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Senior Adviser, Farmer Support (Hamilton)

Ministry for Primary Industries
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Senior Adviser Farmer Support Hamilton - Fixed term until December 2020

About the role
Kōrero mō te tūranga


The Mycoplasma bovis Programme has been operating since July 2018, and we're working toward a world first eradication of M. bovis. Our environment is dynamic, and continually changing. We're passionate about what we do and enjoy working with like-minded colleagues who are making a difference. To thrive you will enjoy working at pace, and have a high attention to detail. 

This role works closely with other M. bovis functions, particularly the Operations and Recovery teams in the regional offices. The role will need to provide a welfare perspective into the day-to-day operations of the programme, and will need to be able to do this independently while balancing the disease management objectives.

As the Senior Regional Welfare Advisor you will be responsible for case management, coordinating advice and overseeing welfare delivery services at the regional level to ensure the immediate welfare needs of those affected. You will need good judgment and have a good level of resilience and maturity, with the ability to work closely with a range of diverse stakeholders. You will need to bring welfare perspective and expertise a team made up of different skills, perspectives and functions.


Skills and Experience
Ngā Pūkenga me ngā Wheako

Can you demonstrate expertise in:

  • Relevant tertiary qualification or equivalent experience
  • Team work and ability to contribute to a wider set of functions and objectives
  • High level internal and external stakeholder management and relationship building
  • An understanding of how to manage and escalate urgent human welfare issues
  • Empathetic with the ability to relate to people in stressful situations
  • Experience of working in a high-pressure environment
  • Ability to deliver results under a tight deadline
  • Strong written and oral communication
  • Sufficient computer skills to operate within a large organisational database and mobile tools.


  • Experience providing welfare support in a community setting or response situation


About MPI
Mō Tātou

Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has a strength of common purpose and a passion to sustainably grow and to protect Aotearoa, for the benefit of all New Zealanders. 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. We're working towards sustainability, protection, growth and participation.


See the benefits of working at MPI
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The salary for this role will be paid commensurate to skills and experience.  
See the benefits of working at MPI 


How to Apply

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To apply for this role you must hold the right to work in New Zealand or be eligible to obtain it.  To view the position description and/or apply for the role 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 


Applications close Sunday 23 February 2020


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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