Māori Impact Project Manager


  • Permanent Full Time
  • Canterbury

Location: Christchurch | Ōtautahi
Hours: Full time
Term: Permanent

You might have heard of us. We are the science expertise behind the Genomic Sequencing and Wastewater Testing used as part of the response to the Covid 19 pandemic. Our team focuses on keeping Aotearoa New Zealand and its occupants safe and healthy. If you are curious about science that makes an impact, from the water we drink, to criminal cases involving forensic evidence, and the health of our country in a global pandemic, we want you to join us.

Your new role

The Māori Impact Project Manager position is responsible for providing project management oversight, strategic alignment, and reporting to ensure the effective delivery of the work programmes completed within the He Pūtaiao, He Tāngata Māori Impact Group.

This role will assist the GM Māori Impact and Manager Māori Impact to establish and improve systems to monitor expenditure against budget, and to monitor progress against project milestones and deliverables against the organisation's priorities. You will also be required to provide regular reporting on the overall work programme for ESR.

Māori-led initiatives, co-designed programmes and partnerships with Māori communities are the way we work. The Māori Impact Project Manager will ensure their knowledge is current and relevant to Māori needs and aspirations. The role is responsible for delivering key projects and initiatives that empower our communities and ensure the maximum benefits are achieved from both Mātauranga Māori and modern Science knowledge. To successfully complete this, the role holder will need a thorough understanding of how to engage with these communities, including knowledge of procedures and protocols related to kaupapa and tikanga Māori. An awareness of the working relationship of iwi, hapū, Māori businesses, government agencies, and Māori research communities would be advantageous.

Ideally you will bring

  • Previous experience in a project management role
  • Exceptional organisational and time management skills
  • Experience working with kaupapa Māori, tikanga and Mātauranga Māori
  • Knowledge of te reo Māori is desirable
  • High level of attention to detail and accuracy
  • Experienced in Microsoft applications in particular Word, Excel, Outlook and Teams
  • A passion to build and grow your own skills and knowledge
  • Team player with a dedication to supporting your team
  • An interest in the work we do

Who we are

The wellbeing of whānau, hapū, iwi and other Māori communities is central to the future wellbeing of Aotearoa New Zealand. ESR brings thought leadership to its key role in research, science and innovation that will deliver improved outcomes for Māori and we do this through our strategic initiative - He Pūtaiao, He Tāngata.

He Pūtaiao, He Tāngata aims to drive three shifts in science investment by:

  • Increasing the relevance and involvement of Māori in science and research.
  • Growing kaupapa Māori research to develop Mātauranga Māori.
  • Creating new opportunities through the meeting of Mātauranga Māori and modern knowledge.

Valuing and combining Māori and modern knowledge enables innovative science and research solutions that are uniquely Aotearoa New Zealand - increasing the wellbeing of our communities and the environment.

ESR is a New Zealand Crown Research Institute that specialises in science relating to people and communities helping safeguard people's health, protect food-based economies, improve the safety of freshwater and groundwater resources, and contributes expert forensic science to justice systems.

ESR is currently undertaking an ambitious programme of transformation as we reset the organisation for greater impact and sustainability for the future. Greater investment in our engagement with Māori-led research and Mātauranga-based solutions is a vital part of this transformation.

What you can expect from us

You will be part of our He Pūtaiao He Tāngata Māori Impact rōpū, who are transforming research to strengthen communities and the environment through Mātauranga Māori and modern knowledge systems and you'll contribute to making a positive difference in wellbeing as we engage with multiple Iwi to support their environmental aspirations. You will also get to be part of a very unique institution that supports the wellbeing of the community and wider New Zealand.

We are committed to attracting the very best people and can offer the ideal candidate a constructive workplace culture, future training and development and attractive employment benefits. ESR promotes active work/life policies including remote working arrangements, family-friendly initiatives and flexible hours. You will also be part of a very unique institution that supports the wellbeing of the community and wider Aotearoa New Zealand.

To apply

A position description for this role can be found by clicking the Apply button.

We welcome the opportunity to speak with you about this opportunity; if you'd like more information please contact Jymal Morgan General Manager Māori Impact on 021 872 590.

Please note the successful applicant will be required to complete a pre-employment drug-screen and police records check as conditions of employment.


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