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Principal Adviser, Research and Evaluation

Ministry for Culture and Heritage
Job Category:
Policy & analysis
Wellington - Wellington
Wellington - Wairarapa
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Ongoing - Full Time
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Principal Adviser, Research and Evaluation

Vacancy #PSPFY1817

Permanent/ Full time*


Salary Range $106,911 (85%) to $125,778 (midpoint)


He ngākau titikaha, he hononga tangata

Promoting a confident and connected culture


We have a rare opportunity for an experienced research and evaluation specialist to join our Policy and Sector Performance Group.


Kōrero mō te tūranga | About the role
This new position will be responsible for developing a core area of Manatū Taonga's research and evaluation programme.  Your ultimate objective is to support the development of advice to decision makers on where policy and funding in the cultural sector can have the greatest impact on outcomes for New Zealanders.


Kōrero mōu | About you
To be successful in this role we want you to do things like:


  • develop and implement a research strategy to meet and prioritise policy and sector monitoring needs
  • develop and implement an annual research programme to agreed timeframes, budget and quality standards
  • support a cultural sector research network to identify and achieve shared research outcomes and at the same time, leverage opportunities for collaborative research projects
  • communicate clearly a research programme and the results of research in a way that is easily understood by decision makers

You will need to have extensive and significant experience in economic and /or statistical analysis in the public sector.  You will also be expected to have knowledge of te reo, tikanga and the Treaty of Waitangi and how it can be applied in this role and organisation, or willingness to learn.


Ko wai mātou | Who we are
Manatū Taonga is a relatively small ministry with a broad mandate, wide reach and a big heart. With around 140 staff – you have the added advantage of knowing everyone by name.

Our work is diverse – we support many of Aotearoa's art, media, heritage and sports organisations; we also advise government on cultural matters and provide historical and heritage resources for everyone to access. We work to promote a confident and connected culture and to support more New Zealanders to connect with the culture and heritage of Aotearoa.

  • We have a leadership role across the cultural sector. We work with our funded agencies and partners to help shape national conversation about New Zealand's culture and heritage.
  • We're a Treaty partner. We work in partnership with Māori and are guided by the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi.
  • We're a public sector agency. We work to deliver nationally significant programmes that speak to the heart of our national identity.


* Te Mahi Hangore | Working Flexibly
We're committed to providing a supportive environment for our people and so we embrace flexible working arrangements at Manatū Taonga. We want you to be your best both inside and outside of work and we're open minded about how you achieve that. We'd love to hear what flexible working arrangements may work for you, so don't forget to include those in your cover letter. Whether you are looking for full time, part time or implement some altered work patterns to fit around other commitments in your life, we'd love to talk about it with you.


We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity in our organisation. We do not discriminate on the basis of ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, or disability status.


Me pēhea te tono |How to apply
A position description for this role is attached. For enquiries about this position please contact Jamie Carter -

To apply for this position, please send your CV, covering letter and complete the application form via the Apply button below.


Applications close 5.00pm Wednesday 22 May 2019.



Āheinga | Eligibility
If you are not a New Zealand citizen, you must hold current eligibility to work in New Zealand in order to work for Manatū Taonga. Please refer to the New Zealand Immigration Service for further information.

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