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Evaluation Assistant

  • Full time (40 hours per week), fixed term until 30 June 2022
  • Based in Wellington
  • Apply your evaluation skills in the mental health, addiction and disability sectors

Join our team on a fixed term contract until 30 June 2022 as an evaluation assistant, to support the evaluation programme at Te Pou.


We are looking for a person who is passionate about applying and developing evaluation skills to improve outcomes for people with experience of mental health, substance use, and disability. This role is for a fixed term period to support programme needs and growth.

This is a fixed term contract that will end on the 30 June 2022 working full-time, 40 hours per week, Monday- Friday 8.30am- 5.00pm, and based in Wellington.

You will be an excellent communicator, able to navigate competing demands, and work effectively as a team member in the development and completion of evaluation projects. The evaluation assistant will support the development, design, implementation and reporting of evaluation projects, with guidance from the Manager, Evaluation and Monitoring.

The role will include, but is not limited to:

  • developing and conducting surveys, conducting interviews and focus groups to support project outcomes and workplan deliverables
  • undertaking quantitative and qualitative data analysis and producing professional quality reports, fact sheets and resources that are accessible and relevant to their target audience
  • supporting the development of programme logics and other evaluation tools
  • assisting project leads to source relevant data and information required for identified projects
  • reviewing and synthesising existing grey and published literature reflecting a workforce planning and development approach
  • presenting evaluation and position papers internally and externally if required
  • demonstrating the values, attitudes and seven Real Skills of Let’s get real at the Essential level.

There is a need to work and communicate effectively with evaluators, researchers, clinicians, support staff, leaders including services, Māori, consumer and whānau, and wider sector stakeholders.

You will have a relevant tertiary qualification, minimum of honours year completed or master’s degree within a relevant field. You will also have a passion for working with the sector to improve mental health, addiction, and disability services. An understanding of best practice of involving Māori, consumer, and/or Pasifika people in research and evaluation is preferred.

Essential skills and experience

  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Excellent IT skills, and experience using Microsoft Office software suite and research software, such as Survey Monkey, reference management software, quantitative analysis software and/or qualitative analysis software
  • Excellent literature searching skills using academic databases and grey literature.
  • An understanding of different evaluation methodologies and their application.
  • Quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis skills.
  • High attention to detail and experience in accurately referencing material.
  • Ability to gather a clear understanding of needs and expectations to ensure responsiveness to internal and external stakeholders.
  • Knowledge and commitment to the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi.
  • Experience of working collaboratively with other sectors, organisations and teams to facilitate change.
  • An understanding of the Essential level of Let’s get real across the seven Real Skills.
  • Willingness to participate in professional and personal development.
  • A passion for working to improve outcomes for people with experience of mental health, substance use, and disability.

The Covid-19 Public Health (Vaccination) Order requires the full vaccination of anyone conducting high-risk work in the health and disability sector, or who does not necessarily provide a health service but works in a role that requires frequent contact/engagement with those who do. Therefore all workers within the Wise Group are required by the Order to be vaccinated.

About Te Pou

Te Pou is the national centre of workforce development for the New Zealand mental health, addiction, and disability sectors. Blueprint for Learning is our partner learning and development organisation. We support organisations to implement policy and plan and develop their workforce with practical resources, consultation, and education.

Te Pou is committed to Te Tiriti o Waitangi, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD), and the Human Rights Act as reflected in our Kanorau (diversity and inclusion) charter. We are committed to greater equity of access and outcomes for Māori, Pasifika, and other population groups with a higher of risk mental health and addiction and poorer outcomes. The values outlined in Let’s get real are integral to our work.

The Benefits

In this role, you can look forward to flexible work arrangements and a great team around you in an organisation that believes in its purpose. Be part of a supportive work environment where life balance is encouraged, people are valued, and new solutions are the norm!

Ready to take a look at Te Pou? Then apply now.

APPLICATIONS CLOSE: Monday 22 November 2021. Please note, this advert may close sooner if a suitable candidate is found prior to the closing date.

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Contact: Heather Kongs-Taylor, Manager - Evaluation and Monitoring, 027 721 1837

For further information on Te Pou, please visit our website