Senior Policy and Negotiations Advisor | Wellington

Posted on 23-Nov-2021
Application close date: 06-Dec-2021
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Senior Policy and Treaty Negotiation Advisor

  • Do you want to be involved in meaningful mahi leading treaty settlement negotiations?
  • Can you bring strong communication & relationship management skills to DOC?
  • Two full-time permanent opportunities starting from 1 February 2022

Toitū te marae a Tāne, toitū te marae a Tangaroa, toitū te tangata. If the land is well and the sea is well, the people will thrive.

At Te Papa Atawhai (Department of Conservation) we express our spirit of service and serve Aotearoa through our purpose: Papatūānuku Thrives. Our organisational strategy, Te Kaupapa a Te Papa Atawhai, puts nature and people at the heart of everything we do.

We have new opportunities within our Treaty Negotiations Unit who lead the Department's involvement in Treaty settlement negotiations.  These roles would also be suitable for advisors with transferable experience, who are looking to step into a new challenge and senior role.

He angitūtanga | About the Role

As a Senior Policy and Treaty Negotiation Advisor, your strong critical thinking and relationship management skills will be crucial to ensure we deliver high-quality Treaty negotiation and settlement outcomes that align with the Crown Treaty settlement framework and our commitment to The Treaty of Waitangi.

Reporting to a Treaty Negotiations Manager, you'll be responsible for representing Te Papa Atawhai in the Crown's Treaty of Waitangi settlement negotiations with iwi, advocating for Crown and conservation interests, at meetings with Crown agencies and iwi. You'll be confident to navigate competing interests and effectively develop negotiations strategies, planning and options, analysing the advantages and risks whilst considering technical and practical feasibility, and policy ramifications, to formulate sound advice to senior leaders and Ministers.

There are two full-time permanent positions based in Wellington, with some travel involved. Te Papa Atawhai supports flexible working arrangements.

He kōrero mōu | What we are looking for

Ideally, you will be an experienced senior advisor who wants to work in the Treaty space. You will enjoy developing relationships with a wide range of people - be they senior leaders or colleagues working on the ground. You will have a good understanding of and the ability to navigate the machinery of government, combined with a sound understanding and knowledge of the Treaty of Waitangi and its principles.

Your analytical and critical thinking capability is key, as is strong communication skills that will enable you to effectively translate complex policy and negotiation issues into plain English for lay audiences. You will want to learn about the breadth of work that DOC does and how we implement conservation legislation to ensure that papatūānuku thrives. The ability to work under pressure, managing competing and tight timeframes will round off your profile.

Experience and confidence in working with whānau, hapū and iwi is highly desirable.



Apply now

Keen to join an organisation passionate about advancing conservation efforts? Submit your CV and a tailored cover letter (PDF) online that describes your interest in the role and that highlights how your relevant skills, experience and personal qualities will meaningfully contribute to Te Papa Atawhai, our kaupapa and our people.

Applications close at 5pm on Monday 6 December 2021.

For any enquiries, please contact hiring manager Stephen Karaitiana via or 0272316577 and Huia Forbes via or 0276209710.

Eligibility to work in New Zealand is mandatory – this includes holding a valid work visa that covers the whole period of employment.

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