Strategic/Technical Advisor

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    Govt NZ Jobs
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    negotiable / month
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    3 days ago
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    Govt Jobs
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  • Category: Planning and Reporting
  • Location: Wellington City
  • Date Advertised: 08-NOV-18
  • Job Reference: MPI18/1366545
  • Job Title: Strategic/Technical Advisor
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Strategic/Technical Advisor – Planning – 2 Year Fixed Term

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) provides a range of services to ensure New Zealand is protected from biological risk, the food New Zealand businesses produce is safe and suitable for us all to consume, and our natural resources are sustainable!

In July 2017, the bacterial infection Mycoplasma Bovis was found in cattle in the Oamaru area of the South Island. With the support of farmers, industry bodies and local communities, MPI is working hard to locate the disease, contain it and eradicate it from New Zealand. 

We have established a new directorate specifically to support M.bovis eradication. The purpose of the directorate is to sustain the intensity of work over a longer term, and allow the response to transition to a core service delivery model that can be managed in a sustainable way. 

The role of Strategic Advisor is to develop and action strategic planning requirements within the M.Bovis National response.

As the Strategic Advisor you will be responsible for providing specifications, plans and guidelines to Governance and senior management around the country on strategic activities. You will be experienced in business writing and planning in emergency management, and will have the ability to build and maintain strong working relationships with internal and external stakeholders.

Do you have what it takes to be successful in this role?  Can you demonstrate expertise, skills and qualifications in:

  • Tertiary qualification or equivalent experience in strategic writing and planning
  • Advanced Business Analyst or Project Management skills
  • Advanced Excel and data presentations skills
  • High level internal and external stakeholder management
  • Advanced written and oral communication
  • Strong negotiating, influencing, analytical and problem solving skills


  • Working knowledge of the Coordinated Incident Management System (CIMS)
  • Understanding of the farming industry

At MPI we are open to requests for flexible working on hiring. Please talk to us at interview about the flexibility you need and we will explore what’s possible for the role.

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

To arrange a confidential discussion about the role, please contact Hana Zawodny on or 04 830 1534.

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.

The successful applicant must be able to obtain the relevant security clearance. Please visit for more information.

Applications for this role close on 22 November 2018.

MPI is an equal opportunity employer and committed to providing a working environment that embraces and values diversity and inclusion. Your unique talents and experience will help us deliver exceptional services to New Zealand. In return you’ll enjoy an inclusive and flexible working environment in a diverse team of people while you’re growing your career. We actively encourage applications from any background.