Principal Advisor, Office of the Deputy Director-General

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    Govt NZ Jobs
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    negotiable / month
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  • Posted:
    3 weeks ago
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    Govt Jobs
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  • Category: Policy and Advisory
  • Location: Wellington
  • Date Advertised: 11-NOV-19
  • Job Reference: MOH/1432137
  • Job Title: Principal Advisor, Office of the Deputy Director-General
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  • Summary:
  • Critical role in a newly established office – be a part of a well oiled machine that provides support to the Deputy Director-General and the Directorate
  • Broad operational support function
  • Wellington location


The System Strategy and Policy directorate works closely with Ministers and Cabinet to provide high quality health advice to inform the decisions they make on behalf of the Government.


We are looking for a special person to step into our Principal Advisor role in the Office of the Deputy Director-General. This is a critical role in a team which provides executive support to the Deputy Director-General, and the Senior Leadership team as well as strong business support to the wider Directorate.


The heart and can do attitude you bring to your work is as critical to us as your skill set.  We want you to be excited by the challenge of setting up a new office and ‘making a difference’ in an operational role. This office is the executive function of the Directorate with some high level administration. An understanding of machinery of Government is required.


You may be someone with a broad operational experience who is looking to stretch their capability in new ways – if that’s you we’d like to hear from you if you:

  • have an eye for detail as well as the big picture
  • ability to balance improvement and innovation with BAU
  • drive streamlined business processes and review for continuous improvement
  • manage and provide dashboards on departmental budgets/performance   
  • love business planning and reporting, coordination of briefings, weekly reports, PQ’s OIA’s and Ministerials as well as overseeing the production of high quality Ministers reports.


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 nation’s 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 For further information, contact  

Please click Apply for this Job to upload your CV and cover letter.

Advertising for this role closes on Wednesday, 20 November 2019.


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