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Senior Advisor, Antenatal & Newborn

Ministry of Health
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Job Description

  • 6 month Fixed term covering parental leave
  • Part time 30.5 hours per week
  • Auckland location


We are looking for an energised and motivated individual to join the Antenatal and Newborn (A&N) team in the role of Senior Advisor. This is a fixed term position, until 2 March 2020 (however this could be extended up to one year), part time position based in Auckland covering maternity leave.

The A&N Team is responsible for the funding, planning, and oversight of delivery of the Newborn Metabolic Screening Programme, Newborn Hearing Screening and Early Intervention Programme and Antenatal Screening for Down syndrome and Other Conditions and is part of the National Screening Unit.

The National Screening Unit is responsible for the national leadership of three important cancer screening programmes (breast, cervical and bowel cancers), two newborn screening programmes (hearing and rare metabolic conditions) and one antenatal quality initiative. The National Screening Unit strives to continually improve screening programmes by providing leadership that ensures that New Zealanders have access to high quality screening services. We are in the midst of an exciting period with a new national screening programme being implemented while many of the existing programmes are undergoing significant developments.

This position sits within the Population Health and Prevention Directorate which works across sectors to achieve health equity and protect, promote and improve the health and wellbeing of people, families and communities. The Directorate includes our key national public health functions, emergency management, the National Screening Unit and a range of population health programmes such as child health, Pacific Health, tobacco control, immunisation, and cancer control.

The role of Senior Advisor is an existing role that is responsible for providing high quality policy advice that informs programme delivery and supports innovative solutions.

We are looking for someone who:

  • is a highly motivated self-starter who is looking to work in a results focused environment which requires initiative, flexibility and confidence working with ambiguity
  • can demonstrate a background in critical analysis of data and evidence to inform robust decision making
  • will be able to quickly gain recognition as a trusted advisor on the alignment of programme strategy, people and processes, with the ability to manage relationships at all levels across organisations
  • has experience in co-ordinating projects and meeting deadlines
  • thrives working in a team environment.


We want to hear from you if you can take a system thinking approach, encouraging innovation and providing analysis that is balanced to ensure that the A&N screening is of a high standard and focused on achieving equitable outcomes.

As kaitiaki of our health and disability system, the Ministry of Health is here to ensure all New Zealanders are being well served – and that work is incredibly rewarding.

To ensure we can deliver on the Government's priorities and wellbeing goals and make Aotearoa New Zealand's health system more equitable, we've made some organisational changes to ensure we have the right structures, capability and culture.

We have embarked on a transformational change programme which is creating some exciting career opportunities.  If you would like to contribute to the important work that we do, please join us.

You will find a copy of the Position Description attached or online at

For further information, contact  Please click Apply for this Job to upload your CV and cover letter.

Advertising for this role closes on 20 October 2019


We encourage diversity and inclusion at the Ministry of Health and are committed to equal opportunity in all our employment policies and procedures.  In particular, we want to ensure accessibility needs are well supported, so the recruitment process is fair and equitable for all.  Therefore, please let us know if there is any support we can provide to ensure the recruitment process is fully accessible to you.  You can contact us at if you would like to discuss any accessibility needs you may have.

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