Lead Advisor - Sexual Violence Service Development

Date:  22 May 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.



Lead Advisor - Sexual Violence Service Development


  • Help us transform a critical public service and tackle some big issues
  • Join a dynamic and inclusive working environment!
  • 12-month Fixed Term/Secondment, National Office, Wellington based


Are you passionate about helping New Zealand’s most vulnerable?


About our Team

MSD is a member of Te Puna Aonui, which has recently released ‘Te Aorerekura; The National Strategy to Eliminate Family Violence and Sexual Violence’. As a result of this strategy, there is an increased focus on improving support for people who have experienced family violence and sexual violence.


The Safe, Strong Families and Communities (SSFC) team sits within the Māori, Community and Partnerships business unit at MSD. The current focus of the SSFC team is MSD’s response to family violence, sexual violence and building financial capability across New Zealand.


We make a real and positive difference for communities; through the services we invest in and the support we give.

About the Role

MSD are the lead agency in Sexual Violence Service Development, with a goal of designing and delivering a more coordinated sexual violence response across the country.  MSD are committed to working closely with Te Puna Aonui for Family and Sexual Violence and a wide range of other government and non-government (service providers, community, iwi) stakeholders.


As MSD’s Lead Advisor, you will be the delivery lead for this work, alongside the Team Leader. Your role will be to mentor and drive the team, work with key stakeholders (both inside and external to MSD), and inject fresh thinking and agility to enable and catalyse social and economic change in order to get the best outcomes possible for people affected by sexual violence.


We are looking for a broad and strong set of skills within this role. You will be expected to focus on delivery, and to develop and manage relationships with a range of key stakeholders who will be critical to the success of this work.


A key priority will be to help lead the development  service guidelines, reporting measures, procurement process and contracts to ensure they are fit for purpose and provide the best outcomes for whānau seeking support for sexual violence.


While the role is based in Wellington, travel is likely for engagement with stakeholders.

Skills and Experience

We are seeking positive individuals, with relevant prior experience in community and social services, or government. You will need excellent relationship management skills and be able to demonstrate how you have contributed to making your working environments great places to work. 


You will also be able to demonstrate your ability to develop practical solutions for complex problems with a focus on getting the job done! 


To be successful in the role, you will:

  • Have the ability to lead complex work programmes/teams in pursuit of a key goal or outcome involving a wide range of key stakeholders
  • Be comfortable with ambiguity, but be able to define a path through that ambiguity
  • Be able to plan and manage delivery to agreed timelines
  • Have a demonstrated ability of working collaboratively but also to influence and manage the expectations of others as required to ensure progress is made and timelines are met
  • Lead and manage reporting to senior and executive internal MSD management
  • Be an innovative thinker that can provide practical solutions for complex issues
  • Be able to mentor and support senior advisors and advisors in their daily tasks    


We also value experience and knowledge in these areas:

  • Engaging with people at all levels (government and non-government)
  • Leading community conversations and facilitating workshops
  • Experience in community development and design
  • Policy writing
  • Systems thinking 


This is a new challenge for a skilled Lead Advisor.  An understanding of sexual violence or experience within the sector is desirable because you will provide important support systems to our New Zealand communities.


If this sounds like you, and you’re ready to either take a step up, or take on the next set of challenges in your career, then we want to hear from you! 

Salary range: $91,381 - $113,719






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 jobs@msd.govt.nz


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: Sunday 11th June, 5 pm. 






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.