Legal Counsel

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 Executive is made up of the Office of the Director General (DG) based in Noumea and the Offices of the two Deputy-Director Generals (DDGs). The DDG, Science and Capability based in Suva has oversight of the six technical divisions (Fisheries, Aquaculture and Marine Ecosystems – FAME, Geoscience, Energy and Maritime – GEM, Human Rights and Social Development – HRSD, Land Resources Division – LRD, Public Health Division – PHD, and Statistics for Development – SDD) and two programmes (Climate Change and Environmental Sustainability – CCES and Education Quality and Assessment Programme – EQAP). The DDG, Operation and Integration has oversight of the Operations and Management Directorate (finance, human resources, IT, publications, property & facilities management, translation and interpretation, legal services, travel, library and administration) and for all regional offices based outside of the Noumea headquarters and the Suva campus.

The role – Legal Counsel will play a key role in maintaining the integrity of SPC’s governance framework and SPC’s internal legal functions through provision of advice on employee relations, contracts, funding arrangements, matters of international law and other legal issues. The Legal Counsel plays a critical role in improving and embedding SPC’s internal regulatory framework, working collaboratively with SPC staff members in all SPC locations to help achieve SPC’s strategic objectives, implement operational policies and manage organisational change.

The key responsibilities of the role include:

Research and Advice
• Provide specialised legal advice, both written and oral, to all SPC divisions on SPC’s internal governance and legal framework.
• Prepare and review memoranda, instruments, contracts, templates and other legal documents. Performs extensive legal research and analysis and prepares legal opinions, briefs, reports and correspondence.
• Handle a wide range of issues relating to international law, international administrative law and the relationship between international and domestic law as it impacts SPC’s operations.

Policy, Guideline, Contract Development and Review
• Contributes to mitigating SPC’s legal risk through continued development and improvement of policies, guidelines, templates and processes.
• Contributes to components of the review, design and updating of SPC governance documents, policies and guidelines.

Outreach, Education and Training
• Provide outreach, education and training and raises awareness of SPC’s governance framework, legal obligations and responsibilities to SPC staff and members.
• Mitigate SPC’s legal risk through education and training.
• Contributes to the development and presentation of training on governance and legal issues, processes and policies to multi-level audiences across SPC.

Collaborative Working
• Builds strong collaborative relationships internally throughout SPC and with external stakeholders. Participates in the development of “One OMD for one SPC”.
• Participates actively in a collaborative and supportive environment within the Governance and Legal Affairs Team and across SPC.

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

Key selection criteria

Qualifications
• Post graduate degree in law.
• Meets the professional requirements to practice law in one (1) or more jurisdictions of an SPC member country or territory, or similar legal system.

Technical expertise
• Demonstrable experience and understanding of legal issues facing inter-governmental agencies.
• At least 5-6 years PQE in providing legal advice on legal, governance, and organizational issues.
• Experience in a development organization.
• Strong analytical and conceptual skills.
• Excellent legal analytical skills.
• Demonstrated experience and knowledge in the legal systems of the member countries and territories of SPC.

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 – subject to renewal depending on funding and performance.

Remuneration – The Legal Counsel is a band 10 position in SPC’s 2023 salary scale, with a starting salary range of 2,575‒3,218 SDR (special drawing rights) per month, which currently converts to approximately FJD 7,595–9,494 (USD 3,450–4,313; EUR 3,268–4,085). 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.

Aquaculture Officer

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 Fisheries, Aquaculture and Marine Ecosystems (FAME) Division is composed of two programmes: Coastal Fisheries and Aquaculture Programme (CFAP) and the Oceanic Fisheries Programme (OFP). The Director’s Office provides divisional support and strategic direction across the programmes and cross-cutting projects. Working with all 22 Pacific Islands Countries and Territories (PICTs), FAME has strong partnerships with regional, subregional, and national entities working in the marine sector.

The role – Aquaculture Officer will provide technical support and assist Pacific Island aquaculture and mariculture producers and enterprises to develop their technical capabilities and functions, focusing on small and medium-scale enterprises, supported by capacity development and training.

The key responsibilities of the role include:

Strengthening aquaculture sector development through industry and expert networks and the provision of market information
• Supports the strengthening of aquaculture industry networks among producer organizations, marketing networks and other organizations.
• Facilitates the formation of consultative committees or other expert networks to provide technical input to investment proposals.
• Collaborates with financial institutions to increase understanding of aquaculture enterprises for commercially viable loan investments.

