Senior Policy Advisor

  • Company:
    Govt NZ Jobs
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  • Salary:
    negotiable / month
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  • Posted:
    1 month ago
  • Category:
    Govt Jobs
  • Job Type: Ongoing – Full Time
  • Category: Policy and Research
  • Location: Wellington
  • Date Advertised: 15-JAN-20
  • Job Reference: MBIE/1441754
  • Job Title: Senior Policy Advisor
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  • Summary:
  • Do you want to play a key role shaping our intellectual property system to support innovation for the benefit of all New Zealanders?
  • Are you interested in working with Māori to design laws and processes that see Māori rights and interests in traditional knowledge under the Treaty of Waitangi better protected in our intellectual property system?
  • Do you want to work alongside some of New Zealand’s best policy professionals to ensure our intellectual property system is world class and tailored to New Zealand’s unique social, cultural and economic circumstances?
  • Are you a senior advisor with a proven track record looking for that next step in your career?
  • Do you want the opportunity to lead a significant piece of policy work through final Cabinet decisions, legislative drafting, the parliamentary process (including select committee) and on to implementation?


If so, we would like to hear from you!

The Corporate Governance and Intellectual Property team, along with the Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand, are the stewards of the intellectual property system. From copyright to patents, plant variety rights to trademarks, we work with domestic and international stakeholders, Māori, other government agencies (particularly MFAT and TPK) and international bodies (such as the World Intellectual Property Organisation) to ensure our policy settings serve the interests of all New Zealanders. We are also responsible, along with our MFAT colleagues, for ensuring that New Zealand’s position is well represented on the international stage, both in free trade negotiations and the development of international treaties.  


About the role

As part of the team, you will:

  • Lead the delivery of a significant policy project from final Cabinet decisions through legislative drafting and the parliamentary process (including fronting select committee) to implementation. 
  • Build and maintain relationships with Māori to implement our obligations under the Treaty of Waitangi.
  • Build and maintain relationships with other agencies and key stakeholders, both domestically and internationally.
  • Work with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and international partners to ensure that New Zealand’s interests are represented on the international stage.

You will be joining a team of seven other policy advisors in a team with a supportive and collegial work culture, within an organisation that values and empowers people at all stages of their policy career. We like to work collaboratively, valuing the diversity of ideas the team can bring. And we prioritise building good relationships both across and outside government, including with our Treaty partners, because we believe that understanding and respecting a wide range of perspectives leads to the best policy outcomes.


Who are we looking for?

We are looking for an experienced senior policy advisor with a proven track record in the delivery of policy and legislative projects. You will have strong relationship building and stakeholder management skills, supported by excellent communication skills. Ideally, you will also have experience in Māori engagement. Experience in intellectual property and an understanding of te ao Māori and how IP can protect traditional knowledge and traditional cultural expression would be an advantage. 


How to apply

Click on the APPLY button below in order to start the online application process. 

For tracking and evaluation purposes, all applications must be submitted via our on-line process. 

We welcome your questions and enquiries – to discuss please email quoting ref MBIE/1441754

Applications close 5pm on Friday 14 February 2020