Assistant Inspector

  • Company:
    Govt NZ Jobs
  • Salary:
    negotiable / month
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  • Posted:
    2 months ago
  • Category:
    Govt Jobs
  • Job Type:
  • Category: Inspector
  • Location: Wellington
  • Date Advertised: 12-NOV-19
  • Job Reference: OMB/1432469
  • Job Title: Assistant Inspector
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  • Summary:

Assistant Inspector OPCAT

  • Can you quickly build rapport with people from different walks of life?
  • Help us ensure people in detention are treated humanely.
  • Be part of a high-performing and close-knit team.

The Chief Ombudsman inspects and monitors the treatment of people in places of detention, including prisons, courts, immigration detention facilities, and health and disability facilities. This is carried out through a programme of visits to facilities around the country. The inspection role stems from the United Nations Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture (OPCAT).   

We have experienced considerable growth in the inspection activities we deliver and are therefore expanding our OPCAT staff. We are looking for two Assistant Inspectors to join a team of Inspectors and Senior Inspectors to assist in monitoring the treatment of people in places of detention. You will be part of a friendly and collaborative environment where our people enjoy interesting and challenging work and are passionate about what they do.

Reporting to a Manager OPCAT, you will travel around New Zealand and attend inspections of detention facilities, where you will assist to examine the conditions and treatment of detainees. You will be required to attend and write up minutes from interviews and meetings, as well as contribute to evidence gathering, analysis, reporting and planning. You will apply best practice methodology and relevant national and international law. You will get the opportunity to be part of a team that makes a real difference and contributes to achieving impactful outcomes for people in detention.

What you will bring:

  • Relevant tertiary qualification, preferably in a legal, medical, social science, education or cultural field;
  • Experience in undertaking evidence based research and analysis, including conducting interviews and/or site visits;
  • Excellent communication skills, including oral communication and report writing;
  • Demonstrated ability to build rapport with people from different cultural backgrounds and all walks of life;
  • You will have the ability to recognise and understand key Māori, disability, and other cultural and human rights concepts;
  • Experience in visiting or working in a place of detention and a real-life understanding of what is required to ensure fair and humane treatment of people in a detention facility;
  • Experience as a team player who contributes to a positive team dynamic and works as part of a cohesive and collaborative team; and
  • Willing and able to undertake frequent travel around New Zealand for up to two weeks at a time as required.

All shortlisted applicants will be required to complete a writing test as part of the selection process. The successful appointee must have a legal entitlement to work in New Zealand and may be required to achieve and maintain a NZ government (NZSIS) security clearance and complete a police check.

Depending on skills and experience, the salary for this position will likely range between $58,000 and $76,000.

To apply, click on the ‘Apply Now’ button where you will need to register through our online career centre, complete our application form and upload your CV and cover letter.

For further information about this vacancy, please email:

Applications close Tuesday, 26 November 2019.