Promoting sustainable, economically viable and gender-inclusive aquaculture including specific assistance in feed, seed and broodstock management and workshops/ training to transfer technology
• Provides direct technical assistance to government and aquaculture enterprises by advising them on advances in production technology and sciences, cost-efficient methods of production and hands-on training.
• Supervises consultancies for the provision of training and technology transfer in feed formulation and broodstock management.
• Assists and works with the SPC’s fisheries economist and social scientist in undertaking cost-benefit analysis on feed formulation and broodstock management trials.
• Advises and assists Pacific Island members with mentoring in the development of aquaculture to address business skills, knowledge and information needs, through national workshops.

Collaboration with other work areas within and across SPC sections, programmes and divisions, and other regional organisations
• Liaising and working with other aquaculture, coastal fisheries and aquaculture science, and management sections staff to integrate the work of these different areas, including the development of awareness-raising materials and knowledge products in related areas.
• Liaising and coordinating with the coastal fisheries and aquaculture science and management sections on incorporation of aquaculture in fisheries and aquaculture legislation, MCS&E, policies and plans.
• Undertaking joint planning meetings with partners to coordinate activities and strengthen collaborations in aquaculture.

Section administration and communication
• Assisting the Aquaculture Adviser to develop annual work plans and work plan reports for the Section, consistent with the FAME Business Plan.
• Maintaining up-to-date corporate and administrative procedures for all activities undertaken.
• Contributing, where applicable, to Programme, Divisional and Corporate publications, such as Fisheries Newsletters, annual reports, regional meetings and Divisional report for CRGA.
• Producing reports for all activities undertaken in the appropriate format for the activity including technical reports and trip reports, and input to funding proposals, and donor reports.

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

Key selection criteria

Qualifications
• Postgraduate qualification in a field relevant to aquaculture.
• Lower academic qualification plus extensive experience can be considered in lieu of postgraduate degree.

Technical expertise
• At least 5-6 years of practical experience working in or working with small to medium-scale enterprises involved in freshwater aquaculture and mariculture, preferably in the Pacific.
• Previous interaction with and knowledge of aquaculture agencies in the Pacific region.
• Demonstrated experience in project management, writing reports, reporting against project work plans and managing project expenditure.
• Demonstrated experience in working as part of a team or alone with minimal supervision.
• Excellent skills in cross-cultural oral and written communication and teamwork in English, with the capacity to engage effectively with scientific, government, public and community audiences.
• Proven ability to facilitate stakeholder consultations to reach a workable solution
• Experience in training and mentoring counterparts and supervising attachments and junior staff.
• Willingness to travel and work in the Pacific region for extended periods, sometimes under difficult conditions.
• Excellent computer skills across necessary applications.

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 – 28 February 2028 – subject to renewal depending on funding and performance.

Remuneration – The Aquaculture Officer is a band 10 position in SPC’s 2023 salary scale, with a starting salary range of 2,575‒3,218 SDR (special drawing rights) per month, which currently converts to approximately FJD 7,595–9,494 (USD 3,450–4,313; EUR 3,268–4,085). 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.

Applications Developer (x3)

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 vision of the Education Quality Assessment Programme is to be ‘The agency for educational quality in the Pacific region’. Its mission is to enhance the quality of education and training for Pacific learners, so they realize the benefits of lifelong learning. EQAP seeks to promote the following core values within the context of SPC’s corporate values:
• a culture of quality;
• a culture of continuous improvement;
• cultural and political sensitivity;
• respect for the autonomy and priorities of the education system in each Pacific Island country and territory (PICTs); and
• assimilation of the expressed needs of countries in its delivery of technical services.

The role – Application Developer focuses primarily on technological evolution and improvement of core EQAP- wide applications. Provide specific advice, project management, analysis, development and support for core systems and also contribute to other technical aspects of ICT activities.

The key responsibilities of the role include:

Analyze and interpret user ICT requirements, in particular database and programming needs for existing and potentially new value adding applications.
• Arrange project requirements in programming sequence by analyzing requirements, preparing a workflow chart and diagram.
• Design and implement an application for analysis and interpretation of results.
• Participate in the development and use of endorsed SPC/EQAP project guidelines and standards and apply those techniques to manage, implement and deploy approved ICT projects.
• Provide ideas for system improvements.

Learning Management System Maintenance and Enhancement
• Designing and building learning management systems based on Moodle.
• Perform design, configure, customize, and implement responsive and effective LMS systems.
• Integrate with plugins when required, write scripts to automate Moodle routines and processes.
• Planning and implementing API integrations with third parties when required.

Present options and recommendations for addressing user needs, with explanation of the implications of each option
• Review, analyze and document priority business requirements identified by EQAP staff, business users and other essential stakeholders, and provide timely and appropriate recommendations and/or solutions.

