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Policy Analyst and Senior Policy Analyst

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

Policy Analysts and Senior Policy Analysts


  • Work on social policy issues that make a difference
  • Join a growing and energetic Policy Branch that supports work life balance and professional development
  • a wide range of social development policy projects including income support, seniors policy (including retirement income policy), the welfare system overhaul, housing-related social assistance and support for service delivery and employment policy development


The opportunity


We are seeking motivated Senior Policy Analysts and Policy Analysts to join our supportive and dynamic Policy branch at MSD.


The Policy branch provides strategic policy advice to Ministers and MSD senior leadership across a range of topics and issues. It also develops and supports the policy under which client-facing services operate. You will have the opportunity to work on a wide range of exciting projects across the Policy Branch.  Our work programme includes Employment and Income Support policy (including the welfare overhaul), Seniors policy (including retirement income policy), International policy (including Social Security Agreements with other countries), housing-related social assistance and support for service delivery, and employment focused policy development.   


There is a great vibe across the branch where people are focused on delivering high quality policy advice in a fun, supportive team environment.  We work hard to ensure policy settings are responsive to the diverse needs and wellbeing of New Zealanders while maintaining a strong focus on staff wellbeing and personal work/life balance. We pride ourselves on investing in developing and supporting staff to reach their full potential.


What you will be doing


You may be providing advice on enhancements to the SuperGold Card, developing the policy rationale for new policy or supporting legislation through the House that will make a difference to the lives of the people we help. There will be plenty of opportunities to show case your problem solving skills and to be deployed on a range of work depending on the priorities and your skill set.  As a member of the Policy Branch you will be part of a wide variety of policy work ranging from technical legislative and regulatory changes to more strategic cross sector policy where problems need to be defined and policy options need to be developed.


As a Senior Policy Analyst you will have opportunities to expand your policy capabilities by leading on significant policy projects.  You will be supported to further develop your strategic agility across a wide range of issues and take on thought leadership roles by applying your analytical, critical thinking and relationship building skills.


Skills and Experience


To be successful in a Senior Policy Analyst role, you will need to demonstrate:


  • extensive policy analysis experience at a senior level in central government
  • well-developed analytical, critical thinking and judgment skills
  • application of effective relationship management skills
  • excellent oral and written communication, with demonstrated ability to provide clear concise written advice
  • experience in policy project management and leadership, with an ability to see the big picture and strategic opportunities
  • skills and interest to coach & develop others
  • ability to work under  tight timelines and provide quality advice  

To be successful in a Policy Analyst role, you will need to demonstrate:


  • policy analysis experience
  • well-developed analytical, critical thinking and judgment skills
  • knowledge of machinery of government
  • application of effective relationship management skills
  • excellent oral and written communication, with demonstrated ability to provide clear concise written advice
  • ability to work under tight timelines and provide quality advice


Benefits of working in Policy at MSD


  • We are a large organisation with policies and services that support most New Zealanders at some point in their life – from Child Care Assistance to Superannuation
  • We work collaboratively with the service delivery groups of our ministry, to ensure fit for purpose policies – you can see the policies you've developed right through to operational implementation
  • Our practice is guided by a foundation of shared cultural behaviours  which has embedded a positive and supportive working environment
  • We have a new strategic direction – Te Pae Tawhiti – that sets out a strong vision and purpose for MSD
  • We are committed to building diversity, accessibility and inclusion in our workplace.  We can offer flexible working arrangements.


How to Apply

To apply, click the 'Apply Now' button to upload your CV and 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 key accountabilities listed in the position description.

All applications must be made online. If you require assistance or support through the application process, please contact us at , so that we can accommodate this. Other accessible formats can also be provided.

Applications close: Thursday 25th July

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