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Senior Advisor

Date:  10-May-2022

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.



Senior Advisor



1 year fixed term/secondment 


Wellington based



An opportunity has become available in the ‘Help Me Prepare for a Job’ value stream in the Employment Service Delivery portfolio.


We are looking for a Senior Advisor with strong understanding of Te Ao Māori tikanga and practises to work on trials and services in this stream, particularly on services under the Oranga Mahi programme. This is a 1 year fixed term/secondment opportunity and we would need someone to start immediately.


Oranga Mahi is a programme of cross agency trials and services delivered in partnership with Primary Health Organisations, District Health Boards and Community Health Providers other Ministries and Iwi/Hapu Māori. By partnering together, Oranga Mahi aims to improve the socio-economic conditions for whānau who are on a benefit living with health conditions or disabilities. 



The ideal person should have the following:

•    Proven experience in managing effective relationships in a community setting or with Health agencies
•    Proficiency in Te Reo Māori is preferred  
•    Confident in upholding Te Tiriti o Waitangi principals and is willing to support embedding Te Ao Māori tikanga and practises into the way we do things at MSD
•    A strong understanding of MSD business processes and practices 
•    Provide specific coaching and/or mentoring to other team members as well as professional support and advice as necessary around Te Ao Māori approaches
•    Good understanding of project development from conception through to implementation
•    A good understanding of data and evaluation analysis as well as monitoring and reporting frameworks
•    Excellent relationship management skills with the ability to lead and participate on local and national reference/steering groups
•    Must be able to travel and hold a current Full Driver’s License 

Salary range: $94,834.00 - $115,908.00






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 ensure you have the support of your manager and apply through your myHR portal at work.  This will ensure that your myHR employee profile is visible as internal candidate.


Closing date: 22 May 2022






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.


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