Pacific Community



Job Type


Closing Date

18th Jan 2019


See below

— Description —



The Land Resources Division (LRD)provides advice, technical assistance, research and training support to Pacific Island countries and territories (PICTs) on all aspects of agriculture and forestry. This includes plant protection, conservation, plant genetic resources, animal health and production, agroforestry, biosecurity and trade facilitation, and sustainable systems for agriculture, forestry and land management. This work has two objectives: improved food and nutritional security and resilient communities. The division’s services are provided through seven technical/thematic teams: Animal Health and Production; Plant Health; Biosecurity and Trade Facilitation; Forest and Agriculture Diversification; Crop Production and Extension; Genetic Resources; and Forests and Trees.


The Role – The Manager - Operations (Programming Performance Systems) will provide leadership and management support to the Director for the following programmes: Genetic Resources; Sustainable Forest and Land Management; and Sustainable Agriculture and Markets for Livelihoods. They will provide direct oversight on the implementation of the Division’s work plans, result-based management, and financial resources. They will also provide strategic leadership in resource mobilisation and stakeholder relations.


The key responsibilities of the role include:


  • Strategic planning, staff management, and assistance in divisional processes of change
  • Effective management of the implementation of projects and programmes
  • Building and maintaining relationships with internal and external stakeholders
  • Leading resource mobilisation efforts at the programme level to secure funding support and resources


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 agriculture, science, business administration or equivalent work experience that is both relevant and current


Knowledge and experience

  • At least 12 years of management experience
  • Project or programme management experience in the areas of sustainable agriculture, land management, genetic resources or value chains
  • Demonstrated experience working effectively with donor and development partners
  • Strong leadership experience, including managing a team 
  • Strategic planning experience and demonstrated resource mobilisation skills
  • Experience working in the Pacific region and an understanding of development challenges


Essential skills

  • Strong financial management skills
  • Excellent influencing and relationship-building skills
  • Ability to motivate team with professional initiative and a solid work ethic
  • Strategic thinker with well-developed innovation and analytical skills
  • Ability to collaborate, communicate and negotiate effectively with stakeholders
  • Skilled user of information management systems and managing data
  • Excellent report writing skills and high level of attention to detail
  • Flexible approach and demonstrated ability to meet deadlines
  • Excellent PC-based computer skills, including knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint, and strong Internet literacy


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 communicate effectively with member country governments and other regional and international organisations


Salary, terms and conditions


Contract Duration – Three years


Remuneration – The Manager - Operations (Programming Performance Systems) is a Band 13 position in SPC’s 2018 salary scale, with a starting salary range of 3,890‒4,863 SDR (special drawing rights) per month, which currently converts to approximately FJD 11,126–13,907 (USD 5,368–6,710; EUR 4,810–6,013). 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 – 18 January 2019


Applicants must apply online at http://careers.spc.int/


Hard copies of applications will not be accepted or considered.


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. Outline some approaches that you have employed to develop harmonious teams amongst individuals from various cultural and technical backgrounds.
  2. Please share your experience in resource mobilisation for integrated development programming concerned with food and nutrition security.
  3. What are two key elements that would be required to influence both within and between Divisions and affect change in an organisation’s culture with regard to effective and efficient project / program management?