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Refugee Health Medical Officer

Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment
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Refugee Health Medical Officer

  • Are you an experienced medical practitioner looking to make a difference supporting refugee resettlement in a non-clinical role?
  • Do you enjoy leading teams, seeking innovative solutions through collaboration with multiple and varied stakeholders?

  • Full time opportunity, but with flexible working possible.
  • Includes occasional domestic and international travel.
  • Based at the Mangere Refugee Resettlement Centre, Auckland.

About the role.

The Refugee Health Medical Officer, Refugee Health Liaison Team is a specialist team leadership position responsible for managing, leading and inspiring an exciting new team to collaboratively implement a new end-to-end refugee health services model which will support delivery of New Zealand's annual refugee quota.

From July 2020, New Zealand will increase its refugee quota to 1,500 people per year – the new health model and this team are crucial to the delivery of the increase.

You will bring your clinical knowledge and perspective to work in partnership with other managers and staff in the Refugee and Migrant Services Branch, and teams internal to Immigration New Zealand, as well national and international partners and service providers. With your team, you will co-ordinate delivery of health screening, assessment, and where required, health management of specified conditions offshore, in accordance with best practice.

As the Refugee Health Medical officer you will maintain overall responsibility for ensuring that refugee health services deliver agreed outcomes and benefits. The Medical Officer is responsible for leading, building and enhancing the overall capability of Refugee Health Liaison team members, and for end-to-end processes, ensuring quality and consistency of advice and practices in relation to the team's work. You will use your clinical expertise to support improved refugee settlement health outcomes over time.

Skills and experience required:

We are keen to hear from you if you have experience and interest in:

  • Leading and growing teams, implementing new approaches and expert knowledge of the health sector and clinical best practices within New Zealand;
  • Solving complex problems in a fast-paced environment whilst adapting new approaches, and utilising innovative information technology, systems and processes;
  • Change management involving complex systems implementation
  • Quality assurance, performance and outcome monitoring;
  • Presenting to diverse stakeholder groups in a range of settings;
  • Engaging with others to develop networks which support knowledge sharing and information transfer to increase overall knowledge; and
  • Understanding of the Public Sector working environment and demonstrated knowledge of refugee resettlement, including the whole-of-government New Zealand Refugee Resettlement Strategy (NZRRS).


  • Registration with the Medical Council of New Zealand.
  • A background in General Practice or Refugee Health to Primary Care Fellowship level.
  • Experience in other health related fields, e.g. public health, radiology, or health planning.
  • 10 years relevant work experience in New Zealand.

About the team:

The Refugee Health Medical Officer is a specialist team leadership position, within the Refugee and Migrant Support Unit, which is part of the Refugee and Migrant Services Branch (RMS) of Immigration New Zealand.

Further information on the new Refugee Health Services model can be found here, on the Refugee Quota Increase Programme webpage.

About MBIE:

The purpose of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) is to Grow New Zealand for All.  Our goal is to create a strong and high-performing economy by creating an environment that supports businesses to become more productive and internationally competitive.  

How to apply:

Click on the APPLY button below in order to be directed to our on-line careers website. You may view a position description at this site, as well as complete the on-line application, and upload a CV and cover letter. For tracking and evaluation purposes, all applications must be submitted via our on-line process.

Email Sarah Hutcheson on quoting ref MBIE/1436979 if you have any further questions.

Please note, that due to office closure for the holiday period, emails will not be responded to after 5pm on Monday, 23rd December 2019. We will endeavour to respond to any queries as soon as possible before this date.

Applications close at 5pm on Monday, 23rd December 2019 with interviews expected to take place from the 13th January 2020.    

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