Pacific Community



Job Type


Closing Date

28th Oct 2020

— Description —



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 Human Rights and Social Development Division has a vision for just, equitable and resilient Pacific societies and it aims to achieve this by advancing human rights, equality and social inclusion for all Pacific people, grounded in cultural values and principles.


The work of this Division includes work previously undertaken by the Regional Rights Resource Team (RRRT) in the area of human rights and the Social Development Programme (SDP) in the areas of gender equality and social inclusion, culture and youth development.


In line with its vision, the work of the Division will encompass the following focal areas:

  • Objective 1: Governance for human rights and social development: Strengthen inclusive, transparent and active governance for human rights and social development.
  • Objective 2: Gender equality and social inclusion: Mobilise, empower and build conditions for gender equality, equity and social inclusion in society and development.
  • Objective 3: Culture: Promote, preserve and protect positive expressions of culture.
  • Objective 4: Social innovation and learning: Enhance knowledge, learning and innovative solutions to accelerate impact on human development priorities.


The Manager – Programmes will manage the Division’s programme portfolio on human rights, gender equality and social inclusion, culture and youth development. The role has responsibility for the management and oversight of all the programmes and projects delivered by the Division.


The key responsibilities of the role include:

  • Programme Management
  • Leadership and Coordination
  • Organizational Strengthening and Capacity Building
  • Stakeholder and Partnership Engagement
  • Ongoing support to the Director.

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


Key selection criteria



  • A master’s degree in sociology, development, anthropology, human rights, or any other social sciences from a recognized university.


Knowledge and experience

  • Demonstrated experience of at least 15 years in project or programme management including multi-donor development programmes and projects.
  • Knowledge of programme management including in implementation, monitoring and evaluation in at least three of the areas of work – (human rights, gender, culture and youth).
  • Knowledge of key global and regional frameworks for human rights and social development, particularly in gender, culture and youth development.


Essential skills

  • Demonstrated experience working with PICTs senior government officials and development partners.
  • Experience in working with development partners, NGOs and civil society organizations in the Pacific.
  • Demonstrated strong people leadership capability with an ability to manage conflict.


Language skills

  • Excellent English communication skills (oral and written) with a working knowledge of French being an advantage.


Interpersonal skills and cultural awareness

  • Cross-cultural skills and the ability to work with team members from different cultural backgrounds.


Salary, terms and conditions


Contract Duration –Three years


Due to the current travel restrictions caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic, and the priority SPC places on its staff safety, health and well-being, please note that there may be delays in taking up the appointment. These matters will be discussed thoroughly with successful candidates. In most cases, any appointment and on-boarding would only commence when relocation to the duty station is permitted.


Remuneration – The Manager – Programmes is a Band 13 position in SPC’s 2020 salary scale, with a starting salary range of 3,987‒4,984 SDR (special drawing rights) per month, which currently converts to approximately FJD 11,882–14,853 (USD 5,503–6,878; EUR 4,905–6,131). 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 1,350–3,000 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.


Recruitment principles – SPC’s recruitment is based on merit and fairness, and candidates are competing in a selection process that is fair, transparent and non-discriminatory. SPC is an equal-opportunity employer, and is committed to cultural and gender diversity, including bilingualism, and will seek to attract and appoint candidates who respect these values. Due attention is given to gender equity and the maintenance of strong representation from Pacific Island professionals. If two interviewed candidates are ranked equal by the selection panel, preference will be given to the Pacific Islander.


Applicants will be assured of complete confidentiality in line with SPC’s Privacy Policy.


Application procedure 


Closing Date 28 October 2020 at 11:45pm Fiji time


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. Please describe one role you have held that is relevant to this position and explain how that experience has prepared you for this opportunity.
  2. The Human Rights and Social Development Division is the result of a merger between two SPC Divisions – the Regional Rights Resource Team and the Social Development Programme.  What strategies would you put in place to ensure the staff of the two former divisions work effectively as one team moving forward?     
  3. How do you prevent or manage delays and backlogs within your project team? Please provide an example.