Programme Manager, COVID-19 Testing Operations

  • Company:
    Govt NZ Jobs
  • Location:
  • Salary:
    negotiable / month
  • Job type:
  • Posted:
    3 weeks ago
  • Category:
  • Job Type: Fixed Term Contract
  • Category: Project Management
  • Location: Wellington
  • Date Advertised: 04-FEB-21
  • Job Reference: MOH/1510701
  • Job Title: Programme Manager, COVID-19 Testing Operations
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  • Summary:
  • Contribute directly to the Ministry of Health COVID-19 national response
  • 12-month fixed term Wellington-based contract or secondment
  • Experience delivering complex programmes in government


Mō tō mātou rōpū – About our team: 


The Ministry of Health is the lead Public Health agency on the national COVID-19 response and has established the COVID-19 Health System Response Directorate to provide oversight of all activities contributing to the Ministry’s COVID-19 response. 


The functions within the Directorate work in close collaboration with each other, across the Ministry and the wider All of government response.


The Testing Operations team implements the COVID-19 testing strategy through the management of the testing work programme across border and community settings, provides updated operational policies and assistance that will provide guidance to those who need to deploy testing (e.g DHBs), monitor and record testing data.


Te whainga poto o tēnei tūranga – What is the purpose of this position? 

The role of Programme Manager is a new role that is responsible for providing advice to support to the Testing Operations Manager, by maintaining and improving the delivery of the COVID-19 Testing Strategy workstream ensuring ahigh quality work programme.  Working in this collaborative environment you will lead a variety of priority projects, this includes development through to implementation. 


Ngā Pūkenga me ngā Wheako – Skills & Experience: 

You will be the glue that keeps everything operating together, from effectively communicating with stakeholders, mitigating risk to negotiating contracts.  You will be a great leader, someone who is engaging of others and really empowers team members to grow their own capability for the project and their future.  You’ll aso be able to demonstrate success in managing large complex programmes of work and bring with you a history of procurement and contract management in government. 


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. 

You will find a copy of the Position Description attached or online at Please click ‘Apply for this Job’ to upload your CV and cover letter.

For further information regarding the role, please contact the Recruitment team at quoting reference number MOH/1510701.  

Advertising for this role closes at Midnight on 18 February 2021 


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 or on +64 4 816 2478 if you would like to discuss any accessibility needs you may have.