Senior Advisor - 12 month fixed term / secondment

Ministry of Social Development

  • Fixed Term
  • Wellington

Senior Advisor - 12 month fixed term / secondment 

Te Kāhui Kāhu / Social Services Accreditation

About us

 We are an independent business unit, with our own Board, hosted within MSD. Our team provides a professional accreditation service on behalf of seven Government Agencies, covering 2,000 social service providers/organisations. 

Our main function is Social Services Accreditation. We provide assurance that social service providers can deliver safe, quality services. We do this by assessing organisations against our Social Services Accreditation Standards and making sure they meet these standards. 

We also provide other services on behalf of other government agencies, including Pay Equity Claim Oversight and Support and Core Worker Exemptions.  

About the role  

We are looking for a Senior Advisor (Culture and Engagement) fixed term / secondment for 12 months to join our national office team.

As a Senior Advisor you will support the development and application of Te Kāhui Kāhu’s cultural lenses to apply to accreditation standards, collaborating with Senior Assessors, Policy and Practice Advisors and the Training Lead.  The work will involve working closely with the National Manager, Māori and the National Manager, Accreditation and their senior staff.

As a Senior Advisor you provide high quality advice and support to the Leadership Team and Manager, Policy, Practice and Business Enablement to ensure that key accountabilities are met in relation to this work programme. The role will have both a developmental and a strong implementation focus. 

This includes carrying out analysis and providing technical advice relating to the work programme. You will be expected to exercise thought leadership, including participation in cross functional improvement teams.

The role will have a focus on designing best practice.  
Skills and experience

Our ideal candidate will offer:

•    Detailed knowledge of Te Ao Māori and Pacifika culture 
•    Proven project planning experience
•    Experience in designing professional development/staff training
•    High quality written and verbal communication skills
•    Proven experience in stakeholder engagement
•    Operational policy and process development 
•    Analytical ability 
•    Prior experience in QA/ Assurance, Assessor or similar roles 
•    Experience working in, or for, Kaupapa Māori or Pacifika is desirable

In turn, we offer you a chance to make a difference the community, in a supportive work environment. We do interesting work and offer you opportunities to grow and enhance your career. 

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 via

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

Closing date:   27 September 2021.

Position Description

Salary range:  $94,834 - $115,908

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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