Project and Science Leader

Suva, , FJ


The Pacific Community 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.

The Geoscience, Energy and Maritime Division provides advice, technical assistance, research and training support to Pacific Island countries and territories (PICTs). There are three areas of scientific programming and two areas of focus within this division:

  • Oceans and Maritime – Driving growth in blue economies through well-informed and inclusive action from integrated solutions for ocean and coastal management and maritime and transport.
  • Georesources and Energy – Strengthening the management of the Earth’s non-living resources through responsible harnessing of mineral resources, including metalliferous and development minerals, and clean and renewable energy resources, such as solar, wind, and geothermal for sustainable development.
  • Disaster and Community Resilience – Improving resilience and sustainability through the management of disaster risk and assessment of hazards. This includes building resilience through wider support for climate change, disaster risk management (DRM) initiatives, and water and sanitation initiatives. Ridge to Reef is a stand-alone programme that pulls expertise from the three scientific areas and is located within Disaster and Community Resilience.

The other two focus areas within this division are Programming and Operations, which is responsible for driving integrated programming excellence and operational support across the division, and Geoinformatics, which is responsible for providing diverse, integrated, and unique and demand-driven services across SPC work programmes, projects and countries. This includes developing, managing, and building on and retaining or preserving spatial data and information for the benefit of all scientific areas.

The ProjectRidge to Reef  SPC’s Ridge to Reef (R2R) programme is implementing the International Waters (IW) project, funded by the Global Environment Fund (GEF), to test the mainstreaming of ridge-to-reef climate-resilient approaches to integrated land, water, forest and coastal management in Pacific Island countries. This will be conducted through strategic planning, capacity building and piloted local actions to sustain livelihoods and preserve ecosystem services.

The Role – The Project and Science Leader is responsible for managing the Pacific R2R Project through the supervision and management of all project initiatives. This role will provide quality technical support and policy advice on integrated water, land and coastal management in Pacific small island development states (SIDS). The Project and Science Leader will also coordinate and manage 14 national R2R demonstration projects in line with the project document and the GEF council approved regional R2R Programme Framework.

Please refer to the job description provided for more details about the key responsibilities of the role.

Key selection criteria


  • A Master’s degree in a relevant field, such as social science, natural science, environmental policy and governance or engineering
  • A qualification in project management

Knowledge and experience

  • At least 10 years of relevant experience in international development in cross-sectoral natural resources management
  • At least 7 years of experience in the Pacific Region at both strategic regional and technical national levels
  • Policy development and governance experience at a senior level
  • Successful management of multi-country projects and resources
  • Multi-disciplinary project team leadership and management experience
  • Proven ability to work effectively with partners and the ability to plan coordinate and manage complex multi-country projects
  • Understanding of sustainable development issues in the Pacific, including an understanding of sector policies and how they fit in broader country sustainable development challenges

Essential skills

  • Technical expertise in multi-country project management activities
  • Ability to articulate complex strategies in simple and actionable terms
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative and work without supervision
  • Strategic thinker with well-developed analytical skills
  • Results-oriented problem solving and meticulous attention to detail
  • Excellent PC-based computer skills, including knowledge of Microsoft Project, Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint

Language 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 multi-cultural and gender-sensitive environment
  • Effective communication and relationship-building skills

Salary, terms and conditions

Contract Duration – 1 year

Remuneration – The Project and Science Leader – is a Band 12 position in SPC’s 2017 salary scale, with a starting salary range of 3,327‒4,158 SDR (special drawing rights) per month, which currently converts to approximately FJD 9,714–12,142 (USD 4,624–5,780; EUR 4,206–5,258). 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 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 1,170–2,625 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 at

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 Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF format.

All international 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. Project and Science Leader.docx