Chief Policy Adviser

Ministry of Education of New Zealand

Wellington Region, New Zealand

Full time

May 11

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About the job

Permanent, full-time


Looking for a thought leadership role where no two weeks are the same? Look no further.

Kia ora koutou! We are looking for a Chief Policy Advisor extraordinaire to provide thought leadership to the Ministry of Education's International Division and help rebuild international education in these disrupted times. The Division also advises on multilateral (APEC, UNESCO, OECD) and bilateral relationships and strategy for the Ministry. This area is broad and requires a dynamic thinker able to tackle complex analytical challenges.

This role would suit an experienced policy practitioner, who has excellent relationship management skills, and public sector experience. International education is a high-profile area and we work in a cross-agency environment alongside student, provider, and sector representatives. You'll enjoy this job if you're an agile operator, creative problem solver and driven by putting the learner at the centre of policy advice.

We have some big deliverables - the International Education Strategic Recovery Plan and the International Education Strategy 2018 - 2030 - offering a great opportunity to utilise both your strategic and pragmatic policy nous. There are exciting opportunities to roll up your sleeves and put your mark on policy advice about the value of international education to New Zealand, student wellbeing, sustainability and diversity for the sector and (future) student outbound mobility.

About our group

Education is key to our well-being, social cohesion, and citizenship. It is crucial to New Zealand's ability to achieve sustainable and inclusive economic growth. We are a group with a strong policy culture that works on issues affecting a huge system that directly impacts the lives of all New Zealanders.

Reporting to the Group Manager International, you'll be part of the Division's leadership team. An important part of the role is an ability to be aware of and sensitive to diverse cultures and peoples, as you traverse advice impacting on international students and engage in global matters and contexts. There'll be opportunities to advise Ministers and senior leadership on international matters and strengthen your reputation as a policy leader.

You will also have the chance to add broader value, being part of a Ministry that is passionate about lifting equity and excellence in education and keeping the Treaty of Waitangi's guiding principles core in our work. We welcome candidates from diverse backgrounds, including Māori, Pacific, and those with disabilities and strong cultural competence is an advantage. Above all, this role is ideal for an enthusiastic self-starter looking to lead and join our close-knit and hardworking team and continue to shape this work through COVID-19 and into the future.

For further information please contact Belinda Himiona on 04-463 7022 or email

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