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Principal Health Economist

NZ WorkSafe
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WorkSafe is New Zealand's primary workplace health and safety regulator with over 550 staff across New Zealand working towards lifting health and safety performance, supporting New Zealanders to return home from work healthy and safe.

WorkSafe have several opportunities to join a new team responsible for contributing to overall health and safety system capability by advising on, developing and monitoring system-wide approaches to work-related health, workforce development and worker participation and engagement.

About the team

The System Strategies team ensures WorkSafe makes the best harm prevention intervention investment choices. This includes defining, assessing, prioritising investment proposals and commissioning and monitoring business cases to deliver on harm reduction interventions. These may be focussed within specific sectors, or across multiple sectors, affecting other health and safety regulators such as New Zealand Transport Agency, Civil Aviation Authority and Maritime New Zealand. 

About the group

This team sits within the Strategy and Performance Group which connects the Government's overarching Health and Safety at Work Strategy to strategies for harm prevention and work-related health, as well as to WorkSafe's business strategy and monitors performance of these strategies. The Group designs and commissions harm prevention intervention programmes and delivers these in partnership with other agencies and organisations working alongside and through other WorkSafe teams.

About the role

We're looking for someone committed to developing and refining a model for assessing the social and economic costs and benefits of specific harm prevention interventions and supporting others to advise on the best investment choices. You'll be someone with a strong interest in making our workplaces healthy and safe, as well as being enthusiastic about working with sector and social partners to achieve this. You will have a proven track record in a senior economics role and will need to demonstrate your ability to align your work with the government's new wellbeing measurement framework. You will be curious and creative, with knowledge of the value of health economics and investment prioritisation processes.

Do you have experience within health or safety focussed roles? Are you able to use your highly developed skills in persuasion, networking and influencing?

This is a team member role in the Systems Strategies team which advises on, develops and monitors system-wide approaches to work-related health, workforce development, and worker participation and engagement.  

In this role you are responsible for supporting the development and ongoing refinement of a unique and fit-for-purpose analysis framework for health and safety interventions in order to make the next best investment choices. Your strong relationship skills will help you considerably as you work with health and safety regulators and stakeholders, social partners, professional bodies and organisations. You will work with the Maruiti team to understand the impacts of specific interventions for Māori workers, whānau and iwi.

Your writing skills will come in handy as you monitor and contribute to the international body of literature on the health economics of effective interventions in securing workplace health and safety outcomes.

You will bring to this role your strong quantitative analytical and problem solving skills, ability to co-create frameworks to solve complex issues and a disciplined approach to solving problems.

This is the first role of its kind at WorkSafe, so you need to be experienced at internal collaboration and education. You will need to demonstrate the ability to provide advice that meets organisational needs and delivers on long-term goals and objectives.

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Applications close on Wednesday 20 June 2018

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