Pacific Community - SPC



Job Type


Closing Date

15th Feb 2019

— Description —

The Pacific Community (SPC) invites applications for the position of Project Manager – Building prosperity for women producers, processors and women owned businesses through organic value chains (BPWP) 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 Pacific Organic and Ethical Trade Community (POETCom) is the peak body of the organics movement in the Pacific, housed as a programme within the Pacific Community (SPC). POETCom serves as the regional body for the organics industry advocating on issues that affect the development of organics at regional and national levels and providing support to the development of organics across the Pacific region.


The Project - Building prosperity for women producers, processors and women owned businesses through organic value chains (BPWP), is a four-year project funded by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and implemented by Pacific Organic and Ethical Trade Community (POETCom) in partnership with the Pacific Community (SPC). The project’s goal is to identify and support organic value chains that benefit women as producers, suppliers, processors and entrepreneurs, while also enhancing their capacity for inter-regional organic trade. The project will be implemented across four locations – Kiribati, Pohnpei state (FSM), Palau and the Republic of Marshall Islands (RMI) through intensive technical support to producers, processors and businesses to adopt organic practices and achieve organic certification.


The role – The Project Manager (BPWP) will provide strategic vision, management and direction for the building prosperity for women producers, processors and women owned businesses through organic value chains (BPWP) project. The Project Manager will oversee implementation of all aspects of the BPWP project, including coordination of the numerous partners involved at national (producers and government institutions) and regional levels, as well as internally within SPC. The position is responsible for in-country activity implementation, financial management, reporting and operations.


The key responsibilities of the role include:

  • Project management
  • Supervision, mentoring and supporting staff and consultants
  • Facilitation of effective communication among and between national partners and regional development partners


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


Key selection criteria



  • Bachelor’s degree in agriculture, agricultural economics, international development, business, gender or a related field


Knowledge and experience

  • At least 10 years of experience on agricultural, economic growth, and or gender programmes or activities in the Pacific region
  • At least 5 years of project management experience
  • Experience working on a donor-funded project is highly desirable


Essential skills

  • Leadership skills, including coordination and mentoring of staff
  • Report writing, planning and organising skills
  • Strong negotiation skills
  • Advocacy with demonstrated initiative and ability to think laterally to identify innovative solutions
  • Meticulous attention to detail with high computer literacy


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 – Three years


Remuneration – The Project Manager – Building prosperity for women producers, processors and women owned businesses through organic value chains (BPWP) 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 1,170–2,625 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 Date – 15 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:

Please describe in 400 words or less per question:


  1. What you consider the keys to the successful management of a project involving private and public sector stakeholders across multiple countries?
  2. What would you say are the most challenging issues in implementing a project related to gender and organic agriculture in the Pacific region?
  3. Provide an example of a donor-funded project you have managed. Highlight what challenges you faced in project and financial management, and what you did to overcome these challenges.