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Early Response Regional Labour Market Advisor (Iwi)- Kaitaia - Fixed term or Secondment 30 June 2023

Date:  02-Aug-2022

Northland, NZ


About us

The Ministry of Social Development is a people-centred organisation. We’re in communities across the motu, working with partners to help New Zealanders be safe, strong and independent.
We provide social policy and advice to government and assistance, including income, employment and housing support to people of all ages, families, whānau and communities.
As a Te Tiriti o Waitangi partner we are committed to supporting and enabling Māori, whānau, hapū, Iwi and communities to realise their own potential and aspirations.
Our people are as diverse as the communities we serve. 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.



Early Response Regional Labour Market Advisor (Iwi)– Kaitaia - Fixed term or Secondment 30 June 2023


Fixed Term or Secondment to 30 June 2023


  • Supportive, inclusive environment


  • Interesting and varied work


  • Self-starter 



The Regional Labour Market Advisor role will focus on leveraging employment opportunities within Iwi. The role will act as an Iwi lead service for economic development and will work in partnership with Iwi to co-design services that will support positive outcomes for MSD clients and whānau of Te Hiku o Te Ika.



What do we do?

The approach of the Early Response team is aligned to the three key shifts of Te Pae Tawhiti (MSD’s strategic approach), Te Pae Tata (MSDs Māori Strategy and Action Plan) and Pacific Prosperity (MSDs Pacific Strategy and Action Plan). These shifts focus on how MSD can become a trusted and proactive organisation, connecting clients to all the support and services that are right for them and improving the social and economic wellbeing of New Zealanders.


About the Role

As an Early Response Labour Market Advisor Iwi, you will work in collaboration with your early response and labour market teams to develop and carry out a regional plan for the delivery of an effective end to end redeployment and support service.

About the Team


The Team are one part of a broader ecosystem of supports, services, and opportunities for people at risk of job displacement. They work collectively to build relationships and partnerships with stakeholders, to collaboratively develop and deliver services, tailored to people’s needs. They are mobile within their region to respond to job displacement where it occurs.


Following are some core functions: 

  • Delivering prompt tailored support for people at risk of job displacement 
  • Gathering intel and opportunities to enable effective early intervention
  • Facilitation of careers advice, training and planning for both clients and colleagues
  • Identify and create employment opportunities with an emphasis on our regions at risk groups
  • Create a network of stakeholders and partnerships to support early response activities
  • Establish and maintain effective relationships with Iwi Leaders/members of Te Hiku and Te Hiku Iwi Development Trust which fulfils MSD social and economic wellbeing outcomes
  • Effectively promotes MSD’s products and services to inform Te Hiku Iwi, industry sectors, business networks and corporate employers to ensure an appropriate level of understanding, drive maximise uptake and achieve employment outcomes for more clients
  • Create sustainable networks and strategic advice for future Iwi social and economic growth in Te Hiku o Te Ika in alignment with MSD’s Māori strategy
  • Works collaboratively with Regional staff, Kaitaia Service Centre and He Poutama Taitamariki to facilitate Iwi driven opportunities in education, employment and enterprise.
  • Identify gaps and opportunities in Iwi social and economic strategies and connect them to relevant industry training and programmes into sustainable careers. This in turn will contribute to the establishment and negotiation of contracts with local industry, key employers, and training providers, co-ordinating recruitment, and managing long-term goals and aspirations of Iwi in Te Hiku to maximise MSD’s placement of whānau into sustainable employment.
  • Work alongside industry training organisations, training providers, schools and tertiary institutions to advise on and implement career focused programs which align to the needs of Te Hiku Iwi whanau long-term goals and industry trends
  • Markets outcomes for whānau engaged in employment programmes and initiatives by ensuring improved matching and retention rates are maintained between whānau and providers
  • Ensure effective monitoring of employment programmes for reporting purposes including the early identification of issues and risks so that contract and relationship agreements are maintained
  • Participate in and contribute to activities and projects within the region as appropriate.


About You


We are looking for people who want to be part of the changing future vision of MSD. You must have strong people skills and be able to negotiate outcomes. You enjoy using your initiative, looking for and acting on opportunities, solving problems and have a good can-do attitude. You must enjoy building relationships and making new connections with people. 


To be successful, you will also:



  • Be tenacious and professional and driven to overcome roadblocks
  • Be flexible, solutions focused and customer-centric
  • Enjoy building relationship, be able to connect and work with people from diverse backgrounds and at all levels
  • Be persuasive and articulate as well as possessing good written skills
  • Have previous careers and redeployment experience 
  • Understand Iwi and MSD’s national and regional employment strategy and actively contributes to how the region’s labour market activity achieves Service Delivery outcomes 
  • Understand local labour market intelligence (seasonal, local, national and international) to identify trends, new opportunities, growth sectors and local skills shortages to develop and implement innovative strategies, plans and related initiatives
  • Work with and support Iwi leaders and Regional Labour Market Manager in gaining the commitment and support of internal and external stakeholders to the region’s labour market strategies and employment initiatives 
  • Use labour market intelligence to produce local labour market forecasts to inform decisions regarding forward-thinking and development of proactive investments, initiatives and priorities.
  • Support Service Delivery employees with the provision of expert advice and knowledge of Iwi initiatives
  • Fluency in te reo me ona tikanga o te rohe is highly advantageous. 




What we offer you?


Across MSD, we work closely together. The MSD leadership team is accessible and engaged in our work. We all work hard to make MSD a great place to work. There is a great vibe across the Ministry.


We are proud of the collaboration that occurs across teams and the culture we have created. We work with a strong sense of purpose and people focus to deliver high quality service in a fun, supportive environment that values your contribution.


We are committed to building diversity, accessibility and inclusion in our workplace. We have a strong focus on staff wellbeing, we invest in developing and supporting staff to stretch and reach their professional goals.

If you find the opportunity sounds good to you, do not hesitate, apply now!





The starting salary for this position is from $83,011 per annum (in line with skills, experience, and other factors).







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. 


All applications must be made online.  If this is not possible or if you have any queries, please contact Jamie Rosemergy by email:



Internal MSD Employees Please make sure your manager supports you appilcation and please apply through your myHR portal at work.  This will ensure that your myHR employee profile is visible as internal candidate.


Closing date:  Tuesday, 16 August 2022






Joining us

Joining MSD means being part of a whānau that celebrates the diversity each individual represents.  We show manaaki, we care about the wellbeing and success of people and want everyone to thrive, and be who they are in a supportive and inclusive working environment. We work together to make a difference for communities while doing the right thing with integrity. We are a Treaty partner committed to strengthening relationships with Māori, Hapū, Iwi and communities to realise their own potential and aspirations.

If you have any support or access requirements, we encourage you to tell us when you apply so we can assist you through the recruitment process.


MSD has a COVID-19 vaccination policy which requires employees to be fully vaccinated prior to 1 September 2022. From 1 September 2022 MSD's policy will be to encourage, but not require, employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and its variants unless the role is identified as requiring vaccination at the time.