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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 Fiji National Coordinator will coordinate the implementation of all project activities and undertake all reporting on GCCA+ SUPA project activities in Fiji; and the secondary responsibility is to provide any required assistance to the Fiji Climate Change and International Cooperation Division.
The key responsibilities of the role include the following:
- Coordinate the implementation of all project activities, and undertake all reporting on GCCA+ SUPA project activities in Fiji. The activities include consultations, coordination, implementation, liaison, reporting (narrative and financial), communications, and monitoring and evaluation;
- Provide any required assistance to the Fiji Climate Change and International Cooperation Division.
For a more detailed account of the key responsibilities, please refer to the job description provided.
Key selection criteria
- Degree in business administration, commerce, environmental resource management, environmental engineering, climate change
Knowledge and experience
- At least 3 years’ experience in project coordination and delivery in climate change or a related field
- Experience with complex project activities involving different stakeholders
- Proven track record of working with teams across sectors and sites and producing high quality results with minimum supervision
- Knowledge of Fiji’s policies, strategies, institutions, and regulations
- Strong interpersonal and communication skills with an ability to articulate and communicate complex issues and positions to senior administrators and community beneficiaries alike
- Excellent PC-based computer skills, including knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook
- Sound coordination, administrative, networking, and collaborative 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 – 2 years
Remuneration – This is a full-time position at Band 7 in SPC’s 2020 salary scale, with a commencing taxable salary range of FJD 2,232-2,790 per month, plus local staff benefits. An offer of appointment for an initial contract will 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.
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. Successful candidates will be required to provide a police clearance certificate.
Closing Date: 29th January 2020 – 11:45pm Fiji time
Applicants must apply online.
Hard copies of applications will not be accepted.
To be considered for this role, you must provide us with:
- an updated resume
- 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.
Please ensure that you respond to all of 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.
Only Fijian citizens are eligible to apply for this role.
- Please describe a project in which you have been involved when you had to consult with many different stakeholders and obtain their views on proposed project activities. How did you organize the consultation and was it successful?
- Discuss three aspects of project coordination that you consider most important.
- Delivering on-the-ground climate change adaptation measures, such as addressing food and water security in communities in Fiji, brings many challenges. Based on your experience, identify the two most important challenges and how you would go about addressing them.