Senior Workforce Adviser

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  • Category: Advisors
  • Location: Wellington City
  • Date Advertised: 05-JAN-21
  • Job Reference: MPI20/1494671
  • Job Title: Senior Workforce Adviser
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Senior Adviser Workforce - Investment Skills & Performance, Workforce Team 

Ma tau rourou, ma taku rourou, ka ora te iwi (with your contribution and my contribution the people will prosper)

Mō te tūranga - About the role

We are looking for an experienced Senior Adviser to work with the Manager Workforce and wider team to deliver and implement the Primary Sector Workforce Programme. You will play a key role in initiatives to attract and retain new workers in the primary sector, and will support industry, Agriculture and Investment Services (AIS) and MPI to bring together ideas and opportunities to create meaningful change in our rural communities.

The Primary Sector Workforce Programme

The Primary Sector Workforce Programme centres on investing in the primary industries workforce and supporting implementation of medium- to longer-term, pan-sector workforce development initiatives, to underpin the sector’s transformation and ability to meet future needs.

Agriculture and Investment Services

We work with, and for, those on the land both today and in the future. AIS supports communities of farmers and growers to achieve their aspirations, and to meet the expectations of customers, government, and the public. AIS supports communities of farmers and growers to achieve their aspirations, and to meet the expectations of customers, government, and the public. This is alongside continuous investment in tomorrow’s world, as partners to increase primary industries’ value and sustainability and to align with MPI’s strategy Fit for a Better World

Ngā Pūkenga me ngā Wheako - Skills and Experience

To succeed in this role you’ll have:

  • A relevant tertiary qualification and will bring substantial experience in a similar role
  • Understand the issues and challenges that face the Primary Sector Workforce
  • Understand factors that influence the labour market from a policy perspective
  • Enjoy problem solving and addressing issues
  • Excellent relationship building and stakeholder engagement skills
  • Demonstrated experience engaging with industry partners to deliver the key objectives
  • Excellent communication skills both written and verbal
  • Enjoy working in a collaborative and meaningful way to deliver successful workforce programmes

Mō tō mātou rōpū– About our Team

The Investment, Skills and Performance Directorate (IS&P) has an oversight role over MPI’s portfolio of external investment and research funds (the Portfolio). The IS&P Directorate provides management reporting, oversight and strategic advice to MPI’s Investment and Finance Committee (IFC) on how the Portfolio is structured and managed. IS&P also works with other agencies and our funding teams to build and align with best practice, and looks beyond government for ways of providing financial support for our sectors and communities.

The “skills” part of our name refers to the Directorate’s responsibility for the delivery and implementation of the Primary Industry Workforce Programme. The Programme supports the primary industries to attract and grow the skills and knowledge the sector needs to respond to key challenges and opportunities, and increases the ability of New Zealanders to secure and retain high quality employment in the primary industries.

IS&P maintains a strategic view across AIS and MPI, ensuring that AIS is best placed to deliver on its strategic work programme and looking at what it needs to achieve in the medium to long term. ‘Performance’ is also about challenging the status quo and looking to do things differently. We look across and beyond MPI for connections and ideas for new ways of working and to drive delivery more effectively. 

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Me pēhea te tuku tono - How to apply

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If you want a career where you help to grow and protect New Zealand in a very real way then this could be it. Our team is collegial, supportive and hard working. MPI has a focus on career pathways so take this step in your career with us and we will help you develop.

To view the position description and/or apply for the role (submitting a cover letter and current curriculum vitae), please click on “APPLY NOW” or visit the MPI Careers site.  For tracking and reporting purposes, all applications must be submitted through our online careers portal.

To apply for this role you must hold the right to work in New Zealand or be eligible to obtain it – click here to find out more about work visa eligibility and options.

This role is broad banded in salary bands E and D with an indicative salary range of $75,758 – $108,321 depending on skill set and experience.

Applications close: Monday 25 January 2021.

If you have any questions about the role, please contact Ruth Greening Senior Recruitment Adviser on


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.