Job title: Senior and Principal Policy Advisors
Job type: Permanent
Emp type: Full-time
Industry: AoG Participating Agency
Functional Expertise: Public Sector & Government
Salary type: Annual
Location: Wellington
Job published: 24-06-2024
Job ID: 42105

Job Description

Seeking multiple Principal and Senior Policy Advisers – Wellington-based Fixed Term and Contract Positions

Are you a talented policy professional whose job was impacted by the public service cut? We have multiple fixed-term policy positions with genuine needs to move the work program forward.


  • Work on high-priority programme
  • Lead policy initiatives and shape better outcomes for NZ
  • Multiple fixed-term opportunities with work flexibility 


Te āhuatunga a te tūranga/About the Role 


The past few months have been challenging for the Wellington public sector. Many public sector roles were affected by the government's cost-reduction measures. There are limited job opportunities in the market. However, with the latest Budget announcement, we are seeking a growing demand in the government recruitment sector. We are seeking experienced senior and principal policy advisers to fill multiple fixed-term policy positions and some short-term contract positions. In these roles, you will be responsible for providing high-quality advice, leading policy initiatives, engaging with internal and external stakeholders, and helping to build policy capability within the team.


He pūkenga tou/Skills and Experience


We're looking for policy professionals who can see the bigger picture, identify key issues, develop policy options using evidence, and confidently provide robust policy advice to Ministers and senior stakeholders. 


For a Senior Policy Adviser, this will include:

  • Contributing or leading policy advice on complex issues
  • Well-developed verbal influencing skills and written communication skills  
  • Experience in conveying information effectively to decision-makers at a high-level
  • Superb relationship management skills with a range of diverse and complex stakeholders
  • Good knowledge of policy development processes
  • Sound knowledge of the machinery of government
  • Ability to work through ambiguity and drive outcomes


As a Principal Policy Adviser, you process the following skills: 

  • A track record of leading complex policy projects and programs within the public sector
  • Proven experience in providing intellectual and professional leadership
  • Demonstrated capability in working with Ministers, senior public service officials, internal and external stakeholders
  • Comfortable with working in an ambiguous and high-paced environment
  • Experience with mentoring and developing junior staff and peers


Tono mai/How to Apply:


To find out more about these opportunities, please email Cindy Barthel at for more information.