Integrated Programming and Innovation Officer – Pacific Community (SPC)

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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 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 Strategy, Performance & Learning (SPL) unit is a specialised unit within the Office of the Director-General, with responsibilities for co-developing SPC Strategic Plan and the necessary methodology, capability and practice for monitoring and reporting against the Strategic Plan. SPL has staff based at our headquarters in Noumea, as well as our regional office in Suva. We provide whole of organisation service (Secretariat and member) through: i) Strategy and Planning; ii) Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning; iii) Programming and Design. Our work is focused on creating the conditions for change, grounded in contextually relevant and culturally responsive practice.

The Integrated Programming and Innovation Officer will provide support with the organisation-wide program development and implementation across SPC, including integrated and country programming efforts, and the internal incubator.

The key responsibilities of the role include:

  • Provide research and analysis that supports the development of integrated and country programmes
  • Facilitate, advise and support the management and development of programming processes at SPC.
  • Advise and progress the implementation management of an internal small grants’ facility project (the “Funding with intent” incubator fund window).
  • Innovate, develop, and manage databases, systems and knowledge management to assist divisions and programmes through the programming process.
  • Contribute to a culture of learning and innovation in SPL and across SPC.

For a more detailed account of the key responsibilities, please refer to the job description provided.


Key selection criteria 


  • Tertiary degree in relevant subject for example, programme development, business or public administration; science communication, geography or development studies 

Knowledge and experience

  • At least 5 years of related experience in programme design, project management and reporting, ideally at the regional/international level
  • Strong experience in facilitation and provision of support to specialist groups of stakeholders
  • Experience in relationship management and awareness of application of diplomacy approaches 

Essential skills

  • Strong experience in communications and knowledge management
  • Ability to undertake research to support rapid sensemaking and advice.
  • High proficiency and experience with information systems and data management
  • Excellent computer skills across necessary applications 

Language skills

  • Excellent English communication skills (oral and written) with a working knowledge of French being an advantage 

Interpersonal skills and cultural awareness

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and experience in working with and across the organisation in a multi-cultural, multi-disciplinary and gender-sensitive environment


Salary, terms and conditions 

Contract Duration – Until 15 October 2024 

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 Integrated Programming and Innovation 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 – 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.

Applicants will be assured of complete confidentiality in line with SPC’s Privacy Policy.


Application procedure 

Closing Date – 24 November 2021 – 11:45pm Fiji time

Applicants must apply online at http://careers.spc.int/

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 shortlisting stage.

Screening Questions: 

  1. Please describe your previous project management roles and experiences, explaining tools and methods (including software if any) used with examples.
  2. Describe from your experience the critical elements involved in the development process of creating integrated and innovation focused programmes?
  3. SPC is an international organization with coverage of many technical capabilities to serve the Pacific countries and territories. How would you support and facilitate learning and innovation across these capabilities and the sciences involved?

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