Human Rights and Social Inclusion Adviser

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 20 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 Human Rights and Social Development Division has a vision for just, equitable and resilient Pacific societies and it aims to achieve this by advancing human rights, equality and social inclusion for all Pacific people, grounded in cultural values and principles. The work of this Division includes work previously undertaken by the Regional Rights Resource Team (RRRT) in the area of human rights and the Social Development Programme (SDP) in the areas of gender equality and social inclusion, culture and youth development.
In line with its vision, the work of the Division will encompass the following focal areas:
• Objective 1: Governance for human rights and social development: strengthen inclusive, transparent and active governance for human rights and social development.
• Objective 2: Gender equality and social inclusion: mobilise, empower and build conditions for gender equality, equity and social inclusion in society and development.
• Objective 3: Culture: promote, preserve and protect positive expressions of culture.
Objective 4: Social innovation and learning: enhance knowledge, learning and innovative solutions to accelerate impact on human development priorities.
The role – Human Rights and Social Inclusion Adviser will provide technical advice, assistance and capacity building under the HRSD work programme with a focus on developing and mainstreaming a People-centered Approach to development and assist in facilitating capacity building for staff of HRSD. As the role requires working across the objectives of the HRSD work programme, the Adviser will have a matrix reporting relationship with other Team Leaders in this regard.
The key responsibilities of the role include:
• Provide technical assistance and support to mainstream a People-centered Approach to development
• Capacity development for programme delivery
• Support stakeholder engagement, networking and coordination
• Project management and people management
For a more detailed account of the key responsibilities, please refer to the online job description.

Team Leader – Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning

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 20 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 (GEM) 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 – The Team Leader – Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning will provide high-level advice and support on planning, monitoring, evaluation and learning for the GEM division to enhance the division’s strategic planning, monitoring, and reporting of results for better development outcomes for the Pacific people.
The key responsibilities of the role include:
•Strategic planning and management
•Monitoring, evaluation and learning
•Results reporting (division and corporate) and internal reflections
•Contribute to GEM programme and project design and adaptation
•SPC and Division-wide PMEL capacity and support
For a more detailed account of the key responsibilities, please refer to the online job description.
Key selection criteria
Qualifications
•Master’s degree in relevant field such as international development, evaluation, public sector policy, economics, or natural resource management
Knowledge and experience
•At least 10 years of experience in monitoring and evaluation for the sustainable development sector, with a thorough understanding of international best practices in a wide range of quantitative and qualitative evaluation methods and data analysis
•At least 3 years of experience in programme design and proposal writing for large bilateral donors, including conceptualising and technical writing
•Experience in international development, including design and implementation of MEL Frameworks
•Proven record in the design of effective monitoring systems, data collection tools, and reporting and consolidating data from multiple locations and projects for results reporting at the divisional level
Essential skills
•Skilled in the use of databases and systems for visualising, entering, processing/cleaning and extracting data, including experience with web-based monitoring and reporting systems
•Strategic thinker with well-developed analytical skills and meticulous attention to detail
•Experienced in strategic planning, consultation processes, and the development of monitoring systems
•Excellent report writing skills
•Ability to train and motivate divisional staff on MEL systems, proposal development, monitoring and results reporting and use of online reporting tools
Language skills
•Excellent English communication skills (oral and written) with a working knowledge of French being an advantage
Interpersonal skills and cultural awareness
•Strong people skills (influencing and relationship building)
•Ability to work in a multicultural, inclusive and equitable environment

Team Leader

Seeking a dynamic Team Leader to lead a major multi-faceted health facility in Papua New Guinea – senior program management experience leading large scale multi-disciplinary teams in a complex environment – Contract duration up to June 2025

About the Program:

The Papua New Guinea Australia Transition to Health (PATH) Program is one keyway in which Australia is investing in PNG’s security, stability, and prosperity by delivering support to PNG’s health sector. PATH supports locally generated and scaled health systems reform, working in partnership with the Government of PNG on high priority health issues including health security, communicable disease, family planning, sexual and reproductive health, and maternal and child health. This strong partnership is supporting PNG to improve the health and well-being of its citizens in line with PNG’s National Health Plan. PATH looks to attract staff who are committed to this vision, and who are also able to work in collaborative, creative and adaptive ways to contribute to better health outcomes for people in PNG.

