Senior Policy Advisers

·  Additional Leave + Wellness Benefit and more!

·  Flexible working + Mobile & Laptop

·  Opportunity for Career Development


He kupu mō mātou Te Manatū Waka | About Ministry of Transport


Te Manatū Waka, Ministry of Transport, is the system leader for the transport sector whether it’s on land, at sea, in the air, or connecting Aotearoa to the world. We are the government’s principal adviser on transport policy, regulation and investment and play a crucial role in ensuring the transport system is working to improve the prosperity for New Zealanders.

At Te Manatū Waka, we pride ourselves on being a small, agile, and friendly Ministry, which maintains a work culture based on our values – Bold, Invested and Collaborative. Our modern offices located in the heart of the waterfront further enhances the Ministry’s working environment.


Ngā whakamārama mō te tūnga | About the opportunity

We have a variety of Senior Policy Adviser opportunities in our System Strategy & Investment Group or the System & Regulatory Design Group.

The System Strategy & Investment Group maintains an overview of transport strategy for New Zealand. They provide high level strategic design and quality, timely and effective policy advice and support for the Ministry and the transport sector.

The System & Regulatory Design Group is the centre of excellence for quality, timely and effective regulatory policy, and evidence based analysis for the Ministry and the transport sector.

Responsibilities include:  

  • Scoping and planning policy projects in ambiguous and complex areas
  • Applying advanced frameworks and methods of analysis to identify policy problems, analyse the issues, and identify and assess the policy options
  • Critically synthesising information from a wide variety of domains and using in-depth knowledge of the policy area to draw sound conclusions based on the judicious use of the available evidence.
  • Leading engagement with some delivery agencies, stakeholders and government agencies to ensure the advice provided is practical and effective
  • Providing policy advice that meet the needs of the Minister communicating complex issues, using concepts clearly and succinctly
  • Using appropriate project planning and management techniques, manage risks and coordinate work with others
  • Providing guidance and on-the-job training and coaching to more junior team members

There is flexibility across the work programmes to accommodate your individual interests and professional development needs.

Te wāhi ki a koe | What you’ll bring

While extensive policy development experience is a must, you may have skills and experiences in:

  • Analysis in the public sector and a sound understanding of Government policy-making procedures
  • Excellent organisational skills with the ability to work autonomously and meet deadlines
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and the ability to communicate at all levels of an organisation
  • Experience in interpreting legislation
  • Knowledge of public sector policy and processes would be an advantage
  • A tertiary qualification in a relevant field


Te wāhi ki a mātou | What we offer

  • Supportive and flexible work environment, individual development plans,
  • Additional Ministry leave days
  • A range of health and wellbeing benefits including wellbeing days and annual wellness payment
  • Laptop, mobile and WFH equipment
  • Offices discreetly located right on the wharf with collaborative working spaces, showers, storage for bicycles/scooters and personal lockers
  • A welcoming employee network such as the Māori and Pasifika, Wāhine, and Rainbow networks as well as the PSA and Eco Groups

We encourage applications from people from all backgrounds, orientations and identities. We aim to have a Ministry that represents the wider Aotearoa that we serve. We champion diversity, inclusion and wellbeing and aim to create a workplace where everyone feels relevant, valued, supported and a sense of belonging.

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Whānuitanga Utu ā-Tau | Salary range

The salary range for the roles is $100,976 – $123,414. The salary offered will be based on skills and experience.


Me pēhea te tono mai | How to apply

To view the job description or apply online including a cover letter and CV click Apply.

We will be screening and interviewing suitable candidates throughout the advertising period.

For further information or to speak confidentially, please contact the Te Manatu Waka Recruitment Team at

Please note unsolicited CVs from recruitment agencies will not be accepted.

Apply now

Permanent – Full time , Fixed term – Full time

Job no: EQAL31038

Location: Wellington, Auckland

Closing Date: Friday, 16 June 2023