Policy Analyst/Senior Policy Analyst/Principal Policy Analyst

  • Company:
    Govt NZ Jobs
  • Salary:
    negotiable / month
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  • Posted:
    2 months ago
  • Category:
    Govt Jobs
  • Job Type:
  • Category: Policy and Advisory
  • Location: Wellington
  • Date Advertised: 12-NOV-19
  • Job Reference: MOH/1432147
  • Job Title: Policy Analyst/Senior Policy Analyst/Principal Policy Analyst
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  • Summary:
  • Work on one of the Government’s top priorities – Mental Health & Wellbeing Commission
  • Team required to support the Head of Secretariat with high quality policy advice
  • Three roles – 12 month Fixed Term Contract or Secondment


The Ministry of Health is supporting the Government in its commitment to establish an independent Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission as part of its response to He Ara Oranga: Report of the Government Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction (He Ara Oranga).


The Initial Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission has been established as a ministerial advisory committee, to enable some of the Commission’s important functions to be started while the permanent Commission is being established through the legislative process as a Crown entity.


The Commission’s focus spans all government and non-government contributors to mental health and wellbeing, including health and disability, social welfare, housing, education, justice, workplace relations and safety sectors.


The Chair of the Commission and Head of the Secretariat require several policy professionals (at analyst, senior analyst and principal analyst levels) to support the Initial Commission as it delivers on its functions including:

  • monitoring and reporting on progress of the Government’s system transformation response to He Ara Oranga
  • developing an outcomes and monitoring framework for mental health and wellbeing
  • providing input on the establishment of the permanent Commission, including its roles and powers


As part of a small team, you would have the opportunity to work closely with the Commission Chair and members, and to engage widely with stakeholders.  All roles require experienced policy professionals who:

  • are comfortable operating under tight time constraints and in an ambiguous working environment
  • have highly developed written and oral communication skills
  • have excellent relationship management skills


For principal analysts and senior analyst roles, we are specifically seeking people with experience:

  • designing analytical approaches, especially in relation to measuring and assessing performance of complex systems
  • engaging with stakeholders who hold different perspectives


Your first-hand experience or strong interest in supporting those who have lived and are affected by mental health would be valuable. An understanding of the Treaty of Waitangi, in-depth knowledge of Mâori tikanga and Mâori environments or a strong desire to develop your experience in this area is desirable. If you’re looking for a role where you can make a significant difference for New Zealanders, these could be the ideal role for you.


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 nations 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. 


We have embarked on a transformational change programme which is creating some exciting career opportunities.  If you would like to contribute to the important work that we do, please join us.


You will find a copy of the Position Description attached or online at careers.health.govt.nz. For further information, contact recruitment@health.govt.nz.  

Please click Apply for this Job to upload your CV and cover letter, and please specify in your cover letter which role you are applying for

Advertising for this role closes on Monday, 25 November 2019.


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 recruitment@health.govt.nz if you would like to discuss any accessibility needs you may have.