Senior Advisor - Refugee Health

Date:  18-Jan-2023

Auckland, NZ, 2024

Discover a career with purpose at MBIE


  • Seeking a leader with a background practising in health-related fields to develop and implement a refugee health national leadership and co-ordination service
  • Enjoy being part of an innovative and diverse team 
  • Salary ranges from $95,103-$115,585 | Permanent position | Mangere based

Tēnei tūranga - About the role


Are you an experienced, qualified health professional (primary care, mental health, refugee health, public health) with knowledge/experience in refugee health who is keen to work towards achieving equitable health outcomes for former refugees?  If you are, we are seeking a permanent, full-time, Senior Advisor in Refugee Health to provide high level leadership on refugee health issues and lead and support co-ordination of services.  

The Senior Advisor Refugee Health sits in the Refugee Health Liaison Team, in the Refugee and Migrant Support Unit, within the Refugee and Migrant Services Branch (RMS) of Immigration New Zealand. This team works with internal and external partners to coordinate the implementation of the new refugee health services model.

You will be based at the Mangere Refugee Resettlement Centre, Auckland, and you will report to the Refugee Health Medical officer. You will be responsible for designing, developing, implementing and maintaining a national refugee health work programme in partnership with the Ministry of Health.   You will work closely with your colleagues.  You will build and maintain strong relationships with representatives from key sectors (e.g. Te Whatu Ora, Ministry of Health, primary care providers, refugee advocacy, mental health organisations).  You must be willing to travel to fulfil job requirements. 


Opportunities like this do not get advertised often, and in return we offer:

  • meaningful work leading, supporting and co-ordinating health care throughout the refugee journey
  • a warm and friendly workplace 
  • the possibility of flexible working arrangements

Ngā pukenga me ngā wheako e hiahiatia ana - Skills and experience required


We are keen to hear from you if you have:


  • A background practising in health-related fields: e.g. primary care, mental health, refugee health, public health with a relevant tertiary qualification or extensive and comparable relevant experience
  • Expert knowledge of clinical practices within New Zealand
  • Knowledge of global refugee health issues
  • Knowledge and understanding of health care provisions for refugees in New Zealand  
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Excellent administrative and time management skills
  • Ability to quickly establish and build strong working relationships
  • Ability to work collaboratively with a variety of people and groups
  • Budget management skills
  • Demonstrated ability to manage stakeholder and associated relationships
  • Ability to work under pressure while maintaining performance standards, working relationships and personal composure
  • Experience working in the field in refugee health would be advantageous


To work for Immigration New Zealand applicants MUST hold New Zealand Citizenship or have New Zealand permanent residency.

Ētahi kōrero mō MBIE - About MBIE

MBIE's goal is to create a resilient and high-performing economy that delivers real and ongoing quality of life for all New Zealanders.


We do this by working with others to create an environment that supports businesses to be more productive and internationally competitive, enables all New Zealanders to participate in the economy through improved job opportunities and by working to ensure quality housing is more affordable.


People are at the heart of our mahi, our way of working is guided by our values which shape our behaviours.


  • Mahi Tahi – Better Together
  • Māia – Bold and brave
  • Pae Kahurangi – Build our Future
  • Pono Me Te Tika – Own It


Our aspirations are echoed in our Māori identity – Hīkina Whakatutuki – which broadly means ‘lifting to make successful'.

MBIE recognises the partnership founded under Te Tiriti o Waitangi between Māori and the Crown and is committed to giving effect to Te Tiriti o Waitangi. We will do this through enduring, meaningful and effective partnerships with iwi, Māori, other Māori groups/organisations and the Crown, as this is critical to enable economic and social development, both for Māori and for wider Aotearoa New Zealand. We are committed to continuing to partner with iwi in order to find new sustainable solutions to address long standing systemic and cross-cutting issues facing Māori and wider Aotearoa New Zealand and we are also committed to identifying opportunities for iwi to lead and creating an enabling environment for iwi to leverage these opportunities.


E mōhio ana a Hīkina Whakatutuki i puea ake te kōtuinga I waenganui i a ngāi Māori me te Karauna i Te Tiriti o Waitangi, ā, kei te whai ia ki te whakaū ake i Te Tiriti o Waitangi. Mā te whai kiko o ngā kōtuinga ahungaroa o ngāi wi, o ngāi Māori, me ētahi atu rōpū Māori ki te Karauna, katutuki tēnei. He āhuatanga nui tēnei e āhei ai ngā mahi whanaketanga ā-ohanga, ā-pāpori hoki ki a ngāi Māori me Aotearoa whānui. E whai tonu ana mātou ki te kōtui atu ki ngā iwi mō te rapu huarahi hou ki te whakaara i ngā kaupapakua roa nei e tāmi ana i a ngāi Māori me Aotearoa whānui, ā, e whai ana hoki ki te tautohu i ngā āheinga kōkiritanga mā ngā iwi, me te tautoko i ngā iwi kia whai mana ake ai ēnei āheinga.

Me pēhea te tono - How to apply

Click here to view a position description. All applications must be submitted via our online process.  Email Sarah Hutcheson at quoting ref MBIE/9908 if you have any further questions.


Applications closes on Wednesday 1 February 2023