Senior Advisor, Whānau Ora

Te Puni Kōkiri

  • Wellington

Salary Negotiable

Location Wellington

Consultant Matthew Drake

JobRef 1730610/001

Kaitohu Mātua - Senior Advisor | Whānau Ora, Operations, Regional Partnerships & Operations We are looking for a Senior Advisor who is seeking a new and exciting opportunity to support Whānau based initiatives! The Whānau Ora team at Te Puni Kokiri provides oversight and contract management for Whānau Ora funding, supports the Minister for Whānau Ora and cross-agency Whānau Ora initiatives. The team are passionate about contributing to system change and influencing across government to achieve better outcomes for whānau.

Te Whiwhinga Mahi | The opportunity

Whānau Ora Commissioning workstream

The Whānau Ora commissioning model is unique because it devolves funding decisions to community-based commissioning agencies. These agencies work with partners, providers, and navigators to support whānau achieve their aspirations.

Te Puni Kōkiri is responsible for contract and relationship management across the commissioning agencies. The Senior Advisor will support the Whānau Ora Manager and Principal Advisor to deliver on the commissioning workstream. This includes programme coordination, relationship management, ministerial servicing and leading projects and engagements as required. They will also provide strategic and analytical leadership on complex issues.

Ko wai koe | About you

You will be an innovative thinker who is politically astute but also willing to challenge status quo. You will have the ability to build lasting relationships with key stakeholders while finding ways to meet ministerial, partners and organisational imperatives.

You will have:

  • Contract management, contracting for outcomes or relationship management experience.
  • Highly developed conceptual and analytical skills and experience in developing and implementing workable solutions to ambiguous and complex problems.
  • An understanding of social outcomes measurement and evaluation, actuarial analysis
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to operate with a diverse and flexible team of staff including the ability to build, maintain and enhance strategic relationships within Te Puni Kōkiri, government departments and Commissioning Agencies.
  • The ability to mentor Advisors

Preferable but not required:

  • Project management, operational design, or financial expertise

About Te Puni Kōkiri

Te Puni Kōkiri (Ministry of Māori Development) is a government agency that works within government and communities to achieve our vision of Thriving Whānau. We are committed to ensuring that the wellbeing of whānau, hapū and iwi is central to the future wellbeing of Aotearoa (New Zealand).

Whānau Ora is a culturally grounded, holistic, and strengths-based approach to improving the wellbeing of whānau. It puts whānau at the centre of decision-making and supports them to achieve their aspirations.

What you will get
A diverse and rewarding working environment full of passionate people focussed on discovering solutions that will assist in serving our communities.

We are guided by our values of excellence, valuing people and relationships, working collectively and being creative and innovative.

There is more to life than just work and we encourage our staff to maintain the right balance between work and personal pursuits. We recognise that a healthy workforce is a productive one so we're committed to providing opportunities and incentives for our employees to look after themselves, including:

  • Optical allowance
  • Hauora allowance
  • Te Reo Māori proficiency allowance
  • Provide enhanced parental leave provisions and childcare allowances.

Applications close Friday 19th August 2022 at 5pm 

Robert Walters endeavours to review all applications in a maximum of five working days. If you have not received correspondence within this timeframe please do not hesitate to contact Matthew Drake on 04 471 9709.


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