Senior Analyst – Climate Change

  • Company:
    Govt NZ Jobs
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  • Salary:
    negotiable / month
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  • Posted:
    4 months ago
  • Category:
    Govt Jobs
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  • Category: Advisor/Analyst
  • Location: Wellington
  • Date Advertised: 14-OCT-19
  • Job Reference: MFE/1425912
  • Job Title: Senior Analyst – Climate Change
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We are looking to fill a number of specialist Senior Analyst positions within our high-performing and dynamic Climate Change Directorate. These roles sit across two different teams in the Directorate and would suit applicants that can demonstrate a structured, enquiring and analytical approach to problem-solving. We would welcome applications from people who have deep sector or technical expertise but might not have worked in government before.

The Senior Analyst positions are in the following areas (more detail on each is provided further down this page):

  • Climate Change Analysis
  • New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme (NZ ETS)
  • Transition to a low emissions and resilient future – implementing the Zero Carbon Bill

To be considered as a candidate for these roles you must have:

  • A proven track record of both commissioning and delivering complex analytical projects
  • A  proven track record of working collaboratively with colleagues
  • An ability to set priorities to achieve deadlines and deliver project outputs
  • An ability to provide coaching advice to other team members  and support where required
  • A structured, enquiring and analytical approach to problem-solving
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to communicate effectively (both written and verbally), at all levels across government and public and private sector
  • The desire to positively contribute to some of the most challenging and important economic and environmental issues of our time

An ideal candidate might also have some of the following characteristics:

  • A strong background in policy analysis
  • A thorough understanding of Government and Parliamentary processes
  • An academic qualification in finance, economics or a similarly quantitative discipline
  • Previous experience of working on markets, either from a policy or private sector perspective
  • A background in climate change reporting and/or emissions projections
  • Specialist sector and/or technical expertise (as detailed below)
  • Previous knowledge of working with the primary industry sectors

 You will get:

  • the opportunity to grow your experience working with Ministers and  a range of stakeholders
  • a strong focus on your career development needs and aspirations

Climate Change Analysis

This team provides the evidence function (data and science) that informs policy on climate change, a critical underpinning role that informs the whole climate change work programme. Working closely with other agencies, it includes:

  • delivering New Zealand’s annual inventory of greenhouse gas emissions under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC),
  • leading New Zealand’s biennial report and national communication to explain New Zealand’s progress on climate change under the UNFCCC
  • providing the scientific input that underpins our work on climate change, including working with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
  • coordinating New Zealand’s emissions projections and progress towards our emissions reduction targets
  • providing guidance for New Zealand organisations to measure their own emissions

We are looking for a Senior Analyst with a strong ability to work with complex information and data, and translate this into clear, easily understandable information. A background in climate change reporting and/or emissions projections is desirable.


We are looking for Senior Analysts to join both of our Emissions Trading Scheme teams. The Emissions Trading Scheme is the Government’s main tool for meeting international and domestic climate change targets. The scheme aims to encourage people to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The Government has made decisions on two tranches of improvements to the NZ ETS and further decisions and work are needed to finalise and implement these changes.

The NZ ETS policy team works to ensure that the NZ ETS delivers on its objectives and integrates effectively with other climate change policies. In the short term this role will help support the Parliamentary process to enact decisions made by the Government, and in the longer term ensuring the settings are appropriate to meet agreed targets. A key part of this role involves understanding the mechanisms of the NZ ETS, the possible implications of the settings for New Zealanders and working with other Government agencies to ensure policies are implemented as intended.

The ETS Markets team is responsible for ensuring the smooth and efficient operation of the NZ ETS.  The ETS Markets team bridges both policy advice and policy implementation roles.  Key areas of work include the establishment of an auctioning platform, advising on market governance and operational policy. Operational policy involves annually updating the rules and regulations which apply to NZ ETS participants. The NZ ETS Markets team works closely with the Environmental Protection Agency, the Ministry for Primary Industries and other Government agencies, companies and other stakeholders who participate in the NZ ETS. The team may also have a role in implementing potential policy decisions on pricing of agricultural sector emissions.

Transition to a low emissions and resilient future – implementing the Zero Carbon Bill

This team will be responsible for the implementation of the Zero Carbon Bill. This will include work to:

-          develop policies, measures and evidence to support the Government to respond to the Climate Change Commission, both in terms of reducing emissions and climate change adaptation

-          collaborate across Government agencies and drive policy implementation

-          build an understanding the collective impacts of climate change across communities and the economy

We are looking for:

-          an economist or quantitative analyst with proven experience in translating complex economic models and concepts into practical options to inform policy choices.  A background in climate change is desirable but not essential.

-          a Senior Analyst to work on policies to help New Zealand meet its emissions budgets. A background in climate change, sustainability or economics is desirable.

Further information

The Senior Analyst position descriptions are attached for your information.

Salary range:  $86,005 to $116,360.  Appointment within this range will be based on skills and experience.

If you require further information about this position, please contact Matt Cowie, Manager by email: 

How to apply

Click on the Apply Online button below to complete the questionnaire and submit along with your resume and cover letter outlining your interest in the role.

If you require further information on the application process, please contact

We support flexible approaches to work to ensure that we have the best person for the role.  This is a great time to be part of an agency delivering on its commitment to flexible working as well as diversity and inclusion.