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NEMA: Senior Regional Emergency Management Advisor

Posted on 08 June 2021


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Senior Regional Emergency Management Advisor (Wellington based)

  • Assist in connecting and influencing NZ's and the Pacific's responsive emergency management system
  • Help empower communities to prepare for positive outcomes before, during and after emergencies
  • Identify and communicate risk that could impact communities in an emergency

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) provides national leadership to New Zealand's distributed emergency management system. NEMA's primary focus is on the performance and capability of the emergency management system as a whole, across all hazards and all risks and the 4 Rs of risk reduction, readiness, response and recovery. We are going through an exciting phase of growth and there will be more opportunities with NEMA over the coming months.

NEMA values diversity and inclusion. We want our workforce to reflect the diversity of our communities. We value and respect the contributions of our people with diverse backgrounds, experiences, skills and perspectives. We support flexible ways of working that bring out the best in you.

NEMA recognises the continuing partnership Te Tiriti o Waitangi between Māori and the Crown. We are committed to doing our part to deliver on the Crown's commitments to Māori under Te Tiriti. We strive to actively build te Ao Māori perspectives and capability into our day to day work, values and practices.

Role Purpose / Kaupapa Tūranga

The Senior Regional Emergency Management Advisor vacancy is within the Regional Partnerships Business Group. The Regional Partnerships Business Group facilitates, connects, and influences regional emergency management system partners and stakeholders in New Zealand and the Pacific, enabling positive outcomes for communities before, during and after emergencies.

This role alongside other Senior Regional Emergency Management Advisors in the Business Group is accountable for engagement with regional CDEM Groups on their statutory responsibility for delivering all aspects of CDEM to their communities, as well as with local authorities and other local stakeholders on their roles in this regard. This is provided through:

Skills & Experience / Tohunga & Wheako

  • Mentoring, coaching, influencing, and advice;
  • Facilitating support towards the building and sustaining of capacity and capability;
  • Connecting emergency management in the regions with national strategy, planning, standards, and guidelines;
  • Identifying and communicating risk (that could impact communities in an emergency), and supporting connected solutions;
  • Performing / supporting assurance processes; and
  • Leading or participating in NEMA work programmes.

During response and recovery, Senior Regional Emergency Management Advisors provide timely information, guidance, support, and assurance locally and nationally.

As a Senior Regional Emergency Management Advisor, you will bring the following attributes:

Personal Attributes / Āhuatanga Whaiaro

  • Able to integrate, connect: Taking stakeholders on a journey towards common objectives;
  • Applying political and cultural savvy: Able to adjust and apply relationship management that is appropriate to the stakeholder in order to establish trust and confidence;
  • Excellent communicator: Able to communicate with authority and effectively at a high level, including advanced writing and presentation skills;
  • Team player: Share and consult with colleagues and other NEMA staff in support of consistent and high quality advice and guidance; demonstrating empathy and compassion with stakeholders;
  • Staying calm under pressure: Able to read the situation and offer pro-active and appropriate advice; maintaining personal resilience; and
  • Able to self-manage, self-initiate and self-start and finish.

What we offer:

We offer a dedicated and supportive team, flexible work options and the opportunity to apply your skills and experience to a workforce that is committed to building the capability of the National Emergency Management System and strives to champion our communities.

NEMA has a collaborative and innovative culture where our people thrive to adhere to best practice while constantly challenging the status quo. If you want to be part of an agency working to build resilience and growth to protect New Zealanders, we want to hear from you.

Having to connect with our regional stakeholders, you will be the holder of a full NZ car drivers' licence, and willing to travel on a regular basis. A vehicle with full private use will be made available to the successful candidate.

Due to the security requirements of this role, applicants must be a New Zealand citizen or New Zealand Permanent Resident.

Please select 'Apply' to download a position description or apply. If you have any questions, contact David Coetzee on email

Applications close 15 June 2021.