Pacific Community - SPC



Job Type


Closing Date

15th Feb 2019

— Description —

The Pacific Community (SPC) invites applications for the position of Gender and Value Chains Adviser 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 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 Land Resources Division (LRD)provides advice, technical assistance, research and training support to Pacific Island countries and territories (PICTs) 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 Organic and Ethical Trade Community (POETCom) is the peak body of the organics movement in the Pacific, housed as a programme within the Pacific Community (SPC). POETCom serves as the regional body for the organics industry advocating on issues that affect the development of organics at regional and national levels and providing support to the development of organics across the Pacific region.


The Project - Building prosperity for women producers, processors and women owned businesses through organic value chains (BPWP), is a four-year project funded by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and implemented by Pacific Organic and Ethical Trade Community (POETCom) in partnership with the Pacific Community (SPC). The project’s goal is to identify and support organic value chains that benefit women as producers, suppliers, processors and entrepreneurs, while also enhancing their capacity for inter-regional organic trade. The project will be implemented across four locations – Kiribati, Pohnpei state (FSM), Palau and the Republic of Marshall Islands (RMI) through intensive technical support to producers, processors and businesses to adopt organic practices and achieve organic certification.


The role – Gender and Value Chains Adviser will provide technical advice and training on the inclusion of gender equality and women’s empowerment to in-country partners, and will conduct initial and ongoing analysis of the inclusion of women in existing value chains. The role is responsible for the development of the project-level gender strategy, value-chain-specific gender strategies, training of staff and field officers in the integration of gender equality and women’s economic empowerment considerations, and implementation of integrated value chain gender strategies. This position will support project monitoring, evaluation and learning working with in-country partners to support data collection and analysis through participatory practice.


The key responsibilities of the role include:

  • Policy and advice
  • Training and capacity building
  • Value chain analysis


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


Key selection criteria



  • A bachelor’s degree in a relevant field such as gender, international development or business


Knowledge and experience

  • At least 5 years of experience in gender equality and women’s empowerment
  • Experience in agriculture, livelihoods, or economic growth projects within the Pacific region is highly desirable
  • Awareness of emerging issues relating to organic agriculture, women’s economic empowerment or inclusive value chain development is highly desirable    


Essential skills

  • Ability to develop gender sensitive value chains analysis and frameworks
  • Report writing, planning and organising skills
  • Excellent PC based computer skills, preferably with current Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, Project, and PowerPoint


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 Value Chains Adviseris a Band 9 position in SPC’s 2019 salary scale, with a starting salary range of 2,174‒2,718 SDR (special drawing rights) per month, which currently converts to approximately FJD 6,414–8,018 (USD 3,088–3,859; EUR 2,603–3,254). 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 – 15 February 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:

Please describe in 400 words or less per question:


  1. Your experience in undertaking gender analysis of value chains.
  2. What would be the key challenges in ensuring the development of organic agriculture value chains that benefit women in the Pacific region?
  3. What would some potential indicators be for the economic empowerment of women in the Pacific region?