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Senior Programme Advisor

Date:  14-Sep-2021

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 Programme Advisor

•    Fixed Term to June 2022, National Office, Wellington
•    Salary range is $94,834 - $115,908


We have a great opportunity for a Senior Programme Advisor to join the Te Pae Tawhiti Programme Management team. Te Pae Tawhiti – Our Future is a long-term programme of work and a priority for the Ministry, focused on how we can make a bigger and better difference for New Zealanders.

The Te Pae Tawhiti programme will deliver services that are easier, more accessible and integrated across employment, housing, and income support with greater use of partnering. The programme will also modernise our technology, data, and information to support this business change.


It is a fast-paced environment and we are looking for people who can hit the ground running, with proven experience in building relationships and working in a collaborative team environment.


A suitable candidate would:


•    Understand the programme’s strategic direction and agile working approaches to assist with the development of critical core artefacts that support programme planning and demonstrate programme progress. Ensures that information is presented effectively.
•    Provide effective project support enabling the Programme Director and Programme Manager to focus on critical success factors.
•    Demonstrates effective communication, negotiation and facilitation skills. 
•    Demonstrate analytical and systematic approach to issue resolution.
•    Contributes fully to the work of the programme. Plans, schedules and monitors own work (and that of others where applicable) competently within limited deadlines and according to relevant legislation, standards and procedures. Appreciates the wider business context, and how own role relates to other roles and to the business.


Ideally you will have previous experience in a busy senior executive and project environment where you can deliver high quality project and administration support services, including project planning and scheduling for a range of project and programmes. Your high-calibre communication and administration skills will be vital to the success and achievements of multiple project activities.


If you have the necessary skills and experience, we want to hear from you.

How to Apply 


To apply, click the 'Apply Now' button to upload your CV and 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 accountabilities 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 


Applications close 5.00pm Monday 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.