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, geoscience, and conservation of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture.
In commemorating the SPC’s 70th anniversary, the 10th Conference of the Pacific Community in 2017 agreed to task SPC to establish the Pacific Community Centre for Ocean Science (PCCOS) to be hosted at SPC in order to first set up a virtual Centre that brings together all of SPC’s internal scientific and technical expertise around ocean science, and in a second phase to pursue the objective of becoming a true flag ship for scientific excellence and a dedicated regional science information and knowledge hub that brings together expertise in ocean and fisheries science through partnerships with other national and international scientific bodies. The initiative is now in the second phase operationalising and structuring PCCOS to implement integrated programming in ocean science and innovative international and regional partnerships to serve SPC’s country member integrated ocean governance and management.
The role – Coordinator – Partnerships and Engagement implements the Pacific Community Centre for Ocean Science governance and coordination framework and its associated project to support integrating programming in ocean science at SPC. The role assists the Head of PCCOS and coordinate activities to actively engage across SPC and with Pacific Islands Countries and Territories and partners to achieve coordinated ocean science in the Pacific
The key responsibilities of the role include:
- Coordination and Governance – implement PCCOS governance processes (internal and external) for the delivery of coordinated ocean science in the Pacific
- Capacity Development – contribute to the development and delivery of capacity-building activities for SPC’s member countries to understand and apply ocean science
- Integrated Programming – implement integrated programming in ocean science across SPC monitoring and evaluating excellence in ocean science, effectiveness of partnerships and SPC member countries science-based ocean governance
- Project and Staff Development and Management – support development and implementation, and report projects and associated budgets
For a more detailed account of the key responsibilities, please refer to the job description provided.
Key selection criteria
- Postgraduate degree in one of the relevant disciplines related to ocean affairs or/and sciences
Knowledge and experience
- At least 10 years of experience in areas of ocean affairs such as policy and governance, law of the sea or ocean science disciplines such as oceanography, marine biology
- Experience implementing multi-country multi-million-dollar projects, including conducting and reporting applied research into issues related to ocean with a focus on physical oceanography
- Demonstrated experience in coordinating development projects involving a wide range of stakeholders in the Pacific Small Islands Developing States
- Ability to communicate technical information related to ocean, climate and sustainable development issues to governments decision makers and the general public
- Experience in designing and delivering training in ocean affairs or ocean science related field
- Ability to facilitate multi-stakeholder engagement and communication
- Project management skills, including monitoring, evaluation and learning
- Integrated programming skills
- Ability to provide technical and policy advice
- Sound analytical and organisational 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 – until July 2023
Remuneration – The Coordinator – Partnerships and Engagement 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 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.
Benefits for international employees based in Fiji – SPC provides a housing allowance of FJD 1,350–3,000 per month. Establishment and repatriation grant, removal expenses, airfares, home leave travel, health and life and disability insurances and education allowances are available for eligible employees and their eligible dependents. Employees are entitled to 25 working days of annual leave per annum and other types of 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.
Recruitment principles – SPC’s recruitment is based on merit and fairness, and candidates are competing in a selection process that is fair, transparent and non-discriminatory. SPC is an equal-opportunity employer, and is committed to cultural and gender diversity, including bilingualism, and will seek to attract and appoint candidates who respect these values. Due attention is given to gender equity and the maintenance of strong representation from Pacific Island professionals. If two interviewed candidates are ranked equal by the selection panel, preference will be given to the Pacific Islander.
Closing Date – 12 August 2020 – 11:45pm Fiji time
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.
- Please identify challenges and opportunities in strengthening oceanic science development in the Pacific region and suggest potential approaches that could be utilised by SPC to enhance and strengthen PCCOS.
- Please outline key partnerships with Pacific and international organisations through which PCCOS would benefit, and how would you go about developing or strengthening engagement with these entities.
- Based on your understanding of PCCOS and SPC, please describe how PCCOS is placed to serve SPC’s Pacific members with ocean data, information and advice.