Senior Policy Adviser - Investment

Ministry of Transport Te Manatū Waka

  • Wellington

We are looking for A high-performing Senior Policy Adviser to join the Investment team at the Ministry of Transport.  

The Ministry of Transport is the Government’s lead adviser on transport policy. We are a small but agile Ministry – which is perfect if you are after a chance to shine!  

About the Investment Team

The Investment team works across the sector to influence how funding is invested to ensure the transport system provides for highly liveable places and thriving regions. This includes leading the Crown Budget process for the transport sector and supporting the Government to develop, signal and deliver its investment intentions across the nation through the development of the Government Policy Statement (GPS) on land transport. We advise Ministers on some of New Zealand’s largest infrastructure investments, a lot of our current work for example is on the $16.3bn Auckland Transport Alignment Programme (ATAP) and the $9bn New Zealand Upgrade Programme (NZUP). One of our key roles is working with other teams and agencies to understand how we best invest and transition the current transport system to ensure it can meet the emission reduction targets, whilst also maintaining the needed levels of access.  

You will broaden your policy experience and play a significant role in cross-agency priority initiatives. Alongside the policy development, we have an equal interest in implementation and delivery, whether that be ensuring the projects/programmes we are responsible for are being properly implemented or in the case of the GPS and ATAP, the outcomes being sought are delivered. You will be comfortable developing new internal and external relationships as many of our projects require collaboration, consultation and engagement. 

Being part of the Investment team also means being able to provide and/or develop skills and capability around project/ programme and policy assessment – for example an understanding of concepts such as cost benefit analysis would be useful. Most importantly, you will be part of a busy, collaborative team, with energetic policy minds and a proven track record of delivery. 

Being a Senior Adviser

As a Senior Adviser, you’ll lead projects that have a real impact on the lives of New Zealanders and speak to your work at Ministers’ meetings and Select Committees.

You will get the opportunity to provide policy leadership, undertake complex analysis and develop innovative and practical policy solutions – with an eye on real world application such as programmes like ATAP.

You will join us from a background where you’ve gained solid experience in leading and steering projects, problem-solving complex policy issues, and assessing options. You’ll be someone who can take all the information on an issue, analyse its facets, and decide on a direction. You should be comfortable working in a numeric environment and ideally have had some knowledge/exposure to assessment techniques such as cost-benefit analysis.

You will be confident managing programmes of work to ensure efficient, targeted policy analysis and advice is provided to support the delivery of organisation and government goals.

The team have a work programme with various opportunities including:

  • working on major transport investment programmes like the Auckland Transport Alignment Project (ATAP) and he New Zealand Upgrade Programme (NZUP) 
  • the development, monitoring and evaluation of the Government Policy Statement on land transport and integrating in key agendas such as emissions reduction
  • understanding and assessing major transport projects and programmes such as ATAP and ensuring the associated outcomes support thriving cities and regions
  • helping shape the strategy of transport investment in our cities
  • providing leadership across the transport sector Budget bids.

The salary step range is: $99,483 - $130,000. The successful candidate will be appointed at a salary which reflects individual skills and experience.

What we offer?

If you’re looking to broaden your policy experience in a supportive environment, then the Ministry of Transport is the place for you. These roles provide a lot of scope to be creative in how we address transport challenges. Within both the Ministry and the Investment Team, career development is taken seriously and staff member are offered both training and support in their roles and opportunities to expand their careers.  

You will be expected to take ownership of your role and will be well supported not only within the team but across the Ministry. 

Please review the position description for more information and for specific queries, contact Tim Herbert, Manager Investment 022 066 2429

We welcome candidates from diverse backgrounds, including Māori, Pacific and those with disabilities, who will enrich our understanding of the transport system.

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

Please submit your application online including a cover letter and CV by Thursday 30th September 2021.

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