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Senior/Principal Advisor Engagement

Ministry of Health
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Job Description

  • Lead and support effective engagement on workforce development between the Ministry and the sector
  • Will suit a senior engagement and communications professional
  • Wellington location


The Sector Engagement and Implementation team is a new team within the Ministry, responsible for the delivery of effective, high-quality engagement with the health sector on workforce development, and ensuring the successful implementation of strategic Health Workforce initiatives.


We are looking for either a Principal or Senior Advisor to lead and support the Directorate's strategic engagement with stakeholders, ensure the Directorate and Ministry understands their challenges and ideas, and provide regular, high-quality Health Workforce information to the sector.


You'll work with the Directorate to develop effective communication and engagement strategies and plans, working proactively to identify and support the Directorate's internal and external engagement needs. You'll make sure there is regular and effective two-way stakeholder communications, using a diverse range of channels. This is a new function in the Directorate, and a key focus early on will be making sure our systems and processes are set up to support meaningful, successful engagement.


About you

You'll have significant experience leading and supporting stakeholder engagement within a sector with complex stakeholder interests, and a relevant communications qualifications and/or experience.


Your strong interpersonal and influencing skills are matched by your excellent written and verbal communication ability. Previous experience leading the development and implementation of the systems and processes underpinning effective engagement will help you be successful in this role.


You have sound judgement and naturally take initiative, and you can adapt quickly to changes around you. You're comfortable providing strategic advice as well as working in the detail.


We're looking for a motivated individual to help shape the direction of our growing team. You may be either at a Principal or Senior Advisor level – the level of the position will reflect the particular skills and experience of the successful candidate.


The Ministry of Health is the kaitiaki of the health and disability system in New Zealand.  We are responsible for providing active stewardship and leadership across the nations health and disability system.  We ensure the system provides people with the highest levels of care, regardless of who they are or where they live. 


If you would like to contribute to the important work that we do, please join us.


You will find a copy of the Position Description attached or online at For further information, contact  

Please click Apply for this Job to upload your CV and cover letter.

Advertising for this role closes on Wednesday, 19 February 2020.


We encourage diversity and inclusion at the Ministry of Health and are committed to equal opportunity in all our employment policies and procedures.  In particular, we want to ensure accessibility needs are well supported, so the recruitment process is fair and equitable for all.  Therefore, please let us know if there is any support we can provide to ensure the recruitment process is fully accessible to you.  You can contact us at if you would like to discuss any accessibility needs you may have.

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