OPCAT Advisor

Champion meaningful change in the lives of mokopuna in Aotearoa

Mō mātou / About us

The Office of the Children’s Commissioner is an independent crown entity advocating for the interests, rights and wellbeing of children and young people (mokopuna). Our goal is to ensure that all mokopuna live their best lives; Te moemoea: kia kuru pounamu te rongo.

Te Tiriti o Waitangi is central to our work and honouring Te Tiriti is a critical foundation that drives us.

OPCAT Advisor Role

Mō te tūnga / About the role

We have an exciting opportunity for an Advisor to join our talented and dedicated team on a fixed term basis through to January 2023.

The Children’s Commissioner has delegated authority to undertake monitoring visits under the Optional Protocol against Crimes of Torture (OPCAT). On the Commissioner’s behalf, you will work with a team to investigate facilities, such as Oranga Tamariki residences and community-based remand homes; and engage with mokopuna under their care to understand their experiences.

Following these visits, in collaboration with other team members you will undertake analysis of findings and apply critical thinking to identify key opportunities to make meaningful change for mokopuna in the care of these facilities.

This position is Wellington based but regular, monthly overnight travel will be required as part of undertaking monitoring visits across the country.

Ngā pūmanawatanga ōu / What you will bring

You will have a background and / or a tertiary qualification in a relevant discipline relating to children’s safety, rights, care and well-being, such as:

  • child and adolescent mental health and disability
  • residential care and/or statutory care and protection
  • remand and/or youth justice services
  • law or education, with a specific focus on children and young people

Ideally, you will have a knack for engaging with tamariki and rangatahi and experience at building positive relationships with whānau, hapu, iwi and Māori organisations.

A demonstrated commitment to promoting the wellbeing of mokopuna Māori is critical. Experience and skills in monitoring, review and evaluation of services for mokopuna would be valuable but not essential as you will be supported to develop in these areas as part of your role. Solution focused inquiry skills, sound critical thinking and writing skills are also important in this role.

Me pēhea te tuku tono / How to apply

If you have the skills and experience that we are looking for then we would love to hear from you.

To apply please complete the application form here and email this along with a cover letter and your CV to You can also email us here if you have any questions about this role.

You can find a position description for the role here.

Applicants for this position should have the legal right to work in New Zealand.

Please note: This is a temporary role, therefore in accordance with the Association for the Prevention of Torture Guidelines we are unfortunately unable to progress applications from candidates who are employed by organisations which have a conflict of interest with the Office of the Children’s Commissioner.

Applications close 5pm, Sunday 26 June 2022.