Policy and Senior Policy Advisors

Posted on 17-Apr-2018
Application Close Date: 22-Apr-2018
Job Details
Policy and Research
Position Type:
Ongoing - Full Time
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Senior Policy Advisors and Policy Advisors – Housing System Performance team

  • Are you an experienced Senior Policy Advisor or Policy Advisor looking to advance your career by working on complex, challenging and high priority policy issues?
  • Do you want to make a difference and help New Zealanders by working on big policy issues such as housing affordability and government interventions in the housing market?
  • Are you looking to work in a high performing policy area with a supportive culture? 


Who we're looking for

We're looking for both a Senior Policy Advisor and Policy Advisor to join the Housing System Performance team in the Housing and Urban Branch. You will be someone that enjoys analysing challenging problems and finding solutions that positively impact on the lives of all New Zealanders.  We're looking for someone that works collaboratively, delivers in a fast-paced environment, and can present to senior people, including Ministers. 

You may have specialist skills designing and leading the delivery of a strategic work programme, applying your economic expertise to complex policy problems, or leading legislative change. 

We're looking for the following skills and experience:

  • Experience leading or working on complex central government policy projects
  • Excellent analytical skills
  • An ability to see the bigger picture and make connections across work areas
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills and an ability to work collaboratively as part of a team
  • Ability to lead and mentor other analysts
  • A relevant tertiary qualification, in a discipline relevant to policy, social science, economics, or property development. 


Why work for us

Housing plays a vital role in the wellbeing of New Zealanders. Beyond the basic human need for shelter, housing is important for New Zealand's economy and underpins a range of social, economic and health outcomes. Housing is our most significant store of private wealth with tensions between housing as a place to live and housing as an investment. Well-functioning housing markets are a high priority for the government, including addressing issues such as a shortage of housing, strong demand, and the affordability pressures this creates.

The Housing and Urban Branch plays a lead role in providing Ministers with advice on how to address housing market issues both in the short and longer term, and in regulating aspects of the market such as residential tenancies, unit titles and retirement villages. 


About the roles

We have a vacancy for a Senior Policy Advisor and a Policy Advisor in the Housing System Performance policy team, which is responsible for advice on:

  • monitoring the performance of the housing market (supply, affordability, demand, diversity, choice quality, rental market and home ownership) and using this as a base to develop advice on how to ensure the system performs better, through policy innovation
  • supporting choice and different ways of living in homes to meet needs and preferences of individuals, families and different groups, e.g. people on lower incomes, Maori 


We are looking for people that can work in the following areas, while contributing to the development of the team's future work programme:

  • monitoring performance of housing market, and advice on how to deliver improvement through policy innovation
  • Maori housing: leading work across the branch and contributing to cross government work to improve housing outcomes for Maori. 
  • regulation of retirement villages and unit titles: working with these sectors; analysing issues and assessing the regulatory framework under the Retirement Villages Act 2003; progressing policy changes to make improvements to the regulation of unit titles
  • home ownership assistance: advice on how the government might improve the rates of home ownership.


You will work in an interesting and dynamic environment providing advice to Ministers on a range of critical housing policy issues and reforms. We work on a mix of strategic and shorter term work.

If you are motivated by working on complex policy problems, developing new ways of considering challenges while also delivering pragmatic solutions, we are keen to hear from you. The roles are based in Wellington. 


How to apply

Click on the APPLY button below in order to be directed to our on-line careers website (careers.mbie.govt.nz). 

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.

Email Peter van de Merwe on Peter.vandeMerwe@mbie.govt.nz if you have any further questions.


Applications close at 5pm on Sunday 22 April 2018.