Pacific Community - SPC



Job Type


Closing Date

16th May 2019

— Description —

The Pacific Community (SPC) invites applications for the position of Health Economist 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 Public Health Division (PHD) supports members in developing healthier Pacific Island communities by providing assistance in public health surveillance, and in the prevention and control of communicable and non-communicable diseases. The primary focus of the division is to provide scientific and technical assistance and to support the implementation of plans and programmes in member countries and territories. The primary goals for all PHD activities is to promote population health and well-being, help communities prevent disease and restore and/or maintain health, and reduce inequalities in health. PHD is primarily concerned with improving and protecting public (population) health, rather than providing individual treatment services. PHD is comprised of three programmes: Research, Evidence and Information (REI); Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD) Prevention and Control; and Strengthening Specialised Clinical Services in the Pacific (SSCSiP). This position is located within the NCD Prevention and Control Programme.


The role – Health Economist will lead economic evaluations of health systems, including non-communicable diseases prevention and control interventions,strengthening clinical services and workforce, and communicable diseases prevention and control in the Pacific Island Countries and Territories. The economic evaluations will inform policy makers to improve decision making for policy interventions.


The key responsibilities of the role include:

  • Lead the economic evaluations of health systems and NCD prevention and control policies and interventions in the Pacific to inform policy makers to improve decision-making
  • Lead the economic evaluations of clinical services and workforce strengthening
  • Lead the economic evaluations of communicable diseases prevention and control strategies to inform policy makers to improve decision making
  • Provide technical support for policy development, planning and implementation of health systems strengthening
  • Provide technical support for policy development, planning and implementation of clinical services strengthening and national communicable diseases (CD) strategies
  • Lead the design and development of relevant economic evaluation tools, and building PICTs capacity to measure cost effectiveness of interventions in health systems, NCDs, clinical services strengthening and CDs
  • Contribute to multi-sectoral approaches, information sharing and networking
  • Contribute as an active member of the PHD team with regard to programme planning, budgeting, reporting and publications


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 economics, health economics or socioeconomics


Knowledge and experience

  • At least 5 years of experience in economic evaluations of health systems and interventions
  • Extensive experience in designing and developing economic tools and methods
  • Development experience in fiscal policy development, planning and implementation of health strategies that are likely to achieve value for money
  • Experience in the provision of capacity building or on the job training in health economic evaluation and analysis


Essential skills

  • Project management skills
  • Ability to advise and implement a sector-wide response to public health issues and international relations
  • Excellent research skills and ability to analyse findings to make recommendations and determine priorities
  • Ability to develop, maintain and evaluate health programmes and policies
  • Ability to conduct operational research and write scientific reports and papers
  • Knowledge in one or more of the areas of NCD, CD, public health, clinical services delivery and workforce development


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
  • High level of interpersonal skills


Salary, terms and conditions


Contract Duration – Three years


Remuneration – The Health Economist is 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 1,170–2,625 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 – 16 May 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 in 400 words or less for each question:

  1. Your experience one or more of the following areas; 1) economic evaluations of NCD prevention, control policies and interventions, 2) clinical services 3) workforce strengthening, 4) communicable diseases prevention and control strategies. What was your role, and how were the evaluation results disseminated and used?
  2. In response to economic evaluation results, please describe your experience in one or more of the following areas; 1) NCD policy development and planning, 2) clinical services, 3) workforce strengthening, 4) communicable diseases prevention and control strategies. What were the key challenges, and how did you address these?
  3. Outline your experience in contributing to the design and developing of relevant economic evaluation tools that are useful to measure cost effectiveness of public health interventions.