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Kaitohutohu Tūhono Mātāmua / Lead Advisor Communications

Date:  10-Jan-2022

Wellington, NZ

Kaitohutohu Tūhono Mātāmua / Lead Advisor Communications



Fixed term, full time, Wellington 


•    Standalone communications role with lots of variety
•    Flexible working environment 
•    Opportunity to shape the look and feel of our organisation


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The purpose of the Independent Children’s Monitor (the Monitor) is to provide a credible view of the Oranga Tamariki System, highlighting areas that will drive continuous improvement and support improving outcomes for children and young people, particularly tamariki Māori. Our review, analysis and reporting functions drive improvement and give us the opportunity to provide accurate information to a range of audiences including Ministers, government agencies, iwi, non-government agencies, whānau and individuals on the performance of the System.


The Kaitohutohu Tūhono Mātāmua /Lead Advisor Communications is a stand-alone communications role.  In this role you will have the ability to shape your own work programme and the opportunity to work flexibly in a way that works for you and your other commitments. There will be a lot of variety with a range of responsibilities including: 


•    Managing and enhancing the Monitor’s existing website – experience with Silverstripe or similar, and Google analytics, a real advantage 
•    Drafting the monthly external newsletter – we use MailChimp 
•    Providing editing and formatting support for all external documents including reports - some basic design experience an advantage
•    Liaising with external printing, graphic and creative providers 
•    Supporting the Monitor’s leadership team with media, key messages, presentations, and other communications collateral, including regular internal communications 
•    Building the Monitor’s profile over time 


The Monitor will be transitioning out of MSD in the second half of 2022, and during this time you will also have responsibilities regarding communicating internally and externally about the transition process.   


We are looking for someone who enjoys variety, who has excellent written communication, who is organised and can anticipate the next move, and who thrives in an environment of development and change.    


Our values are Kia Māia – to be Courageous; Kia Pono, Kia Tika – to be Trustworthy; Manaaki – to be Respectful; and Kia Huritao – to be Reflective.  We are looking for people who share these values to join us.   


This fixed term role will start in the new year and run through to December 2022.  


You can find out more about the Monitor at  

If you have any questions, please contact   








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 competencies 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:  24 January 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.