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Senior Advisor - Mai World

Senior Advisor Mai World

Office of the Children’s Commissioner

Full time, Fixed term – 12 months parental leave cover

Help make meaningful change in the lives of mokopuna in Aotearoa

Mō mātou / About us

The Office of the Children’s Commissioner (OCC) 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.

The Children’s Commissioner has a statutory obligation to ensure “the views of children are taken into account in the exercise or performance of the Commissioner’s functions”. We support this function through our Mai World team.

Mai World demonstrates how mokopuna can be supported to exercise their right to have a say in decisions that affect them. Enabling mokopuna participation in decision making upholds their right to have a say and be heard, advances their best interests and leads to better decision-making overall.

We demonstrate best practice engagement and give advice to other agencies and groups about how they can support mokopuna participation. We engage with mokopuna in a range of ways, including surveys, interviews and group activities. We are keen to increase our online engagement.

Mō te tūnga / About the role

We have an exciting opportunity to join our tari on a temporary basis as a Senior Advisor Mai World, providing cover for parental leave through to July 2023.

As a Senior Advisor Mai World you will play an integral role in the Mai World Voices team, within the Strategy, Rights & Advice group. As part of the team, you will develop and maintain high quality engagement with networks of mokopuna, practitioners, researchers, policy makers, and key decision makers to champion children’s participation and represent the Office of the Children’s Commissioner.

Your key responsibilities will also include:

Contributing to work that influences and promotes the way in which mokopuna are seen, supported and given opportunities to participate and have their rights upheld.

Working across the Strategy, Rights & Advice team and the whole of OCC to support the voices and rights of mokopuna being integrated into advocacy work and special projects.

High level analytical thinking and ability to demonstrate express consideration of rights that mokopuna have in Aotearoa NZ (especially Te Tiriti o Waitangi, UNCRC, UNDRIP, UNCRPD).

Championing the rights of mokopuna Māori as Tangata Whenua

Project management and supporting others in the team to lead and execute projects.

Contributing to the sector knowledge base in collaboration with others in the Office.

The OCC is committed to the realisation of Te Tiriti o Waitangi, and your commitment to this is essential. OCC value and support diversity and inclusion in our workplace and is a place where you can bring your whole self to work.

This Wellington-based position is available through to July 2023 as fixed-term opportunity. We also welcome a potential secondment from another agency. We are open to discussions about flexible working arrangements.

Ngā pūmanawatanga ōu / What you will bring

You’ll be an expert in engaging with and working successfully to improve outcomes for mokopuna from a diverse range of cultures and backgrounds.

Ideally you will be a social work practitioner, or have experience working directly with mokopuna as a youth worker or in the social sector. You will have established networks within the community, NGO sector and child and youth focused advocacy groups.

It is important that you understand mokopuna rights within the context of Aotearoa New Zealand, this includes having a working knowledge of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. A working understanding and knowledge of statutory, legislative and public service processes with regards to children’s participation (including UNCRC, UNDRIP, UNCRPD).

Your communication skills will be second to none, with confidence as both a presenter and facilitator, with both superb written and verbal communication skills.

Expertise and experience in advocating with, and for, mokopuna Māori and their whānau, and working from a Te Ao Māori worldview is highly desirable.

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 below and email this along with a cover letter and your CV to

The midpoint of the salary range for this position is $86,000 gross per annum.

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

Applications close 5pm, Sunday 8 May 2022.