Senior Evaluator

Date advertised:  15 Sep 2023
Job Type:  Permanent

Wellington, NZ

Help shape the future of Education


He mea tārai e mātou te mātauranga kia rangatira ai, kia mana taurite ai ōna huanga

We work to shape an education system that delivers equitable and excellent outcomes


At Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga | Ministry of Education, we work to provide services and support nationally, regionally and locally to the education sector, and in some cases, directly to ākonga and whānau.


We shape the policies, settings and performance of the education system for early learning, schooling and tertiary.


We are making significant changes to how we deliver our purpose.


So that we:


  • Take practical action to give effect to te Tiriti o Waitangi.
  • Give priority to regional and local voice.
  • Deliver greater responsiveness, accessibility and integrated services and support.
  • Improve feedback loops and information flows.


Our organisation is made up of talented and committed people around Aotearoa, from a wide range of backgrounds and cultures. While we work in different groups and on different things, we all strive every day to make the biggest difference we can for our ākonga in our education system.


Mō tēnei tūranga | About this role


In this role you will guide, undertake, and coordinate complex research and evaluation activities across the Ministry to support our understanding of what does and does not work for ākonga in schools and kura.


You will promote the effective use of evidence and build evaluation capability across the Ministry so that the Ministry, education sector, parents, whānau and communities can put their efforts in the right place in the right way at the right time to enable learners to succeed.


The salary range for this role is $96,598 - $117,175 per annum + 3% kiwi saver. The successful candidate will be appointed at a salary which reflects individual skills and experience.


For more details about the role you can view the job description here


We also offer:


  • Flexible working arrangements where everyone feels valued & supported
  • The ability to purchase extra days leave
  • A range of employee network groups
  • An inclusive environment that encourages your personal cultural competency journey
  • Development and learning, including mentorship programmes and internal secondments
  • Wellness initiatives to support your overall health and wellbeing


Mōhou ake | About you


We want to hear from you if you are passionate about research and evaluation and want to make a difference for ākonga and whānau.


You will demonstrate knowledge of, or a willingness to gain an understanding of Te Ao Māori and promote tikanga and Te Reo Māori. You will also have knowledge of, or a willingness to gain an appreciation of te Tiriti o Waitangi (the Treaty of Waitangi) as it applies in the public sector.


You will also demonstrate:


  • Senior level experience in evaluation and research methodologies, such as survey design and analysis, qualitative data collection and analysis, including evaluation and research methodologies that are appropriate in Kaupapa Māori and Pacific contexts.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills including negotiation and facilitation skills and experience communicating technical information to a non-technical audience.
  • An affinity for working collaboratively with internal customers and other stakeholders to determine needs, obtain information, develop approaches, and communicate results.
  • Knowledge and understanding of relevant professional research and evaluation codes and standards.
  • An acute eye for detail, taking pride in the accuracy of your work with the ability to see innovative solutions to technical problems.


Mātau rōpū ake | About our group, and team


Te Pae Aronui was established within Te Mahau to provide the education sector with support and services that are more locally responsive, more accessible, and integrated.


It is the place where everything Te Tāhuhu does for ākonga can come together. We gather insights, regulate, have service design and delivery functions, understand ākonga, whānau, communities and businesses - and use that to shape and influence the direction of education in Aotearoa New Zealand.


As part of Te Mahau, we work with whānau, hāpu, iwi, early learning services and schools / kura, to support ākonga and kaiako to create interactions in the magic space where learning happens.


We have a critical role to support a proactive and future-focused Te Tāhuhu that delivers on equity and excellence for all ākonga. By 2025, we aspire to transform Te Pae Aronui so that: people are thriving, connections are strong, the system is sound, and we are producing equitable outcomes for ākonga and whānau. 


Kua rite koe mō tēnei mahi? | Are you ready to make a difference?


If this opportunity interests you, please submit your cover letter and resume by using the ‘apply' button. In your cover letter we’d like to know about you, your values, or anything else you’d like to share. We’re keen to understand your motivations, strengths, transferable skills, and the diverse perspectives you will bring to the role.


For further information, please contact Angelique Praat (Principal Evaluator) at  or Jodie Robertson (Principal Evaluator) at for more information.


Applications close Midnight Sunday 8th October 2023


We want our people to feel valued for their unique qualities and have a sense of belonging. If you require assistance or adjustments to fully participate in the recruitment process, please let us know.