Kaitohutohu Māori (Senior Māori Practice Advisor) and Senior Advisor Practice

Oranga Tamariki

  • Fixed Term
  • Multiple Location Options

Professional Practice Group (PPG)

12 month fixed-term contract/secondment opportunities - you may choose to apply for one or both roles

2 x Kaitohutohu Māori (Senior Māori Practice Advisors)
2 x Senior Advisor Practice

Flexible location

Oranga Tamariki is undergoing a fundamental shift in its practice to better meet the needs of tamariki and whānau, particularly tamariki and whānau Māori and to strengthen our working more effectively with our partners. Join a team that will develop, influence and support this change over the next 12 months.

  • Champion new practice approaches for our tamariki and whānau
  • Demonstrate your commitment to Te Ao Māori values, methods and approaches
  • Contribute to high quality tangata whenua and bicultural social work practice

About us - Mō mātou

Putting children first guides everything we do here at Oranga Tamariki - Ministry for Children. Along with that, we value fairness and sincerity. We treat whānau with respect and we think long-term. We believe that by getting involved early in their lives and showing love and care, we give children the best chance of growing into happy thriving New Zealanders. A founding principle for Oranga Tamariki is our high aspirations for tamariki Māori and their whānau. We work alongside our community partners to bring about positive outcomes for our tamariki, rangatahi and whānau.

About the Professional Practice Group (PPG)

The Professional Practice Group is responsible for defining, designing, and developing practice approaches, tools, guidance, operational policy and quality improvement systems which our practitioners use in their work with tamariki, whānau and communities. We are a motivated, dynamic and supportive team managing a diverse, complex and ever-changing programme of work. We offer a challenging and friendly environment with plenty of opportunities to develop your knowledge and skills.

The practice teams within PPG lead the functions of practice advice and consultancy, building communities of practice, provision of specialist Māori, disability and Pacific practice leadership, provision and maintenance of quality practice guidance and the design, development and enhancement of practice frameworks, models and tools.

About the role - Mō te tūnga

Reporting to the Practice Programme Directors, and as part of the part of the wider team, you will contribute to an organisational wide shift towards Māori centred practice (practice which is designed to benefit and strengthen the oranga of tamariki and whānau Māori, in a manner that is inclusive and responsive to all tamariki and whānau, drawing firstly from Te Ao Māori knowledge, methods and principles). You will contribute directly to three streams of work:

  • Practice development - the development of frameworks, models and tools to support practicing in oranga oriented ways that promote the mana of those we work with.
  • Practice change - the development of networks of support which enable the embedding and strengthening of local practice
  • Practice system - the identification of and response to those things which are either enablers of or barriers to this shift in practice

Key to this role will be how you model and apply the principles of mana tamaiti, whakapapa and whānaungātanga to guide practice with tamariki Māori and their whanāu. You will also be able to demonstrate the application of the Te Ao Māori wellbeing principles embedded within Te Toka Tumoana and practices supported by our Cultural Framework to practice. You will also champion the importance of practice approaches which have collaboration with partners (particularly iwi/Māori partners) at their centre.

Whilst our starting point for practice is Te Ao Māori, you will be able to recognise and promote the inclusiveness and benefit of these practice approaches for all tamariki and whānau.

What you will bring - Ngā pūmanawatanga ōu:

  • Recognised commitment to te Ao Māori and the promotion of te reo me ōna tikanga
  • An ability to champion tangata whenua and bicultural practice approaches
  • Proven ability to engage and manage stakeholder relationships and a commitment to a partnered practice approach
  • Conceptual thinking, and an ability to translate our aspirations for all tamariki and whānau, particularly tamariki and whānau Māori in actionable practice
  • Knowledge and experience of Māori approaches within a social services practice context
  • A level of experience and knowledge of tikanga relevant to the role
  • Ability to use clear and professional written and verbal communication
  • Knowledge of indigenous models of practice with a commitment to delivering to Te Toka Tumoana and our Māori cultural framework by both tangata whenua and tauiwi kaimahi
  • In depth understanding and structural analysis about the position of Māori in today's society in Aotearoa and issues of equity and inequality for Māori impacting on the tamariki we work with
  • A tertiary qualification or equivalent relevant experience is essential. The qualification may come from a number of different fields of study, including social work or other human sciences

What's in it for you - Nōu te rourou

We welcome diversity and are committed to working in an inclusive and respectful way. This is your opportunity to apply your skills and experience to the wellbeing of tamariki and whānau.

This role includes the following:

  • A rewarding career where you will work in a values-based role which is truly making a difference
  • Colleagues who are committed to the highest standards of strengths-based social work practice

How to apply - Me pēhea te tuku tono

Apply online with your CV and cover letter. If you are an Oranga Tamariki employee already, please apply through your myHR portal. For reporting and transparency, it is important that all applications are submitted through our careers site, please do not email through applications and/or CVs.

If you have any questions about these roles, please contact Moana Eruera at moana.eruera@ot.govt.nz or Nicolette Dickson at Nicolette.Dickson@ot.govt.nz

Applications close Friday, 5 March 2021.

Please view the following position descriptions for more information:

Kaitohutohu Māori (Senior Māori Practice Advisors): http://www.msd.govt.nz/hr/documents/position-descriptions/mvcot/senior-maori-practice-advisor-position-description-november-2018.pdf

Senior Advisor Practice: http://www.msd.govt.nz/hr/documents/position-descriptions/mvcot/senior-practice-design-advisor-position-description-november-2018.pdf

You may choose to apply for one or both roles, please clearly indicate your preference in your cover letter.

  • Share this post!