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Senior Programme Advisors - Transformation Office

Date:  22-Sep-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 Programme Advisors- Transformation Office



•    Innovative programme of work
•    Be part of an exciting Transformation journey for MSD
•    Permanent or secondment/fixed term to October 2023




MSD’s Transformation Office is responsible for leading the strategic management of MSD’s overall work programme, which includes Te Pae Tawhiti programme as well as all other work in Portfolios. The functions of the Transformation Office include planning, and reporting, controls management, assurance, governance coordination, benefits and value management, and investment advice to governance. The Transformation Office also takes a lead role in increasing maturity in of MSD’s Agile delivery approach. 




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.




Our Senior Programme Advisor will support the efficient and effective management and delivery of MSD’s work programme and the key goals and accountabilities of the Transformation Office, including associated frameworks and processes.  Your proven experience and knowledge will enable the Director to focus on the critical success factors of this important mahi.



We are looking for  experienced Senior Programme Advisors who can hit the ground running, with proven experience in building stakeholder relationships and working in a collaborative team environment.



A suitable candidate will have:


•    A strong understanding of how a programme’s strategic direction might be implemented
•    Demonstrated experience and championship of agile working approaches
•    Experience in the development of critical core artefacts that support programme planning and demonstrate programme progress
•    Expertise and experience in the use of programme/project methodologies, tools and principles
•    Proven decision-making and leadership skills



You will be someone who has highly effective organisation, planning and communication skills and be a motivated individual who can adapt easily to the needs of the programme within a time pressured environment.  




Be part of shaping the future direction of MSD.  Please note in your cover letter whether your preference is permanent or secondment/fixed term or either.

Salary range: $95,546 - $116,778






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 apply through your myHR portal at work.  This will ensure that your myHR employee profile is visible as internal candidate.


Closing date:  2 October 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.


MSD has 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.