Pacific Community



Job Type


Closing Date

27th Feb 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 surveillance, 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 areas of scientific programming and two areas of focus within this division:


  1. Oceans and Maritime – Driving growth in blue economies through well-informed and inclusive action from integrated solutions for ocean and coastal management and maritime and transport.
  2. Geo-resources and Energy – Strengthening the management of the Earth’s non-living resources through responsible harnessing of mineral resources, including metalliferous and development minerals, and clean and renewable energy resources, such as solar, wind, and geothermal for sustainable development.
  3. Disaster and Community Resilience – Improving resilience and sustainability through the management of disaster risk and assessment of hazards. This includes building resilience through wider support for climate change, disaster risk management (DRM) initiatives, and water and sanitation initiatives. Several regional climate change projects are housed in this programming area.
  4. The other two focus areas within this division are Programming and Operations, responsible for driving integrated programming excellence and operational support across the division, and Geo-informatics, which is responsible for providing diverse, integrated, and unique and demand-driven services across SPC work programmes, projects and countries. This includes developing, managing, building on and retaining or preserving spatial data and information for the benefit of all scientific areas.


The EU-funded Global Climate Change Alliance Plus Scaling up Pacific Adaptation (GCCA+ SUPA), which aims to enhance climate change adaptation and resilience within ten Pacific Island countries (Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Tonga and Tuvalu) is housed in the Disaster and Community Resilience Programming area.


The three outputs of the GCCA+SUPA project are: (i) Climate and disaster risk information, knowledge management, monitoring and strategic planning capacities strengthened at national and regional levels led by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP); (ii) Planning and decision making capacities to address climate change and disaster risks at sub-national and community level strengthened, applying participatory, gender-sensitive and rights-based approaches led by the University of the South Pacific (USP); and (iii) Strategic and local interventions for climate change adaptation and mainstreaming scaled up in up to five sectors led by SPC.


The role – The Project Implementation Officer (x2) will assist the countries to understand scaling-up, selecting the focus sector, designing the measures (on-the-ground measures and mainstreaming measures), and implementing and evaluating the activities. Each Project Implementation Officer will be responsible for five of the ten countries and will also contribute to the overall objectives of GCCA+ SUPA together with SPREP and USP partners. 


The key responsibilities of the role include the following:

  1. Assist the countries to (a) understand scaling-up, and (b) to select the focus sector, design the measures (on-the-ground measures and mainstreaming measures) that fulfil the criteria for scaling-up Pacific adaptation to climate change within the framework of the GCCA+ SUPA budget and SPC’s Financial Regulations.
  2. Assist five of the countries implement, monitor and evaluate the delivery of the on-the-ground measures and mainstreaming measures in collaboration with the National Coordinators.
  3. Contribute to national and regional training, technical exchange, capacity building and communication activities, and coordinate closely with CROP agencies delivering Outputs 1 and 2 of the project.

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


Key selection criteria



  • University degree in natural resources management, environment management, climate change, physical planning or related field.


Knowledge and experience

  • At least 8 years’ experience working with Pacific island countries in areas relating to climate change, disaster risk management and capacity building
  • At least 4 years’ experience working in regional/international organisations to design and deliver donor-funded, climate change projects in the Pacific islands
  • Demonstrated experience with the implementation of multi-sector projects in a cross-cutting field such as climate change


Essential skills

  • Proven track record in the monitoring and evaluation of project outputs
  • Experience with multi-stakeholder participatory and consultative approaches including gender sensitive and rights-based approaches.
  • Excellent PC-based computer skills, including knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook


Language skills

  • Excellent English communication skills (oral and written)


Interpersonal skills and cultural awareness

  • Ability to work in a multicultural, inclusive and equitable environment


Salary, terms and conditions


Contract Duration – Three years


Remuneration – The Project Implementation Officer is a Band 9 position in SPC’s 2019 salary scale, with a starting salary range of 2,174‒2,718 SDR (special drawing rights) per month, which currently converts to approximately FJD 6,414–8,018 (USD 3,088–3,859; EUR 2,603–3,254). 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 1,170–2,625 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 Date27 February 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. The project involves a new approach for small Pacific Island nations, that of “scaling-up” successful climate adaptation measures. (This is instead of starting up new demonstration projects). Describe two ways in which you would explain this new approach to country stakeholders – government agencies, non-governmental organisations, communities, women and vulnerable groups.
  2. Considering the ten countries participating in this project, identify two sectors where you think most of the effort will be expended and justify your selection.
  3. Delivering on-the-ground climate change adaptation measures in small remote Pacific island countries brings many challenges. Based on your experience, identify the two most important challenges and how you would go about addressing them.