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Principal Advisor - Service Delivery

NZ Ministry of Education
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Principal Advisor - Service Delivery

Fixed term Position for 18 months


  • Do you want to work on a project that will make a real difference for our tamariki?
  • If so, then we have a great opportunity for you! 


Skills Required

In this varied and pivotal role you will have significant involvement in our exciting new project to deliver free and healthy daily school lunches to Year 1 to 8 students in selected schools. The project is a high profile initiative and will make a genuine difference to our tamariki, schools and communities, reducing food insecurity.

This is a fixed term position for 18 months working in an operational delivery project.


This is a wide-ranging position, and some of your responsibilities will include:

  • Lead the roll-out to tranches of schools in community clusters
  • Oversee and manage components of the project such as regional plans, provider selection, school technical advice and support, and evaluation of the service model
  • Build and manage strong relationships with a diverse set of stakeholders across communities, schools and providers
  • Wide-ranging communication activity involves providing progress updates, facilitating key conversations, collaborating across the project teams and overseeing the engagement of school staff and students in the initiative
  • Oversee and support the management of the appropriate procurement processes including the establishment of agreements between schools and providers
  • Managing key dependencies, delivery quality, risks and issues, communications and contract controls


You will demonstrate the following:

  • Experience delivering projects in a complex, highly scrutinised environment
  • Knowledge of project methodologies and practices
  • Experience in procurement processes and supporting contract negotiations
  • Exemplary stakeholder management skills
  • Collaborative leadership and change management expertise
  • Ability to think strategically and operate pragmatically
  • A can-do attitude with a focus on delivering outcomes.

Need more information?

If you wish to find out more information, please contact Lucy Lawrence, 04 463 2820,

If you are interested please submit a CV and cover letter detailing your suitability for. the role. 


Applications close on Monday 18 November 2019.

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