Senior Advisor Maori

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    Govt NZ Jobs
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    negotiable / month
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  • Posted:
    1 month ago
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  • Category: Policy and Advisory
  • Location: Wellington
  • Date Advertised: 04-FEB-20
  • Job Reference: MOH/1446805
  • Job Title: Senior Advisor Maori
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  • Summary:
  • Work on one of the Government’s top priorities – Mental Health & Wellbeing Commission
  • Support the Head of Secretariat with high quality advice
  • Part-time 12 month Fixed Term Contract or Secondment (20 hours per week)


This is an excellent opportunity to work alongside the Ministry’s leaders and support a work programme that directly contributes to the improvement of outcomes and equity for Māori.


The Ministry of Health is supporting the Government in its commitment to establish an independent Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission as part of its response to He Ara Oranga: Report of the Government Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction (He Ara Oranga).


The Initial Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission has been established as a ministerial advisory committee, to enable the Commission’s important functions to be started while the permanent Commission is being established through the legislative process as a Crown entity.


The Commission’s focus spans all government and non-government contributors to mental health and wellbeing, including health and disability, social welfare, housing, education, justice, workplace relations and safety sectors.

The Chair of the Commission and Head of the Secretariat require the input and guidance of a Māori advisor to support the Initial Commission as it delivers on its functions including:

  • monitoring and reporting on progress of the Government’s system transformation response to He Ara Oranga
  • developing an outcomes and monitoring framework for mental health and wellbeing
  • providing input on the establishment of the permanent Commission, including its roles and powers


As part of a small and cohesive team, you would have the opportunity to work closely with the Commission Chair and members, and to engage widely with stakeholders.  Your relationship and stakeholder management skills will be exemplary, enabling you to collaborate and broker with others across the Ministry, wider health sector, iwi and other external stakeholders to achieve outcomes.  You will have extensive networks with iwi and ideally across the health sector.  To be sucessful in this role you will also have a sound understanding of the Treaty of Waitangi, have in-depth knowledge of Māori tikanga and be comfortable in Māori environments. 


Note that this is a 0.5 FTE role, however we are open to a discussion regarding the flexibility of when these hours can be worked.


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. 


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For further information, contact  Please click Apply for this Job to upload your CV and cover letter.


Advertising for this role closes at midnight on Sunday 16 February 2020.


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