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Senior Policy Analyst, Employment & Income Support

Ministry of Social Development
Job Category:
Policy & analysis
Wellington - Wellington
Wellington - Wairarapa
Job Type:
Ongoing - Part Time
Posted Date:
Closing Date:
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Job Specification

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Job Description

  • Make a positive difference to the lives of New Zealand's vulnerable
  • Multiple positions available across our area
  • Work in a fun, collegial team with a flexible work environment!


About the Ministry of Social Development (MSD)

MSD is the lead agency for the social sector.  We help the Government to set priorities across the sector, co-ordinate the actions of other social sector agencies and track changes in the social wellbeing of New Zealanders.   


About our Team

Employment & Income Support has three teams and is part of the broader Policy Group within MSD. All three teams produce high quality evidence-based policy advice for Ministers on a range of topical issues. This may also involve the development of legislation to support its passage through the House.

  • Our Youth Employment & Labour Markets team develops policy advice to ensure the Ministry is responsive to labour market demands and to support an increased quality of life, employment and education outcomes of disadvantaged young people.
  • Our Health and Disability Employment team is focussed on policy to ensure that people who face health challenges are supported to obtain work and enjoy a higher quality of life.
  • Our Income Support team is responsible for policy advice to maintain a fair, robust benefit system and improve financial incentives to work or prepare for work.


Skills & Experience

To be successful in the roles, you will need:

  • Strong analytical skills
  • Strong people skills (ability to build effective relationships) 
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Skills to coach & develop others and experience leading complex policy projects (for Senior Policy Analysts only)


We invest in our staff to grow and encourage development opportunities with diverse policy portfolios. We have a strong people focus and provide a supportive environment for learning and we build capability to deliver quality results.


If this sounds like you, we would love to hear from you!


How to Apply

Click the 'Apply Now' button to upload your CV, cover letter and complete the online application form.  Your cover letter will be a key part of our assessment process, so please highlight how your experience relates to the position description.


All applications must be made online.  If this is not possible or if you have any queries, please contact Chelsey Squibb at

Internal MSD Employees – please apply through your myHR portal at work.  

External Candidates (including Ministry of Vulnerable Children employees) – must apply direct through our MSD careers page


Policy Analyst salary range:  $62858 - $94288

Senior Policy Analyst salary range:  $74108 - $111162


Applications close: 28 September 2017

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