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Senior Adviser Workforce Development

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

  • Develop and lead the Government Health and Safety Lead's workforce development programme of work
  • Work across the sector to increase capability and capacity of Health and Safety work programmes
  • Develop specific projects and initiatives including graduate programmes, career frameworks and internships


About MPI:

Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is responsible for ‘Growing and Protecting New Zealand'. It's no mean feat and we have a team of hard working and dedicated people in a variety of roles supporting us to make this happen. Our overall ambition is for New Zealand to be the most trusted source of high value natural products in the world. Join us to help this ambition become a reality.

To find out more about the Ministry and what we do please click here


About our Team:

The Government Health and Safety Lead (GHSL) provides practical support to chief executives and senior leaders of government agencies to enable their personal leadership of health and safety for the benefit of all New Zealanders. We work with 37 public service and other government agencies to support sharing of proactive and joined up resources, strengthen system capability and build cross-system relationships.


About the Role:

The Senior Adviser Workforce Development is responsible for developing and leading workforce development initiatives targeted at building capacity and capability of health and safety professionals across the government sector.

You will be providing advice on workforce development matters to support the Government Health and Safety Lead in its function by supporting the strategic direction of the team and maintaining relationships with key partners across member agencies.

There are elements of Organisational Development to this position where you will be helping to develop a graduate development programme, intern programme and focusing on strengthening career pathways. You will be facilitating sessions, identifying common areas of development across the sector and improving the core performance standards of the public sector.


Skills and Experience:

The successful candidate for this position will have previous experience developing sector capability and leading initiatives to develop technical capability and capacity in Health and Safety or a similar technical field. You will be comfortable collaborating and consulting with multiple stakeholders and so you must have strong communication skills.

Knowledge of the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 or sector experience would be beneficial in this position as would experience developing and implementing people capability initiatives such as mentoring programmes or competency frameworks.

To be successful in this position you will need to demonstrate:

  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to foster good stakeholder relationships through consultation and partnership
  • Strategic and future thinking to look ahead for potential issues and develop appropriate solutions
  • Effective communication skills, both verbally and written
  • Experience developing and implementing initiatives that require strong collaborating and consulting with multiple stakeholders


Benefits of working at MPI:

By joining MPI's well-regarded and effective team of communications professionals, you'll create and deliver innovative communications strategies and plans on issues and projects that matter.

In return, we can offer you an energetic and positive team environment, where no two days are the same.

If you want to be part of an organisation that is all about growing and protecting New Zealand please apply!

See the benefits of working at MPI


How to Apply:

To view the position description and/or apply for the role (submitting a cover letter and current curriculum vitae), please click “APPLY NOW” or visit the MPI Careers Site.  For tracking and reporting purposes, all applications must be submitted through our online careers portal. 

For detailed information on this role please refer to the position description or contact 

Applicants must be legally entitled to work in New Zealand.

Applications close: Sunday 21st July 2019.



The Ministry for Primary Industries is committed to providing a working environment that embraces and values inclusion and diversity. Your unique talents and experience will help us deliver exceptional services to our communities in Aotearoa. In return you'll enjoy an inclusive and flexible working environment in a diverse team of people while you're growing your career here in NZ and internationally. We actively encourage applications from all backgrounds. If you have any support or access requirements, we encourage you to tell us when you apply so that we can assist you through the recruitment process.

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