Operational Policy Analyst/Senior Operational Policy Analyst

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    Govt NZ Jobs
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    negotiable / month
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  • Posted:
    5 months ago
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    Govt Jobs
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  • Category: Policy/Analysts
  • Location: Christchurch
  • Date Advertised: 01-NOV-19
  • Job Reference: MPI19/1400711B
  • Job Title: Operational Policy Analyst/Senior Operational Policy Analyst
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Kōrero mō te tūranga – About the Role

In response to growth within Te Uru Rākau the Forestry & Land Management directorate has been restructured and we now have opportunities in two newly created operational policy teams. You will help develop practical operational policy advice that supports the sustainable use of our forests and incentivises tree planting to meet our climate change obligations.  Working in either our Forest Incentives or Forestry and Resource Management teams, you will collaborate across diverse groups – land owners and people planting trees, planning and operations teams in councils and forestry companies, land managers, scientists and other government agencies.  Your advice will make meaningful change for people on the ground and will contribute to simple and effective policy that guides decision making and achieves practical outcomes.  You will work with people who really care about New Zealand’s forests and sustainable land management and have the unique opportunity to directly influence the sustainable low carbon future all New Zealanders are striving to achieve. 

Core duties of the role:

  • Develop operational and regulatory policy options and advice for Government programmes, focussing on how these can be implemented in practice.
  • Provide analysis and advice to support sustainable land and forest management.
  • Develop guidance for our stakeholders.
  • Build relationships with stakeholders at all levels.
  • Facilitate cross-agency coordination.
  • Provide coaching, mentoring support and advice to Analysts (for seniors in this role).

We have both permanent and fixed term opportunities and would consider secondment opportunities from elsewhere across the public sector. The breakdown of the teams and opportunities are as follows:

Operational Policy – Forest Incentives team

The work of this team is focussed on ensuring our key tree planting incentives – including the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) and the One Billion Trees Fund – work effectively to achieve sustainable land use and climate change objectives. This includes regulatory amendments, supporting policy development, developing guidance, and working with our operational teams on implementation.

We have two positions available, one permanent role primarily focused on carbon and the ETS, and one fixed term or secondment opportunity primarily focussed on the One Billion Trees Fund.

Operational Policy – Forestry and Resource Management team

The focus of this team is on legislative and environmental frameworks for forestry including the Resource Management Act and the National Environmental Standards for Plantation Forestry. We have a strong focus on sustainable environmental management and you will collaborate with knowledgeable people within the sector and work with foresters and councils to drive good environmental outcomes for the forestry sector and New Zealand.

We have one permanent position available to join this team.

Mōu – About You

Supporting policy makers to develop practical policy solutions while translating policy to tangible actions on the ground without diluting legislative intent, requires a unique mix of skills. Bring your strong ability to relate to and work with all people along with your analytical bent and excellent problem solving skills and help turn our vision into reality.

To be successful in this role you will also offer:

  • A relevant tertiary qualification
  • Proven analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Advanced interpersonal and communications skills
  • Verbal and written presentation ability
  • Drive to  deliver results and achieve outcomes

You will need the ability to quickly understand the nature of problems and be able to identify a range of possible solutions (including their implications), form conclusions and provide advice. A good understanding of the forestry and agricultural sectors will be valuable, but is not necessary.

Knowledge of soil science and erosion processes is valuable, as is experience within local government and knowledge of the Resource Management Act. . Experience with development of legislation or regulations is an advantage although not a requirement for the role.

About MPI │Te Uru Rākau

Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has a strength of common purpose and a passion to sustainably grow and to protect Aotearoa, for the benefit of all New Zealanders. We are a team of experts with massive breadth of experience, offering opportunities to break out of our comfort zone and embrace intellectual and complex challenges. We’re working towards sustainability, protection, growth and participation.

Forestry is one of our country’s most successful primary industries. Te Uru Rākau a branch within the Ministry for Primary Industries, builds on this success to create a sustainable and innovative forestry sector that continues to grow and adapt.  Join our dynamic and diverse Te Uru Rākau team who all share the common goal of improving the social, environmental and economic outcomes for New Zealand.

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

Benefits of working at MPI include:

  • Brand new offices close to the Railway Station
  • Up to three additional (MPI holidays) leave days
  • Career development and internal opportunities across the branch and organisation
  • Wellness benefit for employees
  • Parental leave ex-gratia payment
  • Bi-annual MPI-paid eye test and contribution to the costs of corrective lenses/frames

If you’re interested we are open to discussing flexible working options with you.  This can take many forms such as (but not limited to) reduced hours, remote working, flexible start and finish times, compressed hours or term-time work.  Please feel free to talk to us at the interview about the flexibility you need and we will explore what’s possible for the role. 

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How to Apply │Me pēhea te tuku tono

To view the position description and/or apply for the role submit a cover letter and current curriculum vitae indicating your preferred team. Click “APPLY FOR THIS JOB” in order to be directed to our website. 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 Haidee.Wynands@mpi.govt.nz

Applications close 14 November


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.