Adviser & Senior Adviser – Generational Investment

Ministry of Transport Te Manatū Waka

  • Permanent Part Time
  • Wellington

We are searching for an up and coming Adviser and a standout Senior Adviser looking for their next challenge. If either of those sound like you, seize this opportunity to join a forward-thinking Ministry.

The important work our newly established Generational Investment Unit does and the decisions resulting from it will influence the wellbeing of New Zealanders for generations to come.

Both positions will give you the opportunity to work on complex issues. You will get to think big picture and long term while contributing to new approaches to addressing our future transport infrastructure challenges. Both roles will include extensive engagement with the central and local government agencies, as well as with iwi, hapū and communities, that shape and influence the transport system. 

Why join the Generational Investment Unit (GIU)?

Our Generational Investment Unit will consist of a small team that will be responsible for implementing the new Generational Investment Approach which takes a 30-50 year view of investment choices. GIA enables a broad range of stakeholders to identify and prioritise future choices at the earliest stage in the investment cycle.  

Today’s transport investment decisions, especially investments in physical infrastructure, will endure for 50-100 years or more. The Ministry has been working with a number of partner agencies to establish a wellbeing-based approach to generational transport planning, which can provide greater clarity of choices up to 30-50 years out and a much better signalled pipeline. The Generational Investment Unit will play an essential part in implementing this approach.

Key tasks the Unit will be working on include:

  • Implementing the GIA and developing the necessary capability and maturity to embed this new approach.
  • Delivering the outputs of the GIA, including:
    • A Transport Intelligence Report for the system
    • A pipeline of potential system investments over a period from 10 years to 30-50 years out
    • Regular forums with system partners and stakeholders to assess potential investments against common critieria
    • A National Connections Framework which will underpin long term (generational) planning in the transport system
    • Advice to the Transport Minister, chief executive and senior leadership team.

About the Senior Adviser role

As the Senior Adviser in the team, you’ll provide expert advice in transport investment, planning and policy, preferably with experience working in a portfolio management or similar environment.  

You are a strategic thinker who thrives on ambiguity. You enjoy working in a dynamic environment providing services to multiple stakeholders across the Ministry and wider sector. You are proactive and collaborative in all you do and can communicate complex concepts to a range of audiences. 

You are skilled at working with both quantitative and qualitative information and communicating insights from your analysis clearly to others. You may be working in the sector already, enabling you to bring existing knowledge to this future-focused work. 

Your solid understanding of decision-making across policy lifecycles and ability to work closely in a team will help you contribute positively to future policy recommendations. Familiarity with portfolio and project management would be an advantage.

The salary step range for this role is $99,483 – $132,643, depending on experience.

About the Adviser role

As the Adviser in our small team you will be required you to bring your research and organisational skills to complex issues, where the team will be taking a strategic approach to addressing our future transport infrastructure challenges.

You will be working in a dynamic environment providing services to multiple stakeholders across the Ministry and wider sector. You are proactive and collaborative in all you do in support of communicating complex concepts to a range of audiences. 

You will ideally be comfortable working with both quantitative and qualitative information and communicating insights for your analysis clearly to others. Your solid research skills, understanding of decision-making across policy lifecycles and ability to work closely in a team will help you contribute positively to future policy recommendations.

Experience using project management tools and processes would be an advantage.

The salary step range for this role is $71,172 – $94,896, depending on experience.

What we offer

There’s never been a more exciting time to work for the transport sector. As the government’s chief policy adviser on transport, our job is to ensure that our transport system supports a broad range of social, economic, and environmental outcomes, and is positively shaping the places we live for generations to come.

This is a great opportunity for you to work closely with the Ministry’s leadership team, Ministers and key stakeholders across government and the transport sector. There’s a lot of opportunity here. 

We pride ourselves on maintaining a work culture that is inclusive, collaborative, bold and invested. Our waterfront offices further enhance the Ministry’s working environment. We are flexible by default and can offer work arrangements which embrace a healthy work/life balance. 

Interested in discovering more? For specific queries or a confidential discussion about the role with Donna Provoost, Manager – Generational Investment, please contact d.provoost@transport.govt.nz.

You must have the right to live and work in New Zealand to apply for this role at the Ministry of Transport.

Please submit your application online including a cover letter and CV by Wednesday 22nd September. 

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