Prepare, design and organize and coordinate training for EQAP applications or any other systems for EQAP staff and member countries
• Participate in the preparation and delivery of training opportunities to enhance the knowledge and efficiency of EQAP staff and authorized guests, through the proper use of installed application systems.

Direct and indirect support of ICT in SPC/EQAP member countries
• Participate in the review, development and deployment of direct or indirect technical ICT support to SPC/EQAP member countries and alliance partners in support of enhanced ICT services in Pacific Island countries and territories (PICTs).

Key selection criteria

Qualifications
• A bachelor’s degree from a recognized University with IT/Programming.

Technical expertise
• 8 years’ experience in applications development and in technical project management.
• Developed web applications using .Net framework.
• Experience working with C#, Flutter, Angular, Python, Swift, SSRS, Microsoft SQL Server 2008 and later, Postgres, Linux, Azure, .Net, Moodle.
• Good understanding of database architecture.
• Has a strong SQL experience.
• Excellent problem-solving and organizational skills.
• Ability to work to a high degree of accuracy.
• Demonstrated work experience with producing system and user manual documentations for deployed applications.
• Demonstrated ability in the provision of user training and support, particularly for deployed applications.

Language skills
• Excellent English communication skills (oral and written).

Interpersonal skills and cultural awareness
• Ability to work in a multicultural, inclusive and equitable environment.

Salary, terms and conditions

Contract Duration – Until 31 December 2027 – subject to renewal depending on funding and performance.

Remuneration – The Applications Developer is a band 10 position in SPC’s 2023 salary scale, with a starting salary range of 2,575‒3,218 SDR (special drawing rights) per month, which currently converts to approximately FJD 7,595–9,494 (USD 3,450–4,313; EUR 3,268–4,085). 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.

Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Officer

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 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: Mobilize, 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.

As the key implementing partner for the Pacific Women Lead portfolio, SPC leads the Pacific Women Lead (PWL) at SPC programme (PWL at SPC), located within SPC’s HRSD Division. The PWL at SPC programme receives more than AUD 55 million under the Australian Government’s AUD 170 million PWL portfolio. PWL at SPC has funding for five years from 2021−2026.

The PWL at SPC programme goal is that Pacific women and girls, in all their diversity, are safe and equitably share in resources, opportunities and decision-making, with men and boys. There are three outcomes: (1) Women’s leadership promoted; (2) Women’s rights realised; and (3) Pacific regional partners increase the effectiveness of regional gender equality efforts. Joining PWL at SPC, other central partners include PWL Enabling Services (PWLES); AIR (Amplify – Invest – Reach) partnership of women’s funds, civil society organisations and coalitions; and the Australian Government’s direct relationships with development partners for regional programmes, such as the United Nations (UN).

The role – Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Officer will conduct data collection, analysis and reporting to feed into HRSD and PWL whole of portfolio reporting and will assist several Pacific partners with their data collection, reporting and learning processes.

The key responsibilities of the role include:

Programme and project monitoring and reporting
• Supporting the implementation and improvement of PWL at SPC MEL activities, including grant and activity MEL processes.
• Making recommendations on improvements to existing data collection, analysis and reporting processes.
• Coordinating with the PWL at SPC team, grant partners and CFOs to ensure that information and data is received.

Data collection, analysis and coordination
• Data collection for specific PWL at SPC activities where grant partners require support.
• Collating MEL data submitted by PWL at SPC partners and presenting to HRSD MEL team and PWL whole of portfolio MEL in accordance with the PWL at SPC MEL Framework.
• Identifying gaps in MEL data required from grant partners and notifying the PWL at SPC MEL Manager.

Team Learning and reflection
• Assisting the MEL Manager, and PWL whole of portfolio MEL team (through Pacific Women Lead Enabling Services) in the leadup to the Annual Reflection and Analysis workshops.
• Working with the MEL Manager to organize grantee reflection process and internal programme reflection processes.
• Ensuring that lessons learnt and recommendations from monitoring are shared with HRSD staff and PWL at SPC stakeholders.

Collaboration and strategic engagement within SPC
• Working closely with the HRSD MELKMC Unit to support and advise HRSD on activity design and monitoring.
• Participating in SPC MEL related meetings, including participating in HRSD MELKMC processes, the MELnet Community of Practice, and engagement with the Strategy, Performance and Learning (SPL) Division.

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

Key selection criteria

Qualifications
• A degree in either international development, project management, evaluation, human rights or another related discipline.

