Pacific Community



Job Type


Closing Date

24th Jan 2019


See below

— 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 surveillance, geoscience, and conservation of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture.


The Fisheries, Aquaculture and Marine Ecosystems (FAME) Division includes the Oceanic Fisheries Programme (OFP) and Coastal Fisheries Programme (CFP). CFP’s goal is to ensure that inshore fisheries, nearshore fisheries and aquaculture in Pacific Island countries and territories are managed and developed sustainably. The programme assists governments and administrations to develop scientifically informed and socially achievable coastal fisheries management policies and systems (national and community-based). It provides a regional framework for sustainable aquaculture, including planning, research and development, and trade, for Pacific Island governments, the private sector and other stakeholders. It assists in developing sustainable nearshore fisheries in Pacific Island countries and territories to provide food security, sustain livelihoods, promote economic growth and assist climate change adaptation.


The Pacific European Union Marine Partnership (PEUMP) Programme is a 4-year project, in partnership with the Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), with the University of the South Pacific (USP) implementing one component under a separate agreement with the EU. The programme is funded by the European Union and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida). SPC is implementing three areas specifically the Programme Management Unit (PMU), oceanic science and coastal science and management components. The PEUMP Programme will work in all 15 Pacific-ACP countries including Timor-Leste.


The role – Gender and Human Rights Specialist is responsible for delivering advice on gender equality and human rights-based (HRB) approaches to fisheries department staff, and other key stakeholders. This role will ensure gender and human rights-based approaches are covered across all components of the PEUMP Programme.


The key responsibilities of the role include:


  • Providing assessment and advice for strengthening the capacity of PEUMP’s implementing partners (FFA and SPREP) on gender mainstreaming, social inclusion and HRB approaches
  • Providing assessment and advice for strengthening capacity at the national, subnational and NGO level on gender mainstreaming, social inclusion and HRB approaches in coastal fisheries
  • Capacity development to mainstream gender, social inclusion, and adopt a HRB approach in fisheries management at national, subnational and NGO level, including all PEUMP staff
  • Promote inter-agency networking and cross-sectoral collaboration in regards to gender and HRB approaches with co-delegatees and partners implementing the PEUMP programme
  • Raise the profile of gender mainstreaming and HRB approaches through PEUMP Programme activities and report on these
  • Contribute to PEUMP Programme administration


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


Key selection criteria



  • Postgraduate degree in a relevant field such as gender studies, human rights, social or political sciences


Knowledge and experience

  • At least 8 years of experience related to gender issues and human rights, preferably with Pacific region experience
  • Experience in research and development and administering networks in regards to gender and human rights-based approaches
  • Experience with designing, planning and facilitating workshops and other training events
  • Previous experience in capacity development and training in the areas of gender and human rights-based approaches


Essential skills

  • Ability to engage with inter-disciplinary audiences, including scientific, government, public and community
  • Willingness and capacity to travel and undertake overseas assignments in SPC member countries
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team in a fast-paced environment
  • Excellent PC-based computer skills, including Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint, and Internet


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


Contract Duration – Three years


Remuneration – The Gender and Human Rights Specialist is a Band 11 position in SPC’s 2018 salary scale, with a starting salary range of 2,942‒3,677 SDR (special drawing rights) per month, which currently converts to approximately FJD 8,414–10,517 (USD 4,060–5,075; EUR 3,638–4,547). 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 1,170–2,625 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 Date – 24 January 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:

Briefly describe (400 words or less) your understanding of, and experience and demonstrated ability in:

  1. Undertaking and reporting on gender and human rights-based approach sectoral studies at the national, subnational and community levels, preferable in the fisheries or marine sector.
  2. Understanding and working with gender and human rights-based approaches in the Pacific region, highlighting challenges and approaches undertaken to address these.
  3. Developing and maintaining networks and forming collaborations with partners to address gender and human rights-based approaches, while ensuring the objectives of the project or programme you are working for are fully met.