October 27, 2023

Team Leader – Safe Agricultural Trade Facilitation through Economic Integration in the Pacific (SAFE Pacific) Project

  • Deadline: 20/11/2023
  • Location: Suva, Fiji
  • Organization: Pacific Community - SPC
  • Salary: USD $ 57,300-71,650 USD per year + attractive expatriate benefits
Full Time

The Pacific Community (SPC) invites applications for the position of Team Leader – Safe Agricultural Trade Facilitation through Economic Integration in the Pacific (SAFE Pacific) Project located at its regional office in Suva, Fiji.


The Pacific Community (SPC) is the principal scientific and technical organisation in the Pacific region, supporting development since 1947. We are an international development organisation owned and governed by our 27 country and territory members. In pursuit of sustainable development to benefit Pacific people, our organisation works across more than 25 sectors. We are known for our knowledge and innovation in such areas as fisheries science, public health, geoscience, and conservation of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture.

The Land Resources Division (LRD) provides advice, technical assistance, research and training support to Pacific Island countries and territories on all aspects of agriculture and forestry. This includes plant protection, conservation, plant genetic resources, animal health and production, agroforestry, biosecurity and trade facilitation, and sustainable systems for agriculture, forestry and land management. This work has two objectives: improved food and nutritional security, and resilient communities. The division’s services are provided through seven technical/thematic teams: Animal Health and Production; Plant Health; Biosecurity and Trade Facilitation; Forest and Agriculture Diversification; Crop Production and Extension; Genetic Resources; and Forests and Trees.

The Pacific Regional Integration Support (PRISE) Programme is a EUR 37m programme aimed to support greater economic integration among the small and scattered countries of the region, and between the Pacific Region and the global economy. The overall objective is to contribute to improving the economic and social benefits for 15 Pacific countries from the African, Caribbean, Pacific Group of States arising from stronger regional economic integration.

The ‘Safe Agricultural Trade Facilitation through Economic Integration in the Pacific’ (SAFE Pacific) project funded by the European Union under PRISE will be managed and implemented by SPC in all 15 Pacific Africa Caribbean and Pacific (PACPs) countries. SPC is taking the lead in implementing 2 key outputs with an allocation of EUR 12m: Output 1.2 Sanitary and Phytosanitary services are improved; and Output 2.3: Strengthened competitiveness of sustainable agricultural value-chains in the Pacific as part of the SAFE Pacific project.

The role – Team Leader – SAFE Pacific Project will provide technical assistance, value chain development advice and implementation support to small and medium enterprises, clusters, and producers organisations in the development of market linkages in the agriculture sector so that these become profitable, bankable, and self-sustaining in the long run.

Key Responsibilities:

Team Performance and Leadership
• Create a team environment, within the project and across the division that fosters and develops effective working relationships, coordinated interventions and high performance.
• Ensure members of the Operational Support Team are managed effectively (in particular recruitment, performance management, and training and development and effective operational management – work planning, reporting, knowledge management, budget management).
• Monitor the performance and workloads of direct reports and staff members and provide directions and guidance for effective performance to ensure that objectives are met
• Develop and monitor contracts of short-term technical experts.
• Create linkages and integrate with LRD Pillars and programmes.

Project Management and Coordination
• Effective management of the donor funding agreement and all its stipulations with regards to technical and financial requirements.
• Ensure that the 2 components of the project (SPS and Value chains) are well coordinated, and operational support is provided in a timely manner.
• Coordinates the reporting from the different components of the SAFE Pacific programme and ensure all reporting both internally and externally (to the European Union) is completed comprehensively, accurately and on time.
• Ensure that MEL, communications and gender / human rights are adequately incorporated into reports to the EU to meet their requirements.
• Coordinate development of and regularly review annual work plans and budgets of project components in line with the project document with component leaders and ensuring cross cutting issues of gender and social inclusion are adequately addressed.
• Ensure all internal SPC policies and procedures are followed with regard to procurement, human resources and financial management.
• Ensure that all procurement is properly planned and executed timely.
• Ensure that records management is robust and well maintained.
• Contribute where applicable to Programme, Divisional and Corporate publications and communications materials, such as programme articles and reports.
• Ensure that all knowledge management products created during the life of the project is well disseminated and stored in a relevant depository for future access and use.
• Proactively identify and respond to new opportunities that will enhance project objectives.
• Effective exit strategy developed.

Partner Relationship Management
• Liaise and work closely with all the component areas under the SAFE Pacific programme including PIFS and UNCTAD.
• Ensure appropriate representation at all SAFE Pacific coordination and steering committee meetings.
• Effectively communicate regularly with key partners, including private sector, civil society and Government sectors.
• Ensure project activities are undertaken in an open and transparent manner.
• Intervene early and effectively when potential problems arise.
• Take a pro-active role in the coordination of efforts of other development agencies initiatives in so far as they relate to trade in the Pacific (EDF-OCT; PACER+; PHAMA; ITC).
• Establish and maintain close working relationships with other relevant agencies both within the Pacific Region and further afield and ensure the establishment of effective synergies among stakeholders.

Sourcing Additional Funding Resources
• Participate effectively and contribute towards the coordination of overall PRISE Programme.
• Support in development of PRISE Integrated Workplans.
• Represent SPC and provide updates to PRISE Steering Committee & Technical Committee.
• Maintain healthy relationships with prospective development partners.
• Identify potential sources of funds to bolster the work of the components of SAFE Pacific and other LRD teams and ensure the sustainability of SAFE Pacific outcomes.

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

Key selection criteria


• A postgraduate degree from a recognised university in a field relevant to management and planning in the agriculture sector.

Technical expertise

• At least 12 years of programme management experience with donors, government or non-governmental organizations.
• Strong leadership skills with ability to manage multicultural teams.
• Demonstrated project/programme management skills, including strong proposal and report writing skills.
• Proven experience in negotiating, building and maintaining professional, client-focused relationship and mutually beneficial partnerships.
• Strong communication and interpersonal skills, creative thinker and ability to work independently.

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 2024 – subject to renewal depending on funding and performance.
Remuneration – The Team Leader – SAFE Pacific Project 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.

Application procedure

Closing Date: 20 November 2023 at 11:59pm (Fiji time)
Job Reference: CB000346

Applicants must apply online at http://careers.spc.int/
Hard copies of applications will not be accepted.
For your application to be considered, you must provide us with:
• an updated resume with contact details for three professional referees
• a cover letter detailing your skills, experience and interest in this position
• responses to all screening questions
Your application will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed at shortlisting stage if all the above documents are not provided. Applicants should not attach copies of qualifications or letters of reference. Please ensure your documents are in Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF format.
For international staff in Fiji, only one foreign national per family can be employed with an entity operating in Fiji at any one given time. SPC may assist on a case-by-case basis with submissions to Fiji Ministry of Foreign Affairs for their consideration and final approval. SPC cannot and does not make any guarantee whatsoever of approval for such applications to Fiji Ministry of Foreign Affairs and where an application is approved, the spouse or partner will subject to such terms and conditions as may be set from time to time by the Ministry.
SPC does not charge a fee to consider your application and will never ask for your banking or financial information during the recruitment process.

Screening Questions (maximum of 2,000 characters per question):

1. Please provide examples of donor-funded programmes you have managed. Highlight what challenges you faced in programme and financial management, and what you did to overcome these challenges.
2. What do you consider are the keys to the successful management of a programme involving communities, private and public sector stakeholders across multiple countries?
3. Thinking about the specific outputs of the PRISE/SAFE Pacific Project, what do you foresee as the main challenges to implementation of this project and how will you manage these challenges?

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