Technical expertise
• At least 7 years of experience in monitoring and evaluation with a good understanding of international best practices in development effectiveness.
• Experience undertaking MEL tasks for development programs, particularly in the area of gender, human rights and social development.
• Skills in quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis.
• Knowledge of organizations (including civil society, government, and private sector) and individual leaders working in various areas of gender equality and issues affecting women across the Pacific.
• Strong interpersonal and representational skills with experience in building and maintaining effective working relationships with a range of different individuals and organizations.
• Understanding and knowledge of Pacific cultural values and international human rights principles and standards.

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 – Until 30 June 2026 – subject to renewal depending on funding and performance.

Remuneration – The Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Officer is a band 9 position in SPC’s 2023 salary scale, with a starting salary range of 2,284‒2,856 SDR (special drawing rights) per month, which currently converts to approximately FJD 6,739–8,424 (USD 3,061–3,826; EUR 2,900–3,625). 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.

Procurement and Travel Manager

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 Operations and Management Directorate (OMD) provides corporate services to all SPC Divisions and Programmes. It consists of the following key departments: Finance, Procurement/Travel/Grants/Collaborations, Human Resources and Information Services. OMD is focused on improving the effectiveness of systems, policies and management to provide high-quality customer-oriented services.
The role – Procurement and Travel Manager will lead the Procurement and Travel Team in providing high quality advice and service for procurement and travel activities; to provide expert and specialist advice to influence the strategic direction of SPC’s procurement and travel activities; to strengthen internal understanding and capabilities of SPC staff in procurement and travel processes; and to drive procurement and travel improvements as part of the ‘One OMD’ workplan, with a particular focus on improvements in processes, procedures and systems and building excellent relationships internally and externally.
The key responsibilities of the role include:
Leadership, Management and Operations: procurement and travel
• Lead SPC’s procurement and travel functions to deliver high quality customer service advice.
• Provide harmonized and consistent service across SPC to the agreed service standards and in accordance with SPC’s Procurement Policy and Travel Policy.
• Lead on organization-wide procurement and travel planning, including strategic planning.
• Lead on the management of organization-wide procurement and travel risk management.
Advice
• Provide advice to influence the strategic direction of SPC’s procurement processes.
• Provide advice to decision-makers on complex procurement and travel issues (contracts, exceptions, protests, management of COI etc.).
• Lead recommendations on policy and process updates.
Management of staff
• Manage procurement and travel staff and resources.
• Lead SPC’s training plan for procurement and travel activities.
Stakeholder relationship management
• Build robust collaborative relationships with senior staff across OMD and SPC.
• Ensure excellent communication with key stakeholders and build strong relationships.
• Provide leadership on internal and external stakeholder relationship management.
Systems and processes
• In collaboration with OMD Management, and with participation of key stakeholders (e.g., divisions) drive procurement and travel improvements as part of the one OMD workplan, with a particular focus on improvements in processes, procedures and systems.
• Harmonize processes, systems and procedures across all SPC locations for procurement and travel.
For a more detailed account of the key responsibilities, please refer to the online job description.
Key selection criteria
Qualifications
• Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in a related field (or equivalent experience).
Technical expertise
• At least 10 years’ experience managing a team, providing advice on procurement matters in a public sector environment.
• Excellent verbal and written communication and negotiation skills.
• Excellent analytical 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 – subject to renewal depending on funding and performance.
Remuneration – The Procurement and Travel Manager is a band 12 position in SPC’s 2023 salary scale, with a starting salary range of 3,565‒4,456 SDR (special drawing rights) per month, which currently converts to approximately FJD 10,516–13,146 (USD 4,777–5,971; EUR 4,525–5,657). 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.

