Senior Policy Analyst – Agriculture Reform

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    Govt NZ Jobs
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    6 months ago
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  • Category: Policy/Analysts
  • Location: Wellington City
  • Date Advertised: 28-JAN-21
  • Job Reference: MPI21/1508232
  • Job Title: Senior Policy Analyst – Agriculture Reform
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  • Summary:
  • Are you an experienced senior wanting to be part of large-scale regulatory reform?
  • Do you want to be part of shaping settings that will set our food and fibre sectors up to play a key role in New Zealand’s economic recovery?
  • Do you want to work in a collegial team that will challenge your thinking and provide great development opportunities? 

Mō tō mātou rōpū – About our team

The Agricultural Reform team sits within the Policy and Trade Branch of MPI.  This team is delivering on a large-scale legislative reform that intersects with multiple existing acts and administrative schemes and will shape how our food and fibre products are exported in the future.  We have a unique opportunity to modernise and expand our export system to make sure that it works for New Zealanders now and into the future. 

Our work is fundamental to achieving the Ministry for Primary Industries’ roadmap for economic recovery.  The food and fibre sector will be at the forefront of our export-led recovery.  We are accelerating the food and fibre sector’s economic potential to add $44 billion in export earnings over the next decade.  Having the right settings for the system that underpins New Zealand products extracting value from off-shore markets is at the heart of achieving this. 

You will be joining an intellectually curious, high performing and collegial team that will challenge your thinking and support you to expand your policy skills.  

Kōrero mō te tūrangaAbout the role

We have a fantastic opportunity for an experienced senior analyst to join our team. The successful candidate will be leading components of large-scale, high-profile legislative change that will provide opportunities to engage with Ministers, Senior Leaders and stakeholders.  It will also give you scope to play a leadership role in the team, including mentoring junior analysts and contributing to the overall effectiveness of the team and broader directorate.  You will also have opportunities to work on issues that support the performance and efficiency of our agricultural, horticultural and marine sectors more broadly.

Ko te tangata mo tēnei tūranga? – Who are we looking for?

We are looking for someone who has the following skills and experience:

  • Experience leading or progressing complex policy projects within central government
  • A wide-ranging knowledge of policy development disciplines and processes
  • A can do’ attitude and take ownership of their work to deliver the best results
  • Demonstrated experience in delivering high quality advice to Ministers
  • Critical thinking and analytical skills to challenge the status quo
  • Ability to think strategically and work through ambiguity and deliver results
  • Strong interpersonal and influencing skills and can work collaboratively across MPI, across government and with external stakeholder groups; and
  • Sound judgement, integrity and discretion
  • Proven experience in planning and delivering policy work, identifying and managing risks to timeframes.

If you want a career where you help contribute to New Zealand’s economic recovery in a very real way then this is it. MPI has a focus on career pathways so this is the first step in your career with us and we will work with you to help you grow.

See the benefits of working at MPI 

Me pēhea te tuku tonoHow to apply

To view the position description and/or apply for the role (submitting cover letter and current curriculum vitae), please click on “APPLY NOW” in order to be directed to our website.

If you have any questions about this role, please contact Katrina Minx, Senior Recruitment Adviser on 04 831 4908 or

Applications close: 11th February 2021

The Ministry for Primary Industries is committed to providing a working environment that embraces and values inclusion and diversity. Your unique talents and experience will help us deliver exceptional services to our communities in Aotearoa. In return you’ll enjoy an inclusive and flexible working environment in a diverse team of people while you’re growing your career here in NZ and internationally. We actively encourage applications from all backgrounds. If you have any support or access requirements, we encourage you to tell us when you apply so that we can assist you through the recruitment process.