Policy Manager – Income Support Work Programme – Wellington

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    Govt NZ Jobs
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    negotiable / month
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    4 weeks ago
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    Govt Jobs
  • Job Type: Fixed Term Contract
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  • Location: Wellington – Wairarapa
  • Date Advertised: 14-FEB-20
  • Job Reference: NZ/1450140
  • Job Title: Policy Manager – Income Support Work Programme – Wellington
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Policy Manager – Income Support Work Programme – Wellington


  • Are you an experienced Policy Manager looking for your next challenge?
  • Are you looking for a role where you can add real value?
  • Are you wanting to make an impact to the social sector?


Due to internal promotion we are welcoming applications to this exciting Policy Manager position. This is a business-critical role and an opportunity to get involved in interesting work streams, whilst working in a great cultural environment.



About the role


As the Income Support Policy Manager you will be responsible for leading one of two MSD policy teams that provide advice on a range of issues concerning the income support system. A key focus of the work programme is to ensure that the financial assistance provided by MSD is effective and fit-for-purpose. This includes considering the adequacy of payments and impacts on poverty and inequality, the impacts on financial incentives to work, the design and delivery of payments and the interactions of these payments with other systems.


You will need to ensure that the team delivers timely and quality policy advice to the Minister for Social Development and other Ministers. You will also need to engage with stakeholders across MSD, the wider public service and others. The work programme contributes to the broader objectives of the Policy Branch, the work of the Ministry and the priorities of the Government.


You will be responsible for leading a team of 8 policy analysts. You will develop and maximise the capability of your team members, providing them with opportunities to grow their skills, knowledge and confidence. You and your team will have the professional support of Principal Policy Analysts to ensure the work is of a high standard and complex processes or strategic issues are well managed. The team sits within the Welfare System and Income Support policy group and you will report to the General Manager of that group.



Things we are looking for in applicants


  • Experience leading in a strategic environment and building relationships across a variety of stakeholders
  • Experience producing and recognising high quality policy work
  • Experience developing and managing high performing teams, with a focus on fostering a supportive team culture
  • Developed skills in building the performance of individuals through coaching and attention to professional development
  • An appropriate tertiary qualification or considerable, relevant practical experience
  • Knowledge and confidence in one or more areas of social policy
  • A good understanding of policy implementation and the issues likely to impact on it
  • Commitment to further strengthening the Māori/Crown relationship in ways such as building your own and your team’s competencies in Te Tiriti analysis, employing appropriate engagement methods and consideration/application of frameworks such as whānau centred and Kaupapa Māori
  • Knowledge, experience or expertise in regional issues or community development would be a great asset.
How to Apply

To apply, click the ‘Apply Now’ button to upload your CV and cover letter, and complete the online application form. Note – your cover letter will be a key part of our assessment process. Highlight how your experience relates to the things we are looking for in outlined above and key competencies described in the position description.

All applications must be made online. If you require assistance or support through the application process, please contact us at jobs@msd.govt.nz , so that we can accommodate this. Other accessible formats can also be provided.

Applications close: Sunday 1 March 2020