Senior/Advisor Policy

Senior/Advisor Policy

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 to improve the wellbeing of New Zealanders.

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, investment and delivery.

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 create a more certain and efficient environment for the delivery of infrastructure projects.
  3. To improve how we deliver infrastructure, such as through better procurement.
  4. To provide high-quality advice to the Government on infrastructure.

What you’ll do

Our newly created role of Senior/Advisor, Policy will support the Chief Policy Advisor to ensure that Te Waihanga has a voice on a wide range of policy areas impacting infrastructure. Our Senior/Advisor Policy will develop policy advice for the Minister for Infrastructure and other agencies and ensure Te Waihanga is represented positively and professionally, making our views heard in a manner that is constructive and collegial with our colleagues across government.

Key areas of focus for our Senior/Advisor, Policy will be: 

  • Developing quality policy advice by delivering complex policy work, applying analytical communication skills to a range of infrastructure policy matters and supporting the Chief Advisor on the development of policy advice.
  • Work collaboratively and constructively with government agencies in order to maintain influence and engage across central government.
  • Fostering strong working relationships with internal stakeholders, ensuring our policy advice is informed by other parts of Te Waihanga. 
  • Acting at all times as a neutral public servant, supporting the Government of the day by developing impartial, professional, evidence-based policy advice. 

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 able to deliver clear, impartial and well-considered policy advice in a fast-paced environment.  

Your qualifications and experience will include: 

  • A relevant tertiary qualification in law, economics, political science, public policy or similar.
  • Knowledge of machinery of government, including processes for developing public policy.
  • Experience working in an environment where political impartiality is essential.
  • Well-developed critical thinking and strong analytical skills.
  • Well-developed problem-solving skills including the analytical ability to clearly identify problems.

Your broad range of skills and knowledge, including: 

  • Strong written and verbal skills with the ability to communicate complex issues and concepts clearly, succinctly and with influence.  
  • The ability to support team members to deliver complex policy work, finding suitable policy solutions for ministers and other senior officials to take forward.    
  • Excellent relationship management skills.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and have influence within the team, across the organisation and with our partner agencies.
  • Ability to align group work to organisational objectives.
  • Proven ability to manage challenging workloads and adapt to fast-moving environments.  
  • Sound judgement, discretion and proven ability to work under pressure  
  • Sound project management and organisational skills.
  • Knowledge of issues and trends associated with infrastructure in New Zealand and/or other jurisdictions. 

If you are interested in being part of a supportive, collaborative team in a flexible working environment, delivering critically important work for Aotearoa, please read through the position description on Te Waihanga’s website and get in touch.  

To apply for this role, please follow the link in the advertisment or email tewaihanga.recruitment@humankind.nz. Applications close on Friday 24 September 2021 at 5:00pm.

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