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Principal Advisor - Domestic Climate Change

Ministry for Primary Industries
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Policy & analysis
Wellington City
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Job Description

  • Challenging position in MPI's Domestic Climate Change team.
  • Are you a thought leader, ready to get stuck in & hit the ground runningHelp tackle one of the most urgent, important & challenging issues facing humanity.
  • Help tackle one of the most urgent, important & challenging issues facing humanity.

About MPI

The Ministry for Primary Industries is responsible for ‘Growing and Protecting New Zealand' - enhancing our primary production sectors, safeguarding our resources and animal welfare, and securing market access for our products. Our work is essential to building and maintaining New Zealand's reputation as a producer of safe, sustainable, high quality food and other primary products, as well as ensuring resilient rural communities. This is no mean feat and we have highly dedicated people working hard in a variety of roles to make this happen!

About the team

Our team, Domestic Climate Change, is responsible for developing and delivering policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture and forestry, New Zealand's largest source and sink of emissions respectively.

This is a fascinating, fast-paced and high-profile area to be working in. One that is a priority for governments all over the world, particularly ours.

We are a warm and collaborative team, who work hard to achieve the best outcomes for New Zealand.

About the role

We need an experienced principal adviser who is skilled in navigating complex issues, leading policy development and engaging with a range of stakeholders. To be successful in this role you need:

  • strong analytical ability and a capacity to quickly identify and clearly express core elements of an issue or proposal
  • the ability to take an idea, shape it into a project or proposal and drive delivery
  • the ability to influence and persuade, using a variety of techniques
  • strong interpersonal skills and ability to effectively engage with a wide range of people
  • a passion for coaching and developing staff.

If you like to be busy, have good judgement, show initiative and come from a strategy, policy or similar background we want to hear from you. A knowledge of climate change, economics and legislative/regulatory processes would be an advantage.

Find out more about policy at MPI

How/Why to apply?

If you want a career where you are helping New Zealand in a very real way working with a collegial, supportive team, then this is it. MPI has a focus on career pathways so if this is the first step in your career with us, we will help you grow. We also support a range of flexible working options.

See the benefits of working at MPI

To view the position description and/or apply for the role (submitting a cover letter and current curriculum vitae), please click on ‘APPLY NOW' in order to be directed to our website. If you have any questions about the role, please contact Katrina Minx, Senior Recruitment Advisor on 04 831 4908 or

Applications close: 27th June 2019

The Ministry for Primary Industries is committed to providing a working environment that embraces and values inclusion and diversity. Your unique talents and experience will help us deliver exceptional services to our communities in Aotearoa. In return you'll enjoy an inclusive and flexible working environment in a diverse team of people while you're growing your career here in NZ and internationally. We actively encourage applications from all backgrounds. If you have any support or access requirements, we encourage you to tell us when you apply so that we can assist you through the recruitment process.

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