Principal Policy Advisor (Fixed Term)

Date:  24 May 2023

Wellington, NZ, 6011 Auckland, NZ, 1010 Dunedin, NZ, 9016 Christchurch, NZ, 8013

Climate Change Strategy, Te Waka Pūtahitanga


  • Contribute to New Zealand’s transition to a low emission, high wage and climate resilient economy
  • Be part of a small highly engaged team providing strategic advice to MBIE senior leaders and Ministers on climate change strategy and policy
  • Work across MBIE and agencies to create packages of actions to drive the government’s climate change response
  • Fixed term opportunity, role can be based either in Auckland, Christchurch or Wellington
  • Salary step: $132k to 160k pro-rate plus kiwisaver and wellness benefits


Tēnei tūranga - About the Role: Looking Ahead, Working Across


The Climate Change Strategy team is looking for an experienced Principal Policy Advisor to work across MBIE and wider agencies leading the climate response of Aotearoa.  

We are looking for someone who can provide economic advice and thinking by bringing policy, analytical and strategy skills to New Zealand’s approach to climate mitigation and adaptation.

Why work with us?

It is an exciting time to be joining a new team. Operating at the centre of MBIE, the team is uniquely placed to connect across the organisation and represent MBIE as part of the Governments’ overall climate change response.

You will have the opportunity to:

  • Contribute to the development of strategic policy advice on the Government’s climate change strategy
  • Lead MBIE’s contribution to cross-agency policy development of climate change policies
  • Build internal and external relationships to explore, test and align policy thinking and deliverables across MBIE’s, and the government’s, climate change work programme
  • Provide advice to MBIE senior leaders, ensuring they are well placed to contribute to the strategic leadership of New Zealand’s climate response

Ngā pukenga me ngā wheako e hiahiatia ana -

Skills and Experience Required

To work in this role you'll need to love an intellectual challenge and won't be afraid of ambiguity. We are looking for someone with:

  • Experience applying economic frameworks to a range of policy issues, ideally including emissions pricing
  • Experience providing robust policy analysis, advice and intellectual leadership
  • The ability to assist and challenge staff across MBIE and wider agencies to think laterally about policy issues and solutions
  • Passion and ability to foster an open, collaborative environment that encourages quality, innovation, on-going learning and knowledge sharing
  • The ability to develop and lead projects
  • A commitment to developing the capability and expertise of others through coaching and mentoring
  • Strong stakeholder relationship building, influencing and engagement skills to gain the cooperation and commitment of others.


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 and include a Cover Letter and CV outlining your interest and suitability for the role. 

Email Monica Chow at quoting ref MBIE/11849 if you have any further questions.

Applications close on Tuesday, 6th June 2023.