Chief Science Advisor

The National Emergency Management Agency

  • Wellington

Kaitohutohu Pūtaiao Matua 

  • Ka whakaaweawe, ka akiaki i ngā mahi ruruku pūtaiao, whakahaere mōrearea ki roto i ngā ‘R4’ o te whakahaere mate ohorere
  • Ka ārahi, ka tohutohu i ngā mahi whai whakaaro pūtaiao ki roto i te pūnaha whakahaere mate ohorere ā-motu
  • Ka whai wāhi ki te Tukutuku Kaitohutohu Pūtaiao Matua a te Pirimia, ka noho hoki ko te pito whakahono o Te Rākau Whakamarumaru ki ngā hoa rangahau, pūtaiao hoki.

Ko Te Rākau Whakamarumaru tēnei ka ārahi i ngā mahi o te pūnaha whakahaere mate ohorere o Aotearoa e tohatoha nei ki ngā rohe o te motu. Ko tōna aronga matua, ko ngā mahi me ngā āheinga o te pūnaha whakahaere mate ohorere whānaui, puta noa i ngā momo matepā, mōrearea katoa, me ngā ‘R4’ o te whakaiti, te whakarite, te urupare me te whakaora. (Kia mōhio mai: kei te tipu te tari ā tērā ētahi atu tūranga mahi ka wātea mai ki roto i a Te Rākau Whakamarumaru hei ngā marama e haere mai nei)

E manawanui a Te Rākau Whakamarumaru ki te kanorautanga me te whai wāhi, kei te pīrangi ia kia whakaata tōna kapa kaimahi i te kanorautanga o ngā hapori o Aotearoa. Ka whakauara ia, ka whai whakaaro ki ngā koha mai o ngā tāngata nō ao kē me ō r`taau wheako, pūkenga, tirohanga maha. Ka tautoko ia i ngā momo mahi e tāwariwari ana kia eke taumata ai āna kaimahi. 

Kei te mārama a Te Rākau Whakamarumaru ki ngā hononga ki waenga i a Ngāi māori me te Karauna e hua mai ana i Te Tiriti o Waitangi, ā, kei te ū ia ki te whakatutuki i ōna wāhi ki roto i ngā kawenga Tiriti a te Karauna ki a Ngāi Māori. Hei āpiti atu, kei te āta mahi a Te Rākau Whakamarumaru ki te whakanoho mai i ngā tirohanga me ngā āheinga e pā ana ki te Ao Māori ki roto i āna mahi o ia rā me ōna uara hoki.

Kaupapa Tūranga

Ka tohutohu te Kaitohutohu Pūtaiao Matua i te Tumu Whakarae me te Rōpū Ārahi mō ngā take pūtaiao. Ka ārahi hoki te Kaitohutohu Pūtaiao Matua i ngā mahi tono, whakarite hoki i ngā tohutohu pūtaiao e hāngai ana ki te rautaki me ngā whāinga o Te Rākau Whakamarumaru. Ka noho tēnei tūranga ki te Tukutuku Kaitohutohu Pūtaiao Matua a te Pirimia, ā, ko ia hoki te pito whakahono o Te Rākau Whakamarumaru ki ngā hoa rangahau, pūtaiao hoki. Ka whakapiki ia i ngā āheinga o Te Rākau Whakamarumaru mō ngā mahi kaupapahere whai taunakitanga, ka ārahi hoki i ngā tohutohu pūtaiao ki roto i te mate ohorere.

Chief Science Advisor                                                                                       

  • Influence and advocate for coordinated science and hard risk management across the ‘4Rs’ of emergency management
  • Provide scientific thought leadership and advice to the national emergency management system
  • Participate in the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor Network and be NEMA’s senior point of contact with research and science partners.

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) provides national leadership to New Zealand's distributed emergency management system. Its primary focus is on the performance and capability of the emergency management system as a whole, across all hazards and all risks and the 4 Rs of risk reduction, readiness, response and recovery. (Note: the organisation is going through an exciting phase of growth and there will be more opportunities with NEMA over the coming months.)

NEMA values diversity and inclusion and desires its workforce to reflect the diversity of Aotearoa/New Zealand communities. It values and respects the contributions of people with diverse backgrounds, experiences, skills and perspectives. It supports flexible ways of working that bring out the best in its staff.

NEMA understands the continuing partnership between Māori and the Crown under Te Tiriti o Waitangi, and is committed to doing its part to deliver on the Crown's Tiriti commitments to Māori. Alongside that, NEMA actively strives to build te Ao Māori perspectives and capability into its day-to-day work, values and practices.

Role Purpose / Kaupapa Tūranga

The Chief Science Advisor advises the Chief Executive and Senior Leadership Team on areas that require scientific input.  The Chief Science Advisor also provides guidance on the generation and commissioning of relevant science and science advice that aligns with NEMA’s strategy, goals, and objectives. The role also involves being part of  the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor Network, and being NEMA’s senior point of contact with research and science partners. They will lift NEMA’s capability in providing effective evidence-based policy advice and lead the science advice during an emergency response.

Skills & Experience / Tohunga & Wheako

  • High personal integrity and a willingness to speak and act independently.
  • A doctoral degree in emergency management, hazard, risk, disaster or related field.
  • Demonstrated excellence in leadership, relationship management and communication skills.
  • Evidence of the ability to influence leadership and articulate evidence-based decisions.
  • Ability to communicate information and ideas so that others will understand, and to articulate the scope and limits of science evidence and advice.
  • Experience in and comfort with both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies.

Personal Attributes

  • Mana, a strong and credible reputation as a senior and respected scientist in the emergency management, hazard, risk, disaster, or other relevant field.
  • Uses logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions.
  • An ability to deliver high quality work output under pressure.
  • Discretion and tact to handle confidential and private information.
  • High level of judgement coupled with being able to make effective decisions in complex situations.
  • Anticipates complex problems and watches for tell-tale indicators that warrant intervention.
  • Willingness to grow Māori capability and cultural confidence.

What NEMA offers

NEMA offers a dedicated and supportive team, flexible work options and the opportunity for someone to apply their skills and experience to a workforce that is committed to building the capability of the national emergency management system and to empowering communities.

NEMA’s collaborative and innovative culture enables its people to both adhere to best practice and challenge the status quo. So, if you want to be part of an agency dedicated to building a safe and resilient Aotearoa New Zealand, NEMA wants to hear from you.

Security Requirements

Due to the security requirements of this role, applicants must be a New Zealand citizen or New Zealand Permanent Resident.

Entry to New Zealand from all countries remains strictly controlled to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Only people with the right to work in New Zealand can apply for this role. Information about New Zealand work or residence visas can be found at

APPLICATIONS CLOSE: Sunday 24 October 2021

FURTHER ENQUIRIES: Helen Cox or David Hollander on 04 550 8000


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