Pacific Community (SPC)



Job Type


Closing Date

6th Sep 2022


US$43,104 - $53,880

— 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 27 country and territory members. In pursuit of sustainable development to benefit Pacific people, our organisation works across more than 25 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 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 Programme (OMP) – assists member countries with services that provide applied ocean science and knowledge for evidence-based policy-making and technical solutions for improved ocean and maritime governance, management and capacity development.
  2. Georesources and Energy Programme (GEP) – assists member countries by applying technical knowledge in the areas of geoscience and sustainable energy use.
  3. Disaster and Community Resilience Programme (DCRP) – assists member countries to demonstrate strengthened resilience through integrated action on disaster risk management, climate change adaptation, natural resource management and increased access to water and sanitation.
  4. The role – Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Adviser – OMP & GEP will provide programme-level advice and support on monitoring, evaluation and learning for the Georesources and Energy Programme and the Oceans and Maritime Programme in the GEM division to enhance the Programmes planning, monitoring, and reporting of their results across the division and in SPC


The key responsibilities of the role include:


Programme and project monitoring and reporting

  • Working with the Communications Team for the programmes to include impact and performance stories and case studies in reporting to donors


Programme planning, reflection and capacity building

  • Lead and coordinate the programmes annual work planning processes


OMP and GEP contributions to SPC corporate and donor reporting and learning

  • Contribute to the programmes and projects donor reporting through the provision of advice, data, evidence on the results achieved by the programmes and projects


Collaboration with other GEM Programmes and other SPC staff

  • Providing support and advice to the Programme Teams on activity design and monitoring


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


Key selection criteria



  • A bachelor’s degree or equivalent in international development, evaluation, public sector policy, economics, natural resource management project management, evaluation


Knowledge and experience

  • At least 8 years of experience in monitoring and evaluation with a good understanding of international best practices in development effectiveness
  • At least 4 years of experience in programme MEL support for large multi-disciplinary programmes implementing large bilateral donors, including conceptualizing and technical writing    


Essential skills

  • Experience in creating databases for the entering, processing, cleaning and extraction of data
  • Experience in successfully working within a deadline-driven environment
  • Experience in monitoring and evaluation with a good understanding of international best practices in development effectiveness
  • Excellent computer skills working with MS Excel to advanced level
  • Strong interpersonal skills and an ability to work with a wide range of individuals
  • Exceptional English language writing and oral communication skills
  • An eye for detail


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 – till 31st December 2024– subject to renewal depending on funding and performance


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 Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Adviser – OMP & GEP is a Band 10 position in SPC’s 2022 salary scale, with a starting salary range of 2,512‒3,140 SDR (special drawing rights) per month, which currently converts to approximately FJD 7,410–9,263 (USD 3,592–4,490; EUR 3,014–3,768). 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 repatriation grant, removal expenses, airfares, home leave travel, health and life and disability insurances and education allowances are available for eligible employees and their eligible dependents. Employees are entitled to 25 working days of annual leave per annum and other types of leave, 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: 6 September 2022 at 11:59pm (Fiji time)

Job Reference: KK000018


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


Your application will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed at shortlisting stage if all the above documents are not provided. Applicants should not attach copies of qualifications or letters of reference. Please ensure your documents are in Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF format.


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. SPC may assist on a case-by-case basis with submissions to Fiji Ministry of Foreign Affairs for their consideration and final approval. SPC cannot and does not make any guarantee whatsoever of approval for such applications to Fiji Ministry of Foreign Affairs and where an application is approved, the spouse or partner will subject to such terms and conditions as may be set from time to time by the Ministry.


Screening Questions (maximum of 2,000 characters per question):


  1. Briefly describe (up to 400 word) your understanding of, and experience in designing and running MEL systems and databases using both qualitative and quantitative evaluation methods.
  2. Please describe an example where you have used M&E to identify areas that need improvement and apply learning to enhance performance.
  3. Describe your experience in strengthening organisational practices and culture using robust MEL evidence and process.