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Exciting Research/Evaluation/Policy Opportunity

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  • Location:


  • Applications Close:

    01 May 2022

  • Sector:

    Mental Health
  • Type:


  • Hours:

    Full Time

  • Organisation:

    Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission

  • Contact:

Exciting research/evaluation/policy opportunity

  • Six month fixed-term or secondment opportunity
  • Potential permanent opportunities to arise as our structure is designed
  • Help transform our mental health and addiction system
  • Te Tiriti o Waitangi grounded organisation

Do you thrive in an environment where you can be part of shaping something new? Are you looking for a start-up role that will have a positive impact on the lives of all people in Aotearoa New Zealand?

The Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission opened its doors on 9 February 2021 to bring leadership and oversight to the transformation of our mental health and addiction system, and to contribute to better and equitable mental health and wellbeing outcomes for all people in Aotearoa.

Our Mental Health and Addiction sector leadership team are developing a monitoring framework (He Ara Āwhina) to assess and report on mental health services and addiction services and on the effectiveness of approaches to mental health and wellbeing.

This will involve considerable input from Māori, people with lived experience, and the mental health and addiction service sector. You can be part of this significant piece of work and assist with:

  • research on best practice service delivery approaches and models
  • the collaborative design and running of consultation processes with service providers, people with lived experience and their whānau
  • analysis and evaluation of feedback and research ensuring our stakeholders voices are heard
  • development of the framework and the monitoring report.

We are open to the skill set you can bring to the table but you must be a critical thinker and able to write. You could have recently finished your Honours or Masters degree or have some experience in either policy, evaluation, research or project management. As we are a new organisation growing and developing while we deliver, key to your success will be your flexibility and initiative in identifying pragmatic solutions.

This is a great time to come on board our small team and contribute to improving wellbeing in Aotearoa, particularly for Māori and our priority population groups.

As a Te Tiriti o Waitangi-grounded organisation, we are committed to fulfilling our responsibility as an independent Crown Entity to honour Te Tiriti o Waitangi and work in partnership with Māori as tangata whenua.

We want our workforce to be a reflection of our communities across Aotearoa and are actively seeking applications from people who represent that diversity.

To apply, please go to our website where you can download the position description and application form. Please send your completed application form to

Applications close 5pm Thursday, 13 May 2021.



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