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 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 Programme (OMP) – Driving growth in blue economies through well-informed and inclusive action from integrated solutions for ocean and coastal management and maritime and transport.
- Geo-resources and Energy Programme (GEP) – 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 Programme (DCRP) – 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. Several regional climate change projects are housed in this programming area.
- The other two focus areas within this division are Programming and Operations, responsible for driving integrated programming excellence and operational support across the division, and Geo-informatics, which is responsible for providing diverse, integrated, and unique and demand-driven services across SPC work programmes, projects and countries. This includes developing, managing, building on and retaining or preserving spatial data and information for the benefit of all scientific areas.
One such project is the EU-funded Global Climate Change Alliance Plus Scaling up Pacific Adaptation (GCCA+ SUPA) project. The overall objective of the GCCA+ SUPA project is to enhance climate change adaptation and resilience within ten Pacific island countries (Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Tonga and Tuvalu). The specific objective is to strengthen the implementation of sector-based, but integrated, climate change and disaster risk management strategies and plans.
The three outputs of the GCCA+SUPA project are: (i) Climate and disaster risk information, knowledge management, monitoring and strategic planning capacities strengthened at national and regional levels led by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP); (ii) Planning and decision making capacities to address climate change and disaster risks at sub-national and community level strengthened, applying participatory, gender-sensitive and rights-based approaches led by the University of the South Pacific (USP); and (iii) Strategic and local interventions for climate change adaptation and mainstreaming scaled up in up to five sectors led by SPC.
The Digital Communications Assistant will provide support with the implementation and monitoring of the GCCA+ SUPA communications plan particularly the development of up-to-date information and digital knowledge products that reflect the activities of countries and partner agencies.
The key responsibilities of the role include the following:
- Assist with the implementation and monitoring of the GCCA+ SUPA Communications Plan such that the project is communicated as one comprehensive action in close collaboration with partners from SPREP (Output 1) and USP (Output 2), and within the frameworks of the three implementing organisations and the EU Visibility Guidelines
- Support the development of a wide range of communication products, with an emphasis on digital media, including, photo essays, videos, infographics, social media campaigns and products
- Assist in maintaining the GCCA+ SUPA website, ensure content is regularly uploaded, accurate and up to date
- Provide administrative and communications support to the overall project including the design and layout of project reports and publications, event management and donor visibility
For a more detailed account of the key responsibilities, please refer to the job description provided.
Key selection criteria
- A tertiary degree in a relevant field such as graphic design, communications, journalism, mass communications
Knowledge and experience
- At least 4 years of communications-related experience in a multi-stakeholder donor funded project, preferably at a regional or international organisation
- Proven experience with two different platforms in designing and publishing content for the web and social media for a range of audiences and platform
- Proven experience in videography (filming and editing)
- Experience with climate change communications in the Pacific
- Excellent computer skills across necessary MS office and photo and video editing applications
- Excellent interpersonal skills with people from all sections of society, and from different cultures, countries and institutions
- Sound coordination, organisational, administrative, reporting and tracking skills
- Excellent English communication skills (oral and written)
Interpersonal skills and cultural awareness
- Ability to work in a multicultural, inclusive and equitable environment
Salary, terms and conditions
Contract Duration – Until 30 June 2023
Remuneration – This is a full-time position at Band 7 in SPC’s 2021 salary scale, with a commencing taxable salary range of FJD 2,232-2,790 per month, plus local staff benefits. An offer of appointment for an initial contract will 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.
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 – 25 November 2021 until 11:45pm Fiji time
Applicants must apply online at: http://careers.spc.int/
Hard copies of applications will not be accepted.
To be considered for this role, you must provide us with:
- an updated resume
- 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.
Please ensure that you respond to all of 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.
Only Fijian citizens are eligible to apply for this role.
- Recognising the oral tradition of Pacific Islanders, describe two types of media channels that you think have the most impact on an intended Pacific audience and why.
- Describe three ways to make a project website exciting and attractive to a wide audience
- Provide an example of a piece of communications work that you are most proud of and explain what your role was in developing, publishing or completing this piece of work.