Senior Technician – Germplasm Health and Genomics

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 effective expert scientific advice, capacity building and services on conservation, development and utilization of plant genetic resources, forest and landscape management, resilient agricultural systems, diversification of livelihood strategies and access to markets to maintain ecosystem services and improve land productivity and the food, nutrition security and resilience of Pacific communities. LRD has expertise in genetic resource conservation, resilient agriculture, biosecurity, pest and disease management, agricultural extension, plant pathology, entomology, and animal health. It collaborates with governments, regional organisations, civil society and other SPC divisions to pinpoint the needs and priorities of Pacific countries and communities and provide technical expertise to address them. This mission is realized through four main thematic work areas, or pillars, and a progressively integrated approach to programming that works towards achieving SPC’s development goals.
The role – Senior Technician – Germplasm Health and Genomics will perform a range of laboratory testing and research within the Germplasm Health and Genomics unit in the Centre for Pacific Crops and Trees (CePaCT). The successful candidate will be responsible for the proper maintenance of lab equipment, maintain records and documentation of results in accordance with standard operating procedures and also supervise and facilitate work activities within the team by providing first level advice and guidance to other Lab Technicians and Lab Assistants.
The key responsibilities of the role include:
Effective and efficient pathogen testing and cleaning of the CePaCT accessions
• Carry out all routine activities for pathogen testing (e.g., virus testing, bacteria culture and identification, PCR, grafting) and ensure records are kept at the highest standards of quality and safety.
• Perform pathogen cleaning activities to prescribed international standards.
• Monitor and provide guidance to Technicians and Assistant Technicians during lab activities.
Lead the research implementation and contribute to research design
• Support the development of high-quality research methodologies.
• Take the lead role in carrying out research based on approved methodologies.
• Provide guidance and support to research activities of other staff.
Provide scientific and technical advice and capacity-building support
• Train new staff on all Standard Operating Procedures including appropriate hands-on skills.
• Provide relevant technical/scientific training support to both internal and external partners.
• Assist the manager with the development including the update and proper documentation of appropriate training tools and procedures.
Supervise lab staff activities & other duties
• Facilitate and coordinate responsibilities of technicians and assistants under the manager’s guidance and advice.
• Ensure staff compliance with Standard Operating Procedures and Genebank policies and laboratory standards are maintained including no compromise to proper hygiene and safety of the facilities.
• Monitor and keep records for all key activities including staff performance and compliance.
For a more detailed account of the key responsibilities, please refer to the online job description.
Key selection criteria
Qualifications
• A degree in biological science, biochemistry, industrial laboratory technology or any other relevant field of study.
Technical expertise
• A minimum of 5 years relevant experience.
• Adept knowledge and skills on plant tissue culture technology, pathogen testing methods such as PCR, RT-PCR, ELISA, IC-PCR, RCA, symptomatology, and grafting.
• Adept knowledge and understanding of virus elimination methods such as meristem culture, chemotherapy, thermotherapy, calibration.
• Sound knowledge and experience working in a sterile laboratory environment.
• Adept knowledge in various experimental designs and laboratory data collection and analysis software.
• Self-motivated, disciplined, and able to work effectively (individually and within a team environment).
• Excellent time management and organizational skills.
• Good attention to detail with excellent computer skills.
• Be able to develop new ideas and provide a solution to problems.
Language skills
• Excellent English communication skills (oral and written).
Interpersonal skills and cultural awareness
• Ability to work in a multicultural, inclusive and equitable environment.
Salary, terms and conditions
Contract Duration – 3 years – subject to renewal depending on funding and performance.
Remuneration – The Senior Technician – Germplasm Health and Genomics is a band 8 position in SPC’s 2023 salary scale, with a starting salary range of 2,044‒2,555 SDR (special drawing rights) per month, which currently converts to approximately FJD 6,030–7,537 (USD 2,739–3,424; EUR 2,595–3,243). 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.

Senior Technician – Genebank x2

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 effective expert scientific advice, capacity building and services on conservation, development and utilization of plant genetic resources, forest and landscape management, resilient agricultural systems, diversification of livelihood strategies and access to markets to maintain ecosystem services and improve land productivity and the food, nutrition security and resilience of Pacific communities. LRD has expertise in genetic resource conservation, resilient agriculture, biosecurity, pest and disease management, agricultural extension, plant pathology, entomology, and animal health. It collaborates with governments, regional organisations, civil society and other SPC divisions to pinpoint the needs and priorities of Pacific countries and communities and provide technical expertise to address them. This mission is realized through four main thematic work areas, or pillars, and a progressively integrated approach to programming that works towards achieving SPC’s development goals.
The role – Senior Technician – Genebank x2 will coordinate and ensure the genetic diversity of germplasm in the Centre for Pacific Crops and Trees (CePaCT) genebank collections are well maintained and available for distribution to other member countries and stakeholders for food security and nutrition now and in the future. The role will also be responsible for supervising and facilitating work activities within the team and provide first level advice and guidance to other Lab Technicians and Lab Assistants.
The key responsibilities of the role include:
Effective and efficient conservation and distribution of CePaCT crop/tree collections
• Proper maintenance of crop and/or tree collections based on Standard Operating Procedures.
• Ensure related crop and tree collections are monitored daily.
• Regular monthly updates are conducted/prepared for submissions.
• Multiply selected accessions using appropriate mediums to ensure sufficient planting materials are distributed across SPC member countries and partners.
Lead the research implementation and contribute to the research design
• Support the development of high-quality research methodologies.
• Take the lead role in carrying out research based on approved methodologies.
• Provide guidance and support to research activities of other staff.
Provide scientific and technical advice and capacity building support
• Train new staff on all Standard Operating Procedures including appropriate hands-on skills.
• Provide relevant technical/scientific training support to both internal and external partners.
• Assist the manager with the development including the update and proper documentation of appropriate training tools and procedures.
Supervise lab staff activities and other duties
• Facilitate and/or coordinate responsibilities of the team under the manager’s guidance and advice.
• Ensure all laboratory procedures are maintained including no compromise to proper hygiene and safety of the facilities.
• Monitor and keep records of staff compliance against standard procedures and protocols.
• Carry out lab operational duties to ensure efficient maintenance of laboratory standards and ongoing delivery of a quality analytical service.
For a more detailed account of the key responsibilities, please refer to the online job description.
Key selection criteria
Qualifications
• A degree in biological sciences (plant science, biodiversity conservation, botany or agriculture).
Technical expertise
• A minimum of 5 years relevant experience.
• Adept knowledge and skills on plant tissue culture, seed conservation, cryopreservation, and aseptic laboratory procedures.
• Adept knowledge of various experimental designs and laboratory data analysis software.
• Self-motivated, disciplined, and able to work effectively (individually and within a team environment).
• Excellent time management and organizational skills.
• Good attention to detail with excellent computer skills.
• Be able to develop new ideas and provide a solution to problems.
Language skills
• Excellent English communication skills (oral and written).
Interpersonal skills and cultural awareness
• Ability to work in a multicultural, inclusive and equitable environment
Salary, terms and conditions
Contract Duration – 3 years – subject to renewal depending on funding and performance.
Remuneration – The Senior Technician – Genebank is a band 8 position in SPC’s 2023 salary scale, with a starting salary range of 2,044‒2,555 SDR (special drawing rights) per month, which currently converts to approximately FJD 6,030–7,537 (USD 2,739–3,424; EUR 2,595–3,243). 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.

