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Programme Manager

Ministry for Primary Industries
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Auckland - Manukau
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Job Description

Fixed-term or secondment until Dec 2018

  • Are you an experienced programme manager?
  • Are you looking for an exciting and challenging programme to manage?
  • Do you want to play a part in protecting a national taonga?


Kauri trees are at risk of a highly infectious disease known as kauri dieback. Controlling the spread of kauri dieback is critical to ensuring these taonga remain standing.


The Kauri Dieback Programme is a collaborative partnership between the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and kaitiaki of those areas where kauri is found, including the Department of Conservation (DOC) and regional councils.


MPI provides overall coordination of effort and a focus on science, community engagement and supporting surveillance. DOC and councils manage day-to-day operations on their administered land.


MPI currently has a small team working on the coordination of the Kauri Dieback Programme. We now require an exceptional programme manager to:

  • lead and manage the programme
  • lead, motivate and mentor programme staff
  • monitor and report progress
  • make and communicate decisions in the management of the programme
  • support the programme governance group.


The Kauri Dieback Programme has very high visibility and there is much public interest in how the partnership working to manage the spread of the disease. The programme itself is about to undertake change as we look to implement a range of new initiatives, including a National Pest Management Plan.


To succeed in this position you will need to demonstrate:

  • experience managing complex programmes
  • an understanding and awareness of collaboration across the public and private sectors
  • the ability to think and act strategically
  • exceptional relationship building skills
  • an appreciation for mātauranga Māori.


This is a fixed-term opportunity through to the end of 2018. The ideal candidate will be Wellington or Auckland-based and there will be regular domestic travel involved.


To view the position description and/or apply for the role, please click “apply now”. 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, Senior Recruitment Adviser at


Applications close on Sunday 28 January 2018.


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