Senior Specialist Advisor – Family Violence Death Review Committee


Ngākau tuwhera | Open

Te tāpiri uara | Adding value

Whakahohe | Energising

Mō te iwi | It's about people

Kotahitanga | Together 

·         Permanent

·         Full-time

·         Wellington-based


The Health Quality & Safety Commission is seeking to appoint a Senior Specialist Advisor to lead the Family Violence Death Review Committee (FVDRC) team and apply family violence content expertise to ensure the development and maintenance of a sustainable, quality, family violence death review system for New Zealand, with an emphasis on partnership, shared process, developing a strong evidence base and positive change outcomes likely to reduce family violence. 

The ideal candidate will have an in depth understanding of the complexities of family violence and the impact of family violence has on families and in particular Māori communities. Your ability to navigate confidently in both the Māori and non-Māori worlds and a confidence in te reo me ona tikanga, or a willingness to learn and build these skills, will be essential to your success in this role.    

Key focus areas of the role are:

·         Leading family violence related policy work on behalf of the Commission and in partnership with the FVDRC

·         Providing strategic advice to the Committee, the Commission Board, Ministers and key stakeholders

·         Providing an in depth understanding of the complexity and dynamics of family violence to all aspects of the family violence death review work, with a particular focus on the FVDRCs findings in the 4th and 5th reports. These can be found at: https://www.hqsc.govt.nz/our-programmes/mrc/fvdrc/

·         Ensuring the development and implementation of a systematic, sustainable, family violence death review process for single case reviews and / or the development of information collection and management to support case ascertainment and full dataset development on all cases

·         Fully engaging partners in the development and ongoing improvement of processes and in implementing change as a result of learnings

·         Ensuring that relevant data and the findings of review processes are gathered and provided for aggregated analysis through well documented systems

·         Ensuring best practice governance processes are supported, including the development of high quality governance advice to support the FVDRC 

The successful applicant will make a major contribution in influencing the sector and making linkages between the strategic and operational space.  Having expert knowledge of the Family Violence sector and being able to see things through a social justice lens is critical to the success of these roles, as is excellent stakeholder and relationship management skills. 

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If you wish to discuss this role further, please contact Kiri Rikihana on 027 272 9719. 

A position description and the application form for the role may be downloaded from our website: https://www.hqsc.govt.nz/about-us/our-people/vacancies/


Applications close on Friday, 5th April at 5.00pm.