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Principal Evaluator

NZ Ministry of Education
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Policy & analysis
Job Type:
Fixed Term Contract
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Principal Evaluator


  • Fixed Term Contract
  • Based in Wellington


Would you like join the Analytics and Insights team to help increase student achievement and wellbeing? Are you keen to further develop your stakeholder engagement, communication, evaluative and analytical skills by providing thought provoking solutions and recommendations to New Zealand's decision makers? This opportunity will suit someone who has considerable experience managing the collection and analysis of structured and unstructured datasets and generating actionable insights. As one of New Zealand's most important sector agencies, the Ministry of Education is dedicated to improving education for all through deriving informative insights which directly benefit success for all students.


You will play a critical role as a thought leader through providing stakeholders with high-level analysis and insights tailored to their needs. You will work with a fast moving and innovative professional team of evaluators and analysts that operate with high intensity and passion for learning what works, what doesn't work and how to use this knowledge to change policy and practice. As an experienced principal evaluator you will lead and mentor others in best practice methodologies and in communicating and reporting on important insights.


To be successful in this role you will need to able to:

  • Advanced evaluation design and or. analytics skills
  • Thinks strategically (i.e. sees issues through a range of lenses and stakeholder perspectives; and recognises broader implications and connections between issues).
  • Familiarity with and preferably competence in using one or. more of R, SQL, SAS, Python, Power BI, Azure, or. related products.
  • Excellent stakeholder relationship, visualisation and communication skills 
  • Be self-motivated and self-managed with advanced stakeholder engagement skills (able to deal with diverse views and opinions so as to shape them into agreed outcomes).
  • Strong evaluative and analytical skills to be able to work with structured and unstructured datasets.
  • Ideally, some budgeting and financial skills (at least in estimating evaluation and analytical costs).


The A&I team promotes a culture of initiative and collaborative intent.  If successful you will be working with dedicated colleagues in a fantastic team environment who don't take no for an answer.


If this sounds like a role for you please submit your application, using the appropriate link. If you would like to know more contact Dan Oberhaus on +64211124681 or. Mira +64212176141 Salena +6444637752


Applications close Midnight - 21 August 2019

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