Senior Advisor (Policy)

  • Company:
    Govt NZ Jobs
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  • Salary:
    negotiable / month
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  • Posted:
    3 days ago
  • Category:
    Govt Jobs
  • Job Type: Ongoing – Full Time
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  • Location: Wellington – Wairarapa
  • Date Advertised: 01-NOV-18
  • Job Reference: NZ/D2/18/77
  • Job Title: Senior Advisor (Policy)
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  • Summary:

The Strategy, Performance and Policy team supporting both the NZSIS and GCSB has an opportunity for a Senior Advisor in the Joint Directors’-General Office.

This role will suit a highly motivated individual who wants to further develop and broaden their skills in policy development, analysis and advice, in a dynamic environment.  You will be involved in ensuring the leadership of the NZSIS and GCSB is well-placed to make informed and coordinated decisions in a wide range of areas. In turn, your work will directly contribute to the national security of New Zealand.

In this role you will be part of a team which provides support and advice to the Directors-General as well as the Minister. You will have excellent relationship management skills to ensure you work effectively in the New Zealand Intelligence Community (NZIC) and collaboratively across other agencies where required. The role will also require you to draw on your organisational skills to navigate through complex situations across both the NZSIS and GCSB.

Though your focus will be on policy advice, the team you will join also takes responsibility for Ministerial services, annual planning, organisational performance and non-financial reporting, as well as key accountability documentation such as annual reports, strategic intentions and annual business plans. 

To be successful in this role you will have knowledge and experience in one or more of the following areas:

  • Solid experience in the public sector in policy development, analysis and advice.
  • Knowledge of the public sector environment and the machinery of government, including an appreciation of the role of officials when providing advice.
  • Have top notch writing skills and be able to put together timely, accurate and relevant briefings for the Minister.
  • Have the ability to work collaboratively across agencies to deliver to deadlines.
  • Be able to use sound judgement, flexibility and excellent interpersonal skills to implement solutions to complex and ambiguous problems.
  • Be eager to learn from the more experienced members of the team and able to provide guidance to lesser experienced colleagues

If the challenge of working across unique and stimulating subject matter where you have the opportunity to use your influence and expertise to achieve positive outcomes for the NZIC appeals to you then we would love to hear from you.

As well as interesting work, we also offer a range of benefits including competitive salary, professional development, free health insurance and on-site gym and fitness facilities. We also promise you will never have to take work home with you!

A position description can be found attached here.

How to apply

Applications must include a completed application form, a current CV and cover letter. These should be sent to quoting reference number D2/18/77 and placing your full name in the subject line of the email. Only completed applications will be progressed.

Please direct any enquiries regarding this role to   

To be eligible for employment within the NZIC you must have been a NZ citizen for at least 10 years. Alternatively you must hold NZ Permanent Residence or hold a current NZ Residency Class Visa and have been a citizen of UK, USA, Canada or Australia for at least 10 years.

You must be able to obtain and maintain a high level security clearance. Ordinarily to obtain this level of clearance candidates must have a 15 year checkable background in countries where meaningful and reliable checks can be undertaken. Where requisite checks are unable to be made, the candidate application may not be able to be progressed.

Applications close 5pm, Thursday 15 November 2018.

The NZIC treats all applications for employment in the strictest confidence and we ask that you maintain a similar level of confidentiality. You are expected to exercise discretion during the recruitment process and throughout your career.