Graduate Analyst

Ministry of Social Development

  • Wellington

Are you looking for a unique opportunity to apply your university research experience to make a difference to the lives of New Zealanders? 

We are seeking a recent graduate who has Te Ao Māori experience to support the work of our Research and Evaluation team and wider MSD. This role will support our work program of policy-focused research and evaluation of MSD services. 

About MSD

Our Purpose: Manaaki tangata, manaaki whānau. We help New Zealanders to be safe, strong and independent.

MSD services make a real difference to the lives of New Zealanders. Our work is challenging with high risks and high public expectations - but we are passionate about it. We are guided by Te Pae Tawhiti – MSD’s strategic direction, which focuses on three areas:

  • Mana manaaki – A positive experience every time
  • Kotahitanga – Partnering for greater impact
  • Kia takatū tātou – Supporting long-term social and economic development.

We are an organisation that puts people first and that includes our staff. We’re committed to providing a diverse work environment that's supportive and helps you to develop.

The opportunity

The Research and Evaluation team’s exciting work program involves undertaking research and evaluation to inform decision-making in areas of critical importance to New Zealander’s wellbeing. Our work areas include: 

  • Kaupapa Māori work streams and capacity building, including qualitative and quantitative Māori research and evaluation
  • Evaluating the effectiveness of MSD’s employment and income support programmes
  • Developing evaluation frameworks and evidence to support family violence and sexual violence services
  • Supporting the monitoring and evaluation of the initiatives in the Families Package
  • Supporting policy and service decisions with evidence about young people, older people, and people with health and disability issues.

Who we are looking for

We are looking for a motivated graduate to provide high quality research, evaluation, and analysis on a range of social policy issues. You will be expected to form sound working relationships with colleagues and staff throughout the Ministry, as well as forming good relationships with staff in other social sector agencies relevant to the nature of the work.

This role will appeal if you have: 

  • knowledge and experience in te reo me ngā tikanga Māori and working with Māori in whānau, hapū and NGO settings
  • a relevant tertiary qualification, for example social science research with a quantitative focus
  • understanding of a range of research and evaluation methods and approaches
  • some experience working with data and producing insights from data
  • strong communication skills 
  • a commitment to developing skills and knowledge.

What we can offer

This is a unique opportunity to work with teams that make a difference to the lives of vulnerable New Zealanders.

We can offer you:

  • challenging, varied and interesting work
  • an opportunity to develop and grow your career
  • coaching and support from experienced Analysts
  • a fun, collegial team, and flexible work environment

If this sounds like you, we would love to hear from you!

Closing date: Sunday 18th April 2021

How to apply

To apply, click the 'Apply Now' button to upload your CV, 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 competencies listed in the position description. 

All applications must be made online.  If this is not possible or if you have any queries, please contact us at 

Internal MSD Employees – please apply through your myHR portal at work.  This will ensure that your myHR employee profile is visible as internal candidate.

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.

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