We are recruiting for the following role:


We are looking for talented principal and senior policy advisors for positions within our inquiry teams. These could be experienced policy generalists or economists able to turn their skills to any topic of importance to New Zealand.  

We will consider permanent or fixed-term roles or secondments. We are also open to secondments or fixed term roles for policy people with expertise specific to the new inquiry topics: Technological change, disruption and the future of work; and Local government funding and financing. Both topics are significant for the future of New Zealand.

Previous inquiries have covered a diverse range of topics including Regulatory institutions and practices (2014) More effective social services (2015), Better Urban Planning (2017) and New models of tertiary education (2017). We are currently working on how New Zealand can transition to a Low-emissions economy and Measuring and improving state sector productivity (both topics are due to be finalised in August 2018).

Our independence, and our reputation for high-quality analysis and meaningful engagement, puts the Commission in a unique position to influence public policy debates. We aim to provide insightful, well-informed and accessible advice that leads to improved economic, social and environmental outcomes for New Zealanders. Our work to date has contributed to significant policy reform.

The roles offer an opportunity to:

  • be part of a collegial team of policy experts;
  • work in an environment that values new ideas and ways of thinking;
  • develop independent and frank policy advice relating to major issues impacting on the wellbeing of New Zealanders;
  • influence decision-makers;
  • work with leaders that will mentor your career and provide opportunities for growth;
  • work closely with Commissioners and other leaders in business, academia and government through our engagement processes.

The quality of our people is critical to our success. Our people have stellar research, analysis and writing skills, and can turn high-quality analysis into influential policy advice. In turn, we offer an intellectually stimulating, supportive and family friendly workplace.

If you are looking for an opportunity to influence and raise the quality of public debate and policy about the things that matter to New Zealanders, please send a tailored application letter and CV to

Applications close 30 July 2018. View the Senior/Prinicpal Advisor job description here.

For further information, feel free to contact one of our inquiry directors: Steven Bailey, 04 903 5156 or Judy Kavanagh, 04 903 5165.