Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (PMEL) Advisor

The Pacific Community (SPC) invites applications for the position of Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (PMEL) Advisor within its PHD division. This position will be located at its regional office in Suva, Fiji.
Description
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 Public Health Division (PHD) supports members in developing healthier Pacific Island communities by providing assistance in public health surveillance, and in the prevention and control of communicable and non-communicable diseases. The primary focus of the division is to provide scientific and technical assistance and to support the implementation of plans and programmes in member countries and territories. The primary goals for all PHD activities is to promote population health and well-being, help communities prevent disease and restore and/or maintain health, and reduce inequalities in health. PHD is primarily concerned with improving and protecting public (population) health, rather than providing individual treatment services. PHD is comprised of four programmes: Surveillance Preparedness and Response; Non-Communicable Diseases Prevention and Control (NCD); Clinical Services (CSP) and Laboratory Services (LSP). The position is based in Suva, Fiji and located within the Office of the Director of PHD.
The Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (PMEL) Advisor will lead the implementation of the monitoring, evaluation and learning framework and approach for SPC’s Public Health Division, ensuring alignment with the PHD Business Plan 2022-2026, and provide management and technical assistance as required. The PMEL advisor provides overall quality assurance on reporting, advice, and capacity building to the PHD team and the Pacific partners to continually improve data collection, reporting and learning processes. The role will also have responsibilities in risk management for the program and division.
The key responsibilities of the role include:
Lead Planning processes & activities across PHD teams
• Oversees Annual Work Plan and result measurement framework development
• Provide MEL technical expertise in the planning and design of all new projects
Lead monitoring, learning and reporting processes and activities across the division
• Coordinate regular updating and reporting of progress against annual RMF across the division
• Lead data collection efforts to better document the effects/impacts of PHD’s work at country and regional level
Build MEL capacity of PHD teams and Pacific partners
• Develops capacity of the PHD team and partners to implement MEL activities, incorporating Pacific MEL methodologies, including to utilise MEL tools to collect and analyse information
• Attends and supports the delivery of learning events, working closely with the PHD team leaders and Pacific partners
Lead the Risk Management activities and processes across the division
• Develops and maintains PHD’s Risk Register, working closely with the PHD team Leaders
Leadership and Management
• Manage the work and performance of the M&E database officer and those tasked to support/deliver MEL activities for PHD
• Through analysis and learning from within PHD and from other divisions, ensure the PMEL team remains fit for purpose, effective and responsive
For a more detailed account of the key responsibilities, please refer to the online job description.
Key selection criteria
Qualifications
• Postgraduate qualification in monitoring and evaluation or a related discipline
Technical Expertise
• At least 9-10 years’ experience in a similar role supporting MEL and/or related organisational systems for complex programs
• Experience undertaking MEL tasks for development programs, particularly in the health sector
• Understanding and experience in a range of MEL methodologies and approaches, including in MEL capacity development
• Demonstrated capacity to interact with various stakeholders and facilitate linkages between organizations
• Experience in managing a small team
Language skills
• Excellent English communication skills (oral and written) with strong writing ability at a project donor reporting level
Interpersonal skills and cultural awareness
• Ability to work in a multicultural, inclusive and equitable environment
• Excellent interpersonal and representational skills with experience in building and maintaining effective working relationships with a range of different individuals and organisations
Salary, terms and conditions
Contract Duration – till 31st December 2025 – subject to renewal depending on funding and performance
Remuneration – The Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (PMEL) Advisor is a Band 11 position in SPC’s 2022 salary scale, with a starting salary range of 3,015‒3,769 SDR (special drawing rights) per month, which currently converts to approximately FJD 8,896–11,120 (USD 4,312–5,390; EUR 3,619–4,523). 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.
Recruitment principles – SPC’s recruitment is based on merit and fairness, and candidates are competing in a selection process that is fair, transparent and non-discriminatory. SPC is an equal-opportunity employer, and is committed to cultural and gender diversity, including bilingualism, and will seek to attract and appoint candidates who respect these values. Due attention is given to gender equity and the maintenance of strong representation from Pacific Island professionals. If two interviewed candidates are ranked equal by the selection panel, preference will be given to the Pacific Islander. Applicants will be assured of complete confidentiality in line with SPC’s Privacy Policy.

Programme Accountant (x3)

