Advisers, Response

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  • Category: Advisors
  • Location: Wellington City
  • Date Advertised: 11-JAN-21
  • Job Reference: MPI20/1502353
  • Job Title: Advisers, Response
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Kōrero mō te tūranga – About the Role

We are looking for four Advisers, who are passionate about biosecurity, can provide well-reasoned advice, and can contribute to, manage and deliver biosecurity responses to achieve agreed response objectives.

In addition to delivering within complex biosecurity responses, you will actively contribute to response readiness, contribute to Response Group work plans, and work collaboratively across boundaries to provide high quality advice on a range of activities, products and initiatives; to improve MPI’s response performance.

The Response work programme involves engaging with Treaty partners, other government agencies, key Government Industry Agreement partners, and contracted providers of field services.  You will contribute to the realisation of the Readiness and Response strategy, team outcomes, and be involved in work related to continual improvement across the Readiness and Response Services Directorate.


Mōu – About You

To be successful in this role you will have:

  • Graduate degree in a relevant biological science discipline
  • Proven ability to deliver on work priorities
  • Proven ability to work in ambiguous work environments
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills, and adapted to meet audience needs
  • Proven ability to communicate effectively with a range of internal and external stakeholders
  • Proven ability to be resilient, adaptable and effective in high-pressure situations


Mō tō mātou rōpū – About the Directorate

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, as well as 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.


About our Teams

The Biosecurity Response Teams deal with incursions of new-to-New Zealand organisms and diseases that could threaten New Zealand’s economy, environment, social and cultural values, and human health. Our teams are accountable for delivery of effective responses under the Coordinated Incident Management System (CIMS) framework; aimed at ensuring the values of our unique environments and our primary industries are maintained. Our teams of Advisers and Senior Advisers work across MPI and with Treaty partners, other government agencies, and Government Industry Agreement (GIA) partners. They also provide biosecurity and technical expertise across a range of disciplines.


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.


About the Business Unit

Biosecurity New Zealand has a critical role in preventing harmful organisms crossing New Zealand’s borders. Along with preparing for and responding to biosecurity incursions, it also manages border and compliance activities, diagnostics and surveillance activities and MPI’s centralised intelligence, planning and co-ordination group.


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

  • Brand new offices close to Railway Station
  • Up to three additional (MPI holidays) leave days
  • Career development and internal opportunities across the branch and organisation
  • Parental leave ex-gratia payment
  • Flexible working – we support work life balance and flexible work arrangements whenever possible

See the benefits of working at MPI

This role is broad banded across G and F which is $57k to $77k depending on skills and experience.


Me pēhea te tuku tono – How to Apply

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

To view the position description and/or apply for the role (submitting a cover letter and current curriculum vitae), please click “APPLY NOW” 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.

In order to be considered for this role, applicants must be available to interview within New Zealand or via Skype.

The closing date is Monday 25th January 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.