Pacific Community



Job Type


Closing Date

11th Nov 2019

— 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 Operations and Management Directorate (OMD) provides corporate services to all SPC divisions and programmes. It consists of three key teams: Finance, Human Resources and Information Services. OMD is focused on improving the effectiveness of systems, policies and management so as to provide high-quality customer-oriented services.


The Production Editor is responsible for coordinating all functions within SPC’s Publishing services, to ensure the effective delivery of publishing projects and activities for the entire organisation. The positon reports to the Publishing Coordinator – Team Leader.


The key responsibilities of the role include:

  • Project managing publishing services and workflows, and managing client and stakeholder relationships
  • Publishing due diligence, editing and writing
  • Provide professional and technical advice to programme staff in all SPC offices on publishing issues
  • Rapporteuring
  • Supporting the implementation of full cost recovery processes
  • Supporting SPC’s information and knowledge management processes

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


Key selection criteria



  • A university degree in an appropriate discipline, or equivalent work experience in appropriate fields


Knowledge and experience

  • At least six years’ experience in structural editing, copy-editing and proofreading in a professional setting
  • Excellent project management and organisational skills
  • Experience in digital publishing and also rapporteuring


Essential skills

  • Exceptional writing and communication skills
  • Knowledge of publishing principles (writing, editing, graphic design, layout, printing, distribution, publishing context)
  • Computer literacy and high competence in using various document editing functions
  • Ability to work as part of a team and to coordinate team members’ contributions


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


Required start date – As soon as possible


Contract Duration – This position is budgeted for three years and is subject to renewal depending on performance and funding


Remuneration – The Production Editor is a Band 10 position in SPC’s 2019 salary scale, with a starting salary range of 2,451‒3,063 SDR (special drawing rights) per month, which currently converts to approximately FJD 7,229–9,037 (USD 3,480–4,350; EUR 2,934–3,667). 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 Date11 November 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. Briefly describe a recent publishing project (or other multi-function project) that you have managed or coordinated, outlining the milestone steps to completion, and how you addressed any issues that arose. Please describe the final product that was produced.
  1. Describe your philosophy on, and approach to, managing small to medium-sized, multi-functional teams, including how you ensure that all functions perform effectively to meet management and client expectations, and your approach to staff management.
  1. Describe some of the steps you take to plan and set priorities (for self and team), manage your workload and meet deadlines for a range of competing tasks and priorities (for self and team).