Advisor, Ethics

  • Company:
    Govt NZ Jobs
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  • Salary:
    negotiable / month
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  • Posted:
    2 months ago
  • Category:
  • Job Type: Ongoing – Full Time
  • Category: Policy and Advisory
  • Location: Wellington
  • Date Advertised: 05-FEB-21
  • Job Reference: MOH/1511079
  • Job Title: Advisor, Ethics
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  • Summary:
  • Do you have an interest in health and disability research ethics?
  • A work program that involves working with diverse groups and specialist committees?
  •  Full time permanent position available, based in Wellington.


 Are you a great communicator who is well organised and would enjoy being part of a team that provides high-quality advice and support to Ethics Committees? This role might just be what you’re looking for!


Mō tō mātou rōpū – About our team: 

You will be working in a dedicated team with independent Ministerial Ethics Committees. The Ethics team sits within the Quality Assurance and Safety group and is part of the wider 

 Health System Improvement and Innovation directorate. The work is varied and intellectually challenging, policy and operational, with a work program that focuses on improving the quality of ethical review and providing advice to Ministers about emerging ethical issues in the health sector.


The Advisor sits within the Ethics team. The Ethics team supports the regulatory, functional, and strategic requirements of five Ministerial Ethics Committees as well as two Ministerial Strategy and Policy committees, as follows:


  • The Ethics Committee on Assisted Reproductive Technology (ECART) is established and designated under section 27 of the Human Assisted Reproductive Technology (HART) Act 2004. ECART’s function is to consider and determine applications (from fertility treatment providers) for assisted reproductive procedures or human reproductive research. ECART can only consider an application for procedures that the strategy and policy committee; the Advisory Committee on Assisted Reproductive Technology (ACART) has issued guidelines and advice for. Our team also supports the Ministry’s COVID-19 response, Gene editing regulation, and human rights.


Te whainga poto o tēnei tūranga – What is the purpose of this position?: 

The Advisor, Ethics works as part of a team to provide high-quality advice and secretariat support to the Ethics Committees and working groups as they carry out their functions. Along with some administrative functions, the Advisor is responsible for developing and providing high-quality advice, based on robust analysis, on issues that arise for the Ethics Committees.  


The Advisor will:

  • Attend ethics committee meetings and take detailed minutes.
  • Provide advice and guidance to researchers, ethics committee members, and staff on the ethical review process and the ethical issues related to health and disability policy
  • Monitor relevant IT ethics database for applications approaching key deadlines and problem shoot to resolution according to the relevant committees’s Standard Operating Procedures, 
  • Demonstrate an understanding and contributes to the work program they are assigned to and provide quality advice and support with the overnight and support of Senior Advisor and/or Principal Advisors


Ngā Pūkenga me ngā Wheako – Skills & Experience: 

The successful candidate will have experience Knowledge and experience servicing Committees (agenda, minute taking, meeting packs etc.) at an intermediate level or above, and working knowledge of government processes and ethics.


 In particular, the successful candidate will demonstrate:

  • Knowledge and experience in health and disability research ethics, the principles of ethical review, and the system of ethical review in New Zealand to an intermediate level.
  • Some previous leadership skills with an ability to provide free and frank advice with tact and diplomacy to appointed committee members at meetings.
  • Bachelor’s degree/postgraduate qualification specifically in bioethics, law, philosophy or a health-related subject


The Ministry of Health is the kaitiaki of the health and disability system in New Zealand. We are responsible for providing active stewardship and leadership across the nation’s health and disability system. We ensure the system provides people with the highest levels of care, regardless of who they are or where they live.  


You will find a copy of the Position Description attached or online at Please click ‘Apply for this Job’ to upload your CV and cover letter. 

For further information regarding the role, please contact Liam O’Sullivan, Senior Recruitment Advisor at liam.o’ quoting reference number MOH/1511079

Advertising for this role closes at Midnight on Sunday, 21 February 


We encourage diversity and inclusion at the Ministry of Health and are committed to equal opportunity in all our employment policies and procedures. In particular, we want to ensure accessibility needs are well supported, so the recruitment process is fair and equitable for all. Therefore, please let us know if there is any support, we can provide to ensure the recruitment process is fully accessible to you. You can contact us at or on +64 4 816 2478 if you would like to discuss any accessibility needs you may have.