Suva-based position
Attractive expatriate package
Join the principal development organisation in the region
The Pacific Community (SPC) invites applications for the position of Programme Accountant (x3) within its Geoscience Energy and Maritime Division. This position will be located at its regional office in Suva, Fiji.
Description
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 – Programme Accountant will be responsible for effective financial management, including financial risk assessment, monitoring of internal control, and ensuring the adherence to relevant accounting policies and procedures in the division.
The key responsibilities of the role include:
Financial Planning, Monitoring and Reporting
• Provide support to Finance Team Leader in the development of annual budgets and allocation of available resources through integrated programming, business planning and project management processes
• Lead in all aspects of financial management of division, including forecasting, monitoring of project executions, pipeline and financial analysis
Divisional, Project and Program Management Financial administration support
• Provide appropriate coordinated support to divisional staff, working across programme areas on donor requirements in programme planning, delivery and financial administration of all donor-funded projects
Compliance, Risk Management and Business Process
• Maintain the accuracy of the division’s project finance information, within Navision and other systems
• Implementation of appropriate systems and internal controls within the Division
Procurement, Grant and Administration Services
• Ensure all procurement and grant processes undertaken by the division, are in line with SPC and donor policies and procedures
• Facilitate the preparation and monitoring of the Division’s annual procurement plan
People Management
• Create a team environment that fosters and develops effective working relationships and high performance
For a more detailed account of the key responsibilities, please refer to the online job description.
Key selection criteria
Qualifications
• A bachelor’s degree or equivalent in accounting, finance, business administration or a related discipline from a recognized university
Technical expertise
• At least 5 years of experience of demonstrated professional experience and competence in same field
• Experience in financial reporting, compliance, and business processes for projects funded
• Experience in preparation of budgets for a medium or large organization, financial reporting and monitoring of budget and cash flows
• Strong understanding and experience in use of computerized accounting systems, preferably Navision
• Analytical ability and demonstrated ability to achieve efficiencies with attention to detail
• Proven track record in designing and running training courses in finance, budget management and financial management systems
• Dealing with different reporting requirements in multi-currency -donor projects
• Strong numeracy skills, advanced excel spreadsheet skills including macros, and effectively used a recognized accounting package for generation of financial reports
Language skills
• Excellent English communication skills (oral and written), with strong writing ability at a donor project reporting level
Interpersonal skills and cultural awareness
• Ability to work in a multicultural, inclusive and equitable environment
Salary, terms and conditions
Contract Duration – till 31st December 2025– 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 Programme Accountant 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.
Recruitment principles – SPC’s recruitment is based on merit and fairness, and candidates are competing in a selection process that is fair, transparent and non-discriminatory. SPC is an equal-opportunity employer, and is committed to cultural and gender diversity, including bilingualism, and will seek to attract and appoint candidates who respect these values. Due attention is given to gender equity and the maintenance of strong representation from Pacific Island professionals. If two interviewed candidates are ranked equal by the selection panel, preference will be given to the Pacific Islander. Applicants will be assured of complete confidentiality in line with SPC’s Privacy Policy.

Communications Officer (Projects)

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 Land Resources Division (LRD) provides advice, technical assistance, research and training support to Pacific Island countries and territories on all aspects of agriculture and forestry. This includes plant protection, conservation, plant genetic resources, animal health and production, agroforestry, biosecurity and trade facilitation, and sustainable systems for agriculture, forestry and land management. This work has two objectives: improved food and nutritional security, and resilient communities. The division’s services are provided through seven technical/thematic teams: Animal Health and Production; Plant Health; Biosecurity and Trade Facilitation; Forest and Agriculture Diversification; Crop Production and Extension; Genetic Resources; and Forests and Trees.
The Communications Officer – Projects is responsible for working closely with the Divisional Communications team for the efficient and effective communication and raising the visibility of projects implemented by the SPC Land Resources Division Genetic Resources and Sustainable Agriculture Programmes. The incumbent will be responsible for the development, dissemination and management of communications and knowledge products and events, as well as raising the visibility of project activities for stakeholders, countries, and development partners.
The key responsibilities of the role include:
Manage and coordinate communication of project activities
• Support the development of communication strategies and plans for the relevant projects in collaboration with project partners/countries
• Coordinate publication support for project teams
Project Visibility and Administration Support
• Provide visibility support for projects through relevant communication and media platforms
• Promote programme and divisional events through effective partnerships with relevant stakeholders
Building Stakeholder Relations
• Establish and maintain linkages and relationships with relevant stakeholders, including media outlets
• Promote links and collaboration with technical and communication teams across relevant SPC programme and divisions
Information and learning product management
• Collaborate with LRD ICKM Adviser and communications team on the management of information and knowledge products
• Work with technical teams across projects and relevant divisions on the development and dissemination of technical briefs
For a more detailed account of the key responsibilities, please refer to the online job description.
Key selection criteria
Qualifications
• Degree in communications, journalism, or media relations or equivalent
Technical expertise
• At least 5 years of work experience in communications, media or journalism
• Knowledge of the Pacific context, preferably in the agriculture and forestry sectors and related emerging issues
• Ability to manage website
• Advanced computer skills in applications such as Microsoft Word and Excel
• Strong interpersonal skills and an ability to work with a wide range of individuals
Language skills
• Excellent English communication skills (oral and written) with a working knowledge of French being an advantage
Interpersonal skills and cultural awareness
• Ability to work in a multicultural, inclusive and equitable environment
Salary, terms and conditions
Contract Duration – till 31st May 2024 – subject to renewal depending on funding and performance
Remuneration – The Communications Officer – Projects is a Band 8 position in SPC’s 2022 salary scale, with a starting salary range of 1,994‒2,493 SDR (special drawing rights) per month, which currently converts to approximately FJD 5,883–7,354 (USD 2,852–3,565; EUR 2,393–2,991). 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.
Recruitment principles – SPC’s recruitment is based on merit and fairness, and candidates are competing in a selection process that is fair, transparent and non-discriminatory. SPC is an equal-opportunity employer, and is committed to cultural and gender diversity, including bilingualism, and will seek to attract and appoint candidates who respect these values. Due attention is given to gender equity and the maintenance of strong representation from Pacific Island professionals. If two interviewed candidates are ranked equal by the selection panel, preference will be given to the Pacific Islander. Applicants will be assured of complete confidentiality in line with SPC’s Privacy Policy.