Senior Policy Analyst

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  • Category: Policy/Analysts
  • Location: Wellington City
  • Date Advertised: 14-OCT-20
  • Job Reference: MPI20/1488845
  • Job Title: Senior Policy Analyst
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  • Summary:
  • Can you think strategically and progress an ambitious work programme?
  • Are you driven and curious, keen to use or build your knowledge about the primary industries, and good at getting to the heart of an issue?
  • Join MPI’s Animal Sector Policy team to help our primary industries make a strong contribution to New Zealand’s recovery from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • 8 months, Fixed Term, Full Time

Mō tō mātou rōpū & Kōrero mō te tūranga – About our team & and about the role

The Animal Sector policy team works across New Zealand’s animal-based primary sectors, including meat, dairy, and wool, as well as newer and more niche industries. We work with stakeholders and government agencies to develop and implement policy initiatives to address complex problems. This includes legislative and regulatory frameworks that balance cooperation and competition to support dynamic efficiency, growth and development in the primary sectors. We also play a key role in MPI’s response to COVID-19, working with businesses, industry organisations and across government to minimise the impact of COVID-19 restrictions and disruptions on primary industry business operations.

We are looking for two senior policy analysts until June 2021 to work on a new project, which aims to remove barriers to the export of New Zealand primary products via e-commerce, while balancing this against risks to New Zealand’s regulatory systems and trading reputation. The project will work at speed to identify the highest priority areas for change, and get that change underway within the next six months.

We are an exciting, vibrant and fast-moving place to work and we are looking for someone who’ll thrive in this environment.

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

We need smart, curious, and enthusiastic people who are able to contribute to our work on complex policy issues. To be successful in this role you need:

  • The ability to identify and clearly communicate core elements of an issue or proposal;
  • Broad perspective and ability to make creative and informed connections between commercial, environmental and social issues;
  • Good interpersonal skills and ability to effectively engage and collaborate with a wide range of people across government and the primary industries;
  • Understanding of government policy processes; and
  • The ability to manage your effort to deliver work to a high standard and on time, both independently and with the support of others. 

Ahurea – Culture

We encourage a vibrant, diverse and inclusive workplace where difference is championed and we are an employer of choice because of it. We recruit, grow and retain talented, engaged and motivated employees who actively contribute towards an environment where everyone feels welcome and valued. 

Mō te Manatū Ahu Matua – About MPI 

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) helps to seize export opportunities for our primary industries, improve sector productivity, ensure the food we produce is safe, increase sustainable resource use, and protect New Zealand from biological risk. Our work is essential to building and maintaining New Zealand’s reputation as a producer of safe and high quality food and other primary products.

The work we do is informed by our primary sector roadmap Fit for a better world – accelerating our economic potential.  Fit for a better world brings together actions, investment, and resources that the Government considers will accelerate the productivity, sustainability and inclusiveness of the primary sector, to deliver more value for all New Zealanders. 

Ngā hua o te Mahi i te Manatū Ahu Matu – Benefits of working at MPI include

  • Refurbished offices close to Railway Station
  • Up to three additional (MPI holidays) leave days
  • Options for flexible working
  • Career development and internal opportunities across the branch and organisation
    • Parental leave ex-gratia payment
    • Wellness benefit for employees
    • Bi-annual MPI-paid eye test and contribution to the costs of corrective lenses/frames
    • An active social club and constant bake sales!

See the benefits of working at MPI

Me pēhea te tuku tono – How to Apply

To view the position description and/or apply for the role (submitting a 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 the role, please contact Katrina Minx, Senior Recruitment Adviser on (04) 831 4908 or

Applications close: 30th October 2020

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.