Working at Motu

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Part-time, Fixed-term Communications Adviser

Motu Economic and Public Policy Research is engaged in non-partisan applied economic research. Founded in 2000, we are a registered public charity dedicated to public-policy analysis and decision-making. Our office is located in Cuba Mall in Wellington.

Our internationally prominent research team studies economic issues of importance such as climate change, housing, labour markets, innovation and economic growth. Motu is also host to the Human Rights Measurement Initiative (HRMI), a global collaborative project between academics and human rights advocates, working to produce a comprehensive, free, easy-to-access database of metrics, summarising human rights performance in countries around the world.

HRMI is currently collecting human rights data for 12 countries worldwide, and seeks an experienced communications professional to plan and lead our outreach and communications efforts for the release of these data, and for scaling this initiative to worldwide coverage. The position is for a fixed-term period of approximately 9 months, starting in early December 2017 and working around 15-20 hours per week. There is potential for this position to be extended and expanded, conditional on project funding.

The ideal candidate will bring their unique skill set to deliver positive ideas and innovation to the Motu and HRMI teams, and will:

  • have demonstrated a talent for engagement and communications, including active use of social media;
  • have strong writing skills and ability to create clear and compelling content for both print and web;
  • be skilled at engaging remotely with international collaborators from a wide range of cultures;
  • have an understanding of managing contact databases, and a focus on accuracy.

If you are an energetic self-starter who would enjoy working as part of a team of professionals dedicated to making the world a better place, we would love to hear from you. All applications should include a CV and cover letter and be sent to

Applications close: 5pm on Thursday 12 October.

Starting your career?

If you are starting your career you should check out the research analysts and interns page or see if you are eligible for a scholarship.

If you aren't eligible for an internship or RA position because you are heading overseas to do your PhD, you may be interested in the Statistics NZ Motu Programme for PhD Research. This will give you space at Motu for at least four months and free access to Statistics NZ's microeconomic data.

Are you a potential Fellow or Senior?

Motu welcomes approaches by potential Fellows or Senior Fellows. We will post a description of what we're looking for in Fellows shortly.

As a Senior Fellow you would be expected to have:

  • A PhD from an internationally recognised university,
  • A proven record as an excellent economic researcher,
  • The ability and willingness to attract funding for your research, and
  • The ability and commitment to support the values and objectives of Motu and its intellectual community.

If you are interested in becoming a senior fellow at Motu and would like more information, please contact Adam Jaffe or any of the Senior Fellows.

Are you interested in visiting Motu as a researcher?

Motu hosts top economic researchers visiting New Zealand, including those undertaking a sabbatical. Past visiting researchers from top universities have come to Motu to collaborate on research projects, have given seminars in Motu’s Public Policy Seminar Series, and made use of our resources and networks.

If you wish to be a visiting researcher, you can collaborate with Motu Senior Fellows and make use of Motu’s research and datasets. You are also able to utilise our networks with other researchers in New Zealand working in Universities or in Crown Research Institutes. Motu can also facilitate access to key people in government agencies.

If you are studying towards a PhD and wish to undertake an empirical research project using the microeconomic data on firms, households and individuals housed at Statistic NZ, you may wish to apply for the Statistics NZ Motu Programme for PhD Student Research.

Motu has very little funding to directly support visiting researchers, so you will likely need to source your own.

If you are interested in visiting Motu, please contact Adam Jaffe or any of the Senior Fellows.