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Junior Developer

Date:  02-Aug-2022

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.



Junior Developer – API Team


The API team at MSD is responsible for building and maintain APIs to be consumed by external partners and internal applications.  


MSD has an ambitious digital channel roadmap that includes providing APIs for new mobile applications, partners and supporting a shift to micro-services.


MSD has adopted scaled agile (SAFe) across the organisation.


About the opportunity


The role will help create and document MSDs APIs. It will build a good understanding of the underlying backend applications and the business functions being exposed as part of the API, working in a multifunctional scrum team.



Responsibilities within the role


  • Work with business analysts and testers to document requirements and design for API features including acceptance criteria 
  • Document non-functional requirements, error conditions and sequence diagrams related to each APIs 
  • Support and contribute to develop API (and portal) code and facilitate with release processes. Including automated releases, versioning and security mechanisms



Skills and experience you will bring with you


  • Experience in any programming language – HTML/CSS, JavaScript, Java, PHP, C# etc
  • Sound understanding of XML, XSDs, JSON/YAML, RESTful API, SOAP, Swagger, HTTP Protocols
  • Has the ability to contribute document of non-functional requirements for each APIs
  • Willingness to adapt and learn quickly on the new technology and processes
  • Can easily build relationship with stakeholders
  • Has excellent written and verbal communication skills

Position Description


To support our people’s professional development, we’re implementing the SFIA capability framework. This includes translating our Position Descriptions to align with the framework. We’ll keep you informed of any updates to this Position Description during the recruitment process.

Salary range: $59,400.00 - 72,600.00


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



Closing date: Tuesday the 16th 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.