Senior Advisor Office for Disability Issues

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    Govt NZ Jobs
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    negotiable / month
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  • Posted:
    18 hours ago
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    Govt Jobs
  • Job Type: Ongoing – Full Time
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  • Location: Wellington – Wairarapa
  • Date Advertised: 17-MAR-20
  • Job Reference: NZ/1457206
  • Job Title: Senior Advisor Office for Disability Issues
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  • Summary:
  • Are you passionate about progressing the rights and outcomes of disabled people in New Zealand
  • Do you have an understanding of government mechanisms, policy development and implementation
  • Are you highly organised and a great communicator?


We are looking for an experienced advisor to be a role model of best practice, to build on our culture and operational outputs.


The Ministry of Social Development (MSD) is one of the lead agencies for the social sector.  We help the Government to set priorities across the sector, co-ordinate the actions of other social sector agencies and track changes in the social wellbeing of New Zealanders.  


About Us 

The Office sits within the Policy group of MSD and is the focal point within government for the development and implementation of the New Zealand Disability Strategy (2016-26) and Disability Action Plan in order to give effect to the progressive realisation of disabled peoples’ rights and opportunities as described in the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD).

Secretariat support is provided by the Office to a number of across agency groups as well as to the New Zealand Sign Language Board.  


About the Role 

The Advisor for the Office for Disability Issues (ODI) has a key role providing advice on the priorities and issues for disabled people, contribute to relevant projects and initiatives and provide support to Ministerial Private Secretaries.    These roles provide an exciting opportunity to use your understanding of and commitment to disability issues to progress the rights and outcomes of disabled people in New Zealand. 


There is a strong leadership component within the ODI team and across Government and knowledge of the Disability sector, and or lived experience of disability with the suitable skills and experience listed in the position description are sought.


You will have well developed understanding of government mechanisms and policy development and implementation.  Effective communication and stakeholder engagement skills are vital as is a high level of energy and work flow management skills to respond to the varied and important expectations on the Office.


The Senior Advisor for ODI has a key role in the Office, which includes leading and co-ordinating the development of cross-government actions to achieve the New Zealand Disability Strategy (2016 – 2026) and the implementation of the Disability Action Plan.  


A critical part of these roles is to consistently demonstrate positive behaviours and leadership though example. Being a role model of best practice and behaviour within the Office, to not only increase operational outputs, but contribute to a positive and constructive culture.


How to Apply

Internal MSD Employees – please apply through your myHR portal at work.  This will ensure that your myHR employee profile is visible as an internal candidate. 

External applicants (including Oranga Tamariki, Ministry for Children employees) – please apply through the apply button and upload your CV and cover letter to our applicant tracking system. 


Please apply online with your CV and cover letter via the “apply” button. All applications must be made online. If this is not possible or if you have any queries, please contact


Your cover letter will be a key part of our assessment process, so please highlight how your experience and capability relates to the competencies listed in the position description.


Application Close: Sunday 29 March 2020.