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Principal Adviser Strategic Engagement

Ministry for Primary Industries
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Policy & analysis
Wellington City
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Job Description

  • Drive effective engagement on complex, high profile issues facing New Zealand
  • Engage throughout the policy process to develop the strategic narrative
  • Newly created influential role in our Policy & Trade branch


About MPI

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is responsible for ‘Growing and Protecting New Zealand'. It's no mean feat and we have a team of hard working and passionate people in a variety of roles both on the ground and in the office supporting us to make this happen.


About the team

Our Policy and Trade branch provides strategic thinking, policy advice and analysis, negotiates market access arrangements and oversees international government-to-government relationships to maximise export opportunities across New Zealand's primary sector.  We are a talented and motivated team who focus on sustainable economic growth, resource management, protecting New Zealand from biological risk and engaging on other big issues of interest to New Zealand's primary sector.


About the role

We have a unique opportunity for a thought leader to design and lead our strategic narrative and engagement strategies across a number of high profile policy areas that shape the primary industries and New Zealand.

This role will promote innovation and behaviour change in the way MPI develops policy to resonate with stakeholders and ultimately drive change. This role will be working directly to the Deputy Director General (DDG) Policy and Trade across the Policy and Trade Branch.


To be successful in this role, you will have;

  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills
  • Evidence of excellent stakeholder management skills
  • A drive for innovation and excellence
  • A highly tuned risk radar
  • Experience establishing trust and building credibility quickly
  • An ability to communicate complex issues simply and tailor made to the audience
  • A background in policy, communications, engagement or journalism
  • A passion for primary industries


Working as part of our high performing Policy and Trade Leadership Team you will support our policy group to communicate complex issues, to help inform, engage and influence our key stakeholders. You'll work end to end on big policy issues alongside analysts and Directors to create a strategic narrative and mentor those around you on innovative participatory policy design. As a trusted Adviser to the DDG you will seize opportunities to build connections across the Branch and wider organisation, and provide strategic advice to the top table.

Find out more about policy at MPI - visit our policy live site


How / why to apply?

Our work stretches all the way from the Beehive to the border. If you want a career in a supportive and hardworking team where you help to grow and protect New Zealand in a very real way then this is it. MPI has a focus on career pathways so this is the first step in your career with us and we will help you grow.

See the benefits of working at MPI

To view the position description and apply for the role, please click on “APPLY NOW” in order to be directed to our website.

If you have any questions about this role, please contact Meredith Edwards, Manager Recruitment and Sourcing on 04 830 1526 or

Applications close: Sunday 30 September 2018


MPI is an equal opportunity employer and committed to providing a working environment that embraces and values diversity and inclusion. Your unique talents and experience will help us deliver exceptional services to New Zealand. In return you'll enjoy an inclusive and flexible working environment in a diverse team of people while you're growing your career. We actively encourage applications from any background.

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