The Pacific Community (SPC)
5th Jul 2020
The Pacific Community (SPC) invites applications for the position of Head of the Pacific Community Centre for Ocean Science. This position will be located at its headquarters in Noumea, New Caledonia.
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 unique organisation works across more than 25 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.
In commemorating the SPC’s 70th anniversary, the 10th Conference of the Pacific Community in 2017 agreed to task SPC to establish the Pacific Community Centre for Ocean Science (PCCOS) to be hosted at SPC in order to first set up a virtual Centre that brings together all of SPC’s internal scientific and technical expertise around ocean science, and in a second phase to pursue the objective of becoming a true flag ship for scientific excellence and a dedicated regional science information and knowledge hub that brings together expertise in ocean and fisheries science through partnerships with other national and international scientific bodies. The initiative is now in the second phase operationalising and structuring PCCOS to implement integrated programming in ocean science and innovative international and regional partnerships to serve SPC’s country member integrated ocean governance and management.
The role – the Head of the Pacific Community Centre for Ocean Sciencewill provide direction, support and advocacy for the PCCOS. The position will oversee the PCCOS staff and work programme to develop and implement organisation-wide coordination and integrated programming in ocean science for sustainable development. The role will co-ordinate science and research development and collaboration work across all SPC’s relevant divisions/programmes and with international/regional scientific organisations to achieve excellence in ocean science, knowledge and innovation at SPC and innovative scientific partnerships.
The key responsibilities of the role include the following:
1. PCCOS Strategic Leadership and Management
2. Ocean Science Lead
3. Resource Mobilisation
4. Programme and Staff Management
For a more detailed account of the key responsibilities, please refer to the online job description.
Key selection criteria
2. Technical expertise
3. Language skills
4. Interpersonal skills and cultural awareness
Salary, terms and conditions
Required start date – As soon as possible.
Contract Duration – This position is budgeted until 31 July 2023.
Remuneration – the Head of the Pacific Community Centre for Ocean Scienceis a Band 14 position in SPC’s 2020 salary scale, with a starting salary range of 6,155–7,597 SDR (special drawing rights) per month, which currently converts to approximately XPF 906,409–1,118,837 (USD 8,494–10,484 EUR 7,596–9,376). An offer of appointment for an initial contract will 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. SPC salaries are not presently subject to income tax in New Caledonia.
Benefits for international staff employees based in New Caledonia – SPC provides subsidised housing in Noumea. Establishment and relocation grant, removal expenses, airfares, home leave, medical and life insurance, and education allowance are available for eligible employees and their recognised dependents. Employees are entitled to 25 days of annual leave 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.
Closing date: 5 of July 2020, @ 11:00 pm Nouméa Time
Job Reference: AL000294
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:
Please ensure your documents are in Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF format.
All 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.