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Senior Project Manager - Pacific

Date:  16-Mar-2023

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 Project Manager – Pacific


  • Pacific and Community Capabilities focus
  • Provide Senior Project Management skills across the organisation
  • Varied, challenging and highly rewarding role 
  • Permanent opportunity - Wellington based


About the role / Te āhuatunga a te tūranga


We are looking for an experienced Senior Project Manager to manage a range of initiatives including those that build capability across the Ministry on how to make it easier for Pacific clients, families and communities to engage with the Ministry. The initiatives also include those that enable the Ministry to become more effective in the delivery of services for Pacific clients, families and communities. The successful candidate will also be involved in the development, implementation and on-going review of our Pacific strategy and action plan, Pacific Prosperity - Our People, Our Future, Our Solutions.


You will have successfully managed a range of initiatives, be a highly relational manager with a focus on improved outcomes for our communities and building capability. You will have demonstrated experience in project management, planning, financial and risk management, and implementation on significant projects as well as managing and influencing others while working collaboratively across teams and sectors.


Reporting to the Programme Manager, this role sits within the Pacific and Community Capability Programmes Team of the Māori, Communities and Partnerships Group who are responsible for strategic partnerships; community, employment and population-based programmes and the service management of contracted services including family and sexual violence. 


About you / Ō wheako, ō pukenga


In order to succeed in this role, you will have:

  • Demonstrated experience working with Māori, Pacific and communities to achieve positive change and outcomes
  • Proven experience in a project/change management role, ideally within the public service, leading and implementing a range of successful projects
  • Strong stakeholder management experience, both internally and externally, with the ability to establish credibility at all levels
  • Demonstrated ability to see the "big picture" and understand the strategic context of projects
  • Project management skills including financial budget and forecasting management, planning and scheduling, benefits and risk management
  • Sound knowledge of techniques for planning, monitoring and controlling projects
  • Coaching team members


So, if you are looking for a challenging role where you can really make a difference and lead the delivery of critical work, please apply now.

Salary range: $109,424.00 - $133,740.00






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


Closing date: Sunday 2nd April, 5 pm. 






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.