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Principal Advisor Pacific

Date:  09-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.



Principal Advisor Pacific


  • Varied, challenging and highly rewarding role
  • Join a passionate and exciting team! 
  • 12 months Fixed term/Secondment opportunity - Wellington based

Work to make a positive difference for New Zealand Pacific clients, families and communities!


The Māori, Communities and Partnerships Group is responsible for building capability across MSD to support the aspirations of Māori, Pacific and Migrant population groups, connecting and collaborating to build effective partnerships and community approaches that achieve better outcomes for those who most need our support.

Tēnei tūranga - About the role


The Principal Advisor Pacific will provide high level strategic, cultural and analytical leadership for the Pacific and Community Capability Programmes Group and the wider Ministry to gather and share insights and advice on how to make it easier for Pacific to engage with the Ministry and for the Ministry to become more effective in the delivery of services for Pacific clients, families and communities.

He kōrero mōu- About you

To be successful in the role, you will have the following:


  • Deeply understands Pacific world views (identity, language, and culture), principles and practices and apply these throughout the work programme
  • A passion for working in a pacific team and being a champion of Pacific Prosperity 
  • In-depth Knowledge of Pacific networks and Community Capability
  • Demonstrated leadership and project management experience
  • Support sustainable partnerships for impact
  • Client service knowledge
  • Excellent ability at building and maintaining effective relationships
  • Skills in research and analysis and the ability to communicate these effectively
  • Clear concise written and verbal skills 
  • Proficiency in a Pacific language is desirable  

For more information about the pacific prosperity strategy and action plan please visit this link  Pacific Strategy and Action Plan 


In this role you will be influential amongst Pacific community networks and drive improvements that will ultimately improve the lives and outcomes of Pacific people. 


If this sounds like you, apply now.

Salary range: $109,999.00 - $164,999.00






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: Sunday 26th March, 5 pm. Please note that we may begin shortlisting as we receive applications. We encourage early applications as we may withdraw the advertising at any time.






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.