Share this Job

Accreditation Assessor - Wellington

Date:  17-Mar-2023

Wellington, 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.



Accreditation Assessor


  • Diverse and exciting work
  • Full induction and training programme provided
  • Permanent opportunity, but we also welcome applications from candidates preferring a 12-month Fixed Term tenure 



About Te Kāhui Kāhu  

We are an independent government business unit providing oversight functions on behalf of The Ministry of Social Development, Oranga Tamariki, Department of Corrections, Ministry of Justice, Housing and Urban Development and Ministry of Pacific Peoples.

Our main function is Social Services Accreditation. We provide assurance that social service providers can deliver quality services. We do this by assessing organisations against the Social Services Accreditation Standards (SSAS) and making sure they meet these standards.



About the Role

We are looking for Accreditation Assessors (intermediate level as specified in the position description) to complete the accreditation function of social sector service and community providers who are funded by government. Te Kāhui Kāhu provides independent assurance by providing a high-quality flexible service to meet the expectations of the sector.

We are particularly interested in candidates with a Māori cultural competency background. As a Treaty partner, we have a focus on fostering the employment and inclusion of Māori talent.

Experience in accreditation and/or a background in community service is a must, with a focus on: 


  • Social Work
  • Health
  • Disability
  • Vulnerable youth
  • Justice sector
  • Culture diversity

You will be part of a dynamic and supportive Te Kāhui Kāhu team, accrediting a wide range of social service providers.  


Skills & Experience

To be successful in the role you will need:

  • The ability to build and maintain relationships at all levels
  • Strong communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Knowledge or understanding of the accreditation or contract process
  • The ability to work independently and collaboratively as part of a bigger review team
  • Analytical and critical thinking skills
  • Knowledge of appropriate computer software for word processing, spread sheets, databases and office systems
  • Vision and instinct, decision-making and big picture thinking
  • A good understanding of quality-based assurance processes or the ability to up-skill quickly
  • High level of accuracy with attention to detail
  • Full NZ driver licence as Travel is a requirement of the role


This is a rewarding and varied role for a self-motivated, ethical and open-minded person.  Most importantly, you will have a great work ethic, attitude and be a team player.


If you are looking to be part of a dynamic team where the team culture is important, the work is diverse, challenging and provides the scope for you to develop professionally, apply now!



Salary range: $71,943.00 - $87,931.00




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 us at


Internal MSD Employees – 12-month Secondment applications will also be considered - please apply through your myHR portal at work.  This will ensure that your myHR employee profile is visible as internal candidate. Please ensure you specify 'Secondment' in your cover letter otherwise it will be assumed that you are applying for a Permanent position.


Closing date: 02 April 2023




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 that 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.