Director (Geosciences, Maritime and Energy)

Suva, Fiji 🇫🇯


The Geoscience Division encompasses the following technical work programs: Geoscience for Development, Water and Sanitation, and Disaster Reduction, Energy, Maritime and Transport.

The role – the Director will be pivotal in the execution of executive leadership and management of the division. The Director will shape the strategic direction of the division by overseeing and ensuring high quality provision of scientific, technical and policy support in the development of Geoscience for Development, Water and Sanitation and Disaster Reduction, Energy, Maritime, Transport and for member countries throughout the Pacific.  The Director will ensure complete oversight of Division’s work programme, key functions, and the management of its operations, including budgetary expenditure and overall financial performance of the division.   The Director will coordinate and oversee divisional staff recruitment in consultation with the Deputy-Director, Suva, whilst leading staff management and development.  The key result areas for the position are broadly identified below:

  • Strategy, planning and change management that provides vision and leadership to the division and strategic policy advice on relevant development matters pertaining to the key programme areas; strategic planning to ensure the work of the division meets the needs of SPC members; leadership in implementing change across the division; leadership in cross-divisional integration to ensure the division is well placed to respond to multi-sectoral approaches.
  • Professional and technical oversight of division activities through maintaining close policy dialogue with relevant stakeholders in member countries and beyond the region; proactively driving policy innovation and contribution to research and policy work of SPC’s Strategic Engagement, Planning and Performance Facility; developing and maintaining an integrated divisional work programme; exploring new opportunities that align to emerging priorities of PICT’s.
  • Staff leadership and management to develop the division’s professional staff, annual work plans to ensure consistency with the SPC strategic plan; to maintain awareness and understanding of SPC’s policies; to create and maintain an environment that fosters effective working relationships, staff development, collaboration and high performing teams; to manage the overall human resources of the division.
  • Client and stakeholder relationships to maintain awareness of SPC member country needs in sectors within the scope of the division; to foster healthy relationships with donors and development partners to ensure all opportunities for enrichment are fully explored; to provide advice and counsel to team members on how best to work and liaise with a diverse range of external partner agencies and individuals.
  • Resource mobilisation and financial management to contribute to, drive and support mobilisation initiatives with funding agencies; to ensure the division financial resources are sufficient to maintain core operations; to ensure that the divisions’ audit compliance levels are well maintained to SPC and donor standards.

 For more detailed account of the key result areas, please refer to the Job Description provided.

Key selection criteria


A postgraduate degree in a relevant science field, international development or business administration.  A PhD is desirable.

Technical expertise

At least fifteen years of demonstrated leadership experience in a public sector or research environment managing geoscience related resources or a similar field.  Strong knowledge and experience in financial management.  Demonstrated ability to lead strategically with a solid understanding of delivery programs and projects of work.  Demonstrated experience in relationship building and working with a wide variety of donors and development partners with awareness of their policies and procedures.  Proven history of successfully building and leading multi-disciplinary teams, including people of different national and cultural backgrounds, and demonstrated ability to manage professional, technical, and program support staff in a team environment, ensuring everyone’s role contributes to successful team outputs.   Proven ability in project design, management and reporting.  Excellent Audit, Risk and Financial management skills.

Essential skills

Demonstrated record of accomplishment in change management.  Proven ability to influence work collegially and in partnership with stakeholders and internal partners towards and agreed outcome.  Demonstrated skills and experience in continuous improvement and facilitating innovation across teams.  Excellent verbal and written communication skills and the capacity to effectively represent SPC at regional and international forums. Ability to work constructively to resolve issues, concerns or difference of opinion.

Language skills

Excellent English language skills, with a working knowledge of French being an advantage. 

Interpersonal skills and cultural awareness

Good interpersonal skills. A team player, with the ability to network and work effectively in a multicultural setting. Cultural sensitivity, and a demonstrated understanding of developing country environments. Knowledge of Pacific Island countries and territories is an advantage.

Salary, terms and conditions 

Required starting date – Immediate

Contract duration – 3 years

Remuneration – The Director Geosciences, Maritime and Energy is a Band 15 position within SPC’s 2017 salary scale, with a starting salary range of 5,265-6,582 SDR (special drawing rights) per month, which currently converts to approximately FJD 15,375–19,218 (USD 7,319–9,148; EUR 6,657–8,322). An offer of appointment for an initial contract will normally 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. Remuneration of expatriate SPC staff members is not presently subject to income tax in Fiji; however, Fiji nationals employed by SPC in Fiji will be subject to income tax.

Benefits for international staff employees based in Fiji. SPC provides a housing allowance of FJD 1,170–2,625 per month. 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.

As an equal-opportunity employer, SPC recruits on merit; however if two interviewed candidates are ranked equally by the selection committee, preference will be given to nationals of Pacific Island countries and territories.

Application procedure

Applicants must apply online.

Hard copies of applications will not be accepted or considered.

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 that your documents are in either Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF format.