recently, a team of three won a gold and two bronze at the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games. Over 2.2m kiwis watched Rio 2016 and 1.6m watched PyeongChang 2018 via TVNZ/Attitude. In 2018, PNZ celebrated its 50th Anniversary. Since 1968, 209 Paralympians have competed at 23 Paralympic Games, winning 221 medals. PNZ is currently recognising through The Celebration Project all 209 Paralympians awarding them their unique Paralympic numbered pin and certificate.


A unique and rare opportunity has arisen for a Chef de Mission (CdM) to join Paralympics New Zealand (PNZ) and lead the New Zealand Paralympic Team in the run up to the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.

You will report directly into the PNZ Games Campaign and Sports Manager and be responsible for leading an inspirational, performance focused New Zealand Paralympic team to the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.

As CdM you will be responsible for ensuring an environment that will allow Para athletes, coaches and support staff to focus entirely on achieving their high performance goals. You will be committed to making the Paralympic Games a positive experience, with a focus on optimum wellbeing and performance for all members of the New Zealand Paralympic Team. 

PNZ will be responsible for the logistics of planning and preparation of the New Zealand Paralympic Team requirements and leads the overall Tokyo 2020 campaign. The CdM will be included in all aspects of team arrangements and decisions.  


The PNZ CdM – Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games is responsible for leading a performance focussed Team to the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. This includes: 

• Leading the Team at the Games – setting the tone and philosophy and culture of the Team and role model the values of PNZ at all times. 
• Building strong relationships and linkages within PNZ, National Sports Organisations and with key external stakeholders.
• Playing a key leadership role in the Tokyo 2020 campaign planning team, preparing and debriefing for the New Zealand Paralympic Team and fully supporting the Para athletes, coaches and support staff at the Games. 
• Being the principal spokesperson for the Team, participating in media activities managed by PNZ Brand and Communications Manager and assisting with the overall campaign public relations and communications for the Games. Understanding and conveying the key PNZ messages. 
• Attending and speaking at meetings and events as required by PNZ pre-Games, during the Games and post Games with various external stakeholders such as dignitaries, Government, and corporate partners.


You will have demonstrated exceptional leadership qualities and have a high level of credibility. You will have the ability to develop a team having had experience of being connected to athletes, high performance sport and have an understanding of a Games team environment and having an  appreciation of the unique physical and mental demands which fall upon high performance Para athletes, coaches and support staff.

You are likely to have previous team management experience and/or large-scale international event delivery experience and have an interest in people and expertise in managing multiple stakeholders and proven relationship management. 

You will have an ability to make the right decisions and possess exceptional verbal and written communications skills and an ability to present impactfully within the media.  

You will have a flexible approach to hours required including the ability to attend meetings and travel abroad.

This is 17-month (August 2019 - December 2020) voluntary role, with an opportunity for an honorarium by negotiation. It represents a rare and exciting opportunity to lead the New Zealand Paralympic Team in the lead up to and at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. 

Position description for PNZ Chef De Mission - Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games here.

APPLICATION CLOSING DATE: 5pm Friday 5 July 2019


Attention: Fiona Allan,  Chief Executive,  Paralympics New Zealand at fallan@paralympics.org.nz or mail to Paralympics New Zealand, Suite 2.10, Axis Building, 1 Cleveland Road, Parnell, 1052 (marked Confidential).


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