The Pacific Community (SPC) is the principal scientific and technical organisation in the Pacific region, supporting development since 1947. We are an international development organisation owned and governed by our 27 country and territory members. In pursuit of sustainable development to benefit Pacific people, our organisation works across more than 25 sectors. We are known for our knowledge and innovation in such areas as fisheries science, public health, geoscience, and conservation of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture.
The Geoscience Energy and Maritime Division provides advice, technical assistance, research and training support to Pacific Island countries and territories (PICTs). There are three (3) areas of scientific programming and two areas of focus within this division:
1. Oceans and Maritime Programme (OMP) – assists member countries with services that provide applied ocean science and knowledge for evidence-based policy-making and technical solutions for improved ocean and maritime governance, management and capacity development.
2. Georesources and Energy Programme (GEP) – assists member countries by applying technical knowledge in the areas of geoscience and sustainable energy use.
3. Disaster and Community Resilience Programme (DCRP) – assists member countries to demonstrate strengthened resilience through integrated action on disaster risk management, climate change adaptation, natural resource management and increased access to water and sanitation.
The role – Project Implementation Officer – Water Security Projects will be responsible for working closely with beneficiary country project counterparts, collaborating under various Water Security projects to plan, budget, implement, report, undertake procurement and contract management, support quality monitoring, evaluation, research, and learning (MERL), prepare for, hold National Steering Committee (NSC) meetings and roll out local stakeholder communications, engagement and visibility activities. Includes supporting the strengthening of local project management systems and pulling in technical expertise from across the Disaster and Community Resilience Programme (DCRP) and SPC.
The key responsibilities of the role include:
Supporting countries by guiding, coaching, and building capacity to plan, budget, implement, and report on in-country activities
• Guide and coach the country lead implementation agencies in developing country activity plans addressing project results framework target needs, facilitating stakeholder engagement and ensuring the activity plans are align with project outcomes and country development strategy plans
Supporting countries by guiding, coaching, and building capacity on financial, procurement, contract, and grant management for in-country activities including acquittals
• Coach and support country teams to ensure in-country financial management is sound and in accordance with SPC, donor and audit requirements
Ensuring quality stakeholder engagement and MERL for in-country activities
• Support the Project Manager to convene the National project steering group, sub-regional steering committee meetings, and other regional events for the project as relevant
Supporting and advising on project coordination, management, and reporting
• Advise and support the country teams in coordination of project activities, progress of activity narrative and financial reporting
For a more detailed account of the key responsibilities, please refer to the online job description.
Key selection criteria
• A bachelor’s degree or equivalent in international development, community engagement, strategic communications, disaster risk reduction, community resilience, water resources management, water, sanitation and hygiene, governance and policy development or related field
Knowledge and experience
• At least five years relevant supervisory and project management experience
• Work experience in a discipline relevant to: international development, community engagement, strategic communications, disaster risk reduction, community resilience, water resources management, water, sanitation and hygiene; governance and policy development, and/or another relevant field
• Strong understanding and experience in project management, including with project-cycles, log-frames, financial forecasting and reporting, grant and contract management, MERL and risk management
• Experience in managing MFAT-funded projects
• Understanding and experience in adaptive and results-orientated project management
• Knowledge of procurement and financial management systems, and implementing projects across multiple currencies
• Demonstrated experience and understanding of water security challenges and responses in atoll environments, at both the national and community levels, and including considerations such as the role of gender in water management.
• A demonstrated proficiency in meeting the monitoring, evaluation, reporting and learning (MERL) requirements of development partners such as MFAT
• Excellent English communication skills (oral and written), with strong writing ability at a donor project reporting level
• Ability to speak one or more Pacific Island languages
Interpersonal skills and cultural awareness
• Ability to work in a multicultural, inclusive and equitable environment
Salary, terms and conditions
Contract Duration – till 30th June 2024– subject to renewal depending on funding and performance
Due to the current travel restrictions caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic, and the priority SPC places on its staff safety, health and well-being, please note that there may be delays in taking up the appointment. These matters will be discussed thoroughly with successful candidates. In most cases, any appointment and on-boarding would only commence when relocation to the duty station is permitted.
Remuneration – The Project Implementation Officer – Water Security Projects is a Band 9 position in SPC’s 2022 salary scale, with a starting salary range of 2,229‒2,786 SDR (special drawing rights) per month, which currently converts to approximately FJD 6,575–8,218 (USD 3,187–3,984; EUR 2,675–3,343). An offer of appointment for an initial contract will normally be made in the lower half of this range, with due consideration given to experience and qualifications. Progression within the salary scale will be based on annual performance reviews. Remuneration of expatriate SPC staff members is not subject to income tax in Fiji; Fiji nationals employed by SPC in Fiji will be subject to income tax.
Benefits for international employees based in Fiji – SPC provides a housing allowance of FJD 1,350–3,000 per month. Establishment and repatriation grant, removal expenses, airfares, home leave travel, health and life and disability insurances and education allowances are available for eligible employees and their eligible dependents. Employees are entitled to 25 working days of annual leave per annum and other types of leave, and access to SPC’s Provident Fund (contributing 8% of salary, to which SPC adds a matching contribution).
Languages – SPC’s working languages are English and French.