Programme Manager: Leadership Development

iHNZ (Interim Health NZ)

  • Fixed Term
  • Wellington
  • An opportunity to contribute to the development of our new Health system
  • Six month fixed-term or secondment role
  • Flexible location with national travel

iHNZ is inviting expressions of interest from people with knowledge, expertise and experience in developing leadership programmes in complex systems.

We are looking for either full-time or part-time people to work with us on a 6- month secondment or fixed-term contract to support iHNZ's development of a business case for a leadership programme targeted to commissioners of the new health system in the first instance.

The role will support two co-directors in the following:

  • Progress a process of discovery around the content, partnerships, implementation and costs of a Pae ora leadership institute/wānanga with a focus on commissioners of the system
  • Engagement with key stakeholders from within the health and disability system as well as from professional associations, academic institutions, unions, leadership programme providers, iwi/Māori, and community stakeholders
  • Development of a formal proposal for the interim entities for the implementation of the programme itself

Reforming New Zealand's health system

The Minister of Health has announced a significant reform to New Zealand's health system, underpinned by major changes to our system's structure and operating model. The changes will reduce fragmentation, strengthen leadership and accountability and improve equity of access and outcomes for all New Zealanders.

The New Zealand health system is complex with a wide network of health professionals, managers and providers meeting the needs of whānau and communities. The two entities will have to develop a strong infrastructure around workforce development to prepare all those within that system (workforce, and partners in the community) to implement the system reforms. Implementation of those reforms will require a whole new set of skills for the workforce, including technical skills as well as 'soft' behavioural skills.

Te Tiriti o Waitangi

The programme of work is grounded in Te Tiriti o Waitangi principles, and all roles will involve engagement with diverse stakeholders, and working with Māori to give effect to Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

Ngā Pūkenga me ngā Wheako - Skills and experience

The Programme Manager Leadership Development  will play an important role in developing a business case for a transformative leadership programme for commissioners of the health system in the first instance.

Whilst the team is Wellington based, flexible working is possible. The role will involve national travel.

To be successful in this role, you will need the following skill sets:

  • Understanding of how to meet Treaty obligations in a leadership development sense
  • A tertiary qualification in a relevant field or an equivalent body of knowledge and experience
  • Conceptual and critical thinking skills
  • Relationship building skills that result in high trust relationships and improved outcomes
  • Strong programme management skills
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral, able to express compelling ideas concisely

iHNZ is committed to being a good employer and honouring our equal employment opportunity obligations. We want our team to reflect the diversity of the communities we're working to improve care for, including those which have been historically underserved by the health system; so we particularly welcome applications from Māori, Pacific people, disabled people, and the LGBTQI+ communities. We endeavour to provide flexible employee practices and conditions to support a healthy work-life balance, including part-time and flexible working arrangements.

More information

For an informal discussion before application please contact Helene Carbonatto quoting reference number MOH/1592925 at

Advertising for this role closes at 5pm on Wednesday, 19 January 2022.

We encourage diversity and inclusion at iHNZ and are committed to equal opportunity in all our employment policies and procedures.  In particular, we want to ensure accessibility needs are well supported, so the recruitment process is fair and equitable for all. Therefore, please let us know if there is any support, we can provide to ensure the recruitment process is fully accessible to you.

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