Member on the Ethics Committee on Assisted Reproductive Technology | Wellington/Auckland/Christchurch/Dunedin
|Category:||Policy and Advisory|
|Position Type:||Fixed Term Contract|
|Attachments:|| Declaration Form - blank.docx (Word, 64KB)
|Application Close Date:||31-Jan-2022|
Te Manatū Hauora | The Ministry of Health is seeking candidates who wish to be considered for appointment to the Ethics Committee on Assisted Reproductive Technology (ECART). ECART is established under section 27 of the Human Assisted Reproductive Technology Act 2004 (the HART Act). Its purpose is to consider, determine and review applications for assisted reproductive procedures or human reproductive research.
Kōrero mōu | About you
Te Manatū Hauora is seeking applications for the following positions:
One non-layperson member with expertise in assisted reproductive procedures.
Preferred skills for this role include:
- medical experience in fertility, fertility issues or gynaecology
- an understanding of tikanga Māori and application to reproductive technology.
One layperson member who can provide a community perspective (or personal lived experience) of surrogacy, preferably from a disabled perspective. To qualify for the lay membership positions, you must not be:
- a health practitioner within the meaning of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003; or
- involved in health research; or
- be employed by or associated with (or has a pecuniary interest in) a fertility provider.
An ability to work objectively across a range of relevant perspectives and not adopt a narrow advocacy position is required of all members. Members are also expected to demonstrate open and responsive communication skills, with an ability to reach consensus when different points of views are shared.
Members are expected to develop a strong working knowledge of the HART Act 2004 and in particular the guiding principles for ECART; and be able to apply legislation and regulations in ethics review of applications.
The Government recognises that diversity enables our Boards and Committees to be high-performing, and is committed to delivering greater diversity to statutory boards and ensuring they represent the diversity in New Zealand's population, including gender, ethnicity, age and geographic location. Te Manatū Hauora encourages people from all backgrounds, especially those who can reflect the needs, values, and beliefs of Māori, have an understanding and are committed to meeting obligations of Te Tiriti o Waitangi, to apply for these roles. Having diverse membership on ECART is particularly important, as committee decisions effect the ability of some New Zealanders to start or expand their family.
Kōrero mō te tūranga | About the role
You will need to have computer access and skills, as applications are lodged, assigned and viewed online. Strong internet connections are necessary - as the majority of committee meetings are undertaken via video conferencing.
Candidates are encouraged to apply for ECART regardless of location. The Committee may meet in-person in Wellington at the request of members. Travel costs are covered for members.
ECART members meet every two months. The 2022 dates for ECART committee meetings are available online, linked below:
Following appointment, a full-day training event for members is undertaken in Wellington.
Me pēhea te tono | How to apply
All applications require the following:
- a completed declaration form (attached)
- a covering letter
- a current CV.
Background checks will be undertaken for shortlisted applicants. Your personal information will be handled in accordance with the Privacy Act 2020.
You must be a New Zealand resident and reside in New Zealand in order to be considered for the role. Please note that core public servants are also generally not considered for this role.
The appointment process is lengthy and your patience and professionalism as we work through the next steps is appreciated. The outcome of the recruitment process for this committee will be confirmed after it has been considered by Cabinet's Appointments and Honours Committee.
Ko wai mātou | Who we are
See theManatū Hauora Board appointments webpage for more information. If you would like to obtain further information or clarification, or if your circumstances change or should you wish to withdraw your application, please contact the Appointments team by emailing: email@example.com
Due to the significant number of applications received, we are not in a position to individually notify candidates that they have been unsuccessful. When appointments are made, they will be published on the New Zealand Gazette website and linked to te Manatū Hauora Board appointments webpage and we encourage you to check these sites for updates. However, unsuccessful shortlisted candidates will be notified of the Minister's decision.