Senior Adviser - Pacific

Ministry of Education

  • Permanent Full Time
  • Wellington


  •  Based in Wellington
  • Full-time, fixed-term until 31 January 2024.

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

He mea tārai e mātou te mātauranga kia rangatira ai, kia mana taurite ai ōna huanga

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

The Secondary Tertiary team sits within the Te Poutāhū group and covers the transition from senior secondary through to tertiary and employment.

Te Poutāhū - works to make learning and teaching relevant, real and valued. We deliver and maintain critical services for the education sector to support responsive learner pathways from early childhood into further education, training, the workforce, and society. Te Poutāhū performs a crucial role working between the strategy and policy teams, and the sector facing functions.

The Secondary Tertiary (ST) team is responsible for operational policy, curriculum and support programmes for Year 11-13 learners, and the secondary-tertiary interface. This includes senior secondary curriculum, NCEA (including the ongoing NCEA Review and preparing for the Review of Achievement Standards) and secondary-tertiary pathways and transitions.

Mō tēnei tūranga - About the role

The Senior Advisor - Pacific role sits with the Operations and Implementation team of ST and is pivotal in supporting the successful delivery of the NCEA Change Programme for Pacific learners, through the Pacific workstream. They will help shape a senior secondary education system that delivers quality and equitable pathways for Pacific learners, and that support them to transition successfully for a life of learning, earning, caring, and contributing.

The Senior Adviser - Pacific will provide technical expertise and cultural advice across the NCEA Change Programme from a te ao Pasifika lens, including from policy to design, through to implementation and the development and delivery of curriculum and assessment content that is responsive to the needs of Pacific learners. This will include supporting the development of Pacific-focused subjects such as Pacific Studies, Vagahau Niue, and Gagana Tokelau.

They will work closely with internal and external stakeholders to ensure the voices of Pacific learners, parents and whānau, education sector, and the wider community are supported to understand, design, and deliver the implementation support needed to successfully embed, change, and strengthen NCEA collectively and collaboratively.

Mōhou ake - About you

The person we seek will be an adaptable, fast learner who can appreciate the importance of well delivered projects so we can make the best difference to all New Zealanders, including Pacific learners. They will take pride in producing high quality work, be an innovative thinker, have leadership skills and will be comfortable working independently to achieve defined objectives.

Our ideal candidate will have experience working with Pacific learners, their whānau and communities in an education setting. They will have a degree of comfort and confidence in advocating, discussing, and exploring the topics of identity, culture, and language of Pacific learners in education. They will be sensitive to cultural values and have a good understanding of the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

Experience and qualifications

Candidates will have the following:

  • Experience and working knowledge of the education sector, and be connected to the Pacific education sector, whānau and communities
  • Experience providing advice and support for designing and implementing change for Pacific leaners, their whānau, and communities
  • An understanding and working application of, and commitment to, equity and the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi
  • Experience in user-centred design methodologies to support the design and build of products and services, including prototyping and pre-implementation testing
  • Ability to 
  • engage with a range of stakeholders confidently and appropriately from different cultures and backgrounds
  • Ability to design and deliver internal and external stakeholder engagements, both general and targeted, to generate valuable and usable insights / advice
  • Proficiency in working within Pacific cultures and ideally in a Pacific language
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal

Kua rite koe mō tēnei mahi? - Are you ready to make a difference?

We need to reflect the diverse communities we serve, so we welcome applications from individuals of all backgrounds, orientations, and identities. As an organisation, we are committed to building racial equity and excellence in the education sector.

We want to provide flexible working environments where everyone feels relevant, valued and supported.

Please review the position description by copy and pasting this link into your browser:

For additional information on the changes Te Tāhuhu are embarking on, please visit our careers centre. If this opportunity interests you, please submit your cover letter and resume by using the ‘apply’ button.

For further information please contact Bianca Webster

Applications close 5pm Wednesday, 3 November 2021.


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