Senior Adviser, Response Capability

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  • Category: Advisors
  • Location: Wellington City
  • Date Advertised: 17-MAR-20
  • Job Reference: MPI20/1453795
  • Job Title: Senior Adviser, Response Capability
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Kōrero mō te tūranga – About the Role

The Readiness & Response Services Directorate brings together critical capability to effectively prepare for and manage responses, and to co-ordinate recovery and long term management activities across MPI.

Within this, the Response Capability Team is accountable for the delivery of a comprehensive programme of work that includes response people capability, MPI’s exercise programme, response evaluations and debriefs, and partnering with internal and external stakeholders to support their on-going holistic readiness work.

This teams mandate spans the entirety of MPI’s business-units – they are our customers – ensuring biosecurity, food, trade and primary production systems are supported to build and maintain their response capability, and are prepared for whatever the threat or response may require.

You will work closely with our response, logistics and learning and development teams to ensure that all projects, activities and processes are developed in consultation with the business, and are fit for purpose – actively leading, managing and delivering the allocated work programme. Really, it’s about ensuring the best potential solutions are analysed and developed to meet our future response capability needs.

We are looking for an out of the box thinker with an ability to see the bigger picture and think of creative and innovative ways for MPI to improve its response readiness. No one day will be the same, whether leading the design and delivery of a new training course with L&D, building and facilitating a training exercise for our industry partners or conducting a debrief and lessons collation for a recent response – this role will constantly challenge you and keep your interest peaked.


Mōu – About You

You will be passionate about implementing and embedding effective frameworks relating to the development of response capability.

  • An excellent communicator who is highly driven, productive and has the ability to meet deadlines
  • A strategic thinker with the ability to look at complex problems from a broad perspective
  • Project management skills, including experience in leading work and achieving outcomes in situations where there are diverse interests
  • 5-10 years in a relevant professional role
  • A proven ability to deliver quality advice, guidance and material on time
  • Experience in workshop facilitation
  • Experience in a response environment and/or the Coordinated Incident Management System (CIMS) framework is desirable, however not essential


Mō te Manatū Ahu Matua – About MPI

The Ministry for Primary Industries is helping to seize export opportunities for our primary industries, improve sector productivity, ensure the food we produce is safe, increase sustainable resource use, and protect New Zealand from biological risk.


Ahurea – Culture

We encourage a vibrant, diverse and inclusive workplace where difference is championed and we’re an employer of choice because of it. We recruit, grow and retain talented, engaged and motivated employees who actively contribute towards an environment where everyone feels welcome and valued.


To find out more about the Ministry and what we do please click here


Ngā hua o te Mahi i te Manatū Ahu Matua: – Benefits of working at MPI

  • Brand new offices close to Railway Station
  • Up to three additional (MPI holidays) leave days
  • Career development and internal opportunities across the branch and organisation
  • Wellness benefit for employees
    • Comprehensive one-week MPI Induction Programme
    • Parental leave ex-gratia payment
    • Flexible working – we support work life balance and flexible work arrangements whenever possible

Salary range for this role is $91,000 to $107,000 depending on skills and experience

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Me pēhea te tuku tono – How to Apply

To find out more about the Ministry and what we do please click here

To view the position description and/or apply for the role (submitting a cover letter and current curriculum vitae), please click “APPLY NOW” or visit the MPI Careers Site. For tracking and reporting purposes, all applications must be submitted through our online careers portal.

To apply for this role you must hold the right to work in New Zealand or be eligible to obtain it – click here to find out more about work visa eligibility and options.

In order to be considered for this role, applicants must be available to interview within New Zealand or via Skype.

Please be advised that due to the Covid-19 virus some interviews may be held via Skype. MPI is keeping close watch on advice from the Ministry of Health, keeping our staff and candidate’s safe is our top priority. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with the recruitment adviser if you have any questions.


The closing date is Tuesday 31st March 2020.

If you have any questions about the role, please email  




The Ministry for Primary Industries is committed to providing a working environment that embraces and values inclusion and diversity. Your unique talents and experience will help us deliver exceptional services to our communities in Aotearoa. In return you’ll enjoy an inclusive and flexible working environment in a diverse team of people while you’re growing your career here in NZ and internationally. We actively encourage applications from all backgrounds. If you have any support or access requirements, we encourage you to tell us when you apply so that we can assist you through the recruitment process.