Pacific Community - SPC



Job Type


Closing Date

30th Sep 2019

— Description —

The Pacific Community (SPC) invites applications for the position of Implementation Adviser – Pacific Regional Education Frameworklocated 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, geoscience, and conservation of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture.


The vision of the Educational Quality and Assessment Programme (EQAP) is to beThe agency for educational quality in the Pacific region’. Its mission is to enhance the quality of education and training for Pacific learners so they realise the benefits of lifelong learning. EQAP seeks to promote the following core values within the context of SPC’s corporate values:


  • a culture of quality;
  • a culture of continuous improvement;
  • cultural and political sensitivity;
  • respect for the autonomy and priorities of the education system in each Pacific Island country and territory (PICT); and
  • assimilation of the expressed needs of countries in its delivery of technical services.


The Pacific Regional Education Framework (PacREF) is a 12-year design agreed to by the Forum Education Ministers to direct education priorities across the region. EQAP, as one of the two regional institutions in the implementing partnership, has responsibility to lead the planning, monitoring, evaluation and learning (PMEL) of the PacREF. This position is pivotal to the monitoring and subsequent success of the efforts. The previous framework, PEDF, from 2009 to 2015 was unsuccessful in part due to an inability to monitor activity and address needs based on tracking performance. This was a funding consideration as well as a reluctance on the part of leaders to share information about their education systems. This role is a direct response to those two concerns and will be instrumental in bringing the PacREF implementation through a successful first phase 2019-2022. https://pacificdata.org/data/dataset/pacific-regional-education-framework-pacref-2018-2030-moving-towards-education-2030


The role – Implementation Adviser –Pacific Regional Education Framework willliaise with senior education officials and their ministers to manage program implementation activities and deliver outputs on the project tasks allocated to SPC and EQAP. This includes planning, monitoring, evaluation and learning work of the PacREF including regional and global reporting towards PacREF and SDG4 Indicators. Working closely with the EQAP management to provide guidance to PacREF partnerships and EQAP team to enhance program performance and development effectiveness. https://drive.google.com/open?id=1jR7uj8GkFgTqZ4ke2ZWHSNqPmun2lTiQ


The key responsibilities of the role include:


  • Implementation of program Advocacy and support to elected officials and senior education leaders in driving the demand for and use of high-quality education information at the national and regional levels. Qualitative data collection analysis and reporting regarding the processes and impact of PacREF activities
  • Development of relationships and spirit of evidence-informed collaborative learning among PacREF partner countries and implementing stakeholders.  Collaboration with UIS and other institutions to use both quantitative and qualitative data and analysis in support of PacREF
  • Development of PMEL capability through developing and refining PMEL tools and guidance and facilitating action learning, intra-organisational networks and learning events. Delivery of learning events among Pacific Island Countries and Territories education leaders to promote sharing of information, experiences, challenges and solutions
  • Support the PMEL work within EQAP and SPC wide by providing evidence based advice and strategic guidance to EQAP business plan, result frameworks, evaluations and reports as they related to PacREF
  • Lead the development of a ‘communications for development’ approach to packaging, communicating and utilising PMEL products and learning for development effectiveness. Advocacy and support to elected officials and senior education leaders to build confidence in national education data sets and to share those data sets on national websites with access via the Pacific Data Hub or other dissemination tools
  • Communication of the PacREF Framework system through providing updated and accurate information about the PacREF Framework system to PacREF partners in general, and EQAP in particular.


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


Key selection criteria



  • Master’s degree in a relevant field such as international development, evaluation, public sector policy and administration or a combination of education and relevant experience


Knowledge and experience

  • At least 10 years of relevant experience in education system planning and monitoring
  • Experience as a senior leader in a national education system as head of system or equivalent
  • Significant experience in education in the Pacific and understanding of Pacific culture     


Essential skills

  • Influencing and relationship building skills
  • Strategic thinker with well-developed analytical skills and meticulous attention to detail
  • High level of emotional intelligence
  • Results oriented problem solving skills


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 – Two years


Remuneration – The Implementation Adviser – Pacific Regional Education Frameworkis 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 – 30 September 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. Briefly describe the concerns that senior decision makers might have about public reporting of national data and the associated political implications. How valid are these concerns, in your opinion?
  2. How do you see collaboration and learning as components of implementing regional initiatives across large and diverse stakeholder groups?
  3. What is the importance of the Pacific Regional Education Framework (PacREF) to the Pacific region?