Team Leader Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning

Pacific Community (SPC)

Suva, , FJ


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.

Strategy, Performance and Learning (SPL) is a specialised unit within SPC’s Office of the Director-General. SPL has staff based at our headquarters in Noumea, as well as our regional office in Suva. The team has the following core functions: (i) analyse, anticipate, plan and innovate for the future through SPC’s strategy, business planning and strategic projects; (ii) document, report on and unpack results and lessons from programs for course correction and adaptation for improved performance and programme design, and to enhance accountability and (iii) grow and nurture strategic thinking and monitoring, evaluation and learning capability across the breadth and depth of the Pacific Community to ensure SPC scientific and technical work is impactful and meets member’s development needs.

SPL engages with SPC membership and key strategic relationships through managing the Committee of Representatives of Governments and Administrations (CRGA) subcommittee on the implementation of the Pacific Community strategic plan, which meets twice a year to look at SPC’s performance against the strategy and act as a reference point for prioritisation.

The role – Team Leader – Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning is responsible for conceptualising and leading the monitoring, evaluation and learning culture and practice across the breadth and depth of the organisation. This role will be key to enhancing SPC’s impact across the Pacific region.

The key responsibilities of the role include:

  • Technical and Service Delivery – lead the MEL team within SPL and the SPC-wide MEL group (MELnet) in providing SPC with the strategic and programming MEL capability
  • Strategic Advice and Executive Support – provide strategic evidence on organisational performance assessment through high level analysis, synthesis, coordination and dissemination of MEL in SPC’s implementation of the Strategic Plan
  • Thought Leadership – participate in and lead relevant internal and external communities of practice, publish technical papers, blogs, working papers, and other influence products for the MEL community
  • Staff Leadership, Management and Mentoring – co create and maintain a positive team culture in which staff are empowered to contribute, be creative, be accountable and grow leadership capabilities

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

Key selection criteria


  • A master’s degree in a relevant field such as evaluation, international development, public sector policy or administration

Knowledge and experience

  • At least 10 years of relevant experience in monitoring, evaluation and learning, on donor/grant-funded projects or programmes
  • good understanding of international best practices in development effectiveness
  • At least 6 years of experience in the design, leadership, and management of programmes and projects, and good understanding of the project management cycle
  • Experience training, mentoring and coaching staff and country partners on M&E 

Essential skills

  • Strategic thinker with well-developed analytical skills and attention to detail
  • Skilled in project management and coordination
  • People management including staff appraisals and performance management
  • Skilled user of databases for entering, processing/cleaning, and extracting data

Language skills

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

Interpersonal skills and cultural awareness

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and experience in working with and across the organisation in a multi-cultural, multi-disciplinary and gender-sensitive environment

Salary, terms and conditions

Contract Duration – Three years

Remuneration – The Team Leader – Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning is a Band 12 position in SPC’s 2020 salary scale, with a starting salary range of 3,478‒4,348 SDR (special drawing rights) per month, which currently converts to approximately XPF 689,925–848,231 (USD 6,465–7,948; EUR 5,782–7,108) or FJD 10,365–12,956 (USD 4,800–6,000; EUR 4,278–5,348). 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. SPC salaries are not presently subject to income tax in New Caledonia.

Benefits for international employees – SPC provides a housing allowance. 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 April 2020

Applicants must apply online at

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. Please describe how you have developed an organisational level results framework, in your answer, please include technical and interpersonal processes.
  2. SPC is a learning organisation and values monitoring and evaluative processes that generate evidence to be accountable to our members and to learn from our actions, challenges and achievements. Please describe ways in which you have used M&E to generate learning, disseminate and apply learning for performance improvement.  
  3. Describe your experience in strengthening organisational culture for generation and use of robust MEL evidence, highlighting approaches with different organisational stakeholders (MEL practitioners, Programme Managers, Senior Managers etc.)
  4. SPC’s MELNet is an established community of practice. Describe how you would strengthen their role in transforming the organisational culture towards evidence-based decision making through contextually and culturally responsive MEL practice.

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