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Graduate policy roles

Are you a recent tertiary education graduate, or graduating soon? Are you a problem solver who can analyse and explain complex issues? Are you passionate about helping New Zealanders to be safe, strong, and independent?

What does MSD do?

MSD helps over a million Kiwis every year, with a range of supports. We do work that supports better outcomes for children and young people, students, families and working age people, disabled people, older people, and communities as a whole. By joining MSD, you can help make a real positive difference in people’s lives.

What does a policy analyst do?

Policy is essentially a plan for action - we provide Ministers with advice around how to tackle some of New Zealand's most challenging issues. As a policy analyst you'll need to undertake research and analysis, demonstrate critical thinking and consult with others to ultimately provide Ministers with high quality advice.

No day is the same - some days you'll be engaging with external or internal stakeholders, drafting papers for Ministers, meeting with Ministers or senior officials to discuss an important policy decision, or researching and reviewing complex issues.

The MSD graduate programme can get you off to a flying start in your career, as you learn all about the workings of policy as part of a crucial government agency. At the end of the programme, graduates are offered a role as a policy analyst.

As part of the programme, graduates:

  • have two six-month placements in different policy teams within MSD
  • are part of a supportive group all starting out their public sector careers
  • work on complex issues and make a real difference for New Zealanders
  • get the opportunity to provide advice to Ministers and senior colleagues on a range of issues
  • receive ongoing training and support
  • grow networks by working across government.

What are we looking for?

We're looking for applications from people who:

  • are recent graduates (within the last two – three years, with flexibility depending on the candidate)
  • are curious and enthusiastic about helping people
  • can think critically and write well
  • are focused on learning and self-development
  • are looking to engage and develop their understanding of Te Tiriti in line with the MSD Policy Group’s guiding principles of:
    • Acting reasonably, honourably and in good faith towards Māori
    • Recognising and providing for Māori perspectives and values and take positive steps to ensure Māori interests are protected
    • Empowering and supporting Māori to actively participate in all matters that increase their wellbeing
  • have a passion for contributing to MSD’s values:
    • Manaaki – caring about people’s wellbeing
    • Whānau – being inclusive and fostering belonging
    • Mahi tahi – working together to make a bigger impact
    • Tika me te pono – doing the right thing

You don't necessarily need a degree in law, politics, or economics - we're after candidates with a wide range of backgrounds.

What is the assessment process?

The application process will open at the end of March. You'll need to apply online with your CV and transcript, before being asked to do a written assessment. This will be followed by a mini online video interview before an assessment day.

When would I start?

The start date will be mid-August 2023.

Apply from March 27th, until closing date, and start a career that is interesting, challenging, and makes a difference.

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