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Senior Policy Analyst/Policy Analyst - Animal Sector

Ministry for Primary Industries
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Policy & analysis
Wellington City
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Ma tau rourou, ma taku rourou, ka ora te iwi (with your contribution and my contribution the people will prosper)

  • Are you driven and curious, keen to use or build your knowledge about the primary industry, and good at getting to the heart of an issue?

Mō tō mātou rōpū - About our team

The Animal Sector policy team works across New Zealand's land-based primary sectors, including meat, dairy and wool, as well as newer and more niche industries. We work with stakeholders and government agencies to develop and implement policy initiatives to address complex problems. This includes legislative and regulatory frameworks that support dynamic efficiency, growth and development in the primary sectors. 

Some of our current projects include working with the dairy herd improvement sector to ensure the New Zealand dairy herd is fit for the future, and investigating ways to support the performance of the wool industry.  Along with these projects, we provide advice and analysis on a range of issues relating to the animal-based sectors, often at short notice.

We are an exciting, vibrant and fast-moving place to work and we are looking for someone who'll thrive in this environment.

Ko te tangata mo tēnei tūranga? - Who are we looking for?

We need a smart, curious, and enthusiastic Senior Policy Analyst and Policy Analyst who are able to contribute to our work on complex policy issues. To be successful in this role you need:

  • The ability to identify and clearly communicate core elements of an issue or proposal;
  • Broad perspective and ability to make creative and informed connections between commercial, environmental and social issues;
  • Good interpersonal skills and ability to effectively engage and collaborate with a wide range of people;
  • Understanding of government policy processes; and
  • The ability to manage your effort to deliver work to a high standard and on time, both independently and with the support of others.

If you like to be busy, enjoy working through complex issues, have good judgement, can show initiative, enjoy working with diverse groups of stakeholders and come from a strategy, policy, or other similar background we want to hear from you.

Mō te Manatū Ahu Matua - About MPI

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is responsible for ‘Growing and Protecting New Zealand'. It's no mean feat, and we have a team of hard working and passionate people in a variety of roles both on the ground and in the office supporting us to make this happen.

Within MPI's Policy and Trade branch, Agriculture, Marine and Plant Policy is responsible for the legislative and regulatory settings to enable primary industries by balancing cooperation and competition to support MPI's strategic goal of sustainably growing the value of New Zealand's primary sector exports.

MPI has a focus on career pathways and we will work with you to help you grow.

To see the benefits of working at MPI, please click here

Me pēhea te tuku tono - How to apply

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

If you want a career where you help to grow and protect New Zealand in a very real way then this could be it. Our team is collegial, supportive and hard working. MPI has a focus on career pathways so take this step in your career with us and we will help you develop.

To view the position description and/or apply for the role (submitting a cover letter and current curriculum vitae), please click on “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.

For internal candidates please make sure your current manager is aware of your application. Please note this is an opportunity to move into trade policy at your current level.

Applications close: 2nd February 2020

If you have any questions about the role, please contact Katrina Minx, Senior Recruitment Adviser on 04 831 4908 or

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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