Full-Time Pacific Policy Advisor
Position: Pacific Policy Advisor
Location: Nationwide (flexible)
Term & Hours: Permanent, full time
Community Housing Aotearoa-Ngā Wharerau o Aotearoa (CHA) is a peak body – or umbrella organisation – for New Zealand’s community housing providers. As a member-driven organisation we are governed by an elected Council and represent over 75 registered community housing providers and partner members, including charities, iwi and Māori organisations and Councils. Our members support diverse communities with a range of housing needs and options – from transitional housing to progressive home ownership. Our partner members include developers, consultants and local councils.
Our mission is to strengthen and grow the community housing sector and bring its voice to the decision-making table.
Our vision is to make sure every New Zealander is well-housed in a warm, safe, dry and affordable home. This is a human right.
We aim to:
- build capacity and foster collaboration
- promote best practice in housing policy
- champion quality and excellence.
CHA works collaboratively with Te Matapihi he Tirohanga mō te Iwi Trust (Te Matapihi) – the national Māori housing advocate, central and local government, ministries, crown agencies, private businesses, and individuals who make up the sector. We strive to honour Te Tiriti o Waitangi consistently and actively and we’re a continuous work in progress.
As a peak body for the community housing sector, we want to play our part in seeing affordable, healthy, culturally uplifting housing options for Aotearoa’s Pacific communities expand at scale.
CHA advocates for and strongly endorses the development of a housing response that is “reflective and embracing of the various cultural dynamics that Pacific people have” (the Housing Crisis facing Pacifica People in Aotearoa – Ronji Tanielu – Salvation Army Social Policy & Parliamentary Unit Oct 2019).
With work underway by the Ministry of Pacific Peoples to support the growth and development of more registered Pacific Community Housing Providers as part of the Pacific Housing Initiative and other policy initiatives in development, we want to grow our organisation to respond to this.
Purpose of the role
The Pacific Policy Advisor role has been established to provide strategic advice and support to increase the supply of affordable housing and address underlying drivers of homelessness, with a particular focus on those working with Pacific communities.
A key responsibility is to lead CHA’s response to the Pacific Housing Initiative and to analyse and advocate for the right policy settings and levels of support required to meet the housing aspirations of Pacific communities. The role will interact with a range of people from organisations across the housing and homelessness sector, as well as influencers from central and local government and the private sector.
The Pacific Policy Advisor will work closely with another new role, the Pacific Relationship Manager and will report to the Manager Engagement and Support. CHA will provide relevant supervision, support and an opportunity for individual growth and development. There is opportunity to upskill and build strong professional networks, while making a difference. There is also potential for the role to develop as the organisation develops.
Key deliverables and responsibilities
The Pacific Policy Advisor will:
- Represent CHA to the Ministry for Pacific Peoples on the implementation of the Pacific Housing Initiative.
- Represent CHA to the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development on the implementation of system settings such as the Government Policy Statement on Housing and Urban Development and the public housing design guidelines.
- Provide information and advice on evidence-based approaches that result in quality housing and service outcomes.
- Help drive system and process change within CHA and with our members and government stakeholders to ensure community housing and support services are adapting, connected, and effective for Pacific communities.
The Pacific Policy Advisor role is suited to an early career professional (3-5 years’ experience) with strong connectedness to Pacific communities; some experience of central or local government policy development and approaches; and a commitment to informing and improving better social outcomes. The ideal candidate will have some or all of the following:
- Experience in successfully working and engaging with Pacific organisations, stakeholders, and communities.
- Understanding and knowledge of the Treaty of Waitangi and its implications for housing.
- Experience in policy development work.
- Experience collaborating with multiple partners and stakeholders successfully.
- The ability to work to deadlines and self-manage the prioritisation of work.
- The ability to build effective, sustainable and productive relationships.
- Excellent written and verbal communication and presentation skills for a
- range of audiences.
- Excellent organisational skills – ability to plan and prioritise work to meet agreed deadlines.
- Computer literate including good working knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and cloud-based computing.
- Proficiency in a Pacific language.
- Degree or Diploma level qualification in relevant field or equivalent on the job experience.
- Highly motivated and enthusiastic approach to work.
- Ability to be flexible and respond to unexpected priorities.
- Commitment to work with diverse communities.
- Open to learning and development.
- Values collaboration and shared leadership.
The role can be based anywhere in Aotearoa New Zealand with robust internet service and direct air links to Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland. It is intended that this role and the Pacific Relationship Manager role will be in the same location so that co-working is possible. However, we are flexible as to how this arrangement works.
CHA’s head office is in Wellington, and we maintain an office space at Auckland City Mission also. As this is a national role, travel is occasionally required between regions and cities to meet with providers and other stakeholders.
The Pacific Policy Advisor role is full-time. CHA fully supports workplace flexibility, and we will do whatever we can to meet our employees’ needs.
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