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Principal Advisor - Government Centre for Dispute Resolution

Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment
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Policy & analysis
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Ongoing - Full Time
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Job Description

  • Multi- disciplinary team with a really exciting work programmme
  • This is not your usual advisory position
  • Innovative thinkers should read this 

Why work for us?

The Government Centre for Dispute Resolution is a small team focused on improving government's performance through providing best practice dispute resolution stewardship and functional leadership across the public sector.

The GCDR's work is diverse.  We assist government agencies to develop and implement best practice dispute resolution approaches. We do this by developing guidance and tools and providing advice on policy and legislative development and dispute resolution scheme design and procurement.  We also have a strong public policy focus – considering the best approach to dispute resolution across government as a whole and developing and supporting a long term research agenda to examine questions such as the cost of disputes, and value of effective dispute resolution, to New Zealand.

About the role.

The GCDR is seeking a Principal Advisor to work in a multi-disciplinary team based in Wellington. The team requires a mix of skills and experience across areas such as:

  • Strategic policy advice and analysis
  • Operations/service delivery
  • Legal
  • Research, monitoring and evaluation
  • Project management
  • Dispute resolution
  • Must have legal right to live and work in NZ

Principal Advisors are required to have significant skills and experience in two-three of these areas and to have at least seven years' experience in a senior analyst/advisory role. 

In addition to the experience outlined above, GCDR teams members need to:

  • Have excellent stakeholder engagement skills (many of the Centre's relationships/partners are at executive level)
  • Be able to work independently as well as part of a tight team
  • Be innovative thinkers who aren't afraid to challenge the status quo. 

About MBIE:

MBIE is the lead agency for making it easier for business to work with government.  MBIE's purpose is to grow the New Zealand economy to provide a better standard of living for all New Zealanders.  We do this by working with others to help businesses to be more competitive, improving job opportunities and by ensuring quality housing is more affordable.

How to apply:

Click on the APPLY button below in order to be directed to our on-line careers website.  You may view a position description at this site, as well as complete the on-line application, and upload a CV and cover letter. For tracking and evaluation purposes, all applications must be submitted via our on-line process.

Contact Valerie Townsend at quoting ref MBIE/1305099 if you have any further questions.

Applications close at 5pm on 24 November 2017

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