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Programme Manager - Fixed Term/Secondment 2 years - Wellington

Ministry of Social Development
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Wellington - Wairarapa
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Job Description

Programme Manager
2 year Secondment/Fixed Term

Plan, develop and deliver a programme of work for the Historic Claims team new service design.

  • Newly established role creating and delivering a programme designed to meet the needs of claimants now and in the future
  • Hands on ability with significant skills managing external and internal stakeholders
  • Innovative Ministry, experiencing transformative, cultural change.

About the Historic Claims Group

MSD is responsible for the Historic Claims process.  The Historic Claims team work with people who have been abused in State care, in particular the care of Child, Youth and Family and its predecessors, to address their concerns without them needing to resort to civil litigation.

MSD recently reviewed the way the historic claims process worked, carrying out a robust and far reaching consultation with current and previous claimants and key stakeholders. This has resulted in a commitment to growing and adjusting the Historic Claims team with a focus on operating within the principles of Tikanga Māori; Mana, Aroha, Whakapapa, Whānaungatanga, Manaakitanga and Pono. 

We are now recruiting the core members of the team.  This team will be made up of highly culturally-responsive people who are specialists in their field.

About the role

The Programme Manager is responsible for the planning, development and delivery of a programme of work that will change the way Historic Claims works with claimants. The role has a significant focus on working with external and internal stakeholders to ensure the service design meets the needs of claimants now and in the future. Implementation will take a continuous improvement approach with changes being tested on a small scale before being scaled up to other areas.

The role will also have a strong focus on working with the Historic Claims Leadership team to ensure the programme is delivered and implemented smoothly across the Historic Claims team.

Skills competencies and experience for the position are to include:

  • In-depth knowledge of programme/project management methodologies
  • Demonstrated ability to see the "big picture" and understand the strategic context of projects
  • Proven decision-making experience and leadership in co-ordinating and integrating projects including risk, issues, change, budget, resources, scope, quality, benefits, etc.
  • Strategic thinker with sound analytical skills
  • Able to keep on top of developments within the field and implement changes
  • Self-starter with initiative and good communication skills
  • Demonstrated evidence of a commitment to the Treaty of Waitangi and the development of a service that is culturally responsive and incorporates tikanga Māori

If this sounds like you, please apply!

If you would like to know more about this role, please send us an email to:

For more information about the Historic Claims group click here

About the Ministry of Social Development

The Ministry of Social Development (MSD) is the lead agency for the social sector. Our purpose is Manaaki tangata, Manaaki whānau – we help New Zealanders to be safe, strong and independent. Helping people, whānau, families and communities is at the centre of what we do, working with New Zealanders of all ages to improve their social wellbeing.

Our focus is on:

  • Mana manaaki - building the mana of others and uplifting them in a way that honours their dignity.
  • Kotahitanga - partnering for greater impact; unity, togetherness, solidarity and collective action.
  • Kia takatū tātou - supporting long term social economic development, underpinning our intention to prepare ourselves and those we serve for future realities.

How to Apply

To apply, click the 'Apply Now' button to upload your CV, cover letter and complete the online application form. Note: Your cover letter will be a key part of our assessment process, so please highlight how your experience relates to the requirements of this job.

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

Internal MSD employees
 – please apply through your myHR portal at work. This will ensure that your myHR employee profile is visible as an internal candidate.

External candidates
 – (including Oranga Tamariki—Ministry for Children employees) must apply directly through our MSD careers page at

Closing Date: Sunday 2 June

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