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Senior Policy Analyst - Adaptive Farming & Communities Policy

Ministry for Primary Industries
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Policy & analysis
Wellington City
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Job Description

  • Are you keen to help New Zealand adapt to the future of farming and support the transition to sustainable and productive farm systems?
  • Have you got the knack for turning policy direction into systems and processes that make a real difference?
  • Do you enjoy working with a wide range of people and acting as a translator between the policy and operational worlds to progress collaborative initiatives?
  • Do you want to be part of the transition of the primary sector to improving environmental performance, on-farm practices and increasing value for New Zealand?

About MPI

The Ministry for Primary Industries is focused on ensuring New Zealand is the world's most sustainable provider of high-value food and primary products. We're working to promote an adaptive and environmentally responsible primary sector, grow prosperity through insight and innovation, and continuously increase our capability to protect New Zealand from biological risks. 

The Policy & Trade Branch provides strategic thinking, policy advice and analysis, negotiates market access arrangements and oversees international government-to-government relationships, to maximise export opportunities across New Zealand's primary sector and inform decisions.    

About the team

The Ministry for Primary Industries is leading a significant amount of change within the primary sector.  We are committed to deliver high profile work programmes that support productive, sustainable land use. The new Primary Sectors Future Directorate has been set up to lead work on sector strategy and policy advice on how we support this transition.

The Adaptive Farming and Communities Policy team brings together work on policy to design interventions to support change on farms, including  policy to design extension services, and integrated farm planning.

This team works closely with other policy teams and the Primary Sector partnerships groups to develop and implement cross-MPI systems and engage with industry stakeholders.

About the role

In this role, you will support development of a nationally consistent approach to the way rural communities are supported and how integrated farm planning can help unlock efficiency gains and pathways for continual improvement of on-farm performance.

The policy and system advice you develop for Senior Leadership Team and Ministers will help ensure high-level policy direction is brought to life and makes a real difference.

You will work across MPI, other government agencies, iwi and industry, especially for initiatives that take collaborative approaches. Working with a diverse range of stakeholders, sometimes in pressure situations, meaning your communication and negotiation skills will be second to none.

Find out more about policy at MPI - visit our policy live site

What we are looking for

  • Proven experience in the operational policy and complex, interdisciplinary projects
  • Experience in applying design thinking approaches and intervention logic
  • Familiarity in designing and developing interventions to influencing change in systems
  • Experience within government or related organisations including experience with government policy and regulatory processes
  • Experience in contributing to collaborative, multi-stakeholder projects
  • Experience in analysing technical issues and making business decisions with financial impact
  • Knowledge and experience in the environmental, economic, social and cultural considerations within resource management
  • Understanding of the Ministry's business environment, its strategic priorities, strengths and weaknesses

How / why to apply?

Our influence stretches from paddock, orchard, forest and ocean, through processing industries to markets and ultimately to consumers worldwide. If you want a career in a supportive and hard-working team where you help to grow and protect New Zealand in a very real way, then this is it. MPI has a focus on career pathways so this is the first step in your career with us and we will help you grow.

See the benefits of working at MPI

To view the position description and apply for the role, please click on “APPLY NOW” in order to be directed to our website.

If you have any questions about this role, please contact Katrina Minx, Senior Recruitment Advisor on 04 831 4908 or

Applications close: 18th 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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