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Manager Forest Grants

Ministry for Primary Industries
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Job Description

  • Ensure a fit for purpose Grants process & distribution of the One Billion Trees Fund
  • Join us at the forefront of the Governments renewed focus on forestry
  • High profile programme working toward the sustainable future all New Zealanders are striving to achieve

Lead Te Uru Rākau's engagement with Grant applicants and recipients and help us achieve the planting of one billion trees by 2028!

About the Role│Kōrero mō te tūranga

As our Manager Forest Grants you will lead the implementation and delivery of the Forest Grants section of the 1BT Forestry, Grants & Partnerships Programmes Fund to support the delivery of the Governments forestry initiatives and enable the sustainable future all New Zealanders are striving to achieve.  With a focus on seamless service delivery you will lead the engagement with stakeholders, develop contract management arrangements and strive for continual improvement of governance processes and capabilities.

Leading a regional team responsible for the implementation and management of a fit for purpose Grants process you will establish effective management strategies to support high team performance and effectively deliver the 1BT funding on behalf of the Government.

Core responsibilities for the role:

  • Manage the delivery of the 1BT Grants Fund.
  • Engage with stakeholders and provide advice about the purpose and scope of the funds and requirements for accessing the resources.
  • Provide leadership and management to the Forest Grants team.
  • Develop contract management arrangements to ensure milestones are met and payments made.
  • Identify and implement processes and performance monitoring mechanisms.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships that deliver outcomes, achieve fund objectives and provides a seamless delivery of service for applicants.

About You│Mōu

To achieve the effective management and delivery of Forestry Grants you will work within the Forest Grants team and across Te Uru Rakau to establish the outcomes of various assessments. Bring your relationship management and excellent communication skills to pull people together and get the job done.

To be successful in this role, you will offer:

  • Proven people management experience with demonstrated ability to lead, motive and develop people and achieve results through others.
  • Demonstrated experience analysing investment cases and exposure to good investment/fund management practices.
  • Previous track record of successful management and business planning, with strategic capability and the ability to maintain clear focus on long term goals.
  • Demonstrated experience delivering complex programmes of work.
  • Understanding of basic Te Reo Maori
  • Proven financial management and reporting skills, including understanding of Government's financial management process.
  • Knowledge and understanding of Treaty Principles and the Crown's obligation to Māori

With the role based in Rotorua you will engage with colleagues and stakeholders across New Zealand and to do this there will be some travel required.

About Te Uru Rākau

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

To find out more about the Ministry and what we do please click here.

Benefits of working at MPI│Ngā hua o te Mahi i te Manatū Ahu Matua

  • Up to three additional (MPI holidays) leave days
  • Career development and internal opportunities across the branch and organisation
  • Wellness benefit for employees
  • Comprehensive one-week MPI Induction Programme
  • Free annual flu vaccination
  • We support work life balance and flexible work arrangements whenever possible

Salary range for this role is $130,000 to $160,000 depending on skills and experience

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Security checks│Ngā Taki Whakahaumaru

Security clearance to the level of CONFIDENTIAL is required for this position. The successful applicant will be required to obtain and maintain this clearance.  More information about security clearances can be found at

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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. For tracking and reporting purposes, all applications must be submitted through our online careers portal.

For detailed information on this role please refer to the position description or contact

Applications close 29 August 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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