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Climate Change Adviser

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

SECRETARIAT OF THE PACIFIC COMMUNITY****

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POSITION DESCRIPTION****

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CLIMATE CHANGE ADVISER (TWO POSITIONS)****

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BACKGROUND****

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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.****

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SPC’s headquarters are in Noumea, New Caledonia. It has regional offices in
Suva, Fiji, and Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), 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: www.spc.int.****

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STRATEGIC ENGAGEMENT, PLANNING AND POLICY FACILITY****

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The Strategic Engagement, Planning and Policy Facility (SEPPF) provides
planning and policy support services to SPC to assist it in fulfilling its
mandate to meet the needs of its member countries. SEPPF assists members to
formulate and implement appropriate climate change adaptation and mitigation
responses. SEPPF 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).****

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The overall objective of the 'Increasing Climate Resilience of Pacific Small
Islands States' project is to support the governments of nine Pacific small
island states, namely: Cook Islands, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Federated
States of Micronesia (FSM), 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.****

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The Climate Change Advisers will be responsible to the Project Manager and
the SPC Director-General. They will be responsible for the delivery of
project outputs at the country level and will contribute to regional
training and technical exchange arrangements. Their role will be to assist
the nine Pacific small island states covered by the project to increase
their capacity to manage and respond to the impacts of climate change by
providing direct climate change policy and technical support to the
countries.****

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The position is funded by the European Union.****

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KEY RESULT AREAS****

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The position of Climate Change Adviser encompasses the following major
functions or key result areas:****

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1. Contribute to delivery of project outputs at the country level • Provide
climate change policy advice and technical assistance to the Pacific Island
countries covered under this project.****

• Assist countries to develop national climate change policies and action
plans, building on existing National Adaptation Plans of Action (NAPAs) and
other relevant national climate change strategies and documents.****

• Compile national capacity development needs assessments and identify, in
conjunction with national counterparts, appropriate training and technical
attachments to build national climate change capacity.****

• Prepare the terms of reference and oversee the provision of short and
medium term technical assistance to the countries to meet their specific
climate change capacity development needs.****

• Organise and assist in the delivery of national and regional training
workshops on climate change issues, especially in relation to integrating
climate change into sector policies and programmes.****

• Work with national counterparts and other development partners to convene
national level climate change coordination and consultation meetings.****

• Work with national counterparts, and relevant technical experts, to
identify and put in place appropriate reforms and budgetary/governance
measures that enable them to qualify for future direct budget support for
climate change related response measures.****

• Work with national counterparts to identify, design and implement a pilot
climate change adaptation project in each country.****

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2. Contribute to regional training and technical exchange arrangements •
Organise and assist in the delivery of national and regional training
workshops on climate change issues, especially in relation to integrating
climate change into sector policies and programmes.****

• Work with national counterparts and other development partners to convene
national level climate change coordination and consultation meetings.****

• Work with national counterparts and relevant technical experts to identify
and put in place appropriate reforms and budgetary/governance measures that
enable countries to qualify for future direct budget support for climate
change related response measures.****

• Work with national counterparts to identify, design and implement a pilot
climate change adaptation project in each country.****

• Participate in, and support, regional level climate change coordination
meetings and processes with other regional organisations (especially SPREP),
development partners and multilateral agencies.****

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3. Provide support to the Project Manager • Assist the Project Manager to
prepare project progress reports and meet national level project operational
needs.****

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QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE****

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➢ Tertiary qualifications in a climate change relevant discipline (natural
resource management/economics, climate change policy and planning),
preferably at Masters level or higher.****

➢ At least of 5 years of professional experience related to providing
technical, planning and policy advice in developing countries, and previous
relevant climate change related work experience, preferably in the Pacific
Islands region.****

➢ Proven track record in managing the delivery of climate change technical
assistance and training.****

➢ Experience with multi-stakeholder participatory and consultative
approaches.****

➢ Previous experience working with regional and/or international
organisations delivering technical assistance to developing countries.****

➢ Experience managing multi-country development projects/programmes and
working within a regional or international institutional environment.****

➢ Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to succeed in a multicultural
Pacific Island environment.****

➢ Excellent English communication skills (oral and written).****

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SALARY, TERMS AND CONDITIONS****

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SALARY AND ALLOWANCES****

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These positions are in Band 11 of SPC’s salary scale.****

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Salaries for staff recruited internationally 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
2,553–3,830 per month. At prevailing exchange rates these amounts convert to
approximately FJD 7,500–11,200 per month (USD 4,300–6,500; € 3,000–4,500).**
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Offers of appointment for initial contracts will made in the lower half of
this range, with due consideration being given to experience and
qualifications.****

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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.****

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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.****

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While SPC remuneration is 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.****

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PROVIDENT FUND****

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The appointees 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.****

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TENURE****

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The appointments are for a period of three years, with the possibility of
renewal for a further period depending on performance and continued funding
availability.****

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DUTY STATION****

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Suva, Fiji.****

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LEAVE****

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Annual leave will accrue at the rate of 25 working days per annum.****

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Sick leave is 30 working days per annum.****

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MEDICAL BENEFITS****

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SPC’s Staff Medical Insurance reimburses doctor fees, costs 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.****

FARES AND REMOVAL EXPENSES****

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

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COMPUTING ENVIRONMENT****

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

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SMOKE-FREE ENVIRONMENT****

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Smoking is not permitted in the work place.****

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EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES****

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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
nationals.****

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APPLICATION PROCEDURES****

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The closing date for applications is 31 August 2011.****

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Applicants are asked to use SPC’s online recruitment system by following the
link http://www.spc.int/job.html.****

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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 (spc@spc.int, preferably as an electronic attachment in
Microsoft Word format).****

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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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