Employer

Pacific Community

Location

Fiji

Job Type

Full-time

Closing Date

22nd Apr 2020

— Description —

Description

 

The Pacific Community (SPC) is the principal scientific and technical organisation in the Pacific region, supporting development since 1947. We are an international development organisation owned and governed by our 26 country and territory members. In pursuit of sustainable development to benefit Pacific people, our organisation works across more than 20 sectors. We are known for our knowledge and innovation in such areas as fisheries science, public health, geoscience, and conservation of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture.

 

The 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 Divisional Accountant will be responsible for the effective implementation and monitoring internal accounting functions under the direction of the Finance and Administration Adviser within LRD.This role is also responsible for ensuring the completion of assigned project and donor reporting, ensuring high levels of Division compliance to SPC financial policies and processes and will oversee/ manage audit functions both internally and externally.

 

The key responsibilities of the role include:

  • Project Accounting
  • Project Financial Management
  • Country Project Management
  • Programme and Project Budgets
  • Other Financial Reporting as required

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

 

Key selection criteria

 

Qualifications

  • Degree in Accounting or Financial Management

 

Knowledge and experience

  • At least 5 years of work experience in project accounting
  • Experience working on a donor funded project or program doing similar work
  • Strong numeric skills, advanced excel spreadsheet skills including macros, and effectively used a recognized accounting package for generation of financial reports     

 

Essential skills

  • Operating experience with accounting software packages, where experience in particular with Navision system would be an advantage
  • Demonstrated ability to use initiative and work effectively across multi-cultural teams

 

Language skills

  • Excellent English communication skills (oral and written) with a working knowledge of French being an advantage

 

Interpersonal skills and cultural awareness

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to motivate inspire and promote teamwork in an interdisciplinary and regional context
  • Ability to work in a multicultural, inclusive and equitable environment

 

Salary, terms and conditions

 

Contract Duration – Until 31 December 2023

 

Remuneration – The Divisional Accountant is a Band 8 position in SPC’s 2020 salary scale, with a starting salary range of 1,994‒2,493 SDR (special drawing rights) per month, which currently converts to approximately FJD 5,943–7,428 (USD 2,752–3,440; EUR 2,453–3,066). 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 1,353–3,025 per month. Establishment and relocation grant, removal expenses, airfares, home leave, medical and life insurance and education allowances are available for eligible employees and their recognised dependents. Employees are entitled to 25 days of annual leave and 30 days of sick leave per annum, 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.

 

Equal opportunity – SPC is an equal opportunity employer. Recruitment is based entirely on merit; in cases where two short-listed candidates are judged to be of equal rank by the selection committee, preference will be given to Pacific Island nationals.

 

Child protection – SPC is committed to child protection, irrespective of whether any specific area of work involves direct contact with children. SPC’s Child Protection Policy is written in accordance with the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

 

Police clearance – Successful candidates will be required to provide a police clearance certificate.

 

Application procedure

 

Closing Date22nd April 2020 – 11:45pm Fiji time

 

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
  • contact details for three professional referees
  • a cover letter detailing your skills, experience and interest in this position
  • responses to all screening questions

 

Please ensure your documents are in Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF format.

 

Applicants should not attach copies of qualifications or letters of reference. These documents may be requested at a later stage.

 

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. The Pacific Community does not support dual spouse employment.

 

Please ensure that you respond to all the screening questions.  If you do not respond to the screening questions, your application will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed at shortlisting stage.

 

Screening Questions:

  1. What accounting processes have you developed or improved in your previous/current work experience?
  2. Describe a time when you had to explain a complex accounting issue to someone without an accounting background. How did you help your audience understand the situation?
  3. What are some specific challenges you have faced when preparing a financial report for a donor or internal management team?