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Policy Advisors

NZ Ministry of Justice
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Policy & analysis
Wellington City
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Policy Advisors - Fixed term/secondment to 30 June 2019, Joint Venture Business Unit I Family Violence and Sexual Violence, Wellington


Kahore tetahi o tatou, taea te mahi, nga mahi e taea o tatou katoa Not one of us alone can do the job as well as all of us working together

The team

Be part of a team whose vision is that everyone (person, whānau, family, community and agency) knows their role in responding to, and preventing family violence and sexual violence, and feels competent and resourced to act.

The Joint Venture Business Unit (JVBU), established in September 2018, is leading the way in culture change within government and the wider sector, by adopting a new way of working that brings chief executives from 10 agencies together in a joint venture, to deliver an integrated, whole-of-government approach to reducing family violence and sexual violence. The JVBU will be responsible for the design and implementation of a national strategy to end family violence, sexual violence and violence within whānau, and action plan in 2019.

The roles

The JVBU is seeking Policy Advisors to support the achievement of the Joint Venture's objectives, by leading the development of high quality policy advice across Joint Venture agencies. We are seeking talented thought leaders, strategic and operational policy advisors, governance experts and ministerial advisors, as well as specialist knowledge holders in the fields of family, sexual violence and violence within whānau, derived from academic, personal or professional experience.


Joint Venture Advisors will:

  • Lead and contribute to the development of multiple pieces of policy work on a range of topics, from the prevention of sexual violence to organisational and workforce capability
  • Apply quantitative and qualitative frameworks, tools and approaches, including co-design with communities, which result in policy and action that is aligned with best practice
  • Identify opportunities and solutions to complex problems that are effective, and anticipate and plan for associated risks

Skills and experience

Advisors will have a range of skills and expertise including:

  • policy project leadership
  • development of high quality written and verbal advice to government
  • relationship management
  • stakeholder engagement
  • knowledge of Te Ao Māori and the principles of te tiriti of Waitangi – able to speak and act in ways that honour Maori / Crown partnerships
  • machinery of government
  • non-governmental organisation operating and commissioning models.

To be successful in this role you will need:

  • People skills. Do you care about helping people and have a strong sense of integrity? Are you self-aware and trustworthy, with a willingness to learn from others?
  • Communication skills. Are you an excellent communicator? Can you simplify complex information and ask questions to improve your understanding?
  • Problem solving skills. You will be a proven problem solver, comfortable working with complexity and ambiguity.
  • Initiative. Are you motivated to go beyond the immediate task, problem or issue?

The Joint Venture Business Unit is a diverse workplace and an environment that thrives on a variety of life experiences. It will provide opportunities to shape thinking and drive change across the justice and social sectors. It's also complex and challenging, with new tests for your critical thinking and relationship management skills every day.

The JVBU would like to build its understanding and capability of Te Āo Māori and Te Tiriti o Waitangi, the ability to apply this to your work is particularly valuable. Expertise in the sexual violence field will also be viewed as particularly advantageous.

Salary range:  $59,649-$80,701/$80,501- $108,913

To apply, click the Apply button below to be directed to our Careers Website. You can view a detailed position description at the site, as well as complete an online application form by attaching your CV and cover letter.  In your cover letter please specifically outline why you are motivated to join Joint Venture Business Unit, and at what level you can contribute.

For tracking purposes, all applications must be submitted via our online process.

Applications close at midnight on Monday 21 January 2019.

We expect to run interviews in February 2019.

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