Senior Advisor Ministerial Services

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    2 weeks ago
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  • Category: Advisor
  • Location: Wellington City
  • Date Advertised: 06-MAR-20
  • Job Reference: MOJ/1454995
  • Job Title: Senior Advisor Ministerial Services
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Senior Advisor Ministerial Services, Joint Venture, Family Violence and Sexual Violence, Permanent, National Office


About the Joint Venture Business Unit

In September 2018, a Joint Venture of ten government agencies was established to eliminate family violence and sexual violence in New Zealand. The Joint Venture Business Unit supports the Joint Venture to operate, including by being the Government’s lead advisor on family violence and sexual violence from a whole system perspective.  We lead with influence and collaboration to provide space, focus and momentum for government, Māori, communities, NGOs and private organisations to work together.

We work with our partners to provide strategic policy advice and recommendations to the Joint Venture and to Government, including on the strategic direction and actions to take. We ensure our advice is based on best practice, evidence and includes the voice of lived experience. We establish and maintain relationships with our partners, designing and developing better solutions that bring about transformative change and establishing effective governance. We monitor and report on the performance of the family violence and sexual violence system. We role model the change we wish to see and are a facilitator for Māori – Crown partnerships.

About the role

The Joint Venture for family and sexual violence is seeking an experienced and talented Senior Advisor to join our busy team to support the Under-Secretary to the Minister of Justice – Family Violence and Sexual Violence.

As the action ramps up towards a national prevention and reduction strategy for family and sexual violence, new governance arrangements and regular report-backs to Cabinet mean that we are in need of an experienced Senior Advisor who can provide regular reporting to Ministers, a Board of Chief Executives, and their Deputy Chief Executives, write briefings and aide memoirs for the Under-Secretary and other Ministers, respond to ministerial correspondence, and contribute to policy and Cabinet papers where required.

This role would suit someone with an interest in the subjects of family and sexual violence, who would relish the opportunity to work on bespoke projects, contribute to developing our governance arrangements as well as providing high quality support to a busy Under-Secretary.

The role will give you exposure to a large cross-government work programme and develop your understanding of the key issues that are informing current thinking and policy design. You will develop a breadth and depth of knowledge in the subject area and provide high quality ministerial correspondence that is sensitive to the issues raised and is reflective of the Under-Secretary’s knowledge and position.

You will have excellent written and verbal communication skills, good relationship management techniques, be super-organised, have experience in research, governance, lots of patience and a professional manner.

Crown-Maori partnerships are important to the JVBU, so you will be expected to bring well developed experience and knowledge of working in partnership and supporting your colleagues to do the same.

Skills and Experience

  • Strategic policy analysis
  • Good research and information management skills
  • Understanding and knowledge of the processes of Ministerial servicing and government
  • Working knowledge of the Official Information Act and other relevant legislation
  • Superior written and oral communication skills
  • High degree of accuracy of written communication skills and numeracy with excellent attention to detail
  • Proven ability to build credibility and strong working relationships with key stakeholders
  • Flexible and responsive to client and stakeholder needs
  • Proven ability to prioritise work, work under pressure, and to tight timeframes and makes timely decisions that stand up to scrutiny
  • Ability to identify issues that are likely to be sensitive and develop appropriate strategies to manage them
  • A high level of personal integrity is essential given access to highly confidential and sensitive information.

Salary range:  $83,219 – $117,458

Joining the Ministry of Justice means you will become part of an inclusive organisation that values you and the communities we serve. It’s important to us that our workplace is one where our people feel healthy and safe, supported and able to be themselves at work. We value respect as the foundation for building a positive workplace culture where diversity is welcomed and celebrated.

How to apply

To apply, click the Apply button below to be directed to our Careers Website. You can view a detailed position description at the site, as well as complete an online application form by attaching your CV and cover letter. For tracking purposes, all applications must be submitted via our online process. If you have any questions, please contact

Applications close at 5 pm on Friday 20 March 2020.