Senior or Principal Advisor – Strategic Issues and Investment (Strategy and Insights)

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  • Job Type: Ongoing – Full Time
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  • Location: Wellington – Wairarapa
  • Date Advertised: 14-OCT-20
  • Job Reference: NZ/1489258
  • Job Title: Senior or Principal Advisor – Strategic Issues and Investment (Strategy and Insights)
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Senior or Principal Advisor – Strategic Issues and Investment (strategy and Insights) – 35155
Permanent and Fixed Term Opportunities


  • Lead work on complex and strategically important social issues
  • Support the Ministry to focus its resources on investments that position it to respond effectively to issues over the medium-to-long term
  • Lead by example in the use evidence and critical thinking to make a difference for New Zealanders

We are looking for two to three new team members, at either the Senior Advisor or Principal Advisor levels. We’re open to permanent, fixed-term or secondment appointments.
The Strategy and Insights Group leads the development and implementation of the Ministry’s strategy by creating insights for effective decision-making, focusing resources on the right investments, understanding and evaluating performance and supporting the alignment of the organisation to achieve its purpose.


Strategic Issues and Investment works on issues of high or future significance to MSD, and coordinates the development of the Ministry’s investment approach. Our Advisors lead work dealing with complex issues that have the potential to deliver better social and employment outcomes for New Zealanders.
Examples of the team’s work include work on, child poverty reduction, mitigating the social and psychosocial impacts of COVID-19, household incomes and material wellbeing, MSD’s employment and social outcomes investment strategy, social sector commissioning, social inclusion, and how the welfare system meets the needs of New Zealanders.
To be successful in these roles you will need:


  • substantial applied policy, research and/or analytical experience 
  • proven skills and a knowledge base relevant to working on social issues
  • strong relationship management, communication and influencing skills

We value diversity and are looking to increase the team’s capability and impact by expanding its breadth of experience, perspectives and backgrounds. 


If you have any questions about this or any other aspects of the team or roles, please contact Laura Crespo or Sean Maxwell, the team’s Co-Directors (  

How to Apply


To apply, click the ‘Apply Now’ button to upload your CV, cover letter and complete the online application form. Note: Your cover letter will be a key part of our assessment process, so please highlight how your experience relates to the requirements of this job.
All applications must be made online.  If this is not possible or if you have any queries, please contact us at 

Internal MSD employees – please apply through your myHR portal at work. This will ensure that your myHR employee profile is visible as internal candidate.
External candidates – (including Oranga Tamariki—Ministry for Children employees) must apply directly through our MSD careers page at

Closing date: Wednesday 28 October 2020


Please see the attached Position Descriptions for the Principal and Senior Advisor roles.


Joining us


Joining MSD means being part of a whānau that celebrates the diversity each individual represents.  We show manaaki, we care about the wellbeing and success of people and want everyone to thrive, and be who they are in a supportive and inclusive working environment. We work together to make a difference for communities while doing the right thing with integrity. We are a Treaty partner committed to strengthening relationships with Māori, Hapū, Iwi and communities to realise their own potential and aspirations.


If you have any support or access requirements, we encourage you to tell us when you apply so we can assist you through the recruitment process.