Principal Advisor | Wellington
|Position Type:||Ongoing - Full Time|
|Attachments:|| PD - Principal Advisor, Ethics, Quality Assurance & Safety - Regulatory Services.pdf (PDF, 141KB)
|Application Close Date:||02-Oct-2022|
- Do you have an interest in health and disability research ethics and the system of ethical review in New Zealand?
- Do you enjoy working across a wide-ranging work programme that involves working with diverse groups and specialist committees to develop national and international ethical frameworks and advice?
- Full time permanent position available, based in Wellington.
Are you a great communicator who is well organised and would enjoy being part of a team that provides high quality advice and support to Ethics Committees? This role might just be what you're looking for!
You will be working in a dedicated team with independent Ministerial Ethics Committees. The Ethics team sits within the Quality Assurance and Safety group, and is part of the wider
Health System Improvement and Innovation directorate. The work is varied and intellectually challenging, policy and operational, with a work program that focuses on improving the quality of ethical review and providing advice to Ministers about emerging ethical issues in the health sector.
Mō tō mātou rōpū – About our team:
The Principal Advisor sits within the Ethics team. The Ethics team supports the regulatory, functional and strategic requirements of five Ministerial Ethics Committees as well as two Ministerial Strategy and Policy committees, as follows:
- Four health and disability ethics committees (HDECs) established under section 11 of the New Zealand Public Health and Disability Act. Their function is to secure the benefits of health and disability research by checking that proposed research applications (from researchers) meets or exceeds established ethical standards determined by the National Ethics Advisory Committee (NEAC), the strategy and policy committee. In doing so, the HDECs must act in accordance with the procedural rules contained in the Standard Operating Procedures for Health and Disability Ethics Committees.
- The Ethics Committee on Assisted Reproductive Technology (ECART) is established and designated under section 27 of the Human Assisted Reproductive Technology (HART) Act 2004. ECART's function is to consider and determine applications (from fertility treatment providers) for assisted reproductive procedures or human reproductive research. ECART can only consider application for procedures that the strategy and policy committee; the Advisory Committee on Assisted Reproductive Technology (ACART) has issued guidelines and advice for.
Our team also supports the Ministrys COVID-19 response,Gene editing regulation and human rights.
Te whainga poto o tēnei tūranga – What is the purpose of this position?:
The Principal Advisor is responsible for the provision of timely high-quality advice to support the Manager, Ethics, other Ethics staff, five Ministerial Ethics Committees, two Ministerial Strategy and Policy Ethics Committees and the sector in relation to Health, Disability and Reproductive Technology Ethics.
The Principal Advisor will:
- Identify best practice nationally and internationally and use this to inform analysis, advice and improvement of processes as appropriate
- Lead projects within the context of a defined project plan and governance arrangements ensuring coordination between Ministry business units, ethics committees, government agencies, the health and disability sector
- Undertake interagency liaison and representing Ethics/the Ministry of Health as required, for example at sector meetings and forums both nationally and internationally (as relevant)
- Mentoring and supporting the team in their development
Ngā Pūkenga me ngā Wheako – Skills & Experience:
The successful candidate will have experience delivering substantial and complex work programmes, with a high working knowledge of government processes and ethics.
In particular the successful candidate will demonstrtate:
- Advanced knowledge of the machinery of Government, risk management, and key issues impacting on the New Zealand health and disability sector
- Experience in managing high profile and sensitive issues, influencing people, leading work programmes, change management and facilitation.
- Excellent advisory and communication skills with the ability to think critically, assimilate complex and often competing ideas logically, make sound decisions under pressure and write or articulate them clearly, concisely and coherently.
- A commitment to Te Tiriti O Waitangi, responsiveness to Māori and working in partnership
The Ministry of Health is the kaitiaki of the health and disability system in New Zealand. We are responsible for providing active stewardship and leadership across the nations health and disability system. We ensure the system provides people with the highest levels of care, regardless of who they are or where they live.
For further information regarding the role, please contact Beth Wall on email@example.com quoting reference number MOH/1663778.
Advertising for this role closes at Midnight on Sunday, 2 October 2022
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