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Senior Adviser - Biosecurity Surveillance

Ministry for Primary Industries
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Wellington - Upper Hutt
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Job Description

The Ministry for Primary Industries is looking for an engagement and behaviour change specialist to join the Aquatic and Environment Health Team (Biosecurity Surveillance & Incursion Investigation), within the Operations Branch.


The Aquatic and Environment Health Team includes people with diverse skills and experience. We operate in a dynamic high trust environment in order to effectively contribute to New Zealand's biosecurity system. Our focus is on Surveillance and Incursion Investigation, essentially looking for and investigating biosecurity risks. Our aim is to reduce biological risk to our natural resources and protects the integrity and reputation of New Zealand's primary industries.


We are looking to complement our specialist technical skill sets with an expert in engagement, social science, or behaviour change. As a Senior Advisor you'll lead improvement in how we engage New Zealanders, tanagata whenua and New Zealand industries to enable them to participate effectively in New Zealand's biosecurity surveillance system.


Your role will be to design, develop, implement, and continually adapt, behaviour-based programmes and tools to improve general/passive surveillance for New Zealand's biosecurity system. An understanding of human behaviour and an ability to identify the drivers of human behaviour will help you succeed in this role. This role will use your relationship management skills as you'll engage with a wide range of stakeholders from environmental and science sectors to tangata whenua and the public to other government agencies.  


Skills and Experience

  • Ability to design and implement behavioural change initiatives, outreach or engagement programmes
  • Experience developing and implementing innovative programmes of work
  • Excellent engagement, collaboration and networking skills
  • Ability to engage and work with tangata whenua to achieve successful programme outcomes
  • Experience with information and data management and analysis


You'll be someone who can work effectively within a team as well as independently when required, is motivated, has excellent communication skills, and exercises good judgment when confronted with an important issue. This role will be based in Upper Hutt and/or Wellington.


About MPI

Our purpose is to grow and protect New Zealand. MPI is helping maximise export opportunities for our primary industries, improve sector productivity, ensure the food we produce is safe, increase sustainable resource use, and protect New Zealand from biological risk. We employ over 2,200 staff in 70 locations both here and overseas.


We provide a number of training programmes and opportunities for people to continuously improve their skill sets and keep up to date with global best practices.


To see more of who MPI is and the work that we do click here.


If you want to become part of a diverse and interesting organisation that offers a wide range of career options and you want to be part of helping NZ to succeed, then click on our link below!


Keen to Apply? It's easy!

To view the position description and/or apply for the role, please click “APPLY NOW” to be directed to our website.  For tracking and reporting purposes, all applications must be submitted through our online careers portal.


If you have any questions about the role, please contact Kathryn Scrimgeour at Applications close Friday 29 September 2017.


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