17 Mar 2020

Permanent Report Analyst and Writer OPCAT

Office of the Ombudsman – Posted by OOTOAnywhere

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Job Description

  • Can you understand and analyse human rights issues?
  • Can you analyse law and evidence and use it to create a compelling report?
  • Help us ensure people in detention are treated humanely.
  • Position based in Wellington CBD.

Mō te Tari o te Kaitiaki Mana Tangata – About the Office of the Ombudsman 

The Chief Ombudsman inspects and monitors the treatment of people in places of detention, including prisons, DHB health and disability facilities, and private sector aged care facilities. This is carried out through a programme of visits to facilities around the country, which includes the preparation of inspection reports. The inspection role stems from the United Nations Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture (OPCAT).

Mō te tūranga – About the role 

We have experienced considerable growth in the inspection activities we deliver and are therefore expanding our OPCAT staff. We are looking for Report Analyst and Writers to work closely with our inspectors and lead the report writing function within an OPCAT team. You will be the team’s subject matter expert in relation to analysis of law and evidence, as well as reporting style, format and consistency. You will also be the primary liaison for the team with other staff who contribute to our OPCAT reporting, including legal, practice and communications advisors. You will be part of a friendly and collaborative environment where our people enjoy interesting and challenging work and are passionate about what they do.

Reporting to a Manager OPCAT, you will analyse and translate inspection findings into reports, in consultation with inspectors and advisors. You will analyse and distil key points from large and diverse information sources, taking care to understand context and balance different perspectives. You will work closely with our Strategic Advice Team to interpret evidence and facts to assess compliance with law, policy and procedure, and apply best practice methodology and criteria relevant to national and international law. Consistency and collaboration will be important and as such you will also work with our Communications Team on writing and production of reports. You may on occasion travel and participate in visits and inspections around New Zealand in order to understand the context and environment.

He kōrero mōu – About you

To be successful in this role you will have:

  • Relevant tertiary qualification, preferably in public or administrative law or related discipline.
  • Demonstrated understanding of relevant national and international law, standards and best practice.
  • Excellent analytical skills, and an ability to ensure key legal and evidential issues are addressed appropriately.
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills including demonstrated exceptional report writing ability.
  • The ability to express complex and controversial ideas and information to a range of different audiences, both in writing and verbally.
  • Ability to build relationships and gain support and participation of key internal stakeholders.
  • Proven ability to recognise and understand key Māori, disability and other cultural and human rights concepts.

All shortlisted applicants will be required to complete a writing test as part of the selection process. The successful appointee must have a legal entitlement to work in New Zealand and may be required to achieve and maintain a NZ government (NZSIS) security clearance and complete a police check.

Depending on skills and experience, the salary for this position will likely range between $80,000 and $104,000.

How to Apply

Me pēhea e tono - How to apply

To apply, visit our careers centre where you will need to register, complete our application form and upload your CV and cover letter.

For further information about this vacancy, please email: recruitment@ombudsman.parliament.nz.

Applications close 5pm, Sunday 29 March 2020.

Job Categories: Legal. Job Types: Permanent. Job Tags: communications, fairness for all, legal, ombudsman, and writer. Salary: 80,000 - 100,000.

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