Senior Advisor

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    Govt NZ Jobs
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  • Salary:
    negotiable / month
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  • Posted:
    3 weeks ago
  • Category:
    Govt Jobs
  • Job Type: Ongoing – Full Time
  • Category: Policy and Research
  • Location: Wellington
  • Date Advertised: 06-MAR-20
  • Job Reference: MBIE/1448175
  • Job Title: Senior Advisor
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  • Summary:

Senior Advisor – Science – Science System Investment and Performance Branch

  • Great opportunities to play a part in investment in research, science and innovation to solve some of New Zealand’s biggest challenges
  • Be part of a high performing branch that enables the science system to achieve environmental, social and economic outcomes for New Zealanders
  • Full time permanent and fixed term positions within our Science System Investment and Performance branch based in Stout Street Wellington

Science System Investment and Performance

The Science System Investment and Performance (SSIP) branch makes, manages, assesses and advises on scientific investments to meet New Zealand’s economic, social and environmental goals.

Within the branch we are in a period of growth and the roles available are a mix of permanent and fixed term (or secondment) full time roles.

MBIE is aiming to strengthen its delivery of Vision Mātauranga, and candidates with knowledge and experience in this area are encouraged to apply for these positions.

We work collaboratively within the branch, with other teams in MBIE, other Government agencies, and stakeholders in a fast-paced and dynamic environment.  We recognise a common set of branch values that promote a positive culture that values people, integrity, knowledge, accountability and collaboration.  Diversity is highly valued and managers work hard to ensure that all staff are given opportunities to develop their knowledge, skills and expertise.

The role

Reporting to the Chief Science Advisor and providing advice support and guidance across MBIE we are looking for a Senior Advisor to work with our Science team to support and lead overall science policy at MBIE.

Skills and Experience

We are keen to hear from you if you can demonstrate the following:

  • Strong written and verbal communication on complex policy issues
  • Led significant policy projects independently
  • Share knowledge and expertise amongst the team and mentor others
  • An intrest in the outcomes of scientific research
  • Knowledge and application of Vision Matauranga
  • Proven ability to identify strategic risks as well as options to mitigate risks.
  • A working knowledge of, the commercial and/or public sector environments.
  • Credible, respected relationships with diverse stakeholders, including Boards, Chief Executives, managers, team members, staff in partner agencies and key external stakeholders.
  • Flexibly responding to changes in priorities and demands for work, and undertakes effective risk management.
  • Ability to generate and adopt new and creative ways for assessing performance.
  • Briefed Ministers and Cabinet/Select Committees.
  • Experience assessing business and financial performance


How to apply

Click the ‘Apply Now’ button to register your details and submit your application.  Please specify the particular job you are interested in or if you would like to apply for multiple roles. 

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

For more information, download a copy of the position description on the careers site, or contact  

Applications close at 5 pm on Monday 16th March