Pacific Community - SPC



Job Type


Closing Date

16th May 2019

— Description —

The Pacific Community (SPC) invites applications for the position of Information and Communications Officer 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 – Information and Communications Officer will lead the development and delivery of communication strategies and campaigns relevant to programmes within the Public Health Division, including the NCD prevention and control programme, clinical services programme, and the surveillance, preparedness and response programme. This role will work with team members for the production of information, communication, education and promotion materials. 


The key responsibilities of the role include:

  • Lead the development and delivery of communication strategies and campaigns for the NCD prevention and control programme, clinical services programme, and surveillance, preparedness and response programme
  • Work with team members for the production of information, communication, education and promotion materials relevant to the NCD prevention and control programme, clinical services programme, and surveillance, preparedness and response programme
  • Contribute to develop and update relevant websites and social media operations including media releases and reports on related health events
  • Build Pacific Island Countries and Territories (PICTs) capacity to implement, monitor and evaluate health promotion and communication campaigns
  • Contribute as an active member of PHD team with regard to programme planning, reporting, networking and publication


 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 health communications or public relations


 Knowledge and experience

  • At least 5 years of experience in communications or health communications
  • Experience in designing and developing strategic communications
  • Experience in delivering capacity building or on the job training in communications
  • Understanding of the media and communications environment in PICTs
  • Knowledge and understanding of NCDs and clinical services areas is desirable       


Essential skills 

  • Media relations skills and the ability to conduct knowledge and awareness campaigns
  • Advocacy and networking skills
  • Technical report writing, research and analytical skills
  • Ability to prioritise with sound and practical decision making
  • Sound understanding of publication processes and experience in audio-visual production
  • Excellent PC-based computer skills, including high proficiency in Microsoft Offic


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 Information and Communications Officer is 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 – 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:

  1. Describe your experience in the development of public health communication strategies. What was your role, and how it was implemented?
  2. Describe your experience in the production of public health information, communication, education and promotion materials. What were the key challenges, and how did you address them?
  3. Outline your experience in developing relevant websites and social media operations including media release and report on related health events.