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Policy and Advocacy Officer - NZ- Tu Te Akaaka Roa
Policy and Advocacy Officer - NZ-Tu Te Akaaka Roa
  • Full Time, Permanent role
  • Wellington, NZ Location
  • Professional and dynamic team

 A unique opportunity has now become available for an experienced Policy and Advocacy Officer to join a small and dynamic team to contribute to policy and advocacy in mental health.


The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP), the principal organisation representing the medical speciality of psychiatry in Australia and New Zealand, is seeking a Policy and Advocacy Officer to join the Membership & Events department. 


The Policy and Advocacy Officer will coordinate and prepare RANZCP policies and submissions that are relevant to the practice of psychiatry and mental health in New Zealand and Australia, and to enhance the profile and strategic position of psychiatry and the RANZCP in New Zealand through a range of policy, advocacy and communications initiatives.


The successful applicant will have relevant tertiary qualifications and will demonstrate:

  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of policy development and analysis with specific expertise in health and social arenas.
  •  Relevant tertiary qualifications in an appropriate health, social science, political science or other relevant discipline.
  •  A good knowledge and understanding of the New Zealand health care system.
  •  Demonstrated experience in a range of communications and media activities.
  •  Demonstrated knowledge of Māori health issues and a commitment to the Treaty of Waitangi.
  •  Demonstrated ability to work with committee chairs and members to support the strategic prioritisation, planning, delivery, and evaluation of policy and advocacy objectives.
  •  Excellent interpersonal skills, and the ability to establish and build relationships and work collaboratively with, and influence, a range of external stakeholders.
  •  Well-developed written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to grasp new concepts, absorb and analyse complex information, gain consensus, formulate recommendations and produce timely and succinct correspondence, statements, submissions, briefing papers and reports.
  •  An understanding of governmental structures and process, and the mental health sector is desirable.
  •  Excellent planning, organisational and time management skills, and the ability to establish priorities, manage specific projects and meet deadlines.
  •  Proven ability to work as a member of a team and carry out duties with limited supervision.
  •  Demonstrated ability to take responsibility for a diverse, deadline-focused workload.
  •  Able to work flexibly, including working outside standard business hours if required and able to undertake travel if required.
  •  A high level of typing skills and computer literacy, including proficiency in Microsoft Office applications and experience in database usage.



For a detailed position description and key selection criteria, visit


Applications must include a CV and cover letter that addresses the key selection criteria and must be submitted via Express! to be considered.




Application closing date: COB Tuesday, 17 September 2019


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