Analyst Tracing & Network Analysis

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    2 months ago
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  • Category: Policy/Analysts
  • Location: Wellington City
  • Date Advertised: 05-FEB-21
  • Job Reference: MPI21/1510032
  • Job Title: Analyst Tracing & Network Analysis
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Ma tau rourou, ma taku rourou, ka ora te iwi (with your contribution and my contribution the people will prosper)

 Mō te Manatū Ahu Matua – (About MPI)

Our biosecurity system is based on how we manage risks offshore, at the border and within New Zealand. New Zealand’s environment, our economy and trade and our way of life are underpinned by a strong biosecurity system. Our actions have been very successful in protecting New Zealand from incursions of almost all pests and diseases that could cause significant harm. We can be proud of what we achieve every day. However, the threats we face are growing in scale and complexity – changing risk pathways, climate change and pressure from established pests. Biosecurity New Zealand needs to make some changes to ensure the system is fit for the future and we can continue to support strong trade and economic growth in an increasingly uncertain world.

We want to be in a position where we can continue to strengthen the biosecurity system over the coming decade. We need to be set up well to become more influential and outward-facing and have excellent business systems and processes in place to support us and the farmers, growers and communities we work for. We have 2 Fixed Term opportunities for Analysts in our Tracing and Analysis team until June 2021.

Mō tō mātou rōpū (About our team):

New Zealand’s Mycoplasma bovis Eradication Programme, is a world first effort to eradicate this cattle disease from a national herd. Eradication of this disease will help protect the productivity of our dairy and beef industries, part of our multi-billion-dollar export economy and New Zealand’s way of life. The Programme environment is dynamic, as it adapts quickly to increase the effectiveness of our eradication methods, works to reduce the impact on affected farmers, and ultimately leave New Zealand’s biosecurity system stronger.  We’re passionate about what we do and enjoy working with like-minded people who want to see New Zealand farming free from this disease in the future.

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

The Tracing and Network Analysis team are responsible for tracing animal movements or other events that present a risk of disease spread and characterising the infection network using the extraction and analyses of data. These data sets are used to identify risk events relevant to the programme. The team use multiple information sources, including the National Animal Identification and Tracing (NAIT) scheme.

As Analysts, you would work with multiple databases to accurately extract and analyse data from these various sources to identify events representing risk of transmitting M. bovis. This information is used by the Disease Control and Service Integration Group to inform actions on farms for disease control purposes. These are important positions that support the eradication programme by gathering and communicating movement and other risk information to enable the Disease Control and Service Integration along with other teams to carry out their directives.

Ngā Pūkenga me ngā Wheako(Skills & Experience):

To succeed in this role, you will have a strong eye for detail,  and previous experience working with large data sets.  You’ll also be able to demonstrate your ability to gather, organise, analyse and communicate information accurately, efficiently and effectively.

Familiarity working with large data sets will see you as an or advanced user of Microsoft Excel and  the ability to work across databases along with the use of common coding/database queryinglanguages. Working knowledge of  R, Python or SQL would be advantageous. If this sounds like you and you have the motivation and desire to be successful within a dynamic team, we would encourage you to submit an application. 

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
  • Career development and internal opportunities across the branch and organisation
  • Wellness benefit for employees


Tonu mai inaianei (Apply now):

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.

For information please refer to the position description on the MPI careers website or email 


Applications close 19 February 2021


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.