Report Analyst and Writer OPCAT

  • Company:
    Govt NZ Jobs
  • Salary:
    negotiable / month
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  • Posted:
    2 months ago
  • Category:
    Govt Jobs
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  • Category: Legal
  • Location: Wellington
  • Date Advertised: 13-NOV-19
  • Job Reference: OMB/1432661
  • Job Title: Report Analyst and Writer OPCAT
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  • Summary:

Report Analyst and Writer OPCAT

  • Can you analyse law and evidence and use it to create a compelling report?
  • Help us ensure people in detention are treated humanely.
  • Be part of a high-performing and close-knit team.

The Chief Ombudsman inspects and monitors the treatment of people in places of detention, including prisons, courts, immigration detention facilities, and health and disability facilities. This is carried out through a programme of visits to facilities around the country, which includes the preparation of inspection reports. The inspection role stems from the United Nations Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture (OPCAT).   

We have experienced considerable growth in the inspection activities we deliver and are therefore expanding our OPCAT staff. We are looking for a Report Analyst and Writer to work closely with our inspectors and lead the report writing function within an OPCAT team. You will be the team’s subject matter expert in relation to analysis of law and evidence, as well as reporting style, format and consistency. You will also be the primary liaison for the team with other staff who contribute to our OPCAT reporting, including legal, practice and communications advisors. You will be part of a friendly and collaborative environment where our people enjoy interesting and challenging work and are passionate about what they do.

Reporting to a Manager OPCAT, you will analyse and translate inspection findings into reports, in consultation with inspectors and advisors. You will analyse and distil key points from large and diverse information sources, taking care to understand context and balance different perspectives. You will work closely with our Strategic Advice Team to interpret evidence and facts to assess compliance with law, policy and procedure, and apply best practice methodology and criteria relevant to national and international law. Consistency and collaboration will be important and as such you will also work with our Communications Team Strategic Advice Team on writing and production of reports. You may on occasion participate in visits and inspections to places of detention in order to understand the context and environment.  

What you will bring:

  • Relevant tertiary qualification, preferably in public or administrative law or related discipline;
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills including demonstrated exceptional report writing ability;
  • The ability to express complex and controversial ideas and information to a range of different audiences, both in writing and verbally;
  • Excellent analytical skills, and an ability to ensure key legal and evidential issues are addressed appropriately;
  • Ability to build relationships and gain support and participation of key internal stakeholders;
  • Demonstrated understanding of relevant national and international law, standards and best practice;
  • Proven ability to recognise and understand key Māori, disability and other cultural and human rights concepts;
  • Experience as a team player who contributes to a positive team dynamic and works as part of a cohesive and collaborative office; and
  • Willing and able to undertake occasional travel around New Zealand as required.

All shortlisted applicants will be required to complete a writing test as part of the selection process. The successful appointee must have a legal entitlement to work in New Zealand and may be required to achieve and maintain a NZ government (NZSIS) security clearance and complete a police check.

Depending on skills and experience, the salary for this position will likely range between $80,000 and $104,000.

To apply, click on the ‘Apply Now’ button where you will need to register through our online career centre, complete our application form and upload your CV and cover letter.

For further information about this vacancy, please email:

Applications close Tuesday, 26 November 2019.