Pacific Community



Job Type


Closing Date

28th Jun 2018

— Description —

  • Tonga position based
  • Attractive package
  • Join the principal development organisation in the region


The Pacific Community (SPC) invites applications for the position of Manager – Pacific Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency in theGeoscience Energy and Maritime Division, located in Tonga.



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 Geoscience Energy and Maritime Division provides advice, technical assistance, research and training support to Pacific Island countries and territories (PICTs). There are three (3) areas of scientific programming and two areas of focus within this division:

  1. Oceans and Maritime – Driving growth in blue economies through well-informed and inclusive action from integrated solutions for ocean and coastal management and maritime and transport.
  2. Geo-resources and Energy – Strengthening the management of the Earth’s non-living resources through responsible harnessing of mineral resources, including metalliferous and development minerals, and clean and renewable energy resources such as solar, wind, and geothermal for sustainable development.
  3. Disaster and Climate Resilience – Improving resilience and sustainability through the management of disaster risk and assessment of hazards. This includes building resilience through wider support for climate change, disaster risk management (DRM) initiatives, and water and sanitation initiatives. Ridge to Reef is a stand-alone programme that pulls expertise from the three scientific areas and is located within Disaster and Climate Resilience.
  4. The other two focus areas within this division are Programming and Operations, which is responsible for driving integrated programming excellence and operational support across the division, and Geo-informatics, which is responsible for providing diverse, integrated, and unique and demand driven services across SPC work programmes, projects and countries. This includes developing, managing, building on and retaining or preserving spatial data and information for the benefit of all scientific areas.


The role –The Manager – Pacific Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency will operationalise and ensure the effective functioning and integration of the Centre’s institutional set up, governance and technical programme with SPC’s, and those of related national, regional and global institutions and processes.  Under the oversight of the Deputy Director of GEP, the manager will be responsible for the Centre’s operations and its work programme, including budgetary expenditure and financial performance.  The manager will also coordinate and lead staff management and development as well as overseeing the recruitment of staff. Support the delivery of project outputs at the national level for the USAID funded regional project: Institutional Strengthening to Support Pacific Islands Countries to Adapt to Climate Change (ISACC).


The key responsibilities of the role include the following:

  • Regional Collaboration, Coordination and Communication: establish regular policy dialogue and consultations with national, regional, international partners and the private sector.
  • Technical cooperation and services: provide high-level technical advice and expertise, build strong technical partnerships between the Centre and other related institutions in the region at international levels…
  • Leadership and Management: develop and implement a work plan for the PCREEE along with annual work plans that support the result framework of SPC, Implement a work plan for the establishment and operation of the centre…
  • Resource mobilisation and financial management: contribute to, drive and support mobilisation initiatives with funding agencies and advocate for long-term funding support for the work of the Centre among the donor community, Ensure that the Centre’s financial resources are sufficient to maintain core operations…


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


Key selection criteria

  1. Qualifications
  • A post-graduate qualification in Energy Planning or a related discipline.
  1. Knowledge and Experience
  • At least 15 years’ of demonstrated leadership and experience in a national / regional energy office or a similar field;
  • Demonstrated experience and success with working with various donors and development partners and some awareness of their policies and procedures;
  • Proven history of successfully building and leading an energy team, including people of different national and cultural backgrounds, and demonstrated ability to manage professional, technical, and program support staff in a team environment, ensuring everyone's role contributes to successful team outputs;
  • Demonstrated record of accomplishment in office and programme management;
  • High-level verbal and written communication skills and the capacity to represent SPC effectively, at regional and international forums;
  1. Essential Skills
  • Proven ability to influence work collegially and in partnership with stakeholders and internal partners towards an agreed outcome;
  • Proven ability in project design, management and reporting;
  • Ability to work constructively to resolve issues, concerns or difference of opinion;
  • Excellent Audit, Risk and Financial management skills.


Salary, terms and conditions


Required starting date – This position is available immediately.


Contract Duration – 3 years


Remuneration – The Manager - PCREEE is a Band 13 position in SPC’s 2018 salary scale, with a starting salary range of 4,449 - 5,520 SDR (special drawing rights) per month, which currently converts to approximately USD 6,140–7,618 (EUR 5,501–6,826). 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. Remuneration of expatriate SPC staff members is not subject to income tax in Tonga; Tonga nationals employed by SPC in Tonga will be subject to income tax.


Benefits for international employees based in Tonga – SPC provides a housing allowance of USD 1,000–2,000 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.


As an equal-opportunity employer, SPC recruits on merit; however, if two interviewed candidates are ranked equally by the selection committee, preference will be given to nationals of Pacific Island countries and territories.


Application procedure


Closing date:  28th of June 2018


Job Reference: AL000052


Please use SPC’s online recruitment system to lodge your application:  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 with 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.


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.


Screening questions

  1. Please describe your experience in planning and managing energy or energy-related projects.
  2. Can you please articulate your role in any climate change mitigation role that you have been part of in the past?
  3. Have you been involved in a successful resource mobilisation initiative? If yes, please describe your strategy and how did you achieve the desired results?
  4. Have you been involved in any child-related legal convictions/offences?