About the Opportunity:

The Team Leader will have overall responsibility for successful delivery of the program:

• In partnership with the Government of Australia (GoA) and the Government of Papua New Guinea (GoPNG) set overall strategic direction for PATH to achieve its End-Of-Investment Outcomes (EOIOs) and bring partners and PATH team along with this strategy – including by adjusting strategy and managing emerging risks to program effectiveness at implementation
• Establish and maintain effective partnerships with the broad range of partners involved in the program and provide high-level leadership to the PATH Executive Leadership Team
• Be the key point of contact for the Australian High Commission and GoPNG, support Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) bilateral relationship with the PNG Government, and contribute to policy development, policy dialogue, and policy influence, through PATH’s adaptive management and programming, MEL, and knowledge management and brokering approaches
Specific responsibilities of the Team Leader include:
Leadership
• Set strategy for and oversee implementation of PATH projects/ activities against this strategy, to contribute to PATH EoPOs.
• Build and support a cohesive technical and operational team that is effective, efficient, and outcome oriented.
• Socialise and lead team to work in ways that align to PATH’s Ways of Working, GESI and Adaptive Management delivery strategies.
• Lead team and drive internal change management process to promote adaptive, GESI responsive approaches to delivery
• Lead team to ensure all contractual and legislative obligations (risk, fraud etc) are met on time and to an appropriate level
Stakeholder coordination
• Establish and maintain effective, trust-based relationship and dialogue with AHC.
• Advise AHC on strategic opportunities and risks to advance policy dialogue.
• Establish and maintain effective, trust-based relationship and dialogue with GoPNG.
• Support policy dialogue between GoA-GoPNG on health sector reform priorities.
• Ensure PATH works holistically within DFAT’s whole-of-health portfolio and support appropriate coordination and coherence of DFAT’s investments and contributions to PNG’s health priorities.
• Ensure PATH Executive engagement with the Australia Pacific Climate Partnership Support Unit to consider how PATH can reflect climate change and disaster risk reduction in PNG’s health sector.
Program management
• Lead PATH team to deliver programs in ways that adapt based on learning and responds (in consultation and agreement with AHC and GoPNG) to changes in the operating environment, including changes in priorities that may arise in the next PNG National Health Plan, and from decentralization and other reforms.
• Lead PATH team to deliver sustainable approaches that build the long-term capability of PNG’s health system to independently plan, budget, coordinate, and deliver primary health care to support PNG’s long-term economic and development objectives.
• Work closely with the VP Program Delivery and Growth on the timely development of Inception plan and Annual Plans for PATH Steering Committee approval, to guide achievement of the EOIOs and IOs relating to PHA capacity, accountability, women in leadership, equity, essential services, and health security.
• Drive innovation in program delivery, building upon existing and fostering new partnerships with the private sector, NGOs, CSOs, and government.
• Ensure value for money and quality in delivery of the program’s activities.
• Work with corporate services to ensure adequate resourcing to support PATH and, through the Contractor Representative, leverage technical expertise from Ninti and technical experts as required.

About You:

We are seeking an individual for this strategic position who has the following:

• Advanced degree in a relevant field such as public health, international development, social sciences, public policy.
• Substantial senior management experience managing large scale multi-faceted international development programs and leading multi-disciplinary teams
• Working knowledge and experience with DFAT funded program management, policies, regulations, and procedures.
• Relationship management experience with highly diverse internal and external stakeholders; demonstrated experience working in partnership with host governments, international donors, and implementing partners.
• Demonstrated ability to meet timelines with quality deliverables
• Ability to resolve sensitive and complicated work issues with senior high-level country counterparts, donor representatives, and staff.
• Demonstrated team leader with effective cross-cultural interpersonal skills and proven record in leadership of people, building program team performance, and the ability to communicate and build a common vision.

