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The Project Manager – GCCA SIS

The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC)
Location: Suva, Fiji
Last Date: August 31, 2011
Email: (Reference:





The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) is an international
organisation that provides technical and policy advice and assistance,
training and research services to its Pacific Island members. SPC works in a
wide range of sectors with the aim of achieving three development outcomes –
sustainable economic development, sustainable natural resource management
and development, and sustainable human and social development.

SPC’s headquarters are in Noumea, New Caledonia. It has regional offices in
Suva, Fiji, and Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia, and country offices
in Honiara, Solomon Islands and Port Vila, Vanuatu. Additional information
on SPC, particularly regarding its work in specific sectors, can be found on
its website:


The Strategic Engagement, Planning and Policy Facility (SEPPF) provides
planning and policy support services to SPC to assist it in fulfilling its
mandates to serve its member countries. SEPPF provides assistance to members
to formulate and implement appropriate climate change adaptation and
mitigation responses. SEPFF also collaborates with agencies such as the
Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), the
Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS) and the University of the South
Pacific (USP).

The overall objective of the 'Increasing Climate Resilience of Pacific Small
Islands States' project is to support the governments of nine Pacific small
islands states, namely: Cook Islands, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Federated
States of Micronesia, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Tonga and Tuvalu, in their efforts
to tackle the adverse effects of climate change. The project aims to promote
long term strategies and approaches to climate change adaptation planning,
and to pave the way for more effective and coordinated aid delivery on
climate change at the national and regional level.


The Project Manager – GCCA SIS will be responsible to the SEPPF Director. He
or she will be responsible for overseeing and managing the implementation of
project activities; project planning, budgeting and reporting; and managing
project staff. The Project Manager will also be required to: provide climate
change policy advice to countries and SPC programme staff, ensure that
project activities are integrated with ongoing SPC programme activities in
member countries and with those of other regional programmes, and represent
SPC at regional climate change coordination meetings.

The position is funded by the European Union.


The position of Project Manager – GCCA SIS encompasses the following major
functions or key result areas:

1. Overseeing and managing the implementation of project
• Provide overall project management, budgeting and administration and
ensuring project activities are delivered according to agreed work plans and
within budget;
• Prepare annual project work plans and budgets, and terms of reference for
short and medium term project technical assistance providers, and select
• Prepare project activity and financial reports according to the terms and
conditions contained in the SPC/EU Contribution Agreement, and interact with
EU on project matters;
• Ensure the integration of project activities into SPC’s broader climate
change support to member countries, including that provided under the
SPC/GIZ climate change initiative;
• Implement and manage the project monitoring and reporting systems;
• Supervise project professional and administrative personnel;
• Oversee the production of project communications materials that highlight
the contribution the EU project is making to building the capacity of
countries to respond to climate change.

2. Provide climate change policy advice to countries and SPC programme staff
• Provide technical and policy advice on climate change related matters,
especially the management of climate change financing flows, including
options for moving to direct budget support modalities.

3. Ensure that project activities are integrated with ongoing SPC programme
activities in member countries, and with those of other regional programmes
• Contribute to regional climate change coordination activities with other
agencies making up CROP (the Council of Regional Organisations in the
Pacific), development partners and multilateral agencies.

4. Represent SPC at regional climate change coordination meetings
• Assist in the organisation of project review missions and independent
assessment of activities;
• Undertake any additional activities as requested by the SEPPF Director.


➢ Tertiary qualifications from a recognised institution in a discipline
relevant to development programme management.
➢ At least 10 years of relevant working experience, especially in relation
to project and/or programme management and provision of policy advice in a
developing country context, preferably in the Pacific Island region.
➢ Experience managing multi-country development projects/programmes and
working within a regional or international institutional environment.
➢ Excellent interpersonal skills and experience in a multicultural
➢ Excellent English communication skills (oral and written).
➢ Excellent computer skills across necessary applications.
➢ Experience in public sector policy and finance, and managing development
assistance financing issues, in a developing country context would be an



The position is in Band 12 of SPC’s salary scale.

Professional salaries at SPC are set in SDR (Special Drawing Rights) and
paid in the local currency (i.e. the Fiji dollar, FJD, in Fiji). As per
SPC’s 2011 salary scale, the salary range for this band is SDR 2,939–4,409
per month. At prevailing exchange rates these amounts convert to
approximately FJD 8,631–12,949 per month (USD 5,000–7,500; EUR 3,500–5,300).
An offer of appointment for an initial contract will made in the lower half
of this range, with due consideration being given to experience and

The organisation subsidises housing. A housing allowance of 75 per cent of
the total rental, up to a limit of FJD 2,625 per month, will be provided.
The minimum housing allowance payable is FJD 1,170 per month.

In addition, an establishment grant will be payable to non-residents of
Fiji. Where appropriate, other allowances, such as an education allowance,
may be payable.

While SPC emoluments are not subject to income tax in Fiji at the present
time, this status is currently under review by the Government of Fiji. Any
change in this status will apply to Fiji nationals.


The appointee will be eligible for membership in SPC’s Staff Provident Fund.
Staff members contribute eight per cent of their base salary, to which SPC
adds a matching contribution.


The appointment is for a period of three years, with the possibility of
renewal for a further period depending on performance and continued funding


Suva, Fiji.


Annual leave will accrue at the rate of 25 working days per annum. For
expatriate staff members, home leave fares are payable after 18 months of

Sick leave is 30 working days per annum.


SPC’s Staff Medical Insurance reimburses doctor fees, cost of prescribed
medicines, surgical and hospital costs, etc. up to certain percentages and
limits. Supplementary medical insurance is available to increase these
percentage reimbursements and limits.


For an appointee recruited outside of Fiji, the cost of air fares by the
most direct and/or economic route for the appointee and recognised
dependants, and reasonable removal expenses by sea of personal and household
effects, will be met by SPC on appointment and termination.


SPC has a standardised computing environment based on Microsoft Office
running under Microsoft Windows.


Smoking is not permitted in the work place.


SPC is an equal-opportunity employer. Recruitment is based entirely on
merit, but in cases where two short-listed candidates are ranked equal by
the selection committee, preference will be given to Pacific Island


The closing date for applications is 31 August 2011.

Applicants are asked to use SPC’s online recruitment system by following the

Applicants who cannot access the online recruitment system may send their
documents to: Director-General, Secretariat of the Pacific Community, P.O.
Box D5, 98848 NOUMEA CEDEX, New Caledonia, or submit them by fax (+687 26 38
18) or email (, preferably as an electronic attachment in
Microsoft Word format).

Applicants should provide their curriculum vitae and specifically address
how their qualifications, knowledge and experience demonstrate their ability
to successfully undertake the duties and responsibilities of the position in
their cover letter. They should also provide names and contact details of
three referees.


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