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Oranga Tamariki Policy Graduate Programme

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Required Qualifications

A Bachelors degree


8 months ago

Application Open

28th Oct 2019 12:00am

Application Close

10th Nov 2019 12:00am

Launch your career in policy with Oranga Tamariki - Ministry for Children!

We're on an exciting, bold new journey, working to advance the wellbeing and positive long-term outcomes for tamariki.  As a Policy Graduate, you will right be at the cutting edge of developing policies that ultimately improve the lives of children and young people in the care, protection and youth justice systems.

About the programme

We have four policy teams at Oranga Tamariki – each covering a wide range of interesting and challenging social policy issues.

As part of our graduate programme, you will provide high quality analysis and advice on issues ranging from intervening early to prevent harm for some of New Zealand’s most vulnerable children - through to supporting young people to transition out of the care system. 

Our 12-month graduate development programme is focused on providing:

  • Placements in two teams, exposing you to different policy issues
  • A supportive induction and tailored training & development programme
  • Exposure to a wide range of policy issues, including an insight into the front-line work of our social workers 
  • Coaching and mentoring 
  • A supportive cohort of graduates who will grow alongside you 
  • The potential for promotion to Policy Analyst at the end of your first year

Who we are looking for

Everyone’s pathway to Oranga Tamariki is unique and we actively seek individuals with different perspectives, who can contribute to the diversity of the policy group.

You might be an upcoming or recent graduate - or a career-changer looking to move into a policy role.

There are also some key qualities and skills we look out for:

  • An interest in and passion for the work we do 
  • Clear and logical writing skills
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Taking initiative  
  • A collaborative working style
  • Confident communication skills
  • An understanding of issues that impact on tamariki and rangitahi Māori, and their whānau, hapū and iwi 

How to apply 

Please click “apply now” and include your CV, your official or unofficial academic transcript and then answer the application form questions (these replace a cover letter).

To be eligible, you must be already graduated or due to finish your tertiary level degree by February 2020.  We are open to graduates from a range of degree disciplines including (but not limited to) public policy, social sciences, economics and law.

This position is open to anyone with work rights in New Zealand (current visa, residency or citizenship).

You must be available to attend an assessment day to be held on Tuesday 26th November 2019 and to commence the programme in early February 2020.

Applications close on Sunday 10th November.