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Senior Adviser

Ministry for Primary Industries
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Project/Procurement/Risk Assurance
Wellington City
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Job Description

Kōrero mō te tūranga - About the Role:

  • In this role you'll provide high quality analysis, advice, and delivery. You will work with our partners and stakeholders to create change on the ground. You'll also negotiate and develop partnership and contractual arrangements.
  • You will bring a high degree of enthusiasm and energy to the role. You will be able to think creatively, to work under pressure, and prioritise your work.


Mō tō mātou rōpū - About our team:

  • The Long Term Programmes team delivers programmes to tackle pest and disease challenges facing New Zealand. The team sits within the Recovery and Pest Management Group, which leads on issues including: controlling Wilding Conifers (NZ's number one weed problem), eradicating some of the world's worst aquatic weeds that if left uncontrolled would smother our waterways, and stopping the spread of marine and freshwater pests.
  • Our work has real impact. We protect New Zealand's farms, natural landscapes and native species so we can maintain our unique lifestyle and tourism can continue to thrive. We support partners and stakeholders who can't solve these issues on their own.
  • We also lead projects to deliver innovation and system improvements. We work in partnership with central and local government agencies, Māori, industry, non-government organisations and communities.


About Biosecurity New Zealand (a business unit of MPI):

The Ministry for Primary Industries' (MPI) purpose is growing and protecting New Zealand. 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! Protecting New Zealand from biological risk is a key part of MPI's role, and that includes working in partnership to deliver a diverse range of national pest management programmes that protect our environment, economy and way of life.  

 If you want to become part of a diverse and interesting organisation that offers a wide range of career opportunities and you want to be part of helping NZ to succeed, then click on our links below!


Mōu - About You:

Ideally you will have:

  • Experience in delivering projects in a field or in operational context
  • Experience working in a Government agency (central, regional or local)
  • Experience in project planning, project management and contract management
  • Experience managing relationships with internal and external stakeholders
  • Strategic thinking expertise and the ability to then put that into operational steps
  • Strong ability to communicate and influence external agencies
  • Ability to deliver quality advice
  • Excellent written, verbal and presentation skills


Ngā hua o te Mahi i te Manatū Ahu Matua - Benefits of working at MPI include:

  • Up to three additional (MPI holidays) leave days
  • Focus on career development
  • Internal opportunities across Biosecurity New Zealand and the wider Ministry
  • Wellness benefit for employees
  • Reduced premiums for health insurance
  • Comprehensive MPI Induction Programme


Salary range for this role is $75,000 to $110,000, depending on skills and experience.


Me pēhea te tuku tono - How to Apply:
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.


The closing date is: Monday 27th January 2020


If you have any questions about the role, you may contact Fleur Matthews, Team Manager Long term Programmes at or 022 010 6405.







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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