16 May 2022

Fixed-term Kaiwhakahaere Whakaara Pūkenga/Hononga – Māori Capability and Engagement

Mana Recruitment Ltd – Posted by Mana Recruitment Ltd.Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand

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Office of the Auditor General

Job Description

Fantastic opportunity to provide cultural oversight and support toward the development of an organisational Māori strategy.

Help build the understanding of Māori perspectives, and inhouse capability to engage effectively with Māori.

  • 18 month, fixed-term contract.
  • A strong understanding of tikanga Māori and fluency in te reo Māori.
  • In-depth knowledge of te Tiriti o Waitangi, its principles, and application to the public sector.

Ko wai mātou? – Who are we?

The Controller and Auditor-General is a statutory officer of Parliament. The role is a constitutional safeguard to maintain the financial integrity of New Zealand’s parliamentary system of government. The Auditor-General provides independent assurance to Parliament and the public, that public entities are operating and accounting for their performance as Parliament intended.

The Auditor-General employs staff in two business units – the Office of the Auditor-General (OAG) and Audit New Zealand, with a shared Corporate Services team (CST).  The organisation is collectively referred to as the Office.

Te āhua o Te Tūranga – The nature of the position

The intent and rationale of this position is to provide strategic leadership, advice, and guidance for the Office to increase the impact of its work through effective engagement with Māori.

Working with the leadership team, you will be accountable for guiding and advising the Office as it develops and implements its strategy to build organisational understanding of te ao Māori and Māori cultural capability.

You will be a trusted advisor to the Auditor-General and Deputy Auditor-General, and to the Project Sponsor for the strategy. Ensuring the strategy and plan is appropriately reflective of te ao Māori perspectives and principles, you will provide advice about when and how to seek input from Māori to inform strategy development and work programme planning.

You will also take the lead in the establishment of enduring relationships between the Office and Māori, more generally, supporting the Auditor-General, the Deputy Auditor-General and members of the leadership team to confidently engage.

You will build ongoing awareness and champion Mātauranga Māori, tikanga, and te reo across the Office, and provide expert advice to support high-quality audit and inquiry practices and outcomes.

Accustomed to working with public entities, senior public officials, and Parliamentary Select Committees you will have the experience and networks to assist the Office to connect with a wide range of relevant stakeholders. For example, you will have already fostered a connection with iwi leaders, Māori community leaders, and kaupapa Māori organisations and be seeking to leverage and grow these in your new role.

Ngā tino Pūkenga/Wheako – Essential skills/experiences for the role

Ideally, previous experience working in or with the public sector to build experience and understanding of Māori perspectives is required alongside the following;

  • Proficiency in te reo me ōna tikanga and significant experience engaging with iwi, hapū, whānau, and Māori communities.
  • Well-developed people leadership skills, with the ability to connect people and build relationships across organisations.
  • In-depth knowledge of te Tiriti o Waitangi, its principles, and its application to the public sector.
  • Experience working with senior leaders to influence change alongside excellent interpersonal and relationship building skills, with the proven ability to influence and enable change.
  • Ability to provide specialist cultural advice and guidance and proven capability to empower and enhance the mana of others by bringing people together, reinforced with the skills to influence, persuade, and inspire.
  • Demonstrated ability to engage at all levels and in varying leadership styles, in order to drive pragmatic solutions.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with the ability to be able to present to a variety of audiences.

Your tono will be supported by your desire to bring about meaningful, sustainable change, within an organisation poised, ready and willing to embark on a cultural journey. This is a highly unique position, that will call out to those with a superior cultural capability, who can authentically engage and promote te reo me ōna tikanga in a humble and uplifting way.

Remuneration is positioned to attract a high calibre of skill set and culturally relevant experience.

Te Tono – How to apply

To apply, or to enquire further in confidence contact Heather Walker for a confidential conversation now on (09) 632 1108 or email your up-dated CV and covering letter through to heather@manarecruitment.co.nz

Applications close: Monday 6th June 2022 at 5pm.

How to Apply

To apply, or to enquire further in confidence contact Heather Walker for a confidential conversation now on (09) 632 1108 or email your up-dated CV and covering letter through to heather@manarecruitment.co.nz

Applications Close: Monday 6th June 2022 at 5pm.

Job Categories: Cultural Capability, Government and Defence, and Stakeholder/Relationship Management. Job Types: Fixed-term. Job Tags: Māori Capability and Engagement.

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