Ministerial Adviser

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    2 months ago
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  • Category: Advisors
  • Location: Wellington City
  • Date Advertised: 04-FEB-21
  • Job Reference: MPI21/1497128
  • Job Title: Ministerial Adviser
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About our team – Mō tō mātou rōpū

The Government Services team is responsible for the management of MPI’s official correspondence and provides a crucial link between MPI and the Ministers’ offices with seven portfolios, ensuring the Ministers are well supported to do their job. The team operates within a fast paced environment, managing over 4,000 items to Ministers each year and working across MPI and its wide variety of functions. The team ensures consistency and effectiveness of official and ministerial correspondence, Official Information Act (OIA) and Privacy Act requests across the business.


About the role – Kōrero mō te tūranga

Key part of the Ministerial Adviser role is to support the wider Government Services team to provide a timely and accurate support on a daily basis to the Ministry and the Ministers’ offices, including preparing responses to Ministerial correspondence, requests under the OIA and Privacy Act. The Ministerial Adviser will be managing the issuing of briefings and other advice to the Minister.

The Ministerial Adviser will also assist the team in assessing trends and issues and engage with others to seek solutions to continually improve the performance of the Ministry. This role provides a great opportunity if you are looking for a role that is stimulating and challenging.

Along with experience in writing correspondence and sound working knowledge of the machinery of government, the Official Information Act, Privacy Act and Ministerial writing, you will have strong analytical skills and a proven track record of credibility and strong working relationships with key stakeholders. Working experience in a similar role would be valuable and sound knowledge of the machinery of government is important to be functional in this role.


Skills and Experience – Ngā Pūkenga me ngā Wheako

To be successful in this role you will have:

  • Experience in a similar role,
  • Superior communication and writing skills
  • Interest in governmental and parliamentary issues
  • Sound knowledge of the machinery of government
  • Knowledge of the OIA and Privacy Acts
  • The ability to work well under pressure and to tight timeframes with a capacity to multi task effectively.
  • A proven ability to deliver quality material on time.
  • The ability to quickly assimilate new information or areas of work.
  • Creativity and an eagerness to explore and evaluate new operational delivery practices.
  • Excellent relationship management and networking skills.


How to apply – Me pēhea te tuku tono

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.

For detailed information on this role please refer to the position description or contact the Recruitment Adviser, Nick Goddard by emailing [email protected]   

Applications close: Sunday 21 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.