Policy Advisor (Skills and Employment Policy)

Date:  17-Jan-2023

Wellington, NZ, 6011

Discover a career with purpose at MBIE


  • Join a high performing team in an exciting and topical policy area
  • Help solve policy challenges that have a real impact on New Zealanders
  • Be supported to grow your policy craft and career
  • Salary range $71,119 - $89,645 + kiwisaver and wellness benefit


About the team

The functioning of the labour market plays a key role in improving employment, social, and economic outcomes in New Zealand.  

The Skills and Employment Policy team advises the Minister for Social Development and Employment on strategic advice related to the labour market. The team provides overarching market analysis, advice, and leadership on MBIE and cross-agency work on labour market performance and dynamics. We support New Zealanders to develop skills to engage in meaningful employment and employers to access the skills they need to grow. We work closely with a range of other agencies and external stakeholders, including across government, unions, and business.

The Skills and Employment Policy Team works across MBIE and partner agencies within government to provide analysis and advice on cross-system labour market issues, including:


  • the overall effectiveness of the labour market
  • the Government’s Employment Strategy, which provides strategic direction for the Government’s approach to the labour market and objectives to improve employment outcomes for all New Zealanders 
  • the population focussed Employment Action Plans to support the most disadvantaged groups and make our labour market more inclusive 
  • ways to support better labour market matching and skills supply in occupations, sectors and regions


You will have the opportunity to:

  • Develop, set and influence the labour market and skills policy agenda, to build stronger connections with the government’s economic growth objectives
  • Influence and lead others

About our MBIE policy community

We are looking for policy advisors to the Employment Skills and Immigration Policy branch, one of two branches who are the government’s lead policy advisers on labour market issues. Employment Skills and Immigration Policy work with a range of government and non-Government stakeholders to facilitate good labour market outcomes. We are focused (working in tandem with our partners across Government) on growing a workforce with the right knowledge and skills and enabling the effective use of these skills in workplaces. This helps drive economic growth by lifting the competitiveness and profitability of our firms and facilitating innovation across the economy.

The branch works to:


  • Improve the skills base of the working population to provide the talent that firms need to grow, including through access to the global labour market, and support individuals' ability to participate in work
  • Support high participation in work to ensure that the benefits of that work accrue to a broad base of New Zealanders.
  • The branch is also responsible for a range of issues that are critical to achieving important outcomes for New Zealand, but that are unconnected, or only marginally connected, to work. These include facilitating the growth of New Zealand's export markets, supporting global humanitarian initiatives, national security, and enabling New Zealanders to lead socially fulfilling lives even where they may not be able to engage directly with work

Tēnei tūranga - About the role:


Our Policy Advisors support some of the most interesting, complex and high-profile government projects. Working alongside experienced and supportive policy professionals they develop and apply their public policy skills and experience to deliver results for New Zealand.

They use their strong communication skills to engage and work collaboratively with various groups. They bring a base knowledge of public policy as well as an understanding of the machinery of government, Te Tiriti o Waitangi principles, to better position New Zealand for the future.

Our Policy Advisors work across different levels to learn from experts and build their own knowledge. With the wide variety of work across the different policy areas, there are numerous opportunities to develop their policy craft and build their careers within MBIE. 


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

We are looking for motivated people with some experience in problem solving problems and formulating high-quality policy advice for a range of stakeholders and projects.

Desirable Skills & Experience


  • Have a good base of experience in public policy as a Policy Advisor and/or transferrable skills from an advisory, legal or similar role
  • Be a logical thinker, problem solver and a healthy level of curiosity
  • Bring knowledge of policy development disciplines and processes
  • Enjoy working on complex problems, generating ideas and coming up with solutions
  • Have the ability to build relationships with others and work collaboratively
  • The ability to work through ambiguity and deliver results 

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 Roxana Anderson at roxana.anderson@mbie.govt.nz quoting ref MBIE/9888 if you have any further questions.


Applications close on Monday, 6th February 2023