Principal Advisor, Family and Community Health

Ministry of Health

  • Permanent Full Time
  • Multiple Location Options

Principal Advisor, Family and Community Health

  • Are you an experienced leader skilled in navigating ambiguous environments?
  • A pivital role to achieve best outcomes for pēpi and their whānau
  • A permanent, full-time role based in Wellington or Auckland

Leading change management in health settings for the health and wellbeing of pēpi, tamariki and whānau requires exceptional leadership skills. These include aroha and ngākau for whānau, relationship and collaboration skills, the ability to work in diverse environments and to influence across many sectors.

You will be responsible for establishing a culturally responsive, nationally consistent and coordinated best practice framework in relation to the safety and wellbeing of pēpi and their whanau in a hospital setting, with the provision of high quality strategic and operational advice and analysis in supporting the health sector working with its partners including iwi, Oranga Tamariki and Police.

This is a pivotal role ensuring critical factors to success are in place to achieving best outcomes for pēpi and their whānau.

To be successful, you will have experience in facilitating health sector collaboration, and experience in developing and maintaining effective professional relationships with a range of internal and external stakeholders. You will also be responsible for providing advice and leadership to the wider work of the Family and Community Health team. Key responsibilities include ensuring that the advice and actions of the team improve outcomes for the safety and wellbeing of pēpi, tamariki, rangitahi and whānau.

You will be someone who has the following:

  • Mātauranga Māori and Te Ao Māori understanding; knowledge and experience of issues that impact on wāhine Māori; the context of whānau; and in-depth understanding of Te Tiriti o Waitangi
  • the ability to translate what Māori-Crown partnership looks like to ensure Māori have a central role, using appropriate engagement frameworks and guidelines, in terms of health's contribution to securing the safety and wellbeing of pēpi and their whānau in a hospital setting
  • proven experience in applying kaupapa Māori analysis
  • the ability to engage with Māori, a range of health professionals and other partners to this work including Oranga Tamariki, New Zealand Police and District Health Boards
  • significant experience and understanding of maternity health professional care, the hospital environment, and of family and community health care
  • Proven ability to work in an ambiguous environment and collaborate across multiple areas and agencies in order to achieve a common outcome
  • An experienced leader skilled in navigating challenging relationships and tensions

This role calls for you to have significant confidence, capability and operational experience, you will also have experience working in an environment that requires a high level of discretion, sensitivity and interpersonal interaction. The salary band for this role is $117,363 to $156,483 and will be appointed in alignment with skills and experience.

This role falls within scope of the COVID-19 Public Health Response (Vaccinations) Order 2021. Proof of vaccination is a requirement.

You will find a copy of the Position Description attached or online at

Please click ‘Apply for this Job' to upload your CV and cover letter.

For further information regarding the role, please email quoting reference number MOH/1587804.

Advertising for this role closes at 5pm, Sunday 30 January 2022

Please note: Only applications through our online system will be accepted.

We encourage diversity and inclusion at the Ministry of Health 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. You can contact us at or on +64 4 816 2478 if you would like to discuss any accessibility needs you may have.

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