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Senior / Principal Policy Analysts

Date:  23-Sep-2022

Wellington, NZ

Who we are


The Social Wellbeing Agency works on challenging social-sector problems to improve people’s lives. We focus our efforts on where we can make the greatest impact to lead and shine a light on policy issues that affect the wellbeing of New Zealanders. We collaborate across the system advising on policy issues that fall between the gaps. Ultimately, we want our approaches to achieve sustainable improvements for the wellbeing of New Zealanders.



We are committed to being an inclusive workplace and we value the diversity that everyone brings.  We welcome applications from everyone regardless of gender identity, age, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, or religion.  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.



Talk to us about what flexible work arrangements might work for you and us both.  You must have the right to live and work in New Zealand to apply for this job.  We also prefer all staff on our premises to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19. If you progress further through the recruitment stages, we may need to verify your vaccine passport. 

Senior / Principal Policy Analysts





The Social Wellbeing Agency | Toi Hau Tāngata is looking for experienced policy professionals to provide social sector decision makers with compelling policy advice and insights. 



About you



Are you excited about developing quality policy advice from insights, evidence and data to inform cross-social sector policy?  Are you an articulate communicator who is comfortable providing sound and balanced analysis and policy advice to stakeholders?  We could have the perfect role for you where you can shape policy and insights to improve the wellbeing of Aotearoa.  



Who we are looking for?



We are looking for Senior / Principal Policy Analysts with a genuine interest in social sector policy.  You will also have:  


•    Experience in providing high quality and innovative policy advice, ideally in the public sector.  
•    An understanding of the principles of policy development and quality policy advice processes.  
•    Strong collaboration, coordination and influencing skills with an ability to effectively engage with a wide range of people.
•    Excellent written and visual communication skills with an ability to translate technical or analytical information for a non-technical audience.  
•    The ability to deliver work to a high standard and on time, both independently and with the support of others.
•    An understanding of the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and a commitment to develop your cultural capability in te ao Māori.  



What will you be doing?



There’s always plenty of variety in what we do. Depending on your level of experience your projects can range from discrete, quick turnaround policy advice for the Social Wellbeing Board or our Minister, to longer term projects and partnerships with key stakeholders.  



You will work with our team of data scientists, research and evaluation experts and our sector engagement team to draw out insights to provide quality policy advice and recommendations for social sector decision makers. You’ll collaborate with subject matter experts inside and outside of government to provide the best advice and shape cross-sector policies. 



Salary ranges:


Senior Policy Analyst - $98,500 - $139,000

Principal Policy Analyst - $138,000 - $194,900



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 external applications must be made online.


Internal SWA Employees Please send your cover letter and CV through to Chelsey Squibb via email:


Closing date:  9 October 2022



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.


We have a COVID-19 vaccination policy that encourages, but does not require, employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and its variants, unless the role is identified as requiring vaccination at the time.



Like to Know More?


You can find out more about SWA by visiting our website.  We look forward to hearing from you.