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Senior Policy Analyst/Policy Analyst - Forestry Sector

Ministry for Primary Industries
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Policy & analysis
Wellington City
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Job Description

  • Develop advice and maintain legislation for Government action
  • Join us and shape your policy skills toward a forestry expertise
  • Refurbished offices close to the Railway station and flexible work options

Make the change and develop forestry expertise at this foundational time in the industry. Work alongside a team of passionate professionals!

About the Role

Data, Insights and Forestry is a new Directorate established in the Policy & Trade Branch of MPI and will be working closely with Te Uru Rākau/Forestry New Zealand. The Forestry Policy team, within this new Directorate, is now looking to scale up and has positions for two policy analysts – Senior Policy Analyst (x1) and Policy Analyst (x1) based in Christchurch and Wellington.

You will develop policy advice, design policy initiatives and maintain legislation relating to the forestry and wood processing sector.  You will advise Government on the effectiveness of current forestry policies and analyse economic, environmental, industry and social issues that could affect the achievement of forestry goals.

To achieve this you will:

  • Develop policy options for Government action related to forestry.
  • Work alongside government agencies, Maori, industry and other relevant stakeholders.
  • Assist in the design of legislative and regulatory instruments to express Government forestry policy.
  • Identify and report on trends and issues in forestry and wood processing
  • Monitor relevant developments in the international context. 

Skills and Experience

We are a team of professionals with massive breadth of experience and a mix of expertise joining together to progress our forestry ambition.  You will have a strong set of core transferable skills preferably with forestry expertise. Shape your skill set and develop your policy expertise in our team alongside Te Uru Rākau/Forestry New Zealand at this foundational time. The significant investment by the Government in forestry indicates there will be long-term work options in the sector, now is the time to make the change.  

You will bring strong written and critical thinking skills and have the ability to work with ambiguity. Your experience or interest in the primary sectors as well as experience in tackling an issue, researching, developing proposals and providing advice will enable you to achieve results.

You will have a relevant tertiary qualification as well as:

  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills. 
  • Good interpersonal and communications skills. 
  • Ability to think clearly and make decisions under pressure.
  • Ability to plan and prioritise use of time, and manage work flows.
  • Sound oral and written presentation ability.
  • Proven negotiation skills.

You will be able to use and develop this wide range of skills, on opportunities to work on all aspects of the policy process, from analysing research, developing policy, advising Ministers and participating in legislative processes.

For this role you will also have:

  • Relevant experience as a policy analyst or in a similar working environment.
  • Previous experience establishing and maintaining collaborative relationships.
  • Strong interest in primary sector/ forestry.
  • Sound knowledge of basic components of the international trade, and environmental management frameworks and supporting instruments.

About MPI │Te Uru Rākau

Forestry is one of our country's most successful primary industries. MPI's Policy and Trade Branch works alongside Te Uru Rākau within the Ministry for Primary Industries, to build on this success to create a sustainable and innovative forestry sector that continues to grow and adapt.  Join our dynamic and diverse team who all share the common goal of improving the social, environmental and economic outcomes for New Zealand. 

We are a team of experts with massive breadth of experience, offering opportunities to break out of our comfort zone and embrace intellectual and complex challenges. We're working towards sustainability, protection, growth and participation.

Click the links to find out more about Policy and Trade at MPI and Te Uru Rakau.


We encourage a vibrant, diverse and inclusive workplace where difference is championed and we're an employer of choice because of it. We recruit, grow and retain talented, engaged and motivated employees who actively contribute towards an environment where everyone feels welcome and valued.

Benefits of working at MPI include:

  • Refurbished offices close to Railway Station
  • Up to three additional (MPI holidays) leave days
  • Career development and internal opportunities across the branch and organisation
  • Parental leave ex-gratia payment
  • Wellness benefit for employees
  • Bi-annual MPI-paid eye test and contribution to the costs of corrective lenses/frames

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Flexible Working

If you're interested we are open to discussing flexible working options with you.  Please feel free to talk to us at the interview about the flexibility you need and we will explore what's possible for the role.

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How to Apply │ Me pēhea te tuku tono

To view the position description and/or apply for the role please click “APPLY FOR THIS JOB” or visit the MPI Careers Site to submit your Cover Letter and CV. For tracking and reporting purposes, all applications must be submitted through our online careers portal.

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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.

Applications close Monday 1 July 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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