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 (HRSD) Division has a vision for just, equitable and resilient Pacific societies. It aims to achieve this by advancing human rights, GESI for all Pacific people, grounded in cultural values and principles.
In line with its vision, the work of the Division encompasses the following objectives:
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: Enhance knowledge, learning and innovative solutions to accelerate impact on human development priorities.
The role – Governance and Human Rights Adviser will provide activity management, technical advice, assistance, and capacity building under the PROJECT Governance and HRSD work programmes with a focus on human rights and good governance. As the role requires working across the objectives of the HRSD work program, 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 on human rights and good governance
• Support Pacific Islands Countries and Territories (PICTs) governments and civil societies to implement, and deliver on human rights and good governance commitments.
• Leads delivery of activities under PROJECT Governance
• Supports the implementation of the Pacific People Advancing Change (PPAC) programme in two PICTs.
• Provides support to HRSD colleagues leading on PROJECT Governance funded activities.
Human rights and good governance capacities and skills development
• Identify needs for development of human rights and good governance capacities and skills for PICTs and other stakeholders.
• Develop and deliver capacity building on human rights, and good governance.
• Conducts training and mentoring of PPAC grantees.
• Monitoring and evaluation of capacity building is conducted to meet desired outcomes.
Stakeholder engagement, networking and coordination
• Support stakeholder engagement, networking, and coordination to advance PROJECT Governance and divisional objectives at national, regional, and institutional levels.
• Engage in working groups, task forces and other technical committees.
• Represent SPC at national, regional, and international forums as delegated by the Director.
Project management and people management
• Matrix management of PROJECT Governance Officers
• Support the team to implement project commitments and ensure the team is able deliver on good governance commitments and country interventions.
• Provide management support to relevant project staff to report against project work plans and budgets.
• Collaborate with in country staff to develop, implement, monitor project activities.
Key selection criteria
• A postgraduate qualification in development, good governance, human rights, law, gender, international relations, or related discipline from a recognized university or a Bachelor’s degree in one or more of the above disciplines.
Knowledge and experience
• Seven (7) years of development experience working in the field of human rights, and/or good governance with at least 5 years of working in Pacific.
• Programming, developing, delivering, and reporting against work plans.
• Excellent English communication skills (oral and written).
Interpersonal skills and cultural awareness
• Good interpersonal skills, team player and ability to network and effectively work in a multi-disciplinary and cross-cultural team.
Salary, terms and conditions
Contract Duration – 3 years – subject to renewal depending on funding and performance.
Remuneration – The Governance and Human Rights Adviser 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.