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Research Analyst and Writer

Ministry for Primary Industries
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Science and Environment
Wellington City
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Kōrero mō te tūranga - About the Role

Science and research supports everything we do – with the right information we make more informed decisions. Science, technology and innovation are important for strengthening our primary industries and positioning them for the future. The office of the Chief Departmental Science Adviser (CDSA) to was established to provide strategic and technical advice to the Director–General of the Ministry for Primary Industries on matters of science, science policy and the use of evidence in policy formation.  

A new role as Research Analyst and Writer has been established in the Office of the CDSA. The Research Analyst and Writer will provide research, statistical analysis, writing and operational support to the CDSA of the Ministry for Primary Industries, through the literature reviews, data collation and analysis, preparation of advice and written materials in support of the CDSA's work plan. Some key responsibilities for the role are:

  • Undertake research, writing and critical analysis of evidence on topics, as required by the CDSA;
  • Synthesise information from a broad evidence base into accessible reports and other materials;
  • Keep the CDSA abreast of the evidence base by means of written reports and assist with presentations;
  • Provide effective planning and scheduling to keep projects within scope and to timelines.

This is an exciting new opportunity for an individual with a relevant Masters or PhD and with experience and interest in scientific disciplines related to the primary sector to be part of a small, passionate and high profile team within MPI.

Mōu - About You

We are looking for someone with a Strong work ethic and drive to deliver; willingness to go the extra mile in times of urgent workload. You will have a good technical understanding and interest in a field of science/technology specific to the primary sector.

This is an exciting opportunity to develop and build your career in science and will provide for the right person development opportunities to do this

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Strong understanding of the interface between science and public policy or enthusiasm to learn
  • Strong research and analytical skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication ability and proven ability to adapt communication approaches to diverse audiences
  • Superb English editing skills
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team
  • Awareness of sensitive and controversial issues and discretion in dealing with these

Mō te Manatū Ahu Matua - About MPI

MPI has a strength of common purpose and a passion to sustainably grow and to protect Aotearoa, for the benefit of all New Zealanders. It's no mean feat and we have a team of hard working and dedicated people in a variety of roles supporting us to make this happen. Our overall ambition is for New Zealand to be the most trusted source of high value natural products in the world. We're working towards sustainability, protection, prosperity and visible leadership.

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

Me pēhea te tuku tono - How to Apply

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.

Applications close on Wednesday 11 December 2019.

If you have any questions about the role, please contact Nick Goddard for a confidential discussion on 04 894 0908 or email at  

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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