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Senior Advisor Accreditation

Date:  13-Sep-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.



Senior Advisor Accreditation


Te Kāhui Kāhu / Social Services Accreditation



About us


We are an independent government business unit. Our team provides a professional, fair service for social service providers/organisations.  Our main function is Social Services Accreditation. We provide assurance that social service providers can deliver quality services. We do this by assessing organisations against the Social Services Accreditation Standards (SSAS) and making sure they meet these standards.


We also provide other services on behalf of other government agencies, including, Pay Equity Claim Oversight and Support and Core Worker Exemptions.



About the role

We are looking for two Senior Advisors to join our national office team.

As a Senior Advisor you will provide high quality advice and support to the Manager, Policy and Process to ensure that key accountabilities are met in relation to the work of accreditation. This includes carrying out analysis and providing technical advice relating to policy, process and the strategic direction of the accreditation service. You will also work as part of the Policy and Practice team supporting other advisors and senior advisors.

You will be expected to exercise leadership as part of our agile business approach to process development of key pieces of work, including leading vertical teams.

The role will have a focus on best practice, continued quality improvement and will maintain excellent relationships with staff both regionally and within national office.  

Skills and experience

Our ideal candidate will offer:

•    Strong analytical and strategic ability
•    High quality written and verbal communication skills
•    The ability to build and manage relationships both internally and externally
•    Proven experience in stakeholder relationship management
•    Operational policy and process development
•    Prior experience in Assessor or similar roles
•    Experience working in, or for, NGOs is desirable



In turn, we offer you a supportive and high energy work environment with a strong team culture.  We do interesting work and offer you opportunities to grow and enhance your career. 



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:   27 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.