Principal Advisor, Safety of Children in Care – Oranga Tamariki

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    4 weeks ago
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  • Job Type: Fixed Term Contract
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  • Location: Wellington – Wairarapa
  • Date Advertised: 02-FEB-21
  • Job Reference: NZ/1510304
  • Job Title: Principal Advisor, Safety of Children in Care – Oranga Tamariki
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12 months secondment or fixed-term

Wellington based

Oranga Tamariki – Ministry for Children works to advance the wellbeing and positive long-term outcomes of tamariki and rangatahi in New Zealand. In everything we do, the best-interests of children are paramount, and their voices underpin the design and operation of our services.

The Safety of Children in Care Unit leads all aspects of research and advice to the Minister and the Oranga Tamariki leadership team on the safety of children in care.

We have a great opportunity for a dynamic Principal Advisor to work with us on a 12-month secondment or fixed-term basis. This important role will support all aspects of the unit’s work including the Oranga Tamariki response to the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the Historic Abuse of Children in State Care and Faith-Based Institutions and the measurement, analysis and reporting on rates of harm for children currently in care. The role is also critical in providing coordination and management of historical information which may raise a safety concern for tamariki who are in care today.

You will need to have a sound understanding of the complexities of harm experienced by children in care.

We are looking for the following:

  • Sound critical analysis skills
  • Outstanding relationship skills
  • A team player
  • Great energy and high levels of motivation
  • Excellent written ability
  • Expert decision-making skills
  • Experience in conducting reviews and investigations is an advantage

This role is ideally going to suit someone with a good understanding of professional social work practices and knowledge of operational policy, who wants to contribute to the ongoing wellbeing of children in care. This is an excellent opportunity to see the difference your work can make to the future of New Zealand.

How to apply

Please apply by clicking the ‘apply’ button, please also ensure you upload a copy of a covering letter and CV to support your application.

Internal applicants, please apply through your myHR portal - for any enquiries please contact

Applications close on Sunday, 14 February 2021.

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