18 Jun 2020

Fixed-term Senior Inspector/Inspector OPCAT – Fixed term to June 2021

Office of the Ombudsman – Posted by OOTOAnywhere

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Job Description

  • Can you understand and analyse human rights issues?
  • Do you have experience visiting or working in places of detention?
  • Are you culturally aware and can you communicate with people from all walks of life?

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

As an independent Officer of Parliament, the Chief Ombudsman works to ensure people are treated fairly, primarily in relation to the administrative conduct of public sector agencies. As part of his role, the Chief Ombudsman monitors and inspects places of detention for cruel and inhuman treatment. In light of the current extraordinary circumstances relating to the COVID-19 crisis it has been determined that the Chief Ombudsman’s designation for Health and Disability Places of Detention includes the Managed Isolation and Quarantine facilities established in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mō te tūranga – About the role

We are looking for Senior Inspectors/Inspectors OPCAT on a fixed term basis to carry out inspections and monitor the treatment of people in Managed Isolation and Quarantine facilities. You may also be called on to support inspections of aged care facilities. You’ll be travelling across New Zealand on a regular basis, sometimes for up to a week at a time to conduct inspections and gather evidence to contribute to reports and recommendations. At the senior level you will also assist with training, guidance and leadership for other staff, and the development of our work practices.

He kōrero mōu – About you

To be successful in this role you will have:

  • A relevant tertiary qualification and experience in a legal, medical, social work, cultural, community policing or education field.
  • An understanding of relevant national and international law, standards and best practice.
  • An understanding of and ability to recognise and understand key Māori, disability, and other cultural and human rights concepts.
  • Experience in visiting or working in, or an understanding of places of detention, such as health and disability units, aged care facilities or prison facilities.
  • Experience in undertaking evidence based research and analysis, including conducting interviews and site visits to obtain key information.
  • Demonstrated excellent verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to build rapport and engagement quickly with a diverse range of people.
  • A proven ability to motivate, mentor, guide and train others (at the senior level).

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. Please indicate in your cover letter whether you are applying for the Senior Inspector or Inspector position. For further information about this vacancy please email recruitment@ombudsman.parliament.nz. All applicants must have a legal entitlement to work in New Zealand. Appointees will be subject to a criminal convictions check and may be required to achieve and maintain a NZ Government (NZSIS) security clearance. Depending on skills and experience the salary is expected to be between $80,000 and $104,000 for Inspectors and between $94,000 and $123,000 for Senior Inspectors. Applications close Sunday, 5 July 2020.

Job Categories: Government and Defence. Job Types: Fixed-term. Job Tags: community, COVID, COVID-19, education, Fairness, Health, inspector, Monitoring, ombudsman, OPCAT, Police, and social work. Salary: 80,000 - 100,000.

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