Employer

Pacific Community

Location

Fiji

Job Type

Full-time

Closing Date

20th Oct 2020

— Description —

Description

 

The Pacific Community 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 surveillance, geoscience, and conservation of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture.

 

The vision of the Educational Quality and Assessment Programme (EQAP) is to beThe agency for educational quality in the Pacific region’. Its mission is to enhance the quality of education and training for Pacific learners so they realise 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 (PICT); and
  • assimilation of the expressed needs of countries in its delivery of technical services.

 

The Education Specialist – Research,will conduct and develop capacity in education research to support the Pacific Island Countries to better use research that will inform changes in practice, policies and education reforms.

 

Please refer to the job description provided for more details about the key responsibilities of the role.

 

Key selection criteria

 

Qualifications

  • A thesis-based postgraduate qualification in education       

 

Knowledge and experience

  • At least 10 years of experience working in the area of education with at least five years’ experience in conducting educational research
  • Sound knowledge of qualitative and quantitative educational research methods
  • Sound knowledge of current Pacific and International educational and research issues

 

Essential skills

  • Experience in liaising, negotiating, and training people from different ethnic, cultural, and educational backgrounds
  • Proven verbal and written presentation and communication skills in English, both at a technical level and in the preparation of information for the public
  • Knowledge and competency of advanced information technology tools

 

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 experience in working with and across the organisation in a multi-cultural, multi-disciplinary and gender sensitive environment

 

Salary, terms and conditions

 

Contract Duration – 3 years

Due to the current travel restrictions caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic, and the priority SPC places on its staff safety, health and well-being, please note that there may be delays in taking up the appointment. These matters will be discussed thoroughly with successful candidates. In most cases, any appointment and on-boarding would only commence when relocation to the duty station is permitted.

 

Remuneration – The Education Specialist – Research is a Band 10 position in SPC’s 2020 salary scale, with a starting salary range of 2,512‒3,140 SDR (special drawing rights) per month, which currently converts to approximately FJD 7,486–9,357 (USD 3,466–4,333; EUR 3,090–3,862). An offer of appointment for an initial contract will normally be made in the lower half of this range, with due consideration being 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 staff employees based in Fiji – SPC provides a housing allowance of FJD 1,350–3,000 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.

 

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 – 20th October 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 that 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. The Pacific Community does not support dual spouse employment.

 

All international positions at SPC have specific screening questions. If you do not respond to all of the screening questions your application will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed at shortlisting stage.

 

Screening Questions:                                                                                                                                  

  1. Formulate and propose research guidelines relating to two relevant questions on the education sector in the Pacific region.
  2. Discuss your experience designing and carrying out two research projects (either a qualitative or a quantitative or mixed-methods research) that you implemented and how the projects lead to solving and alleviating a pre-existing problem.
  3. What types of computer-assisted qualitative and quantitative data analysis software are your familiar with and state the type of analysis that the software can do.