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Principal Policy Advisor - Environmental Sutainability

Fire and Emergency New Zealand
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Policy & analysis
Wellington - Wellington
Wellington - Wairarapa
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Job Description

About us

Fire and Emergency NZ is a Crown Entity established on 1 July 2017 under the Fire and Emergency New Zealand Act 2017. The role of our organisation is to reduce unwanted fires, respond to structural and vegetation fires and other emergencies including motor vehicle crashes, medical emergencies, hazardous substance related incidents, natural disasters and support increased community resilience.

Our vision is to build stronger communities and protect what matters most to the people within them. We are proud to be recognised as New Zealand's most trusted public sector agency. Our values reflect what our people believe is core to who we are and the organisation we aspire to be:

  • We do the right thing - Kia Tika
  • We serve and support - Manaakitanga
  • We are better together - Whanaungatanga
  • We strive to improve - Auahatanga

About the role

We are looking for an experienced policy advisor to lead our environmental sustainability programme of work for 12 months while we consider the longer-term resourcing needs for this work. The role is based in Wellington and is part of our newly established strategic policy function, which sits within our Organisational Strategy and Capability Development branch.

In this role you will develop, lead, coordinate and maintain our environmental sustainability programme of work in line with our organisational strategy and Board priorities. You will also continue the work that has recently begun to develop an environmental sustainability plan for the organisation. We anticipate that this work will initially focus on undertaking a baseline environmental inventory of our organisation, capturing the positive work we are already doing to reduce our impact on the environment (for example through our fire suppression and prevention work and the work we do with our communities) and developing new initiatives to reduce our environmental impact.

You will be providing policy advice to internal decision-makers, including the Executive Leadership Team and Board, and will ensure the Minister and the Department of Internal Affairs are appropriately briefed on this work. You will be required to work closely with other lead agencies on this work and may also be asked to contribute to a broader range of environmental policy issues or initiatives relevant to Fire and Emergency NZ.

This is an exciting opportunity to lead an important and exciting work programme. The position will suit someone with strong experience in policy, machinery of government, stakeholder management and cross-government working. To ensure the programme's success this role will require significant liaison with our internal and external stakeholders, including technical specialists, front-line staff and our partner agencies.

We encourage secondments from other government agencies for this position and would consider applications from experienced Senior Policy Advisors wanting to step up into a Principal Policy Advisor role.

About you

We are looking for a policy person who has demonstrated experience in senior advisory roles, and who has the ability to drive our work programme forward in a collaborative way. You will have a proven ability to develop and maintain relationships and to work effectively with, and influence, a wide range of key stakeholders - from front line operational staff and technical experts, to our executive leadership team and board, as well as external agencies and stakeholders.

Ideally you will have a strong interest in environmental sustainability and will enjoy juggling multiple, varied, initiatives at any one time. Previous experience in programme management and/or reporting on a work programme is desirable but is not a requirement for the position.

You will have the following:

  • A tertiary qualification in a relevant discipline
  • Experience in senior policy roles across a range of sectors
  • Significant stakeholder management experience
  • Strong machinery of government skills and experience
  • A range of cross-government agency experience
  • Excellent relationship, conceptual, analytical, organisational and communication skills, as well as a proven ability to meet deadlines
  • Sound judgement and the ability to represent Fire and Emergency NZ in a variety of forums
  • Experience at providing advice and recommendations to senior executives and government

So if you're looking for chance to put your specialist skill set to use in an organisation dedicated to helping our communities, then we want to hear from you.

How to apply

For more information about this role including details on how to apply, please visit our website -

Applications close 12pm Wednesday, 29 January 2020.

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