The Ministry of Social Development is firming up the structure of its IT department, with a permanent appointment designated “IT strategy leader/adviser” to CIO Christine Stevenson and four positions for lower ranking “advisers” reporting to the leader.
The move is a tidying up of a previously rather looser structure, explained acting CIO Leanne Gibson last week. Both the top role and the four subsidiary roles exist already, but the first was staffed on contract, while the others looked after their areas semi-autonomously without clear reporting lines.
The roles cover strategy and monitoring, funding and prioritising of major work, risk management and technical quality assurance. Although the four advisers will be specialists, each is expected to be capable of “back-filling” for the others.
The people already in the near-equivalent positions will, of course, be free to apply for the slightly redesignated roles, but as part of its policy, the ministry has to advertise the positions both internally and externally, to give others a chance to apply, says Gibson.
The information systems coordinator role, played by Neil Miranda, looking after the department’s IT infrastructure, will remain unaffected, says Gibson.
The reorganisation came about as a result of a capacity review following Stevenson’s appointment, on July 1.