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Senior Regional Welfare Advisor

Ministry for Primary Industries
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Senior Regional Welfare Advisor (Invercargill) – 2 Year Fixed Term

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) provides a range of services to ensure New Zealand is protected from biological risk, the food New Zealand businesses produce is safe and suitable for us all to consume, and our natural resources are sustainable!

In July 2017, the bacterial infection Mycoplasma Bovis was found in cattle in the Oamaru area of the South Island. With the support of farmers, industry bodies and local communities, MPI is working hard to locate the disease, contain it and eradicate it from New Zealand. 

We have established a new directorate specifically to support M.bovis eradication. The purpose of the directorate is to sustain the intensity of work over a longer term, and allow the response to transition to a core service delivery model that can be managed in a sustainable way. 

The role of Senior Regional Welfare Advisor manages the consequences of the Mycoplasma Bovis eradication on individuals, families/whanau and communities.

As the Senior Welfare Advisor you will be responsible for coordinating advice and overseeing welfare delivery services at the regional level to ensure the immediate needs of those affected are addressed for properties under legal movement controls or under testing and surveillance. You will have a good level of resilience and maturity, with the ability to work closely with a range of diverse stakeholders.

Do you have what it takes to be successful in this role?  Can you demonstrate expertise in:

  • Relevant tertiary qualification or equivalent experience
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills
  • High level internal and external stakeholder management and relationship building
  • An understanding of how to manage and escalate urgent human welfare issues
  • Highly empathetic with the ability to relate to people in stressful situations
  • Experience of working in a high-pressure environment
  • Ability to deliver results under a tight deadline
  • Strong written and oral communication


  • Experience providing welfare support in a community setting or response situation

At MPI we are open to requests for flexible working on hiring. Please talk to us at interview about the flexibility you need and we will explore what's possible for the role.

To view the position description and/or apply for the role (submitting a cover letter and current curriculum vitae), visit the MPI Careers Site. For tracking and reporting purposes, all applications must be submitted through our online careers portal.

To arrange a confidential discussion about the role, please contact Hana Zawodny on or 04 830 1534.

To apply for this role you must hold the right to work in New Zealand or be eligible to obtain it – click here to find out more about work visa eligibility and options.

The successful applicant must be able to obtain the relevant security clearance. Please visit for more information.

Applications for this role close on 21 November 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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