Deputy Director General (Science and Capability)

Pacific Community (SPC)
Suva, Fiji
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
10+ Years
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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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 organisation has approximately 600 staff.

The Pacific Community and its Secretariat’s shares the vision for our region adopted by Pacific Islands Forum Leaders under the Framework for Pacific Regionalism: Our Pacific vision is for a region of peace, harmony, security, social inclusion and prosperity, so that all Pacific people can lead free, healthy and productive lives.’   Its mission is to work for the well-being of Pacific people through the effective and innovative application of science and knowledge, guided by a deep understanding of the Pacific Islands contexts and cultures.

The organisation has gained a reputation for providing real solutions to real problems in the Pacific (SPC Strategic Plan 2016‒2020) and strives to maintain professionalism, integrity and pragmatism in delivering its services.  The heart of SPC is its integrated work programme, which combines diverse disciplines enabling a multisectoral approach to regional development. The work programme focuses on delivering technical assistance, research, education and training through courses, workshops and seminars to Pacific Island member countries and territories. More information is available from SPC’s Strategic Plan 2016‒2020 and website:

SPC’s headquarters are in Noumea, New Caledonia. Other offices include the Fiji Regional Office in Suva, Fiji, the Micronesia Regional Office in Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia, the Melanesia Regional Office in Port Vila, Vanuatu.

The role

The Deputy Director General – Science and Capability provides executive leadership and management for  all of SPC’s scientific and technical divisions and programmes, covering the following disciplines: fisheries, aquaculture and marine ecosystems, public health, climate change and environmental sustainability, statistics for development, land resources, geosciences energy and maritime, educational quality and assessment, and human and social development.

The Deputy Director-General Science and Capability is the Director-General’s representative in Fiji and represents the Director-General at high levels in Fiji and in regional and international fora.

The role collaborates closely with the Deputy Director General Operations and Integration in the implementation and execution of SPC’s integrated and country programs and supports SPC’s resource mobilisation efforts and partner engagement.

The key result areas for the position are:

  1. Provide executive leadership and management to all SPC’s divisional programmes.
  2. Represent the Director-General in relations with the Government of Fiji as host of SPC’s Fiji offices.
  3. Represent the Director-General, as required, at high levels in bilateral relationships with members and partners, and in regional and international fora.
  4. Integrated and Country Programming – Support the DDG Operations and Integration in cross-divisional and regional integration efforts to ensure that SPC is well placed to respond to member articulated needs through multisectoral approaches.
  5. Resource mobilisation - Support the DDG Operations and Integration in SPC’s divisional resource mobilisation efforts and input into partnerships and resource mobilisation strategies and actions.
  6. Proactively support the Director-General in leading organisational improvement and change management.
  7. Collaborate actively across SPC to foster a united “One SPC” culture of compliance with policies and legal requirements.

Key selection criteria

  1. Qualifications
  • Post graduate qualification in a relevant discipline (e.g. Science, economics, law, development studies, business, public administration, organisational development).
  1. Knowledge / Experience
  • Excellent leadership and management skills, including demonstrated general management, people management and financial management skills.
  • Extensive experience at an executive or senior management level that includes at least 10 years working at an international level.
  • Very strong analytical and conceptual skills.
  • Excellent communication and negotiation skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to implement organisational change in a complex environment.
  • Familiarity with donor agencies and their requirements and demonstrated resource mobilisation skills.
  • Ability to work well in a multi-cultural and gender-sensitive environment.
  1. Key Behaviours
  • Change and Innovation
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Teamwork
  • Promotion of Equity and Equality
  • Judgement
  • Building Individual Capacity
  • Dedicated effort and commitment to the role and organisation
  1. Personal Attributes
  • Ability to think strategically
  • Ability to operate in a political environment
  • Ability to analyse situations and make sound decisions even when information is imperfect
  • Ability to handle conflicts between staff
  • Diplomatic skills and tact
  • Respect for SPC corporate values
  • Resilience
  • High level of professional integrity and ethics
  • Demonstrated high level commitment to customer service
  1. 5. Language skills
  • For English speakers, a good working knowledge of French, or for French speakers, a good working knowledge of English.

Salary, terms and conditions

Contract Duration – The position is budgeted for 3 years and is subject to renewal depending on performance and funding.

Remuneration – The Deputy Director General  – Science and Capability is a Band 17 position in SPC’s 2020 salary scale, with a starting salary range of 7,264 – 9,080 SDR (special drawing rights) per month, which currently converts to approximately FJD 21,646 – 27,058 (USD 10,024 – 12.530; EUR 8,964 – 11.206). 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.

Benefits for international staff employees based in Fiji - SPC provides subsidised housing in Fiji. 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

bilinguism, 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. Applicants will be assured of complete confidentiality in line with SPC’s privacy policy.

Due to the current travel restrictions caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic, and the priority SPC places on its staff safety, health and well-being, please note that there may be delays in taking up the appointment. These matters will be discussed thoroughly with successful candidates. In most cases, any appointment and on-boarding would only commence when relocation to the duty station is permitted.

Application procedure

Closing date: 4th October 2020 @ 11:00 pm Nouméa Time

Job Reference: AL000333

All applicants must apply online at

Hard copies of applications will not be accepted.

For your application to be considered, you must provide us with:

  • a detailed curriculum vitae with contact details for three professional referees (including telephone and email contacts);
  • a cover letter detailing your qualifications, experience and explaining how these meet the specific requirements of the position;
  • response to the screening question with a maximum of 2.000 characters.

Please ensure your documents are in Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF format.

All positions at SPC have specific screening question(s). If you do not respond to the screening question(s), your application will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed at shortlisting stage.

Testimonials may be provided with the application but are not necessary and will not be considered a substitute for confidential referees’ reports, which will be sought directly by SPC.

Screening question: (with a maximum of 2.000 characters)

  • Please describe your vision for the Pacific Community, including what you see as the key focus areas over the next two years to achieve your vision.

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