Communications Assistant - Pacific Awareness and Response to CRB project

Suva, Fiji

  • Attractive and competitive local package
  • Friendly and supportive team environment
  • Join the principal development organisation in the region


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 Land Resources Division (LRD) provides advice, technical assistance, research and training support to Pacific Island countries and territories on all aspects of agriculture and forestry. This includes plant protection, conservation, plant genetic resources, animal health and production, agroforestry, biosecurity and trade facilitation, and sustainable systems for agriculture, forestry and land management. This work has two objectives: improved food and nutritional security and resilient communities. The division’s services are provided through seven technical/thematic teams: Animal Health and Production; Plant Health; Biosecurity and Trade Facilitation; Forest and Agriculture Diversification; Crop Production and Extension; Genetic Resources; and Forests and Trees.

The Communications Assistant will be responsible to the Project Manager in ensuring the effective and efficient facilitation of information and knowledge products and services including the high visibility of the Pacific Awareness and Response to the Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle (PARC) Project.

The key responsibilities of the role include the following:

  • Maintaining the visibility of the PARC Project including the Land Resources Division
  • Building stakeholder relations
  • Management of information and learning products
  • Communications and administration support

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

Key selection criteria


  • Diploma in a relevant field such as communications, journalism or media relations

Knowledge and experience

  • At least 3 years of work experience in communications, media or journalism
  • Knowledge of the Pacific context preferably in the agriculture and forestry sectors and emerging issues

Essential skills

  • Excellent verbal and writing skills
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Creative thinker and ability to work independently
  • Advanced computer skills in applications such as Microsoft Word and Excel

Language 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 – Three years

Remuneration – This is a full-time position at Band 6 in SPC’s 2020 salary scale, with a commencing taxable salary range of FJD 1,846-2,308 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.

SPC is committed to child protection, irrespective of whether any specific area of work involves direct contact with children. SPC’s Child Protection Policy is written in accordance with the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Successful candidates will be required to provide a police clearance certificate.

Application procedure

Closing Date – 23rd February 2020 - 11:45pm Fiji time

Applicants must apply online.

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.

Screening Questions:

  1. Provide an example of a piece of work that you are most proud of and explain what your role was in developing, publishing or completing this piece of work?
  1. Your role will involve developing, managing and dissemination of information and knowledge products related to coconut rhinoceros beetle, a growing threat to the coconut industry in the pacific. Please explain how you will go about developing a communications product, what kind of research you would take, how you would choose where to publish it, and what process you would follow to ensure wider use and adoption with donor visibility?
  1. In December 2018, the UN General Assembly adopted the resolution A/RES/73/252 as the International Year of Plant Health (IYPH). Can you propose an outline for a campaign to promote this celebration and provide some examples of positive messages related to IYPH?


JD - Communications Assistant PARC Project.pdf

Type: Contract - Local

Category: Marketing & Communications

Reference ID: CB000162

Date Posted: 07/02/2020