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Advisor / Senior Advisor - Operational Policy and Support - Wellington

Oranga Tamariki—Ministry for Children
Job Category:
Community Services
Wellington - Wellington
Wellington - Wairarapa
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Ongoing - Full Time
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Job Description

Date: 05-Apr-2018

Location: Wellington, NZ

Company: Ministry of Social Development


Advisor / Senior Advisor - Operational Policy and Support - Wellington



  • Join our Ministry and influence change for all New Zealanders
  • Improve outcomes for children
  • Advisor and Senior Advisor roles


About us:

Oranga Tamariki—Ministry for Children, is the Ministry that supports  children and young people in New Zealand.  Oranga Tamariki works to advance the wellbeing and positive long-term outcomes of children and young people.   In everything we do, the wellbeing and best-interests of children are paramount.  The voices of children and young people underpin the design and operation of our services.


About the role:

The Operational Policy team is a key link between our frontline operations and the high level policies and legislation that guide us. To achieve our desired outcomes for children and young people, our operational groups need effective operational policies and clear and high quality operational guidance. Our policies, legislation and new initiatives need to reflect and support effective frontline operations.


The Senior Advisor / Advisor is responsible for delivering excellent operational policy and to support the organisation in its implementation. The Senior Advisor / Advisor will plan and lead projects, providing reporting and identifying and managing risks. They will also support the team's overall development by coaching and mentoring other staff as appropriate and actively seeking feedback to develop their own skills.


Skills and experience:

To be successful in the role you will have the following skills and experience.

  • Background in developing policy or operational policy in a legislative environment
  • Strong analytical ability and the ability to produce clear and concise and appropriate written materials
  • Previously managed  projects and understanding of project management methodology
  • Proven success in establishing and maintaining stakeholder relationships
  • Experience in the development, implementation and evaluation of social service initiatives
  • Ability to provide peer support and coaching to colleagues that enhances their development and adds value to their work
  • Ability to anticipate and resolve problems and to make decisions based on sound risk management analysis


What we offer

We offer a dedicated and supportive team, flexible work options and the opportunity to apply your skills and experience to the wellbeing of tamariki.


How to apply

We have both Advisor and Senior Advisor roles we are currently recruiting, please indicate on your cover letter your preference.


Internal Oranga Tamariki Employees – please apply through your myHR portal at work.  This will ensure that your myHR employee profile is visible as internal candidate.


All external applicants including MSD employees please apply through the apply button and upload your CV and cover letter to our applicant tracking system. Please note all applications must be made online. If this is not possible or if you have any questions please contact us through


Applications close: 20th April 2018




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