Adviser/Senior Adviser (Animal Health)

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    6 months ago
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  • Category: Advisors
  • Location: Wellington City
  • Date Advertised: 29-JAN-21
  • Job Reference: MPI20/1479174A
  • Job Title: Adviser/Senior Adviser (Animal Health)
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Kōrero mō te tūranga – About the Role

The Adviser / Senior Adviser will contribute to the realisation of the readiness, response and recovery strategy. You will influence the delivery and achievement of response outcomes by the provision of high quality, well researched and reasoned advice, on a range of readiness, response and recovery plans, activities, products and initiatives (including but not limited to biosecurity threats such as Foot and Mouth Disease and African swine fever).

Some of your core day to day duties will involve the following:

  • Deliver readiness science-based activities such as plans and response operational specifications using sound and reasoned information, technical expertise, analysis and well researched, quality advice
  • Work closely with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders, including primary industries, to ensure that all products, activities and processes developed are user centric and fit for purpose
  • Support the overall delivery of team activities and help to coordinate and plan the work programme in line with MPI’s vision and the strategic direction of the readiness Group by using foundations and frameworks that are in place across MPI
  • Ensure ongoing evaluation of the work programme by using regular monitoring, assessment and reporting, with the results used to drive improvement
  • Actively supporting and participating in responses if required


Mōu – About You

We are looking for someone who is adaptable and thrives in a complex and sometimes ambiguous environment. Our ideal candidate is a team player who is resourceful, has initiative and a proven ability to deliver results. You will be able to think creatively, work under pressure, and prioritise your work. You will bring a high degree of enthusiasm and energy to the role.

A core requirement for this role is a veterinary qualification that is recognised in New Zealand, supported by current experience in your field of expertise in animal health.

Additionally, you will have:

  • A proven ability to produce top quality peer reviewed technical writing
  • High level analytical and evaluation skills
  • Strong written and verbal communication
  • Proven experience in managing projects or small programmes of work
  • Practical and operational experiences


At the Adviser level you will have:

  • At least three years’ professional experience in a relevant technical role either with industry, government or other similar organisations
  • Some experience in managing relationships with internal and external stakeholders and peers


At the Senior Adviser level you will have:

  • At least five years’ professional experience in a relevant technical role either with industry, government or other similar organisations
  • Proven experience in leading and facilitating technical working groups
  • Proven ability to think strategically in offering advice and services to enable delivery of strategic outcomes
  • Proven experience managing relationships with internal and external stakeholders, peers and senior leaders


Mō tō mātou rōpū – About the Team

The Readiness Group focuses on improving MPIs overall readiness in order to respond effectively and includes maintaining generic readiness that supports all systems; including biosecurity, food safety, adverse events, animal welfare and trade.

Readiness and Response Services is a directorate that forms part of the Biosecurity New Zealand Branch and is responsible for bringing together critical capability to effectively prepare and manage responses, and to co-ordinate recovery and long-term management activities; and compensation resulting from actions taken to manage biosecurity incursions, to those economically impacted. As a directorate we work across biosecurity, food, primary production and trade systems.


Mō te Manatū Ahu Matua – About MPI

The Ministry for Primary Industries is helping to seize export opportunities for our primary industries, improve sector productivity, ensure the food we produce is safe, increase sustainable resource use, and protect New Zealand from biological risk.


Ahurea – Culture

We are committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive culture. We are fair in our behaviour and our policies promote equal opportunity for all. We provide numerous training programmes and opportunities for people to continuously improve their skill sets and keep up to date with global best practices. MPI has a focus on career pathways so this is the first step in your career with us and we will help you grow.

To find out more about the Ministry and what we do please click here


Ngā hua o te Mahi i te Manatū Ahu Matua: – Benefits of working at MPI

  • Up to three additional (MPI holidays) leave days
  • Benefit from flexible working arrangements
  • Career development and internal opportunities across the branch and organisation
  • Wellness benefit for employees
  • Workstation assessment
  • Free annual flu vaccination
  • Bi-annual MPI-paid eye test and contribution to the costs of corrective lenses/frames

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The role is broad banded range D $92,000 to $108,000 & E $75,000 – $89,000 for Senior Adviser and F $66,000 – $77,000 for Adviser depending on skills and experience.


Wā Mahi Ngāwari – Flexible Working

If you’re interested, we are open to discussing flexible working options with you.  This can take many forms such as (but not limited to) reduced hours, remote working, flexible start and finish times, compressed hours or term-time work. Please feel free to talk to us at the interview about the flexibility you are looking for and we will explore what’s possible for the role.

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Me pēhea te tuku tono – How to Apply

To view the position description and/or apply for the role please click “APPLY FOR THIS JOB” or visit the MPI Careers Site. For tracking and reporting purposes, all applications must be submitted through our online careers portal.

To apply for this role you must hold the right to work in New Zealand or be eligible to obtain it – click here to find out more about work visa eligibility and options.

The closing date is Sunday 14th February 2021

If you have any questions about the role, please email   


The Ministry for Primary Industries is committed to providing a working environment that embraces and values inclusion and diversity. Your unique talents and experience will help us deliver exceptional services to our communities in Aotearoa. In return you’ll enjoy an inclusive and flexible working environment in a diverse team of people while you’re growing your career here in NZ and internationally. We actively encourage applications from all backgrounds. If you have any support or access requirements, we encourage you to tell us when you apply so that we can assist you through the recruitment process.