Kaitātari Kaupapahere / Policy Analyst

Company Name: Ministry of Social Development

Location: Wellington, NZ

Job Duration: 2021-07-21 to 2021-08-20


About us

The Ministry of Social Development (MSD) is a people-centred organisation. We’re in communities across the motu, working with partners to help New Zealanders be safe, strong and independent.
We provide social policy and advice to government and assistance, including income, employment and housing support to people of all ages, families, whānau and communities.
As a Te Tiriti o Waitangi partner we are committed to supporting and enabling Māori, whānau, hapū, Iwi and communities to realise their own potential and aspirations.
Our people are as diverse as the communities we serve. We care about the wellbeing and success of our people and provide a supportive and inclusive working environment where people can thrive and be who they are.



Kaitātari Kaupapahere / Policy Analyst



Māori, Partnerships and Programmes Team


•    Fixed term/Secondment to 31 January 2022
•    Based in Wellington



The Ministry of Social Development (MSD) is the lead agency for the social sector.  MSD provides policy advice, and delivers social services and assistance to young people, working age people, older people, and families, whānau and communities.  We work directly with New Zealanders of all ages to improve their social wellbeing.

The Policy Analyst will provide analysis and advice for the Māori  Partnerships and Programmes (MPP) and across the Māori, Communities and Partnerships (MCP) Business Unit. The role will gather and share insights and advice on how to make it easier for iwi/Māori to engage and partner with the Ministry and for the Ministry to become more effective in the delivery of services for iwi/Māori.

The role will influence the development and documentation of policy, operational guidelines, investment procurement and funding plans that will improve MSD’s engagement and partnerships with iwi/ Māori.


 He pūkenga tou/Skills and Experience 


 Our ideal candidate will have: 

•    Ability to provide high quality analysis and advice 
•    Ability to influence and build constructive and effective relationships both internally and externally
•    Highly effective communication skills
•    Knowledge and experience in working with iwi and Māori
•    Strong understanding of te Ao Māori and Te Tiriti o Waitangi
•    Sound organisational and time management skills – flexible and pragmatic with the ability to plan and resolve situations in an environment of change
•    An understanding of Tikanga / Kawa Māori
•    Ability to understand and use te reo Māori preferred



How to Apply



To apply, click the ‘Apply Now’ button to upload your CV, cover letter and complete the online application form.  Note: Your cover letter will be a key part of our assessment process, so please highlight how your experience relates to the competencies listed in the position description. 

All applications must be made online.  If this is not possible or if you have any queries, please contact us at jobs@msd.govt.nz 

Internal MSD Employees – please apply through your myHR portal at work.  This will ensure that your myHR employee profile is visible as internal candidate.


Closing Date:  8 August 2021


Salary range:  $71,231 – $87,060

Joining us

Joining MSD means being part of a whānau that celebrates the diversity each individual represents.  We show manaaki, we care about the wellbeing and success of people and want everyone to thrive, and be who they are in a supportive and inclusive working environment. We work together to make a difference for communities while doing the right thing with integrity. We are a Treaty partner committed to strengthening relationships with Māori, Hapū, Iwi and communities to realise their own potential and aspirations.

If you have any support or access requirements, we encourage you to tell us when you apply so we can assist you through the recruitment process.