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Senior Advisor Operational Policy & Practice

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

Senior Advisor Operational Policy and Practice


  • Are you a thought leader who can you influence the Big Picture?
  • Do you understand how Policy and Law changes impact clients across New Zealand?
  • Permanent and 12-month Secondment/Fixed term positions, Wellington based


About Us


The Operational Policy and Practice team is part of Service Delivery within the Ministry of Social Development. We provide advice and guidance to teams across New Zealand who work with our clients and external stakeholders.  We're also experts in understanding how policy and law changes could impact our people and our clients. 
A fantastic opportunity has arisen for a senior practitioner to join this small, high performing team.


As a Senior Advisor you'll be responsible for:


  • Scoping, planning and leading pieces of work that can range from implementing government policies to improving the consistency and accuracy of service delivery practice so things are easier for our people and our clients
  • Working with our Policy group to ensure advice for decision makers reflects feasibility and operational design options which can be implemented in a meaningful way for clients
  • Designing and implementing operational policies that are in line with legislation and meet the policy intent as well as the service delivery needs of our clients 
  • Being the subject matter expert; knowing the questions to ask to inform design for the best possible outcome
  • Providing advice to groups across the Ministry on the implementation of new legislation, outcomes from judicial reviews, MSD initiatives and other government projects
  • Seamlessly operating across Service Delivery, Policy, and Legal worlds


About You - Skills and Experience


The right person will have:


  • Proven ability to lead inside  complex pieces of work for government
  • Outstanding relationship management skills that creates an environment where people with different views can work together to achieve the best possible outcomes
  • Demonstrated ability to interpret legislation, contribute to policy design and lead operational policy design
  • A curious mind capable of understanding complex issues and researching solutions


If you are ready for your next great career move, we would love to hear from you.


How to Apply


To apply, click the 'Apply Now' button, complete the online application form and submit your CV and Cover Letter outlining your suitability for this role.


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


Applications close 5.00pm Wednesday 25th September 2019

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