Senior Policy Analysts – Child and Youth Policy – Permanent

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    2 weeks ago
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  • Job Type: Ongoing – Full Time
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  • Location: Wellington – Wairarapa
  • Date Advertised: 12-NOV-20
  • Job Reference: NZ/1495681
  • Job Title: Senior Policy Analysts – Child and Youth Policy – Permanent
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Senior Policy Analysts – Child and Youth Policy – Permanent – 35672
The Opportunity


We are seeking motivated Senior Policy Analysts to join our Child and Youth policy team at MSD. 

The Child and Youth team is responsible for producing policy advice on a range of issues concerning children and young people in New Zealand. The team is currently focused on developing legislation to strengthen oversight of the Oranga Tamariki system, ensuring the service for young people receiving income support is fair and fit for purpose, and reporting to the United Nations on New Zealand’s progress implementing the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. We also support the Ministry of Youth Development to provide policy advice on key issues within the youth portfolio.

The Child and Youth team also lead the coordination of cross-government work for MSD, to support the government’s delivery of initiatives to improve outcomes for children and young people in New Zealand. This includes the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, the Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy, and elements of the Youth Plan 2020-2021: Turning voice into action. 

Child and Youth policy sits within the Social Development, Child and Youth group, and is part of a busy Policy Branch. There’s a great vibe across the Branch where people are focused on delivering high quality policy advice in a positive, supportive team environment.  We work hard to ensure policy settings are responsive to the diverse needs and wellbeing of New Zealanders while maintaining a strong focus on staff wellbeing and personal work/life balance. We pride ourselves on investing in developing and supporting staff to reach their full potential.


Skills and Experience

We’re keen to hear from motivated senior analysts with a track record in policy advice. We’re looking for great people skills as you’ll be working with stakeholders across our organisation and externally.  

We’re keen on people who will fit our collegial, supportive culture, and have the action orientation to shape and lead on policy work that is a priority for Ministers and our Chief Executive. You’ll need strong analytical and critical thinking ability and excellent judgement.  You’ll bring leadership ability or potential, with the skills and an interest in coaching and developing others.


Benefits of working in Policy at MSD 


  • We are a large organisation with policies and services that support most New Zealanders at some point in their life – from Childcare Assistance to Superannuation.
  • We work collaboratively with the service delivery groups of our ministry, to ensure fit for purpose policies – you can see the policies you’ve developed right through to operational implementation.
  • Our practice is guided by a foundation of shared cultural behaviours  which has embedded a positive and supportive working environment.
  • We have a new strategic direction – Te Pae Tawhiti – that sets out a strong vision and purpose for MSD.
  • We are committed to building diversity, accessibility and inclusion in our workplace.  We can offer flexible working arrangements.
How to Apply


To apply, click the ‘Apply Now’ button to upload your CV and 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 key accountabilities listed in the position description.

All applications must be made online. If you require assistance or support through the application process, please contact us at , so that we can accommodate this. Other accessible formats can also be provided.

Applications close: Wednesday 25 November 2020

Please see the attached Position Description.



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.