Principal Policy Advisor

  • Company:
    Govt NZ Jobs
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  • Salary:
    negotiable / month
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  • Posted:
    2 weeks ago
  • Category:
    Govt Jobs
  • Job Type: Ongoing – Full Time
  • Category: Policy and Research
  • Location: Wellington
  • Date Advertised: 15-NOV-19
  • Job Reference: MBIE/1432932
  • Job Title: Principal Policy Advisor
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  • Summary:
  • Set the policy direction for the legislation and resource markets that power New Zealand
  • Work across MBIE as well as alongside iwi partners, industry and other government agencies
  • Do work that matters in a supportive and collaborative team environment


We are looking for experienced and energetic Principal Advisor to join the Resource Markets Policy team at the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE), based in Wellington.  

Why work for us?

It is an exciting time to be working in resource markets policy!  The natural resources sector and resource markets present some of the largest opportunities and challenges to a number of government objectives such as delivering a secure and affordable energy system, providing raw materials for housing, urban development and infrastructure, and moving to decarbonise our economy.  At the same time the move away from fossil fuels is transforming the sector from the inside out and is challenging our existing regulatory frameworks.  The Resource Markets Policy team is at the centre of a number of Government priorities including developing a Resources Strategy to provide stability and certainty about how New Zealand can sustainably derive value from its petroleum and mineral resources, reviewing the Crown Minerals Act, and reviewing the Gas Act.  We’re also working closely with the Energy Markets Policy team to ensure our energy system and policy approaches to natural resources are well aligned, and working with the Just Transitions Unit on the transition to a low emissions economy.  The Crown’s Treaty partners are front and centre of our engagement approach to our work, and we also work closely with stakeholders including industry and NGOs.

We are looking for a Principal Policy Advisor

To work in this role you’ll need to love an intellectual challenge and won’t be afraid of ambiguity. You are an experienced policy professional who can think big and deliver tangible results. You are a superb communicator with influencing skills to work collaboratively across various groups. Furthermore, you bring a solid understanding of legislative frameworks and processes, and a strong understanding of the wider political environment and Ministerial priorities.

As a truly experienced Policy professional, you have a passion and ability for developing the capability and expertise of others through coaching, mentoring and the provision of up to date frameworks, concepts, knowledge and best practice.

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for people with experience of applying policy principles in a number of projects, strong stakeholder management and communications skills, and a track record of problem solving and formulating high quality advice, particularly in highly ambiguous situations.  You have:

  • Experience in leading complex policy projects
  • Experience in working across agencies to influence across portfolios
  • An understanding of the role of government, regulators and the policy process
  • Strong stakeholder relationship building, influencing and engagement skills to gain the cooperation and commitment of others
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral, and the ability to present information and ideas effectively and engagingly to a wide range of audiences
  • An understanding of the resource markets sector and the ability to make connections between it and multiple government priorities, as well as think about future areas for policy development, practices, projects, and strategies
  • The ability to cut through ambiguity and deliver results 


How to apply

Please follow the instructions by clicking on the Apply button.  This will direct you to our careers website online application process where you can upload your up to date CV and cover letter.

For tracking and evaluation purposes, all applications must be submitted via our on-line process.  

The position description from the advert can be found on our careers page, or for more information please email

Applications close 5pm, Friday 22 November 2019