Pacific Islands-Global Ocean Observing Systems (PIGOOS) Coordinator

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.

PI-GOOS is a network of regional organizations established in 1998 aiming to raise awareness of, and support ocean observing systems in the Pacific Islands region. It aims to identify and address gaps in the Pacific Ocean observing network. PI-GOOS is one of the 15 GOOS Regional Alliances (GRAs). GOOS (Global Ocean Observing Systems) unifies national observing systems to meet national needs, strengthen connections through learning and sharing, and make a greater set of ocean observations available to a global community. The Regional Alliances (GRAs) integrate these national needs into regional systems and deliver the benefits of GOOS’s strategy, structure, and programmes at a regional, national, and finally global level. GRAs are coalitions of nations and/or institutions that share GOOS principles and goals but are mostly concerned with local priorities and organized around ocean basins or coastal environments. GRAs interact with each other to learn and share best practices in implementing observing systems.

The current PI-GOOS Goals include: Provide and improve seasonal predictions of weather and climate, and their impact on Pacific Island Communities; Provide base data for longer-term predictions of weather and climate influenced by climate change; Raise awareness and use of the ocean observing system in the Pacific Ocean; Coordinate between other ocean and climate projects in the Pacific Ocean; and Facilitate support of the ocean observing system and the deployments of associated instruments from Pacific Island Countries and Territories.

The role – PIGOOS Coordinator will coordinate and manage the activities expected of the Pacific Islands GOOS programme. The role involves expanding the PI‐GOOS programme substantially by identifying gaps, supporting needs assessments, and advocating for strengthening ocean observation capacity of PICTs as well as improving seasonal predictions of weather and climate. Additionally, the successful candidate will represent the region in relevant forums, conduct stakeholder engagement and work internally within SPC and with partners to secure funding opportunities.

The key responsibilities of the role include:

Management of the PI-GOOS Activities
• Provide advice on all aspects of the development of the GOOS programme in the Pacific Islands region through the preparation of medium-term (3‐5 year) work plans.
• Facilitate the PI‐GOOS Advisory Committee to ensure its effective operation and functioning by way of organizing regular meetings, preparing annual reports and financial statements, and fulfilling all reporting requirements of PI‐GOOS sponsors including MEL.
• Support the development of project concepts and proposals, including drafting of budgets and timelines.
• Develop and continuously update programme implementation documents (costed workplan, daily log, issue log, risk register, etc.)

Advocacy, Coordination and Stakeholder Management
• Represent PI‐GOOS at relevant national, regional, and international GOOS related meetings, actively participate in regional and international networks, chair working groups of established programmes, and engage in activities related to PI‐GOOS to ensure across‐programme synergies and benefits.
• Prepare briefings and reports to the GOOS, IOC, and UNESCO Secretariats, and provide a focal point for all activities under the IOC‐UNESCO GOOS programme in the Pacific Islands region.
• Provide guidance to ensure cooperation and collaboration between national, regional, and international partners, to identify and meet specific needs for coastal and ocean observations and identify funding opportunities to support the implementation of new observing programmes.
• Support the facilitation of stakeholder engagement strategies and workshops.

