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 unique organisation works across more than 25 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 Climate Change and Environmental Sustainability Programme (CCES) was established to enable SPC to strengthen and streamline its actions on climate change by bringing together work already undertaken by the organisation under a coherent strategic and technical leadership. In addition, it leads the actions of SPC on climate change and environmental sustainability, works with the Organisation’s regional and international partners and promotes the integration of these issues into all development activities conducted by the Organisation’s divisions.
The role – the Climate Finance Officer, under the supervision of the Adviser – Climate Finance, will have the following key responsibilities:
- Provide technical assistance in the identification, development and design of GCF and, pending accreditation, AF projects
- Support the writing & reviewing process of GCF and AF concept notes, as well as GCF readiness proposals.
- Provide technical inputs on climate rationale, theory of change, logical framework, investment criteria, and budget & procurement plans of GCF and AF proposals.
- Contribute to the environmental and social risk assessment of proposals, in line with the SPC SER policy.
- Support the organization of project development meetings, workshops, and in-country visits with relevant stakeholders.
- Contribute to the development of Terms of Reference.
- Help to secure funding from the GCF Project Preparation Facility (PPF) by drafting PPF application form.
- Provide technical guidance, awareness and training to SPC’s divisions on GCF and, pending accreditation, AF projects development
- Support the delivery of training, guidance and information to SPC’s divisions regarding the GCF and, pending accreditation, the AF, their policies and modalities, their requirements and the respective project development processes at SPC.
- Provide technical guidance to relevant SPC staff on specific issues regarding GCF projects identification, development and design.
- Maintain and regularly update the CFU intranet page and associated documents to allow for the provision of relevant information regarding the GCF (and, upon accreditation, the AF) to SPC’s division.
- Support the management of CFU-led climate finance projects
- Support the CCES director to manage the FSM GCF Readiness Project phase 2 project, in collaboration with SPC Micronesia Regional Office and the FSM NDA.
- Ad-hoc support to the Climate Finance Adviser and CCES director in the management of upcoming GCF projects.
- Support the CFU operations and the CCES programme
- Contribute to the management of knowledge and monitor updates on GCF policies and procedures, as well as regional efforts.
- Prepare purchase orders and process invoices related to CFU’s activities.
- Monitor CFU budget and expenditures, in full collaboration with SPC Finance office, and produce report upon request.
- Support the organization of and participate in GCF prioritization committee.
- Support the Climate finance adviser on MEL activities, including requests from Strategy Performance and Learning (SPL) office.
- Provide ad-hoc support to all CFU procurement processes, in full collaboration with SPC procurement office.
- Organize travels, missions and events of the CFU.
- Support the accreditation process to the AF with the development and provision of associated documents.
For a more detailed account of the key responsibilities, please refer to the online job description.
Key selection criteria
- Master degree in a relevant field relating to climate change, sustainable development, development assistance etc.
- Technical expertise
- At least 3 years of experience in project development and/or project management in field of climate change and/or sustainable development.
- Demonstrated competence in being well organized, works effectively under minimal supervision, able to multi-task, and effectively meet deadlines on multiple, and sometimes urgent requests for support.
- Language skills
- Excellent English communication skills (oral and written).
- Interpersonal skills and cultural awareness
- A proactive and positive team player able to work effectively in a multicultural environment, with great initiative, willing to lend a hand in a broad range of tasks to support the CCES team in achieving their goals.
- Knowledge of Pacific Island countries and territories is an advantage.
Salary, terms and conditions
Contract Duration – This position is budgeted for 3 years and is subject to renewal depending on performance and funding.
Remuneration – the Climate Finance Officer is a Band 8 position in SPC’s 2020 salary scale, with a starting salary range of 2,850–3,467 SDR (special drawing rights) per month, which currently converts to approximately XPF 419,768–510,535 (USD 3,933–4,784; EUR 3,518–4,278). An offer of appointment for an initial contract will be made in the lower half of this range, with due consideration being given to experience and qualifications. Progression within the salary scale will be based on annual performance reviews. SPC salaries are not presently subject to income tax in New Caledonia.
Benefits for international staff based in New Caledonia – SPC provides subsidised housing in Noumea. Establishment and relocation grant, removal expenses, airfares, home leave, medical and life insurance, and education allowance are available for eligible employees and their recognised dependents. Employees are entitled to 25 days of annual leave 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.
Closing date: 24 May 2020 – 11:00 pm Nouméa Time.
Job Reference: AL000284.
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 with 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.
All positions at SPC have specific screening questions. If you do not respond to all of the screening questions, your application will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed at shortlisting stage.
- In your opinion, what are the key characteristics of a GCF project?
- What do you see as the key tasks in overseeing the implementation of a project?