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Programme Manager, Operation RESPECT

Wellington - Wairarapa
Expires in: EXPIRED
Posted by:NZ Defence Force
No Longer Available


Mō tēnei tūranga mahi | About this role

Mō te tūnga | About the role

As part of the Directorate of Organisational Development, the Op RESPECT Team is responsible for implementing a 20 year strategy and culture change programme. The Op RESPECT vision is to grow a culture of safe and cohesive teams, which will enhance the NZDF's operational effectiveness, reputation, retention and recruiting. The vision will be achieved through prevention and response strategies that progressively eliminates inappropriate, unacceptable and harmful behaviours throughout the organisation. This includes supporting leaders to develop working environments that are safe, respectful and inclusive; that enhance individual and team trust, innovation and performance; and improve our peoples overall experiences and wellbeing.

The Programme Manager is a newly created 2 year fixed term position with the Op RESPECT Team, in which you support the Programme Lead to plan, optimise, support and continuously improve the programme and the delivery and effectiveness of its sub projects. The scope of the role ranges from higher level long term strategic planning through operational medium term planning and management of activities, staff and resources; to short term problem solving and adaptation to support delivery.

A busy and varied role, some of your key focus areas will be to support the Programme Lead to:

  • Maintain engagement and collaboration with key stakeholders and working groups.
  • Plan, implement, coordinate, monitor and improve Op RESPECT's prevention and response activities, to ensure their effects meet the programmes objectives, milestones and outcomes.
  • Assist with developing, managing and reporting the Op RESPECT annual budget within a four year budget forecasting cycle.
  • Prepare routine and bespoke Op RESPECT reports to meet NZDF governance and management requirements, including the programmes Steering Group and Board.

Please note: This is a fixed term opportunity for a 2 year period.

The role is based in Wellington, at Defence House. Once you have undergone induction and orientation for the role, there is the option of working from home up to 2 days a week.

Applications will be reviewed upon receipt. It is advised to apply early to avoid disappointment, as this role may close ahead of time due to a high volume of applicants.

Ngā pūkenga me ngā wheako | Skills and Experience

We're looking for an experienced project or programme manager, who brings robust business and commercial acumen, as well as an understanding of the linkages across government activities.

Key skills and experience we're looking for includes:

  • Proven ability to lead people and manage programmes to a successful outcome. 
  • Effective interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to adjust your personal approach and communication style to positively influence varying people and audiences.
  • A high level of personal integrity.
  • An end-user and outcomes focus, with a strong desire and flexible approach to achieving results.
  • Demonstrable skills in managing multiple priorities, risks and issues.

This role requires occasional domestic travel to NZDF Camps and Bases, including overnight stays. A Class 1 Full Driver's Licence is beneficial.

Nōu te rourou | What's in it for you

Your skills and dedication deserve recognition, and NZDF delivers with competitive pay matched to your experience. But that's just the beginning – safeguard your loved ones with a fully funded life cover of up to $300,000 and critical illness protection. Other benefits include discounted additional insurances, free will services and savings schemes for the Defence community. Get expert financial guidance and mortgage broker services. Find all our benefits and more on the Force 4 Families website.

NZDF champions diversity and inclusivity, valuing every member and fuelling their success. We embrace uniqueness, understanding that diverse teams drive creativity, innovation, and excellence. With an open door to all – irrespective of gender, ethnicity, ability, age, or family dynamics – NZDF offers a flexible, empowering work environment. Join us in shaping a brighter future, where everyone thrives.

Me pēhea te tuku tono | How to Apply

Applications close on Wednesday 5 June 2024.

Use the links on this page where you'll be directed to the Defence Careers website.

Please Note:

  • All applications must be made online, via the Defence Careers website. Each listing contains the Position Description and a Contact Us option for any queries or technical issues.
  • Your cover letter will be a key part of our selection process, so please highlight how your experience relates to the key activities outlined in the Advert and Position Description.
  • Applicants will be required to undergo a pre-employment drug-screening test prior to any offer of employment being made.

NZDF Employees/Members – please apply internally via the HR Toolkit; this will ensure that you are visible as an internal candidate.

NZDF Contractors – please apply via the Defence Careers website.

NZDF Reserves – please apply via the Defence Careers website if you cannot access the HR Toolkit.

Please Note:

To be eligible for the required level of government security clearance with the NZ Defence Force, you need to meet certain citizenship and residency criteria. Here's what you need to know:

Low Level Security Clearance

  • You must be a New Zealand citizen or you must hold New Zealand Permanent Residence or have a current New Zealand Residency Class Visa.
  • At minimum, you must hold New Zealand Permanent Residence or have a current New Zealand Residency Class Visa, and you must be a citizen of and have lived in Australia, Canada, United Kingdom, United States of America or New Zealand continuously for the last five (5) years.
  • You must have a five (5) year background history that can be verified and assessed appropriately by the NZ Security Intelligence Service (NZSIS) to determine if you are suitable for a security clearance at this level.

If you do not meet the minimum criteria, unfortunately, your application will not be accepted. We do welcome your application at a time when you will meet the requirements.


Wellington - Wairarapa