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Programme Manager

Date:  09-Jun-2021

Wellington, NZ

About us

The Ministry of Social Development (MSD) 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.



Programme Manager


•    Lead and manage work programmes across Māori, Communities and Partnerships
•    Provide high quality advice in a varied, challenging and highly rewarding role 
•    Permanent role, Wellington based

The Ministry of Social Development (MSD) is the lead agency for the social sector.  We help the Government to set priorities across the sector, co-ordinate the actions of other social sector agencies and track changes in the social wellbeing of New Zealanders.    

In our work, we make a real and positive difference for communities, through the services we invest in and the support we give.

The Programme Manager will be responsible for leading and managing a variety of Service and Contract Management programmes / projects and is accountable for the successful delivery of new capabilities. In this newly created role, you will initiate and deliver a range of programmes that have been allocated to the project delivery group based in Māori, Communities and Partnerships, and MSD priorities. The Programme Manager may be responsible for managing multiple projects and / or programmes in parallel. 

To be successful in this role, you will need:

•    Demonstrated use of recognised project and programme methodology and tools or extensive experience in business project/change management role
•    Understand the key strategic issues facing the Ministry and Government priorities
•    Lead and support work programmes on a broad range of issues in service and contract management
•    Highly developed analytical skills with the ability to provide robust recommendations
•    Extensive experience in management of complex work programmes and leading teams preferably in the public sector
•    Proven experience of managing complex relationships, both internally and externally, with the ability to establish credibility at all levels
•    Excellent communication skills both verbal and in writing

If you are keen to be involved and work in a high-profile arena, we would like to hear from you.


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:  Thursday, 24 June 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.