Senior Economist

The New Zealand Infrastructure Commission, Te Waihanga is an autonomous Crown entity with a long-term objective to deliver a step change in New Zealand’s planning and delivery of infrastructure, it’s systems and settings. We are responsible to the Minister for Infrastructure and monitored by the Treasury. 

In te reo Māori, ‘waihanga’ means a cornerstone, or to make, create, develop, build, construct, or generate. The name Te Waihanga describes our commitment to shaping New Zealand’s future through infrastructure planning and investment. 

We are passionate about transforming infrastructure for all New Zealanders and have four main functions that guide our work: 

  1. To coordinate, develop and promote an approach to infrastructure that improves the wellbeing of New Zealanders.
  2. To improve the certainty of future New Zealand infrastructure projects.
  3. To lift New Zealand’s infrastructure procurement capability.
  4. To provide high-quality advice in relation to infrastructure.

What you’ll do  

Te Waihanga is tasked with improving the lives of New Zealanders through better infrastructure, and we all play a role in this mission.   

Although experience is valuable, we are focused on finding the right person so we are open to this role being at the Advisor, Senior or Principal level. This newly created role will provide strategic economic advice, analysis, and evaluation of current and future factors influencing the infrastructure sector. You will provide valuable economic advice to the leadership team and CE on potential sector changes to improve infrastructure delivery in New Zealand.  

Key areas of focus for this role will be: 

  • Working collaboratively with infrastructure commission staff, leadership and other infrastructure providers to develop the 30-year Infrastructure Strategy.
  • Providing sound economic advice on the current and future performance of infrastructure networks, including reviewing and summarising existing research and data or conducting original research using infrastructure data.
  • Producing high quality, well-tailored technical reports, public communications, policy advice, briefing notes, presentations, speeches, correspondence, and other ad hoc documentation.
  • Undertaking research and analysis on agreed topics and presenting results in appropriate formats. Assessing options and develop practical policy advice, linking back to evidence and theory.

Things you'll be proud of  

This is a varied role in a growing organisation with a big future. To be a great fit, you’ll be a strategic, analytic thinker who thrives in a fast-paced environment and is proud of:  

Your qualifications and experience, including:  

  • Essential - tertiary qualification in economics, or equivalent knowledge, skills and experience gained in the workforce, and a commitment to ongoing professional development.
  • Desired - post-graduate qualification in economics, preferably with a specialisation relevant to infrastructure, such as urban economics, trade economics, or transport economics.

Your broad range of skills and knowledge, including:  

  • Sound knowledge of issues and trends associated with infrastructure in New Zealand and/or other jurisdictions, including awareness of relevant legislative and statutory requirements and strategic priorities across government.
  • Previous experience evaluating economic impacts of infrastructure, ideally both in research and project appraisal contexts.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and deliver economic analysis and research, with a description of economic, social, and environmental effects.
  • Strong analytical skills, ideally including experience applying econometric techniques.
  • Excellent written communication skills and experience in the preparation of reports and executive documentation within a government framework.
  • Excellent relationship management skills.
  • Ability to work collaboratively within the team, across Te Waihanga, and with our partner agencies.

If you are interested in being part of the critically important work Te Waihanga deliver for Aotearoa, please read through the position description on Te Waihanga’s website and get in touch.   

To apply for this role, please email  tewaihanga.recruitment@humankind.nz. 

Applications close on Monday 27th September at 5pm. 

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