Principal Advisor | Wellington

Office of the Ombudsman

  • Permanent Full Time
  • Wellington

Job Description

Principal Advisor (OPCAT)

  • Provide specialist policy and practice advice on the Chief Ombudsman's OPCAT function to monitor and inspect places of detention.
  • Assist in the development and maintenance of Office policies and procedures.
  • Contribute subject matter expertise and advice on a range of OPCAT projects to support the Office's learning, communications, knowledge management, research and evaluation, and international functions from an OPCAT perspective.

Mō te Tari o te Kaitiaki Mana Tangata – About the Ombudsman

The Chief Ombudsman works with his staff to help New Zealanders in their dealings with government agencies. The focus is on handling complaints against government agencies, undertaking investigations and inspections, and encouraging good administration. The Chief Ombudsman is independent and impartial, with the goal of fairness for all.

The Chief Ombudsman is designated to carry out National Preventive Mechanism (NPM) responsibilities under the United Nations Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture (OPCAT). These responsibilities are to monitor and inspect the treatment of people in:

  • prisons
  • court facilities
  • mental health facilities
  • intellectual disability facilities
  • aged care facilities
  • COVID-19 managed isolation and quarantine facilities
  • immigration detention centres

Mō tō mātou tira – About the team

Our Strategic Advice Team provides high level strategic advice on matters relating to policy and practice, and provide guidance to support our OPCAT teams in their work. In addition, team members contribute their subject matter expertise and strategic advice in support of learning, communications, knowledge management, research and evaluation, and international relations.

Mō te tūranga - About the role

The Principal Advisor will work with Senior Advisors and OPCAT team members to provide high-level strategic analysis on matters relating to the development and provision of policy and practice advice for OPCAT monitoring and inspections related activity. This position will also be responsible for contributing subject matter expertise and advice on a range of one-off OPCAT projects and to support the Office's learning, communications, knowledge management, research and evaluation, and international functions from an OPCAT perspective.

He kōrero mōu – About you

To be successful in this role you will have:

  • A legal or other relevant tertiary qualification.
  • Experience at a senior level in a legal advisory and/or policy development role.
  • Experience in human rights law and/or a background in the corrections or health and disability sector.
  • Experience providing advisory services in an investigative, arbitration, mediation, monitoring and/or inspections environment.
  • Excellent relationship management skills.

Me pēhea e tono - How to apply

To apply, click on the ‘Apply Now' button where you will need to register through our online career centre, complete our application form and upload your CV and cover letter. For further information about this vacancy please email recruitment@ombudsman.parliament.nz.

All applicants will have a legal entitlement to work in New Zealand. Appointees will be subject to a criminal convictions check and may be required to achieve and maintain a NZ Government (NZSIS) security clearance.

Depending on skills and experience the salary is expected to be between $115,114 and $151,088.

Applications close, Sunday 1 August 2021.

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