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 (3) areas of scientific programming and two areas of focus within this division:
- Oceans and Maritime Programme (OMP) – assists member countries with services that provide applied ocean science and knowledge for evidence-based policy-making and technical solutions for improved ocean and maritime governance, management and capacity development.
- Georesources and Energy Programme (GEP) – assists member countries by applying technical knowledge in the areas of geoscience and sustainable energy use.
- Disaster and Community Resilience Programme (DCRP) – assists member countries to demonstrate strengthened resilience through integrated action on disaster risk management, climate change adaptation, natural resource management and increased access to water and sanitation.
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 information and spatial data services across SPC work programmes, projects and countries.
The Energy Officer will be supporting the coordination and implementation of the Framework for Energy Security and Resilience in the Pacific (FESRIP) 2021-2030. More specifically, the incumbent will be responsible for energy data management, supporting energy policy development / review, regional energy regulation activities, and tracking of energy progress against targets.
The key responsibilities of the role include:
- Energy Data and Knowledge Management
- Energy Planning, Policy and Regulation
- Regional Energy Tracking Coordination and Monitoring
For a more detailed account of the key responsibilities, please refer to the job description provided.
Key selection criteria
- A tertiary degree in statistics, economics, engineering or science and / or closely related fields from a recognised institution
Knowledge and experience
- At least 6 years of experience in energy statistics, planning and knowledge management
- Good technical experience in energy data analytics and modelling
- Experience with policy, planning, and econometrics
- Reasonable knowledge of work planning, and monitoring and evaluation
- Experience in advocacy, use of communication tools and capacity building efforts
- Computer literacy particularly with Microsoft Office and GIS applications are essential
- Ability to plan, prioritize, and coordinate activities
- Ability to handle high pressure situations and meet deadlines
- Excellent English communication skills (oral and written) with a working knowledge of French being an advantage
Interpersonal skills and cultural awareness
- Excellent interpersonal skills in the multicultural environment of the Pacific Islands
Salary, terms and conditions
Contract Duration – Until 31 December 2022
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.
Remuneration – The Energy Officer is a Band 8 position in SPC’s 2021 salary scale, with a starting salary range of 1,994‒2,493 SDR (special drawing rights) per month, which currently converts to approximately FJD 6,022–7,528 (USD 2,772–3,465; EUR 2,446–3,058). 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 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.
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 – 23 November 2021 at 11:45pm Fiji time
Applicants must apply online.
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 short-listing stage.
- One of the important roles of this position is to manage the existing Pacific Regional Data Repository (PRDR) web portal. Can you share your experience in energy data and knowledge management?
- You will be required to collect and analyse energy data to support the development and review of national energy policies and regulatory frameworks. Could you describe your experiences in energy data analysis and modelling?
- Describe your involvement and achievements in energy policies and energy frameworks?
- Describe your involvement and achievements in energy monitoring, tracking, and evaluation against targets?