Pacific Community - SPC



Job Type


Closing Date

29th Aug 2019

— Description —

The Pacific Community (SPC) invites applications for the position of Gender Mainstreaming 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 Programme –The goal of the Social Development Programme (SDP) is to ‘advance gender equality and equal development outcomes in the Pacific region’. SDP works with governments, regional organisations, civil society and other SPC divisions to build capacity, collaboration, knowledge and practice around social development. SPC has been supporting the promotion of gender equality, youth development and culture for over 30 years, first with the women’s bureau, the youth bureau, and the culture bureau, which merged into the Human Development Programme in 2008, and then became SDP in 2016.


SDP is progressively taking an integrated approach to gender equality and social inclusion as the modality for accelerating progress towards achieving social development goals. This includes identifying how issues affecting socially excluded people, with a particular focus on women and youth of all diversities, can be jointly addressed, and seeking to integrate cultural heritage and traditional knowledge into existing development practice.


The role – Gender Mainstreaming Adviser willsupport the development of capacity in mainstreaming gender across development sectors through the delivery of analytical, technical, research, programmatic and policy advice on gender equality and the empowerment of women to Pacific Island countries and other stakeholders, including civil society, in the context of the project Progressing Gender Equality in the Pacific (PGEP). This role will work closely with other SPC technical divisions and programmes in support of a more coordinated and effective approach to mainstreaming a gender perspective across development sectors.


The key responsibilities of the role include:

  • Analytical and policy advice
  • Regional coordination and monitoring of gender equality in the Pacific including partnership building
  • Capacity building and training
  • Research and analysis
  • Organisational strengthening


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


Key selection criteria



  • A master’s degree in a relevant field such as sociology, anthropology, gender studies, or human rights


Knowledge and experience

  • At least 8 years of experience in the field of gender mainstreaming
  • Demonstrated experience in the design and implementation of gender programmes and policies, preferably related to gender mainstreaming, gender statistics, and national and sectoral gender policies
  • Sound knowledge of gender and development issues in the Pacific islands region
  • Knowledge of and experience implementing and supporting gender equality frameworks such as the Pacific Platform for Action for Gender Equality and Women’s Human Rights, The Pacific Leaders Gender Equality Declaration, The Beijing Platform for Action, The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, or the Sustainable Development Goals
  • Delivery of training and other capacity building approaches


Essential skills

  • Programme development and management skills
  • Demonstrated research, analytical and writing skills
  • Ability to work across multiple sectors


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
  • Ability to develop and sustain professional partnerships, including working with governments, civil society, and development partners
  • Ability to work both independently and as a member of a team, including in multicultural and multisectoral contexts


Salary, terms and conditions


Contract Duration – Three years


Remuneration – The Gender Mainstreaming Adviseris a Band 11 position in SPC’s 2019 salary scale, with a starting salary range of 2,942‒3,677 SDR (special drawing rights) per month, which currently converts to approximately FJD 8,679–10,848 (USD 4,177–5,222; EUR 3,522–4,402).


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 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 – 29 August 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. In 400 words or less, please describe five key gender inequality issues in the Pacific islands countries.
  2. Please describe your experience in building capacity of government institutions in gender mainstreaming, using an example of work you have done. Explain the challenges and factors of success for building capacity of government in this field.
  3. Please give an example of data, statistics or other information you have used (or would use) to highlight women’s contribution to the economies in Pacific Small Island Developing States.   
  4. Please describe an experience where you successfully supported mainstreaming gender in a development sector. How did you measure success?