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Senior Adviser/ Adviser

Ministry for Primary Industries
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Human resources, recruitment & training
Wellington City
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Job Description

  • Are you a top notch training expert or programme manager looking for your next growth opportunity?
  • Develop your expertise in implementing and managing programmes with a focus on training and development.
  • Leverage your knowledge of running training and development programmes and stakeholder management to help protect New Zealand


Are you passionate about implementing and developing frameworks and the development of people capability? As Adviser or Senior Adviser you'll help make New Zealand ready and prepared to respond to threats which affect the primary industries including biosecurity, Food Safety and Animal welfare and more. This is a secondment or fixed term role in our Response Capability and Capacity team until March 2019.


About the Role

In this unique role you'll work strategically across the team and organisation to lead complex programmes of work to deliver improved response capability and capacity for MPI.  Currently the work programme includes managing a cross-organisation programme to support and improve performance of MPI staff in response situation. Activities include developing, monitoring, coordinating, communicating and evaluating a variety of Response Readiness Programmes.


You'll bring your confidence and relationship management strengths which will allow you to work with senior stakeholders both within and external to MPI. You will become the operational go to person in the readiness and responds services team for anything relating to the development of people capability and capacity. You'll enjoy working in a busy environment where no two days are the same. 


Key Skills

Bring your experience in training and people development or programme management along with your ability to get stuff done.  You will be highly productive, highly driven, an excellent communicator and have the ability to meet deadlines.


  • Experience in training and people development
  • Experience in delivering complex projects
  • Ability to develop and manage relationships with a range of stakeholders
  • Ability to perform, use initiative and persevere in high pressure situations
  • Excellent written, verbal and presentation skills


About the Organisation

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.


About the Branch and the Team

The Operations branch has a critical role in preventing harmful organisms crossing New Zealand's borders. It manages border and compliance activities as well as preparing for, and responding to, any biosecurity incursions that may occur.


The branch also manages MPI's centralised intelligence, planning and co-ordination group which was established to manage food, biosecurity and animal welfare responses consistently and effectively.


The Readiness & Response Services Directorate within the Operations Branch brings together critical capability to effectively prepare for and manage responses, and to co-ordinate recovery and long term management activities, working across biosecurity, food, primary production and trade systems.


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 26 September 2017.


In order to be considered for this role, applicants must be immediately available for an interview within New Zealand and must hold a current New Zealand work permit or be a New Zealand resident.


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