Technical Support, Training and Knowledge Training
• Keep up to date with relevant technologies and advancements related to ocean science for the benefit of the region.
• Identify and research new products/tools and liaise and collaborate or negotiate with providers of services/tools for Pacific wide use.
• Coordinate GOOS, IOC/WMO related trainings for the region.
• Initiate, develop, and maintain working collaborations with regional and international partners on topics related to ocean science in particular ocean observations.

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

Key selection criteria

Qualifications
• Postgraduate level in natural sciences preferably climate science, marine science, environment science, oceanography, or related discipline

Technical expertise
• At least 5 years’ experience in technical and applied science activities including planning, analysis, development of associated tools and products.
• Demonstrated experience in programme coordination and monitoring and evaluation including financial management, proposal and report writing with a high level of organisational, analytical, problem‐solving and facilitation skills and working with donors and developing country partners.
• Knowledgeable in and good understanding of weather, climate and ocean issues and processes in the Pacific, including donor and development agency priorities, regional strategies, and sector drivers.
• Good level of computer literacy, experience with computer programming and modelling.
• Experience in stakeholder management and capacity building.
• Experience with data handling, databases, and display systems.

Language skills
•Excellent English communication skills (oral and written).

Interpersonal skills and cultural awareness
• Ability to work in a multicultural, inclusive, and equitable environment.

Salary, terms and conditions

Contract Duration – This vacant position is budgeted until 31 December 2026 – subject to renewal depending on funding and performance.

Remuneration – The PIGOOS Coordinator is a band 10 position in SPC’s 2023 salary scale, with a starting salary range of 2,575 – 3,218 SDR (special drawing rights) per month, which currently converts to approximately FJD 7,595 – 9,494 (USD 3,450 – 4,313; EUR 3,268 – 4,085). 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.

Project Implementation Officer (Integrate Pasifika)

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.

Integrate Pasifika is a NZD2.65 million project and sitting within DCRP. It seeks to improve peer-to-peer exchanges and knowledge sharing and contribute to increasing Pacific Island countries ability to provide technical support in the area of risk informed decision making with respect to building resilience to climate change impacts. It aims to build both regional and national capacity in technical areas and facilitate peer to peer learning and exchange, providing a platform for practitioners, and space for decision makers.

The role – Project Implementation Officer (Integrate Pasifika) will work with collaborating entities in the region to support and conduct, monitoring, evaluation, research, and learning (MERL); to improve peer-to-peer exchanges and knowledge sharing; and to increase the Pacific Island countries ability to provide technical support in the area of risk informed decision making with respect to building resilience to climate change impacts. The role will also support the various risk projects in DCRP and across the GEM Division.

The key responsibilities of the role include:

Stakeholder Engagement and Coordination
• Identify and regularly communicate with stakeholders for meetings, and document minutes and feedback, including regular updates and progress reports.
• Suggest necessary changes to the project activities and schedules based on the feedback from the team and stakeholders.
• Promote networking between local risk reduction and resilience stakeholders at all levels.
• Assist with stakeholder management and collaboration.

Training, Research and Learning
• Conduct technical and research analysis, advice, and support to risk sharing regionally and nationally.
• Research the feasibility of new and current applications for risk information and risk knowledge management platforms.
• Support communities of practice promoting access to and use of risk information.
• Work with the SPC Communications representative to ensure appropriate communications, engagement and visibility activities for the project activities are being implemented in line with the communications strategy and project workplan.

Documentation, M&E and reporting
• Ensure processes, research outcomes and best practices for risk and knowledge sharing are documented.
• Document project related activities, and support Project MERL.

Supporting and advising on project implementation, and management
• Support the implementation of Integrated Pasifika plus other disaster risk related projects in DCRP.

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

Key selection criteria

Qualifications
• A bachelor’s degree from a recognized institution (or equivalent work experience) in a discipline relevant to GIS, project management, international development, natural resources management, climate resilience or disaster risk management.

Technical expertise
• At least up to 3 years in project related coordination/management position ideally in the Pacific region.
• Demonstrated understanding and experience in project management.
• Demonstrated experience with facilitating multi-stakeholder participatory, meetings.
• Demonstrated experience in successfully building capacity through training, mentoring, and coaching.
• Demonstrated experience in liaising and negotiating with Pacific Island countries for meetings, training, and feedback on surveys.
• Experience in project related research and report writing.

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 – Until 30 June 2025 – subject to renewal depending on funding and performance.

