<< Back to Search Results

Senior Analyst

NZ Ministry of Justice
Job Category:
Policy & analysis
Wellington City
Job Type:
Posted Date:
Closing Date:
File Attachment:
Job Description.pdf (PDF, 264KB)
Job Specification

File Links:
Employer Website:

Job Description

Senior Analyst, Behavioural Science Aotearoa (Fixed Term – Finishing June 2021), Wellington


Since May 2018, the Ministry of Justice has had a small behavioural insights function as part of the larger Research and Evaluation team in Sector Group. In early 2019, funding was approved to expand the behavioural insights team and create a new service that will work across all Justice Sector agencies. Behavioural Science Aotearoa is now a service for Justice Sector agencies, based at the Evidence Based Policing Centre. The team uses behavioural insights practices to the way it works day-to-day.

Our work is challenging and complex. Our goals are ambitious. Working collaboratively with multiple agencies we make a real difference to the New Zealand Justice system. Our teams are sharp-minded, curious and influential. We have inspirational leaders who support, challenge and actively promote career development. Work life balance is a priority for us and everyone is encouraged to support their wellbeing. We offer a dynamic and social environment, a place you can be yourself.

This role presents a great opportunity for an enthusiastic and proactive Senior Analyst who enjoys working in a fast-paced team environment and a variety of work.

As a Senior Analyst, you will:

  • Develop and lead the analysis & evaluation strategy for the team to ensure we use the best evaluation methodology for each project and that we follow best practice for analysing and reporting our trials. This also includes looking for opportunities to expand our capabilities and connections to make the most of New Zealand's data infrastructure.
  • Day to day responsibility for the exploratory analysis that informs trial design, evaluation of interventions & trials, and reporting of findings. Although most projects will be randomised controlled trials, others will require other types of evaluation methods such as natural experiments, with sometimes messy data. Your role is both to ensure each project has an appropriate evaluation and analysis plan, and to provide expert advice on analytical challenges
  • Provide mentoring, training and advice to the wider team. Including to people with limited evaluation or analytical experience.

Your background:

Education/Professional Qualifications and Technical Skills

  • A tertiary degree in a relevant field (e.g. Statistics, psychology, economics or other social science field) or equivalent years of experience
  • A good understanding of the behavioural science literature and how it can be applied to government
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

Work Experience

  • Strong analytical skills, and the ability to use SAS, Excel or R
  • Experience presenting results, including communicating with a wide range of audiences on complex issues
  • Previous experience in Statistical modelling
  • Confidence in selecting and applying more advanced statistical techniques where necessary (such as generalised linear modelling, structural equation modelling, cluster analysis, etc)
  • Previous experience thriving in a fast-paced environment where you are required to influence and respond to changing needs and priorities
  • Experience building and maintaining effective stakeholder relationships
  • Good understanding of government data, and policy processes & procedures
  • Previous experience in planning and delivering behavioural insights or research and evaluation projects (including randomised controlled trials and qualitative research preferred)

Salary range:  $99,413 - $140,348

Joining the Ministry of Justice means you will become part of an inclusive organisation that values you and the communities we serve. It's important to us that our workplace is one where our people feel healthy and safe, supported and able to be themselves at work. We value respect as the foundation for building a positive workplace culture where diversity is welcomed and celebrated.

How to apply

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.

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

Applications close on Wednesday 19 February 2020.

For more information about the role, please contact Kirsten O'Connor at Kirsten.O'


Apply To:

<< Back to Search Results