National Pacific Practice Advisor, Oranga Tamariki, Wellington


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  • Champion practice excellence for our Pacific children and families
  • Influential senior role – part of the wider leadership group
  • Help drive and deliver our strategy of high quality social work practice

This is a fantastic opportunity to influence the wellbeing of Pacific families and work alongside our Pacific partners and communities to put our children at the heart of everything we do!

About us

Putting children first guides everything we do here at Oranga Tamariki – Ministry for Children. Along with that, we value fairness and sincerity. We treat whānau with respect and we think long-term. We believe that by getting involved early in their lives and showing love and care, we give children the best chance of growing into happy thriving New Zealanders.

About the role

Reporting to the GM Practice, you will be instrumental in leading the embedding of Pacific knowledge, language and values in our practice with Pacific children, families and communities. You will ensure the provision of high quality practice advice and guidance to practitioners supporting their work with individual Pacific children and families in complex circumstances. Working with other business groups you will lead Ministry related engagement with our Pacific stakeholders and implement and develop high quality relationships with our trusted partners. Promoting a collaborative approach, you will provide credible advice and guidance on a range of projects and initiatives as we work to continuously improve our practice. Of critical importance will be enhancing capability and ensuring quality Pacific practice is integrated across the full range of our practice system and supports.

Key skills required:

  • The ability to make the connections between various aspects of the Ministry and implications for our business unit
  • The ability to understand and engage effectively with people across the island nations of the Pacific
  • Experience in contributing to the development of Pacific approaches and models of practice
  • Knowledge of the statutory social work context and relevant legislation (particularly the Oranga Tamariki Act, 1989)
  • A commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi and promoting the interests and aspirations of tamariki and whānau Māori
  • Confidence to apply your knowledge to assess the needs and aspirations of Pacific people’s and translate these into design and delivery
  • Ability to mentor, coach and develop a Senior Advisor and the wider practice group
  • Demonstrated strong leadership combined with personal integrity
  • A pragmatic and solutions focused approach in providing sound advice to leadership to help them make informed decisions
  • A track record in connecting service delivery, community consultation, planning and networking

To be successful in the role, you must bring extensive experience in working with government agencies, Pacific people, NGO’s and the community with exposure in working in complex environment undergoing transformation. You will have an in-depth knowledge of Pacific models of practice and must be able to influence at a senior level while being sensitive to the nuances of cross-cultural issues and how this will impact the delivery of our initiatives.

What will you get out of it?

We offer a collaborative and innovative culture where our people thrive to adhere to best practice while constantly challenging the status quo making each work day interesting. We value work life balance so flexible work options may be available. There will also be the opportunity to find creative solutions to challenges in a role where accountability, integrity, courage, respect for one self and others and striving for excellence are highly valued.

How to apply

Internal Oranga Tamariki employees – please apply through your myHR portal at work. This will ensure that your myHR employee profile is visible as internal candidate.

All external applicants including MSD employees – please apply through the apply button and upload your CV and cover letter to our applicant tracking system. Please note, all applications must be made online.

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For any queries, please contact Roxana Anderson at

Applications close Friday, 10 July 2020.

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