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Senior Analyst or Principal Advisor - Fixed-term & Flexible

The Treasury
Job Category:
Policy & analysis
Wellington - Wellington
Job Type:
Ongoing - Part Time
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Job Description

We have an opportunity for a part-time Senior Analyst or Principal Advisor to join the Welfare and Oranga Tamariki Team on a fixed term basis for around 4-9 months. We are open to different working arrangements and length of contract (depending on your circumstances). The arrangement could involve you working two or three days a week across 4-9 months, or shorter days spread across four of five days.

You'll be joining a supportive and enthusiastic team that leads the Treasury's advice on the social welfare and children's wellbeing systems. This role is focused on the welfare system area of our work.

Our Team - Key areas of focus for our team include:

  • The welfare system including the work of the Welfare Expert Advisory Group, which is considering how the welfare system can be improved.
  • Oranga Tamariki: significant work is underway at to build a world-leading child and youth protection system. We are working closely with Oranga Tamarki on this transformation, and our role includes providing advice to the Minister of Finance ahead of key decisions and taking a system wide perspective.
  • Ministry of Social Development: expenditure totals around $23bn per year and the Treasury's focus includes ensuring that expenditure and strategy are supporting wellbeing outcomes.
  • Child poverty and the work of the child wellbeing unit.


The Role

You will be focused on supporting the team to update our welfare advice and prepare us to engage with the outcome of the Welfare Expert Advisory Group next year. Key issues that we are interested in include the overall design of welfare payment/transfer settings; work incentives; understanding the impact of current policy settings on population groups; considerations around income adequacy; and advising on the relative importance of changes to various components of the welfare system. The Welfare Expert Advisory Group are considering a number of other issues including the purpose and principles of the Social Security Act and interface issues with housing and education and training.

You would be working alongside a Senior Analyst on welfare system issues, and another member of the team will be providing part-time input to the work.

Specific responsibilities:

  • Support the production of an internal Treasury position paper on key issues and opportunities relating to welfare system settings.
  • Lead deep dives in areas such as work incentives or active labour market policy, which will involve engagement with experts across government.
  • Produce influential short think pieces and A3's to advance thinking and help to communicate key issues.
  • Be a supportive member of the team and provide review and comment on work.


About You

You will have at least five years' experience working on complex policy problems and leading the development of policy advice to Ministers. You should have an interest in whole-of-government decision making and a desire to help the Government use it resources wisely.

You could come from a range of policy backgrounds. While some prior knowledge of the welfare system would be an advantage, it is most important that you are comfortable coming up to speed quickly with new issues.

  • An excellent communicator both orally and through writing to a range of audiences
  • Able to see and communicate the big picture and are effective at distilling strands of thought and analytical arguments into clear advice.
  • A critical thinker who is able to ask good questions, think through issues with analytical rigour, and see things from a range of perspectives
  • Comfortable working at pace and are used to dealinng with ambiguity
  • Experienced at working with external stakeholders
  • Goal focused and able to build momentum behind your work to have impact


We can offer:

This is a highly flexible role and could suite a range of people. For example, it may suit those who have taken a career break or have responsibilities outside of work and are now looking to move back into a policy role.

  • Interesting and stimulating work, with opportunities to improve living standards for New Zealanders.
  • A commitment to providing work opportunities that support your development and career aspirations.
  • The opportunity to work in a supportive and high-performing team that is focused on individual and team development, constructive debate and collective impact.


Applications close - Monday 1 October. All applications must be made online.

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