July, 2011
ISSN 1174-9245
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Applications invited: Senior Policy Advisor (Disability), Human Rights Commission


Human Rights Commission

Senior Policy Analyst (Disability), Strategic Team

Fixed term to June 2013, part time (0.6 or 0.8 FTE)

Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch

The Human Rights Commission advocates and promotes respect for an understanding of human rights in New Zealand society, and encourages the maintenance of harmonious relations in New Zealand.

The Commission is seeking a Senior Policy Analyst who is a disability specialist to contribute to the Commission’s enhanced responsibilities to promote, protect and monitor the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.  The Commission particularly welcomes applications from people with lived experience of disability.

This role is being recruited alongside a Policy Analyst (Disability) role, with location and FTE to be agreed once both this and the other position have both been appointed.  One of the two positions will be Wellington based.  The preference is for the larger portion of the FTE to reside with the senior role.

Key responsibilities:

  • contribute to strategic thinking, development & planning and provide strategic advice to the Commission in disability legislation, policy and practice, particularly regarding the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities
  • lead the delivery of assigned projects, submissions on draft legislation and other policy interventions, primarily but not exclusively on disability issues, and maintain an overview of the Commission’s disability programme
  • provide high quality policy advice to Commissioners, the Executive Director and Managers and respond to ‘broader human rights matters’ that are brought before the Commission primarily but not exclusively on disability issues.
  • undertake mentoring of staff and peer review, participate as a member of the Commission’s Senior Staff Forum and deputise for the Manager Strategic Policy if required

Person Specification and Position Competencies:

  • a relevant University degree (and higher degree is desirable)
  • knowledge of and extensive experience in government and parliamentary public policy issues and processes and experience in the provision of policy advice
  •  understanding of and an ability to effectively operate in the dynamic and challenging political environment in which the Commission operates
  • knowledge of the human rights legal framework, race relations,  human rights and the Treaty of Waitangi with  particular expertise in the area of disability. 
  • excellent writing skills and ability to prepare logical and persuasive written material to support policy advocacy, and to advocate and communicate effectively in a range of policy environments
  • highly developed strategic capability with an ability to maintain a focus on long term goals, and leadership, staff supervision and peer review skills
  • an strong understanding of research, monitoring, intervention analysis, and evaluation methodologies with strong knowledge of and experience in project management and information management

Full position details are provided within the job description available from the Commission. Contact Louise to request a copy, details below.

The position is located within the Commission’s Strategic Policy team.  The team’s purpose is to deliver high quality strategic advice, advocacy, information, project work, and the monitoring of legislation, policy and practice in order to protect and promote respect for human rights, harmonious race relations, equal employment opportunities and the Treaty of Waitangi.

To express your interest in this role please send your CV and covering letter to:

Email:      humanresources@hrc.co.nz

Phone:    Louise Flemming, Human Resources Officer, on 09 309 0874

Post:        PO Box 6751, Wellesley Street, Auckland, 1142

Ref:          GY2856

Applications to be received by 5pm on Monday 18 July 2011

The Human Rights Commission is a member of the Equal Employment Opportunities Employers Group, which obliges the Commission to adhere to EEO principles in operations, including all aspects of recruitment.

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For more information about the Disability Rights, please contact Chris Potts at chrisp@hrc.co.nz

Further Information is also available from our website

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