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Principal Advisor Partnering with Iwi and Māori

Principal Advisor Partnering with Iwi and Māori

Principal Advisor Partnering with Iwi and Māori

Ministry of Social Development

Closing Date : 23 Sep 2019

  • Location:Wellington, NZ
  • Company: Ministry of Social Development

Pou Mātāmua/Principal Advisor, Partnering with Iwi/Māori – National Office

Tēnā koe

Mō te Manatū Whakahiato Ora/About MSD

The Ministry of Social Development (MSD) is the lead agency for the social sector.  MSD provides policy advice, and delivers social services and assistance to young people, working age people, older people, and families, whānau and communities.  We work directly with New Zealanders of all ages to improve their social wellbeing.

Mō te tīma/About our Team

Partnerships and Programmes focus on building strong and resilient whānau, hapū, iwi and communities utilising a range of prevention, community and social development approaches which lead to sustainable and long term outcomes.

Te āhuatunga a te tūranga/About the Role

The Government has signalled a significant reset of relations between Māori and the Crown and the need for the Crown to extend partnerships beyond the negotiation table.   For MSD, this means we need to change that way we manage our existing and future partnerships with iwi/ Māori.

The Principal Advisor Māori will provide high level strategic, technical and analytical leadership for the Partnerships and Programmes Group and across Community Partnership and Programmes Business Group in Service Delivery, to gather and share insights and advice on how to make it easier for iwi/Māori to engage and partner with the Ministry and for the Ministry to become more effective in the delivery of services for iwi/Māori.

The role will influence the development and documentation of policy, operational guidelines, investment procurement and funding plans that will improve Service Delivery’s engagement and partnerships with iwi/ Māori.

He pūkenga tou/Skills and Experience

Our ideal candidate will have:

  • knowledge and experience in working with iwi/Māori, in particular in the historical and/or post-settlement environment
  • knowledge and experience servicing Senior Public Executives and Ministers
  • ability to influence and build constructive and effective relationships both internally and externally
  • highly effective communication skills
  • sound organisational and time management skills – flexible and pragmatic with the ability to plan and resolve situations in an environment of change
  • an understanding of Tikanga Māori.
    Join our team today and see the work you do make a difference!

Tono mai/How to Apply

To apply, click here to upload your CV and cover letter, and complete the online application form.  All applications must be made online. If this is not possible or if you have any queries, please contact us at

Applications close 5.00pm Monday 23rd September 2019

Position Description – HERE.

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