About Us:

Abt Associates a mission-driven, global leader with a proven track record in complex program implementation in the international development sector. We offer bold solutions and technical excellence in Health, Economic Growth, Governance, Research & Evaluation, Environment & Energy, Gender Equality & Social Inclusion. Working with our many partners, we have driven measurable social impact for more than 55 years, to achieve our mission of improving the quality of life and economic well-being of people worldwide. We operate in remote and challenging environments and employ more than 3,700 staff in over 50 countries. For more information about us and what we do, visit our website at www.abtassociates.com

Equity:

Abt Associates values individuality and celebrates difference with a strong commitment to diversity, equality, racial equity, and inclusion. We encourage applications from diverse backgrounds and perspectives, skills, and knowledge, so that we can be collectively stronger and have sustained global impact.

Safeguarding:

We are deeply committed to safeguarding, to protect and prevent harm and abuse to individuals we work for and who work for us. Our recruitment and selection procedures reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation. We will not tolerate discrimination, harassment, child abuse, sexual abuse, or exploitation in any form, and expect everyone to be treated with respect and dignity.

Governance Adviser – Promoting Just, Engaged, Civic-minded and Transparent Governance in the Pacific Project

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 20 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 Human Rights and Social Development Division has a vision for just, equitable and resilient Pacific societies and it aims to achieve this by advancing human rights, equality and social inclusion for all Pacific people, grounded in cultural values and principles. The work of this Division includes work previously undertaken by the Regional Rights Resource Team (RRRT) in the area of human rights and the Social Development Programme (SDP) in the areas of gender equality and social inclusion, culture and youth development.

In line with its vision, the work of the Division will encompass the following focal areas:

• Objective 1: Governance for human rights and social development: strengthen inclusive, transparent and active governance for human rights and social development.
• Objective 2: Gender equality and social inclusion: mobilise, empower and build conditions for gender equality, equity and social inclusion in society and development.
• Objective 3: Culture: promote, preserve and protect positive expressions of culture.
• Objective 4: Social innovation and learning: enhance knowledge, learning and innovative solutions to accelerate impact on human development priorities.

The role – Governance Adviser – PROJECT Governance serves as the Deputy Chief of Party for PROJECT Governance and will be responsible for supporting the Chief of Party with their responsibility for the overall leadership of the ‘Promoting Just, Engaged, Civic-minded and Transparent Governance in the Pacific’ (‘PROJECT Governance’) project. A key component of the Governance Adviser role is to deliver on the operational aspects of the project.

The key responsibilities of the role include:

• Operational aspects of project delivery and management
• Strategic planning, policy and programming advice
• Stakeholder engagement, networking and coordination
• Operational aspects of technical assistance to mainstreaming a People-centred Approach to development

For a more detailed account of the key responsibilities, please refer to the job description provided.

Key selection criteria:

Qualifications:

• A bachelor’s degree in a relevant field such as public administration, economics, business, law or social sciences

Knowledge and experience:

• At least 10 years of progressively responsible professional development as well as experience and expertise in supporting democratic governance reforms
• Experience working with counterparts at various levels of government and the non-government sector in managing international development assistance projects
• Advanced knowledge of democratic governance and human rights standards, systems, frameworks and strategies
• Familiarity with Pacific Island countries and territories commitments to human rights and democratic governance at the national, regional and international levels

Essential skills:

• Leadership and management skills, including staff performance management and leading teams working remotely across multiple locations
• Programme/Project management skills
• Communication, coordination, report writing, and relationship building skills
• Ability to rapidly assimilate ‘new’ information and perform critical, robust and inclusive assessments of alternative strategies and options
• Ability to conduct financial and results-based reporting requirements for SPC and for donor partners
• Mediation and negotiation skills
• Good ethics, including implementation of ‘do no harm’ principles
• Presentation and facilitation skills

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 – 3 years

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 Governance Adviser – PROJECT Governance 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.

Application procedure