Remuneration – The Project Implementation Officer is a band 8 position in SPC’s 2023 salary scale, with a starting salary range of 2,044‒2,555 SDR (special drawing rights) per month, which currently converts to approximately FJD 6,030–7,537 (USD 2,739–3,424; EUR 2,595–3,243). 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.

Project Manager – Pacific Energy and Gender Strategic Action Plan (PEGSAP)

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 overarching goal of the Pacific Energy and Gender Strategic Action Plan (PEGSAP) is to reach meaningful gains in gender equity and equality within the context of the renewable energy sector through improved gender-responsive policy and institutional frameworks, and increased career and income generating opportunities for women and girls in order to facilitate their economic security. It sets out to promote transformative action by taking the critical steps necessary to create the right conditions and provide the necessary support for women and girls at the institutional, service providers/businesses, society/community, and individual level.
The role – Project Manager – Pacific Energy and Gender Strategic Action Plan (PEGSAP) will lead the implementation of the Pacific Energy and Gender Strategic Action Plan (PEGSAP). It will focus on coordinating and overseeing the daily implementation of project activities, working in partnership with key stakeholders in the 14 Pacific Island Countries (PICs), liaising with partners and service providers, providing regular updates and reporting to the US embassy Suva and other donors, and providing regular updates to the Team Leader – Energy Security and the Deputy Director GEP.
The key responsibilities of the role include:
Project Management
• Demonstrate sound leadership in managing the PEGSAP.
• Recruit and manage the PEGSAP Project team and Consultants.
• Undertake regular project planning and prepare / revise project annual work plans and budgets.
• Lead and coordinate the day-to-day implementation of project activities.
Implementation of PEGSAP Activities
• Set-up a strong institutional and organizational framework for PEGSAP implementation.
• Ensure the national implementing agencies have the necessary capacity and knowledge for PEGSAP implementation by:
        • Coordinating a regional training needs assessment (TNA) of the clean energy sector.
        • Coordinating the development of a regional gender and energy training and awareness-raising program.
• Collaborate with national implementing agencies to ensure the effective execution of gender and energy initiatives within the country.
• Develop a gender-responsive energy policy framework and assist the PICTs in developing, adopting and implementing a national gender-responsive energy policy (GREP).
Spearheading the resource mobilization / fundraising efforts for the PEGSAP
• Assist the Acting Deputy Director – GEP and Team Leader Energy Security by providing sound advice in relation to GEP’s resource mobilization efforts for PEGSAP.
• Work with members of GEP Resource Mobilisation Committee (RMC) in discussing, developing, reviewing and submitting project concept notes and proposals for energy and gender (including Theory of Change, Logical Framework, and concept notes) to donors.
• Lead GEP’s effort in developing joint energy and gender concept notes and proposals with relevant partners and submitting them to donors.
• Explore new partnerships / funding opportunities to support the implementation of the PEGSAP with partners / donors /philanthropies, private sector, etc.
Coordinating the Pacific Energy Gender Initiative (PEGI) and network, and monitoring the implementation of the PEGSAP
• Oversee the running of Pacific Energy and Gender Initiative secretariat.
• Participate and contribute to SPC’s Gender Community of Practice.
• Coordinate the organization of training workshops on energy and gender and collaborate with relevant partners to conduct suitable. capacity building and trainings in the field of gender in energy.
• Coordinate the gathering of relevant data and information to track progress against PEGSAP indicators.
Key selection criteria
Qualifications
• A master’s degree in a relevant field such as in energy, climate change mitigation, gender studies, sociology, international development, sustainable development or related fields.
Technical expertise
• At least 10 years of relevant experience in the energy sector or in gender issues/women’s right, with 5 years of leadership experience at project/programme management level.
• Demonstrated technical knowledge of gender mainstreaming in project activities and design of targeted action to empower women and girls.
• Demonstrated ability to prioritize and deliver timely and high-quality project outputs and outcomes.
• Previous experience working with donors and developing country partners.
• Experience in fundraising, proposal preparation and project management.
• Strategic planning and organisational development experience.
• Demonstrated ability to engage with donors, partners and other stakeholders.
Language skills
• Excellent English communication skills (oral and written).
Interpersonal skills and cultural awareness
• Ability to work in a multicultural, inclusive and equitable environment.
Salary, terms and conditions
Contract Duration – Until 8 October 2026 – subject to renewal depending on funding and performance.
Remuneration – The Project Manager – Pacific Energy and Gender Strategic Action Plan (PEGSAP) is a band 11 position in SPC’s 2023 salary scale, with a starting salary range of 3,091‒3,864 SDR (special drawing rights) per month, which currently converts to approximately FJD 9,118–11,397 (USD 4,142–5,177; EUR 3,923–4,904). 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.