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Principal Policy Analyst

NZ Defence Force
Job Category:
Policy & analysis
Wellington - Wellington
Wellington - Wairarapa
Job Type:
Ongoing - Full Time
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Job Description

  • Do you have the experience to shape policy to a high level?
  • Do you have project management experience?
  • Have you produced both strategic and operational policy outputs?
If so, Defence Estate Infrastructure is looking for someone like you.

The Defence Estate enables the successful operation of the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) and its support to other government agencies and wider NZ community. The Estate comprises over 81,000 hectares and 4,700 buildings across New Zealand. There is no other New Zealand property portfolio as diverse and complex. 
The role of the Senior Policy Analyst is to lead and support the creation of a policy environment that enables structured, strategic, coordinated and positive change in how the Defence estate supports NZDF outcomes and broader government activities. 

As the Senior Policy Analyst you will develop estate-related policies and provide strategic analysis and advice.  The work is diverse and ever-changing. Current subject areas include headquarter design standards, estate sustainability, investment prioritisation and signage.

You will have the ability to think broadly, focus on solutions, and to work under pressure.  Your stakeholder engagement skills, as well as advanced oral and written communication and negotiation skills will be vital to ensuring all policy analysis and advice, including outcomes, options, costs, benefits and recommendations are well articulated.

In return we offer an exciting opportunity to work with dedicated colleagues across the New Zealand Defence Force as well as some amazing benefits that include:
  • five weeks annual leave;
  • subsidised health insurance; and
  • the Force4Families programme providing a range of discounts in retail, accommodation, entertainment, and services
The remuneration band for this position is $97,179 to $120,045, inclusive of a 4% employer superannuation contribution.

Please quote NZDF-1708030 in all correspondence.

To view the Position Description and to Apply Online please use the links on this page. For further information, contact Tamsin Somerville on 0274 534 971, quoting NZDF-1708030.

Applications close at 4:30pm on Friday 29 September 2017.

Please note: Applicants must be legally entitled to work in New Zealand (NZ) and be able to obtain and maintain the required level of NZ Government security clearance for the position applied for. The minimum citizenship and residency criteria for security clearances to be granted by the NZ Defence Force are as follows:

Higher level Security Clearance

  • most preferably a NZ citizen who has resided continuously in this country for the last 10 years, OR
  • is a citizen of, and/or has resided continuously in one or more of the following countries for the last 10 years: either Australia, Canada, NZ, UK or the USA; and has a background history that is verifiable and can be assessed as appropriate by the NZSIS towards a recommendation of suitability for a security clearance at a higher level.

If you do not meet these minimum criteria, we will not be able to accept your application.

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