Pacific Community



Job Type


Closing Date

12th Nov 2019

— 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 Operations and Management Directorate (OMD) provides corporate services to all SPC divisions and programmes. It consists of three key teams: Finance, Human Resources and Information Services. OMD is focused on improving the effectiveness of systems, policies and management so as to provide high-quality customer-oriented services.


The Editor will assist in the production and dissemination of SPC publications to members, Pacific communities and other stakeholders, and supports documentation processes for all corporate/governance meetings. This role will also provide editorial due diligence and project assistance in the production of high-quality, timely scientific and technical information and corporate documents in a range of formats (print and digital). The positon reports to the Production Editor.


The key responsibilities of the role include:

  • Assisting the project management of publishing services and workflows, and assisting with client and stakeholder relationships
  • Publishing due diligence, editing and writing
  • Providing professional and technical assistance to programme staff on publishing issues across all SPC offices
  • Rapporteuring assistance
  • Supporting the implementation of full cost recovery processes
  • Supporting SPC’s information and knowledge management processes


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


Key selection criteria



  • A university degree in an appropriate discipline, or equivalent work experience in appropriate fields


Knowledge and experience

  • At least two years’ experience in structural editing, copy-editing and proofreading in a professional setting
  • Good writing and communication skills
  • Computer literacy and high competence in using various document editing functions


Essential skills

  • Ability to communicate sensitively and constructively with authors with differing levels of skill in the English language
  • Able to work as part of a team and assist team members’ contributions
  • Ability to manage several tasks concurrently


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


Required start date – As soon as possible


Contract Duration –This position is budgeted for three years and is subject to renewal depending on performance and funding


Remuneration – The Editor is a Band 8 position in SPC’s 2019 salary scale, with a starting salary range of 1,946‒2,432 SDR (special drawing rights) per month, which currently converts to approximately FJD 5,739–7,174 (USD 2,763–3,453; EUR 2,329–2,911). 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 1,230–2,750 per month. Establishment andrelocation 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 Date - 12 November 2019


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. Briefly describe two publications that you have edited recently and your approach to resolving any challenges they presented.
  1. Describe some situations in your work where you have acted autonomously and shown initiative. Describe how these actions contributed to achieving the team’s goals and objectives.
  1. Describe some of the steps you take to plan and set priorities, manage your workload and meet deadlines for a range of competing tasks and priorities.