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Research Advisor

NZ Ministry of Justice
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Research Advisor (6 months Fixed Term or Secondment Opportunity), Research and Evaluation Team, National Office


Are you someone who can generate and communicate usable research and analytical insights for decision-makers?

This is a six month fixed term contract or internal secondment. We encourage both internal and external candidates to apply.

Reporting to the Manager, Research and Evaluation, the Advisor works within a small, high-performing, collaborative and dynamic team of researchers, evaluators and analysts.  The Advisor will contribute to the prioritisation of research and evaluation initiatives to support decision making in the Justice sector. This role will also prepare evidence briefs to support the social investment approach to Justice. 

The Advisor also works closely with the Analysts and Advisors in the Sector Insights group (data and analysis, forecasting and modelling, performance reporting) and will produce work that supports the investment approach to Justice. The Investment Approach is a bold new inter-agency initiative that is using data and evidence to support crime prevention. The analysis and research will focus on understanding which people and places we can expect to be involved in crime in the future and inform justice sector decision makers which approaches would be most effective at preventing these crimes.

The Group

The role sits within the Sector Group at the Ministry of Justice. The Ministry is striving to deliver modern, accessible, people centred justice services. Underpinning this, the Sector Group supports an integrated justice sector to deliver ambitious results, for a safe and just New Zealand.

The person

To be successful in this role, you will have a “can-do” attitude, a desire to learn and adapt, excellent written and verbal communication skills, sound relationship management skills, and a strong customer focus. A tertiary degree in a relevant field is preferred essential and previous experience in research and evaluation is desirable. Previous experience of working in the justice sector would be advantageous but isn’t required.

This is an opportunity to be part of a hardworking and engaged team, where you will play a key role in delivering on the ever-increasing demand for research, evaluation and analytical insights.

To apply, complete the application form, attaching your CV and cover letter.  Applications close Thursday 15 December 2016.