Pacific Community - SPC



Job Type


Closing Date

15th Aug 2019

— Description —

The Pacific Community (SPC) invites applications for the position of Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Adviser located at its regional office in Suva, Fiji.




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 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 – Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Adviser is responsible for supporting divisional planning, programming, resource mobilisation and performance management with evidence generation and analysis. This includes providing high-level policy advice and reporting for LRD programmes and projects to enable the division to enhance its development effectiveness and achieve better research and development outcomes.


The key responsibilities of the role include:

  • Leading the implementation and communication of the Planning, Evaluation, Accountability, Reflection and Learning (PEARL) policy by providing LRD with high level MEL capability guidance, capacity building and technical support.
  • Developing tools for integrated programme development, monitoring, learning and impact assessment and reporting work within LRD. Specifically providing technical advice, capacity development and guidance to the division and member countries focal points on the development of results monitoring frameworks and results reporting.
  • Supporting programme development in terms of the evidence from PMEL work, including development of Theory of Change and results frameworks for concepts or proposals.
  • Assisting or leading other LRD strategic initiatives as a member of the LRD Directorate team.
  • Leading LRD’s contribution to whole of SPC thinking, monitoring and reporting against the Pacific Community Strategic Plan.

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


Key selection criteria



  • A post graduate degree in a specialised field such as evaluation, economics, project design, project management or international development


Knowledge and experience

  • At least 10 years of experience in monitoring and results reporting for the sustainable development sector
  • Thorough understanding of international best practices in a wide range of quantitative and qualitative evaluation methods and data analysis
  • At least 3 years of experience in programme design and proposal writing for large bilateral donors, including conceptualising and technical writing
  • Experience building staff capacity in monitoring and reporting, including the consolidation of data from multiple locations and projects for results reporting at the divisional level
  • Experience in strategic planning and consultation processes 


Essential skills

  • Ability to train and motivate divisional staff on M&E systems, proposal development, monitoring and results reporting and use of online reporting tools
  • Strategic thinker with well-developed analytical skills and meticulous attention to detail
  • Ability to design effective monitoring systems and data collection tools
  • Report writing skills
  • Familiarity with donor reporting requirements


Language skills

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


Interpersonal skills and cultural awareness 

  • Strong influencing and relationship building skills
  • Ability to work in a multicultural, inclusive and equitable environment


Salary, terms and conditions


Contract Duration – Three years


Remuneration – The Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Adviseris a Band 11 position in SPC’s 2019 salary scale, with a starting salary range of 2,942‒3,677 SDR (special drawing rights) per month, which currently converts to approximately FJD 8,679–10,848 (USD 4,177–5,222; EUR 3,522–4,402). 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 1,230–2,750 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 – 15 August 2019


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. How can accurate results reporting inform changes in a programme?
  2. Learning is key to making incremental changes. How can you ensure learning is shared and utilised across a diverse portfolio of land resource programmes?
  3. What are some innovative monitoring, evaluation and learning tools you can offer to ensure the robustness of quality performance exercises?