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OPCAT Programme and Administration Officer

NZ Ombudsman
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Job Description



  • Be part of the new expanded inspections team
  • A critical support role
  • Wellington based

The NZ Ombudsmen are designated to carry out National Preventive Mechanism (NPM) responsibilities under the United Nations Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture (OPCAT). These responsibilities are to inspect and monitor the treatment of people in health and disability places of detention, prisons, immigration detention facilities, child care and protection residences and youth justice residences.

The Chief Ombudsman is expanding its inspections function and the growing team will require full time programme and administration support.

In this newly created position, the OPCAT Programme and Administration Officer will provide programme coordination, administration and logistics support to the OPCAT team. This includes preparing and tracking programme, planning and budget documentation, making travel arrangements and coordinating inspections reports, annual plans and other reporting documentation.  You'll also play a lead role in coordinating the preparation, data collation and data analysis for all survey activity conducted by the team.

As the nature of inspections work involves dealing with highly sensitive and confidential information, the ability to demonstrate a high level of integrity and discretion will be key for this position.

To be successful in this position, you will have:

  • experience in a similar position so you can hit the ground running from day one;
  • an understanding of and experience with using project management methodology;
  • superior planning and organisational skills;
  • ability to remain calm under pressure;
  • strong attention to detail, and the ability to work effectively across multiple projects and activities in a fast-paced and highly collaborative environment;
  • excellent verbal and written communication skills;
  • proven analytical and problem solving abilities, including the ability to apply analysis to generate sound findings;
  • common sense and practical judgment; and
  • excellent interpersonal and relationship management skills with a willingness to contribute to a constructive, positive work environment.

The successful appointee will have a legal entitlement to work in New Zealand.

Depending on skills and experience, the salary for this position will likely range between $47,958 and $59,948.

To apply, click on the ‘Apply Now' button where you will need to register through our online career centre, complete our application form and upload your CV and cover letter.

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Applications close 5.00pm, Monday, 7 May 2018.

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