Principal Advisor

Posted on 14-Mar-2018
Application Close Date: 28-Mar-2018
Job Details
Policy and Research
Position Type:
Ongoing - Full Time
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  • This is not your usual advisory position
  • Are you an experienced principal policy practitioner looking for new challenges?
  • Do you thrive in dynamic teams and fast moving environments?
  • Are you ready to help drive system-level change across government?


Why work for us?

Disputes arise in all communities, industries and sectors and are a significant brake on New Zealand's social and economic development.  Disputes that are unresolved or resolved badly are time consuming, damaging and expensive. Government has an important role in ensuring that disputes are resolved effectively and future disputes are prevented if possible.  Effective dispute resolution is also integral to healthy regulatory systems, assisting agencies to identify and address pain points and emerging issues and so fulfil their regulatory stewardship responsibilities.

The Government Centre for Dispute Resolution is a small multi-disciplinary team with an exciting work programme. Our focus is on improving government's performance through providing best practice dispute resolution stewardship and functional leadership across the public sector.

The GCDR's work is diverse.  We assist government agencies to develop and implement best practice dispute resolution solutions. We provide tools, guidance and advice on dispute resolution policy and legislation, as well as dispute resolution scheme design, procurement and evaluation.  We have a strong public policy focus – considering the best approach to dispute resolution across government as a whole and overseeing a long term research agenda to examine questions such as the cost of disputes, and value of effective dispute resolution, to New Zealand.


About the role.

The GCDR is a multi-disciplinary team based in Wellington. The GCDR team includes a mix of skills and experience across areas such as:

  • Strategic policy advice and analysis
  • Legal
  • Dispute resolution
  • Operations/service delivery
  • Research, monitoring and evaluation
  • Data and Systems analytics
  • Must have legal right to live and work in NZ


The GCDR is seeking a Principal Advisor with a strong background and significant skills in public policy.  Principal Advisors are required to have at least seven years' experience in a senior analyst/advisory role. Experience in one or more of the team's other areas of expertise and/or in the justice sector also an advantage.  


In addition to the experience outlined above, GCDR team members need to:

  • Effectively collaborate across disciplines and with multiple stakeholders
  • Have highly developed influencing and communication skills
  • Be flexible and innovative thinkers who aren't afraid to challenge the status quo
  • Be comfortable with ambiguity and changing priorities
  • Be skilled at identifying and realising opportunities to effect positive change


About MBIE:

MBIE is the lead agency for making it easier for business to work with government.  MBIE's purpose is to grow the New Zealand economy to provide a better standard of living for all New Zealanders.  We do this by working with others to help businesses to be more competitive, improving job opportunities and by ensuring quality housing is more affordable.


How to apply:

Click on the APPLY button below in order to be directed to our on-line careers website.  You may view a position description at this site, as well as complete the on-line application, and upload a CV and cover letter. For tracking and evaluation purposes, all applications must be submitted via our on-line process.

Contact Karen Stewart at quoting ref MBIE/1305099 if you have any further questions.

Applications close at 5pm 28 March 2018