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Principal Advisor Operational Policy and Practice (Independent Children's Monitor)


Wellington, NZ

Kaitātari Aporei, Kaupapahere Rauemi


Permanent, full-time, Wellington


  • Support improving outcomes for our tamariki and rangatahi
  • Influencing through professional and thought leadership
  • Be part of a new organisation, a new team and a new way of operating


Nau mai, haere mai!  Tirohia tēnei. Welcome! Please check this out.


The Independent Children’s Monitor (the Monitor) is a new organisation set up to provide independent oversight across the Oranga Tamariki System*, monitoring those organisations that have custody and care of tamariki (children) and rangatahi (youth) with a focus on supporting improved outcomes for tamariki, rangatahi and their whānau.


We are now entering an exciting phase of building our team to be able to fully meet our monitoring and reporting commitments. 


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.   


The Kaitātari Aporei, Kaupapahere Rauemi - Principal Advisor Operational Policy and Practice will develop new and update existing operational policies and associated practice documentation for the Monitor which is in line with legislation and policy intent.  You will build strong relationships across the Monitor’s front-line team to ensure a comprehensive understanding of the monitoring function and the priorities for operational policy development or improvement.


You will provide advice to the leadership team on operational policy to ensure accurate and full understanding and universal uptake of operational policy.


This is a new role in a new organisation and the Monitor has little existing operational policy, so this is an opportunity to build a complete and fit-for-purpose suite of policies and procedures. 


We are looking for someone with:


  • previous experience in developing operational process and best practice in a service delivery environment
  • proven expertise translating legislation and/or regulations into operational policy
  • technical and professional knowledge in social sector/human services
  • an excellent ability to make meaningful connections with a wide range of people
  • strongly demonstrated expertise in considering a range of information and drawing conclusions, researching and producing credible evidence to support operational policy direction.


Given the evolving situation with COVID-19, we will work with short-listed applicants to determine the best approach for interviews, whether they are held in-person or virtually, and future work scenarios. The health and safety of our staff and the community is of the utmost importance.


You can find out more about the Monitor at 



How to Apply


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


External applicants (including Oranga Tamariki, Ministry for Children employees) – please apply through the apply button and upload your CV and cover letter to our applicant tracking system. 


Please apply online with your CV and cover letter via the “apply” button. All applications must be made online. If this is not possible or if you have any queries, please contact


Your cover letter will be a key part of our assessment process, so please highlight how your experience and capability relates to the competencies listed in the position description.


Applications Close: Thursday 4 June 2020


If you have any questions, please contact  


*The term “Oranga Tamariki system” is used to describe any agency services provided to children and young people under the Oranga Tamariki Act 1989 and includes all agencies that provide services to children in the Oranga Tamariki system, for example health, education and disability services and includes non-government organisations.