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Senior Advisor Child Centred Engagement - Oranga Tamariki


Wellington, NZ

Senior Advisor Child-Centred Engagement, Oranga Tamariki—Ministry for Children


Do you have Youth Development expertise, a desire to improve outcomes for tamariki, rangatahi Māori and their whānau, a working knowledge of Te reo me ōna tikanga and you are passionate about supporting tamariki and rangatahi to find their voice? We are looking for a Senior Advisor Child-Centred Engagement to join our Voices of Children and Young People team in the Tamariki Advocate Group.


This is an exciting opportunity to be a part of a team that works to ensure tamariki and rangatahi voices are heard throughout Oranga Tamariki. Using engagement, research, Te Ao Māori worldview/principles, participatory and advocacy approaches, the Voices of Children and Young People’s team supports Oranga Tamariki to understand tamariki and rangatahi experiences, needs and aspirations, and use these to inform and shape future policies, practices and services. 


About us:

Our tamariki and rangatahi deserve to feel safe, have their voices heard, and be surrounded by loving whānau. Putting children first guides everything we do here at Oranga Tamariki–Ministry for Children. Along with that, we value fairness and sincerity. We treat whānau with respect and we think long-term. We believe that by getting involved early in their lives and showing love and care, we give children the best chance of growing into happy thriving New Zealanders.


About the role:

The purpose of this role is to ensure that the Voices of Children and Young People team engages effectively and meaningfully with tamariki and rangatahi, especially tamariki and rangatahi Māori. This role will use youth development and advocacy approaches to help tamariki and rangatahi be heard, have their voices valued and acted on across Oranga Tamariki. It will support and create platforms and forums for direct connection between tamariki and rangatahi and the wider organisation. 

Skills and experience:

Preference will be given to those who have: 
•    Experience working directly with tamariki and rangatahi and their whānau
•    Youth development knowledge and expertise 
•    A working knowledge of Te Reo me ōna tikanga
•    Experience in understanding and advocating for the needs of tamariki and rangatahi
•    Experience working in a project-environment and ability to support and deliver projects 
•    Excellent communication and written skills

What we offer:

We offer a dedicated and supportive team, flexible work options and the opportunity to apply your skills and experience to the wellbeing of vulnerable tamariki and rangatahi.


How to apply:

If you are ready to challenge yourself in a role that will make a difference to our tamariki and rangatahi then apply online with your CV and Cover Letter. 


For internal Oranga Tamariki employees please apply online through your MyHR careers portal at work.  Kindly upload a current CV and Cover Letter as part of your application.

Only applications made online will be accepted.


If you have any questions about the role, please contact


Applications close 2nd October 2020