Senior Policy Advisors – Multiple Positions!

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    Govt NZ Jobs
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    2 weeks ago
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  • Job Type: Ongoing – Full Time
  • Category: Policy & analysis
  • Location: Wellington
  • Date Advertised: 01-FEB-21
  • Job Reference: 152489
  • Job Title: Senior Policy Advisors – Multiple Positions!
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About Us | Mō mātou

At Tatauranga Aotearoa, Stats NZ, our vision is to unleash the power of data to change lives.  As New Zealand s official data and statistics agency, we are tasked with leading the way for New Zealand s data future, enabling data-led innovation across society, the economy, and the environment.

The role | Mō te tūnga

The Statistics Data Strategy and Policy business unit is going through a growth phase and we have a mix of fixed and permanent Senior Policy Advisor positions available within the System Policy team and the Legislative Policy team.

As a Policy Analyst you will help us create a policy centre of excellence for Stats NZ, working across Stats NZ and with other government agencies and non-government stakeholders.

Both teams provide policy support to the rest of Stats, from which you ll gain valuable knowledge about the work Stats does and great opportunities to hone your writing and critical reasoning skills. 


System Policy team 2 x permanent & 2 x fixed term (end-June 2021)

As a Senior Policy Advisor within the System Policy team, you will work on strategic policy advice to drive and sustain an improved and effective data system, playing a key role in supporting the Government Chief Data Steward s policy work. The team leads ground-breaking work to support the ethical and transparent use of data (such as the Algorithm Charter), the refresh of the Data Strategy and Roadmap, and the development of the Data Investment Plan in collaboration with a range of agencies. The team also provides policy and secretariat support to the Data Ethics Advisory Group and the Digital Council for Aotearoa.

In particular, one of the fixed-term roles will be focused on topics related to work, wealth and wellbeing including child poverty, disability, housing.

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Legislative Policy team 1x permanent

As a Senior Policy Advisor in the Legislative Policy team, you ll be part of a committed and flexible team, operating in an exciting area with the development and implementation of new data and statistics legislation at its core. The Legislative Policy team is leading the reform of the Statistics Act 1975, which is expected to progress through the parliamentary process this year. You will play a key role in developing the team s policy advice on the Data and Statistics Bill.

The Legislative Policy team will require a strong understanding of the parliamentary and legislative process is desirable.

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About you | Mōu

  • A relevant tertiary qualification (preferably post-graduate) or significant relevant experience.
  • Significant experience in policy development and a strong understanding of the machinery of government.
  • Ability to communicate complex ideas to a variety of audiences and build and maintain rapport with others.
  • A positive, can-do attitude, and an enthusiasm for policy work.
  • Proven experience in building and maintaining relationships.
  • Strong work management and organisational skills, an eye for detail, and a proven track record in delivering high quality policy products.
  • Ability to produce and recognise high quality policy work.
  • Demonstrated experience coaching and mentoring peers and junior staff.
  • A proven understanding of policy implementation and the issues likely to impact on it.
  • Experience working with senior leaders and Ministers.
  • An awareness of economic, social and governmental influences, the political environment, and other agencies and groups likely to influence our work.
  • Knowledge/familiarity or a commitment to learn/understand a Te Ao Māori worldview, and the importance of a treaty-based partnership approach to policy.

 Please include in your application the team/roles of interest to you e.g. fixed or permanent and Legislative Policy and/or System Policy team.


You ll be joining an inclusive environment where people, regardless of gender, race, disability, religion or background are supported to be able to do their best work.

This includes:

  • Flexible by default, balance life and work commitments
  • Exciting and meaningful work that makes a difference to Aotearoa
  • Opportunity to develop and grow your career (coaching culture, study support, secondments, acting up)


How to apply | Me pēhea te tuku tono

If the above matches your skills and experience, click apply and upload your CV and cover letter.

Any questions that haven t been answered in this advert or the position description or if you have difficulty with your application please email .

Submit your application now as we will be screening applications as we receive them in order to move swiftly to interview shortly after the advert closes.

Closing Date:  Tuesday 16th February 2021 at (11.55pm)

Note to Recruitment Agencies: unsolicited CVs will not be accepted, see our careers page for more info.

You must have the right to live and work in Aotearoa New Zealand to apply for this job.