Principal Evaluator Māori

Ministry of Education

  • Full Time Fixed Term
  • Wellington
  • Fixed-term, full-time
  • Wellington

Kia ora, Bula Vinaka, Fakaalofa lahi atu, Fakatalofa atu, Kia orana, Malo e lelei, Malo ni, Talofa lava, Tena koutou katoa and welcome.

Help shape the future of education

At the Ministry of Education, we work together to shape an education system that delivers equitable and excellent outcomes.

Our organisation is made up of more than 3,000 talented and committed people around New Zealand, from a wide range of backgrounds and cultures.

While we work in different groups and on different things, we all strive every day to make the biggest difference we can for every child, young person and adult student in our education system.

About our group and team

Evidence, Data and Knowledge group (EDK) - We create high quality evidence to inform policy and practice.

The Analytics and Insights (A&I) team is responsible for undertaking research, evaluation and analysis which supports the Ministry's early learning and schooling policy and operational functions. The team works across the organisation to promote the effective use of evidence and ensuring the Ministry's educational priorities fulfil government objectives and meet the needs of stakeholders. The team leads the work and advice on overall education priorities and performance by ensuring pathways and systems from early childhood to the workplace enable students to achieve to the best of their ability. A key focus of this team will be the analytics and evidence supporting the Ministry's implementation of a social investment approach.

The Analytics and Insights team uses a range of national and interna tional data, from a range of sources including national and international surveys, administrative data and qualitative methods. It will focus its permanent resources on priority pieces of work and will also support other pieces of analysis, research and evaluation that are contracted out to external organisations.

About this role

The Principal Evaluator Māori will lead the Kaupapa Māori evaluation approach for Ka Hikitia (the Māori Education Strategy). One of the key deliverables is the development of the Performance and Learning Framework in partnership with Te Puni Kōkiri and the Māori Eduction Group, the Ministry of Education to understand and communicate the impact of Ka Hikitia - Māori success as Māori.

The framework will:

  • measure system performance using quantitative, qualitative, and financial data
  • have maximum applicability in different contexts across the system
  • have the flexibility to allow for fluctuations and new activity
  • allow for iterative improvements.

This approach to evaluation requires a significant level of engagement, capability development and leadership across all sectors and stakeholders. This brings together multiple perspectives to stimulate collective action.

The role will also support the Kaupapa Māori evaluation capability and cultural competency of the Analytics and Insights Team, Evidence, Data and Knowledge and when feasible, help build the Kāupapa Māori evaluation capability across the Ministry of Education.

About you

To be successful, you will need to have the following:

  • Tertiary qualification in research, social science, economics, public policy, or related discipline
  • Proven knowledge of te reo Māori (to intermediate level)
  • Excellent relationship skills to work with range diverse rōpū, whānau, including key relationships within the sector
  • Ability to be guided by mātauranga Māori, tikanga, and kawa
  • Experience in evaluation -kaupapa Māori research or evaluation
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills including negotiation and facilitation skills and experience
  • Understand traditional and contemporary Māori values and knowledge; knowledge of Tikanga and Te Reo Māori, ability to apply Te Ao Māori in work, and commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi
  • Knowledge and understanding of relevant professional research and evaluation codes and standards and the ethical issues involved in releasing sensitive information into the public arena

Are you ready to make a difference?

This is a fixed-term, permanent role with negotiable flexible working options.

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

As a government agency, the Ministry is committed to keeping to the Treaty of Waitangi's guiding principles in our work for and with Māori students, their whānau, hapū and iwi.

There is more information in the position description attached, please look and if this opportunity sounds like you, please apply now using the 'apply online' button.

For further information, please contact Simon Williamson at Simon.williamson@education.govt.nz

Please review the position description by copying and pasting this link into your browser: https://expressonline.haineslink.co.nz/pdfs/701246_JobDesc.pdf

Applications close midnight on Monday, 25 October 2021.

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