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Senior Adviser

Ministry for Primary Industries
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Policy & analysis
Wellington City
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Job Description

The Team

The Ministry for Primary Industries newly established Extension Services team is looking for a self-starter to help shape advice that will deliver positive environmental, economic and social outcomes in New Zealand's regions.

The Extension Services team is responsible for delivery of practical advice, information and tools for farmers and growers to improve their operations on the ground.  One of the ways we will achieve this is by pulling together clusters of farmers and growers in different regions across the country, to share information, insights and advice with like-minded people who understand local issues.  This initiative sits in the wider Productive and Sustainable Land Use Programme. 

About the role

The work will be diverse and provides an opportunity to make the job your own. To be successful you will need up to four years' experience in policy development or implementation.

This is an opportunity to work in a high profile, and often fast paced environment where things can change quickly.

We're looking for people who can:

  • develop and maintain relationships
  • express ideas well, and influence through the written word
  • show a good understanding of strategic and policy development, and implementation  
  • take the lead, and deliver on specific projects
  • be flexible to the programme's changing needs

Skill & Experience

To be successful in this role you need to demonstrate you can:

  • Inform, support, and enable MPI and cross-government initiatives in primary sector extension services, taking the initiative to build relationships and progress work autonomously as required.
  • Work closely with colleagues across MPI to ensure that the strategies, policies, systems and processes relating to extension services are developed and implemented in a way that supports and enables MPI's policy objectives being developed.
  • Contribute to the development of extension service initiatives, including clear guidance on necessary departmental action, relevant timely and accurate advice to relevant Ministers, and reporting back on the effectiveness of the government's priorities and work programme.
  • Develop, and assist with developing ministerial correspondence.
  • Deliver specific pieces of work, on time and in scope.
  • Ensure effective external relationships across government agencies, sector groups and Māori by driving appropriate engagement.  

How to Apply:

The position is permanent but could be looked at as a secondment from within MPI or across government.

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

To view the position description and/or apply for the role (submitting a cover letter and current curriculum vitae), please click “APPLY NOW” or visit the MPI Careers Site. For tracking and reporting purposes, all applications must be submitted through our online careers portal.

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.

In order to be considered for this role, applicants must be available to interview within New Zealand or via Skype.

If you have any questions about the role, you may contact Michelle Pearson email 

Applications close Sunday 20 October 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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