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Principal Analyst

Date:  12-Sep-2021

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.



The Opportunity


Join a dynamic research and evaluation team producing evidence that informs decision making for better social outcomes. Bring your thought leadership and your technical excellence in research and evaluation as well as your ability to influence for uptake and manage stakeholder relationships to help us hone the value and impact we achieve through our knowledge products. 

The role sits within the Research and Evaluation team in the Strategy and Insights Group. Our Group leads development and implementation of the Ministry’s strategy by creating insights for effective decision making, focusing resources on the right investments, and understanding and evaluating performance.



About the team 

The Research and Evaluation team are champions and custodians of evidence within the Ministry. We are responsible for looking ahead, developing, and delivering a programme of research and evaluative work that produces insights and positions knowledge products to shape the Ministry’s strategic decisions. We are experts in results-based design, research, and evaluation, deploying a range of methodologies to answer questions at the core of effective social development intervention. We support quality, ethics, publication, transparency, and empowerment through the research process. 



About the role

We are looking for a Principal Analyst to provide sector/thematic thought leadership and lead a programme of evaluation and research work in employment or communities, family, and sexual violence areas.

You’ll be a high performing, committed Principal Analyst with a strong drive to influence decision making. Passionate about evidence informing investment. You thrive on, and can build, meaningful relationships with your teams, stakeholders, and senior leaders across a range of MSD networks to ensure insights get uptake. 

You’re a natural leader that mentors others, is adaptive and strategic. You help the sector look ahead, challenge current thinking, anticipate future opportunities, and help teams deliver quality influential work on time - Better Insights, Better Decisions, Better Lives.


What you will bring to role 



  • You know how to write for your reader and design knowledge products that engage the user because they’re digestible, tell a story and can be applied in practice
  • Your able help other teams grapple with complexity and apply insights to problems and decisions
  • You have thematic knowledge and experience in employment or communities or sexual and family violence related areas.
  • You are confident designing research or evaluation methods – mixed methods, qualitative or quantitative
  • You enjoy breaking down the research process to find ways to deliver value early and along the way.
  • Your analysis moves proficiently from meso to macro and works across the programme and policy Lifecyle. 
  • You are proactive and productive, you plan, implement, and adapt your programme of work to deliver value in a changing environment



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: Monday 27th September 2021


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.