Inspector OPCAT | Wellington

Inspector OPCAT

Posted on 10-Aug-2018
Application Close Date: 24-Aug-2018
Position Type:
Permanent Full Time
Job Reference:
Note clip2018 Inspector OPCAT JD.pdf (PDF, 465KB)
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The Office of the Ombudsman I Tari o te Kaitiaki Mana Tangata


Inspector OPCAT (Wellington Based)

We are expanding our inspections team and are looking for people to help us ensure people in detention are treated fairly and humanely.

The NZ Ombudsman is designated to carry out National Preventive Mechanism (NPM) responsibilities under the United Nations Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture (OPCAT). These responsibilities are to inspect and monitor the treatment of people in health and disability places of detention, prisons, immigration detention facilities, child care and protection residences and youth justice residences.

The Chief Ombudsman is looking for three new permanent inspectors from diverse backgrounds with complementary knowledge, skills and experience, to join our OPCAT team.

Reporting to the Manager OPCAT, you'll carry out inspections and monitor the treatment of people in places of detention, provide advice and guidance and prepare reports and recommendations. To complement our current skills mix, we're looking for people with a relevant tertiary qualification and experience in the health and disability or relevant medical field (such as nursing, psychology, drug and alcohol), social work, disability, education, cultural or legal field.

The ideal candidate will have experience in visiting or working in a place of detention (preferably at a senior level), such as a mental health or other health or disability unit or prison facility, and will have a real-life understanding of what is required to ensure fair and humane treatment of people in a detention facility.

You'll be travelling across New Zealand with the team on a regular basis, sometimes for up to two weeks at a time. So team fit, being able to get along with people from all different walks of life, and being a team player is vital in this role.

You'll be required to write up your findings and recommendations following visits and inspections. This is where the team has an opportunity to make a real difference and contribute to achieving impactful outcomes for people in detention, so it's vital that your analytical and written communication skills are second to none.

All shortlisted applicants will be required to complete a writing test as part of the selection process and the successful appointee will have a legal entitlement to work in New Zealand and may be required to achieve and maintain a NZ government (NZSIS) security clearance and complete a police check.

Depending on skills and experience, the salary for the Inspector OPCAT position will likely range between $72,223 and $108,335.

To apply, click on the ‘Apply Now' button where you will need to register through our online career centre, complete our application form and upload your CV and cover letter.

For further information about this vacancy, please email:

Applications close 5.00 pm Friday, 24 August 2018.

(Please note, we are not able to pay for travelling expenses for interviewees).

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