Planning, Results and Performance Adviser

Suva, Fiji


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.

Strategy, Performance and Learning (SPL) is a specialised unit within SPC’s Office of the Director-General. SPL has staff based at our headquarters in Noumea, as well as our regional office in Suva. The team has the following core functions: (i) analyse, anticipate, plan and innovate for the future through SPC's strategy, business planning and strategic projects; (ii) document, report on and unpack results and lessons from programs for course correction and adaptation for improved performance and programme design, and to enhance accountability and (iii) grow and nurture strategic thinking and monitoring, evaluation and learning capability across the breadth and depth of the Pacific Community to ensure SPC scientific and technical work is impactful and meets member’s development needs.

SPL engages with SPC membership and key strategic relationships through managing the Committee of Representatives of Governments and Administrations (CRGA) subcommittee on the implementation of the Pacific Community strategic plan, which meets twice a year to look at SPC's performance against the strategy and act as a reference point for prioritisation.

The role – Planning, Results and Performance Adviser will play a key role in promoting and strengthening performance management at SPC, through providing specialist advice and leadership on change processes in support of results and performance, as well as guiding and assisting with strategic, evidence-based, adaptive divisional business planning.

The key responsibilities of the role include:

SPC Strategic processes and initiatives:

  • Promote and strengthen the results and performance culture at SPC through provision of specialist advice and guidance for the ongoing implementation and socialisation of the performance management policy: Planning, Evaluation, Accountability, Reflection and Learning (PEARL)
  • Coordinate iterative adaptations to the performance management policy and practice based on evidence arising from strategic evaluations and reviews, as well as analysis and synthesis of programme and project evaluations and reviews
  • Contribute to the development of tools and templates to support business planning processes and adaptive practices across SPC

Increasing Development Effectiveness:

  • Engage with new development thinking to contribute to efforts and remains up-to-date with contemporary thinking and practice and its potential application in SPC programmes and projects
  • Coordinate the research and analysis of development data and results and performance information
  • Oversight the production of intelligence and information arising from results and performance management processes
  • Support divisions with advice and guidance on the application of learning for adaptation from results and performance management
  • Contribute to the strategic learning agenda to foster strategic thinking and culture across SPC

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

Key selection criteria


  • A post-graduate qualification in a relevant field such as evaluation, economics, international development, project management, public administration or public policy

Knowledge and experience

  • At least 10 years of experience in planning, monitoring, evaluation and learning at the organisational, programme and project levels, with solid understanding of international best practices in development effectiveness
  • Skilled in a wide range of quantitative and qualitative evaluation methods and data analysis
  • Experience in international development, including design and implementation of planning, monitoring and evaluation frameworks
  • Knowledge and experience in facilitating change management processes including the development of planning frameworks
  • Experience in communicating performance management products for development effectiveness
  • Experience in the design, leadership, and management of programmes and projects, and good understanding of the project management cycle

Essential skills

  • Skilled user of databases for entering, processing, cleaning and extracting data, including some experience with web-based monitoring and reporting systems
  • Strategic thinker with well-developed innovation and analytical skills
  • Results orientated problem solving and high level of attention to detail
  • Excellent negotiation skills with the ability to influence for positive change
  • Facilitation and presentation skills
  • Ability to train and motivate divisional staff on monitoring and evaluation systems and use of online reporting tools
  • Excellent PC-based computer skills, including Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint, and Internet

Language skills

  • Excellent communication skills in English (both oral and writing skills) with a working knowledge of French being an advantage
  • Ability to communicate effectively with member country governments and other regional and international organisations

Interpersonal skills and cultural awareness

  • High level of emotional intelligence
  • A good understanding of the cultures and the working environment in member countries
  • Ability to work in a multicultural, inclusive and equitable environment

Salary, terms and conditions

Contract Duration – Three years

Remuneration – The Planning, