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Principal Advisor, Partnering with Iwi/Māori - National Office

Ministry of Social Development
Job Category:
Policy & analysis
Wellington - Wellington
Wellington - Wairarapa
Job Type:
Ongoing - Full Time
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About MSD


The Ministry of Social Development (MSD) is the lead agency for the social sector.  MSD provides policy advice, and delivers social services and assistance to young people, working age people, older people, and families, whānau and communities.  We work directly with New Zealanders of all ages to improve their social wellbeing.

About our Team 

Partnerships and Programmes focus on building strong and resilient whānau, hapu, iwi and communities utilising a range of prevention, community and social development approaches which lead to sustainable and long term outcomes.  


About the Role 


The Government has signalled a significant reset of relations between Māori and the Crown and the need for the Crown to extend partnerships beyond the negotiation table.   For MSD, this means we need to change that way we manage our existing and future partnerships with iwi/ Māori.


The Principal Advisor Māori will provide high level strategic, technical and analytical leadership for the Partnerships and Programmes Group and across Community Partnership and Programmes Business Group in Service Delivery, to gather and share insights and advice on how to make it easier for iwi/Māori to engage and partner with the Ministry and for the Ministry to become more effective in the delivery of services for iwi/Māori.


The role will influence the development and documentation of policy, operational guidelines, investment procurement and funding plans that will improve Service Delivery's engagement and partnerships with iwi/ Māori.


Skills and Experience 


Our ideal candidate will have:


  • knowledge and experience in working with iwi/Māori, in particular in the historical and/or post-settlement environment
  • knowledge and experience servicing Senior Public Executives and Ministers
  • ability to influence and build constructive and effective relationships both internally and externally
  • highly effective communication skills
  • sound organisational and time management skills – flexible and pragmatic with the ability to plan and resolve situations in an environment of change
  • an understanding of Tikanga Māori.


Join our team today and see the work you do make a difference!


How to Apply


To apply, click the 'Apply Now' button to upload your CV and cover letter, and complete the online application form.  All applications must be made online. If this is not possible or if you have any queries, please contact us at


Applications close: Thursday, 25 October 2018

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