Programme Lead - Smokefree

10 Jun 2019 12:34 PM | Anonymous
  • Three-year fixed term, full time opportunity
  • Maximise the impact of council’s investment in smokefree activities
  • Strong culture of development and support

He angitūtanga: The opportunity

This role is critical for Auckland achieving its target of being smokefree by 2025. The Smokefree Implementation Plan and Auahi kore hapori whānui are grounded in evidence, and responsive to the voices of people in communities with the highest smoking rates. Creative, innovative approaches are required to achieve behaviour change and reduce smoking prevalence and smoking harm.

This is your opportunity to manage the delivery of Auckland Council’s Smokefree Implementation Plan and Auahi kore hapori whānui – action for smokefree communities.  You will lead place-based activation of smokefree public places and local smokefree movements, and support switch to quit messages.

This is a unique new role that will use all of your programme management and multi-tasking skills, your ability to roll your sleeves up and empower communities at the flax roots, and your knowledge of the smokefree evidence base. You will relish the opportunity to be creative and to deliver!

You will be leading a virtual team from across council’s Community and Social Policy Department, and engaging with council departments, the smokefree sector in Auckland and communities with high smoking prevalence.

He kōrero mōu: About you

You have a tertiary qualification in public policy, social science, public health/health promotion, community development or other relevant field. You are highly organised, with great project management skills. A natural at managing relationships, you love engaging with diverse stakeholders. You have a good understanding of local and/or central government processes, and knowledge of the smokefree sector. Strong analytical and writing skills, and experience in policy or strategy, funding, community empowerment and evaluation are an advantage.

Ngā āhuatanga kei a mātou: What we offer

In this role, you will be able to utilise your project management and health promotion skills. You’ll have opportunities to learn and enhance your strengths in an environment that encourages development. You’ll be immersed in a team that won the Deloitte IPANZ Public Sector Prime Minister’s Award in 2016. The team is committed to high quality work, and to supporting one another.  For an insight into what it’s like to work in this department, see our video.

If you are excited by this challenging and fun opportunity which will contribute to better health and wellbeing outcomes in communities with high smoking rates, then we’d like to talk to you.

Tell us why you are interested in this opportunity and apply via the link. For more information or for a copy of the position description call Shar Mahon on +64-27-769-1880.   Note that the formal title of this role is Smokefree Activator.

This role requires that you have a full NZ driver’s license; drug & alcohol testing applies.

Applications close Sunday 16 June 2019

Click HERE to apply for this role 

Auckland Council is an equal opportunity employer (EOE) and we are committed to providing a working environment that embraces and values diversity and inclusion. If you have any support or access requirements, we encourage you to advise us at the time of application to assist you through the recruitment process.

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Letter to the Listener 28 July 2017 in response to Fever Pitch (Listener 21 July 2017)

Catherine Woulfe’s thorough investigation of rheumatic fever brings to the surface a range of important questions not only about this cruel disease, but also wider issues about health policy. The Government’s bold initiative to reduce the incidence of rheumatic fever as one of its 'Better Public Service' targets in 2012 certainly raised awareness of rheumatic fever for the general public as well as communities and families directly affected. But even when medical science and the public have a clearer understanding of the immediate causes of rheumatic fever, interventions like the $65m ‘sore throats matter’ still won’t stop the epidemic. 

Ramona Tiatia’s blunt description of the experience of affected families not only painted a picture of the impact on affected families and communities, it also highlighted the invidious choices our health funders face.  How much should we prioritise health spending between response to the urgent need of young people whose lives and potential can be devastated by the disease versus the expense of addressing the economic and social factors that underlie the reasons we have this epidemic at all?   

As several of the clinicians interviewed pointed out, it’s only when the poverty and over-crowded housing issues are addressed that we will make a real difference.

Rheumatic fever illustrates the contradictions in our health system identified in the recent American Commonwealth Fund report. Of the 11 countries the Fund monitors, the work our health professionals do is ranked among the highest. But our overall performance as a health system falls to the middle ranking because of our poor performance on access and equity. The Fund also notes that our per capita expenditure is among the cheapest. 

Failure to invest in real prevention - that is, poverty, housing, good nutrition etc. - will continue to drive conditions like rheumatic fever, whether the immediate cause is strep throat or skin sores, until we invest upstream.

Why not spend more on these conditions - the economic and social determinants of health? 

We all pay in the long run - the young people whose misery we tolerate and whose potential remains unfulfilled, the families whose sacrifices are unrewarded, and the taxpayer who picks up the tab.

Ngā mihi,
Warren Lindberg

CE Public Health Association of New Zealand


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