Policy Advisor Housing - Fiji

Location: New Zealand > Wellington > All Wellington
Work type: Full Time
  • Initial full time role for 12 months - possible further 12 month extension
  • New Zealand Government support programme
  • Located in Suva, Fiji ASAP Start

The New Zealand Government has partnered with the Government of Fiji to provide policy support to the Ministry of Housing and Community Development. This policy advisor will enable the Ministry of Housing and Community Development to enhance and streamline regulatory and policy framework for the Fiji housing sector and ultimately facilitate improved access to quality, affordable housing in Fiji. The Policy Advisor Housing will also work to increase the strategy and planning capacity within the public sector for long-term development within the housing sector.

Key Functions:

  • Review and make recommendations on updating the national housing policy of 2011 and lead, manage and coordinate the development of a suitable framework for implementing the national housing policy.
  • Review national and local legislation and policies to determine gaps in the current framework
  • Undertake a mapping exercise of the sector, in consultation with other agencies and stakeholders responsible for delivering on Fiji's social and private housing objectives.
  • Identify opportunities for improvement in effectiveness and efficiency for delivering on affordable housing objectives in Fiji.
  • In consultation with public and private sector actors, assist the Ministry to further enhance and develop Fiji's response to resilient housing solutions (climate & economic).
  • Provide policy advice to Ministry on options for extending the Ministry's responsibilities.
  • Provide support and guidance on strategic planning and policy development to Ministry staff, including training and capacity development as appropriate.

The qualifications and expertise required to be successful in this role will include (among other things):

  • Broad-ranging knowledge of housing policy and practice, specifically social housing, preferably in developing countries.
  • Experience in the development of national policies and legislation.
  • Multi-stakeholder engagement and relationship development, including consultation with senior officials, organising and facilitating workshops, and development of policy implementation plans.
  • Capacity development and information sharing in a multi-cultural environment, and working within the context of government to government partnerships.
  • High level communication and interpersonal skills including the ability to represent the government and effectively communicate and negotiate with key internal and external stakeholders, including officials and donor organisations.
  • High level of verbal & written communication skills.
  • Ability to carry out in-depth analysis of precise needs, shape required actions and coordinate stakeholder inputs.
  • Ability to mentor, motivate, develop effective teams and transfer skills to staff and stakeholders in the Pacific context.
  • Political sensitivity and stakeholder engagement - ability to interact with key government officials and adjust approach to obtain outcomes.
  • Previous work in the Pacific, preferably Fiji, an advantage.

Working closely with the Ministry of Housing and Community Development staff, the Permanent Secretary and Senior Management Team, you will be required to build positive and productive relationships. You will have the ability to be politically sensitive and recognise the importance of stakeholder engagement; be self-managing and work independently; be highly organised and have self-motivated structured programme and reporting work habits and understand and respect the culture and diversity of the environment.

The initial arrangement will be for a period of 1 year with the possibility of a 12 month extension, residential in Suva, Fiji with an anticipated start as soon as possible.

This role will appeal if you are interested in being part of a programme that directly contributes to the enhancement of local communities in Fiji.

Closing date for applications: 5:00pm (NZ Time) on Monday 10th June 2019

Hudson Global Resources has been engaged to manage this procurement process. Please refer all correspondence, queries or requests for more information, instructions on how to apply and a copy of the full Role Description to:

Rebecca Wilson

Principal Consultant, Hudson, Wellington, New Zealand

Office: +64 4 917 9200

DDI: +64 4 917 9270

Cell: +64 21 429 154

Email: Rebecca.wilson@hudson.com

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