The Pacific Community (SPC)



Job Type


Closing Date

23rd Nov 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 Public Health Division (PHD) employs around 23 staff based in Noumea and Suva. It supports members in developing healthier Pacific Island people and communities by providing assistance in clinical services. The primary focus of the division is to provide scientific and technical assistance and to support the implementation of plans and programmes in the Pacific Island countries and territories (PICTs). The primary goals for all PHD activities is to promote population health and well-being, prevent disease and injury, restore and/or maintain health and reduce inequalities in health. PHD is primarily concerned with improving and protecting public (population) health, rather than individual treatment services. The PHD is comprised of three programmes: Research, Evidence and Information Programme, and NCD Prevention and Control Programme and Clinical Services Programme. The current position is located within the Clinical Services Programme.


The Nursing Adviser will be responsible for leading and providing technical assistance on nursing services, research and policy development.


The key responsibilities of the role include:

  • Lead and manage nursing and midwifery leadership and governance activities at a regional level
  • Lead and facilitate communication, coordination and networking between nursing stakeholders and partners
  • Lead and Implement cost effective regional nursing and midwifery approaches
  • Develop and manage the networks with established institutions to conduct relevant nursing and midwifery research
  • Develop new regional nursing networks and strengthen existing nursing networks
  • Contribute as an active member of the PHD team with programme planning, budgeting, reporting and publication.


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


Key selection criteria



  • A registered nurse with master’s degree in a relevant field such as Nursing, Health Leadership or Management, Health Research or Public Health


Knowledge and experience

  • At least 10 years of experience leading and/or managing nursing services in the Pacific
  • Demonstrated excellent understanding of project management principles
  • Demonstrated extensive work experience in nursing services planning and development


Essential skills

  • Demonstrated experience in the development of nursing policies and programmes
  • Demonstrated ability to implement a sector-wide response to nursing issues


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 – 3 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 Nursing Adviser is a Band 11 position in SPC’s 2020 salary scale, with a starting salary range of 3,015‒3,769 SDR (special drawing rights) per month, which currently converts to approximately FJD 8,986–11,233 (USD 4,161–5,202; EUR 3,709–4,636). 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 Date23 November 2020 – 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. What do you think are the 3 key challenges for nursing across the Pacific Island Countries and Territories and how would you address each of these challenges?
  2. The ‘State of the World’s Nursing’ report urges governments to create at least 6 million new nursing jobs by 2030, to offset the projected nurse shortages across the world. How would you build and maintain the nursing workforce within the PICTs.
  3. Health emergency is becoming a norm for PICT’s. As a Nursing Adviser for the Pacific Community, what advice would you give to the Pacific Heads of Nursing and Midwifery (PHoNM) to build a resilient nursing workforce?