Senior Policy Analyst - Whaikaha

Date: 23 May 2023

Location: Wellington, NZ

Company: Ministry of Social Development


About us

Whaikaha - Ministry of Disabled People focuses on listening to and partnering with disabled people, so that they can inform policies and practices and make decisions themselves on the supports that will enable them to live their own good lives; enhancing their mana and self-determination.


The Ministry’s mandate is to provide thought leadership and stewardship across the public service on policy settings relating to disabled people. It supports government agencies to better contribute to positive outcomes for disabled people, tāngata whaikaha Māori, Pacific disabled people, their families and communities.


Whaikaha represents an exciting opportunity to make a real difference for disabled people, tāngata whaikaha Māori, Pacific disabled people, their families and communities. The call for “Nothing about us, without us” is an integral part in the operation of this agency.

Senior Policy Analyst

 We are seeking senior policy analysts for our growing policy team.  

Whaikaha is responsible for:
•    Driving better outcomes for all disabled people, tangata whaikaha Māori, and whānau
•    Leading cross-government strategic disability policy
•    Leading a partnership between the disability community, Māori, and the Government, and to help transform the overall disability system
•    Delivering and transforming Disability Support Services, andProgressing work on the transformation of the wider disability system



The policy group in Whaikaha is key to this work programme.  This is an excellent opportunity to build your policy career as a senior analyst.  Significant experience policy analysis and advice is a requirement.  
As a senior staff member, you will represent the Ministry on inter-agency working groups.  Your sound and well-developed working relationships with internal and external stakeholders, along with your analytical skills and sound judgement, will see people seek you out for your expert analysis and advice.



You must have:
•    Demonstrated knowledge of disability policy or relevant experience, or a willingness to learn 
•    Well-developed analytical skills
•    A sound understanding of policy development and parliamentary processes and the workings of legislation
•    Excellent relationship management skills and experience, and ability to work collaboratively with partners
•    Proven ability to produce high quality policy work
•    Applied understanding of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and associated government policy
•    Good project management skills
•    Experience in the application of Enabling Good Lives vision and principles would be an advantage
•    Quantitative and statistical modelling skills would be an advantage


Salary range: $109,099 - $132,455


How to apply


To apply, click the 'Apply Now' button to upload your CV, cover letter and complete the online application form.


Note:  Your cover letter will be a key part of our assessment process, so please highlight how your experience relates to the key responsibilities listed in the position description.


Internal Whaikaha Employees – please apply through your myHR portal at work.  This will ensure that your employee profile is visible as an internal candidate.

Whilst our preference is for all job applications to be completed online, we are committed to making our application process accessible to everyone. If you require any support or assistance that would facilitate your participation in this process, please contact us at


Closing date: 11/6/23



Thank you for your interest in working at Whaikaha - Ministry of Disabled People.  The information you give us in your application form(s), and at any further stage of your application will be shared with relevant Whaikaha staff involved in our recruitment processes.


In addition, we often involve members of our relevant community reference groups and partnerships in our application screening, assessment, interviewing and selection process. When this happens, we will need to share the information you have given us as part of your application process with these groups, for those purposes.



Joining us

Joining Whaikaha – Ministry of Disabled People means being part of a whānau that celebrates the diversity each individual represents.  We care about the wellbeing and success of our people and provide a supportive and inclusive working environment where people can thrive and be who they are. We work together to make a difference for the disabled people, tāngata whaikaha Māori, Pacific disabled people, their families and communities while doing the right thing with integrity. We are committed to the application of Te Tiriti o Waitangi in all levels of its work.


We partner with the disabled people, tāngata whaikaha Māori, Pacific disabled people, their families and communities and are committed to strengthening relationships with tāngata whaikaha (disabled people), māori, hapū, iwi and communities to provide them with and voice, and realise their own potential and aspirations.

We believe in a diverse and inclusive Ministry which reflects the communities that we serve and have flexible working and reasonable accommodation policies in place to support people.


Whaikaha has adopted the Ministry of Social Development's (host agency) COVID-19 vaccination policy.  This policy applies to all Whaikaha employees and encourages, but does not require, employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and its variants, unless the role is identified as requiring vaccination at the time.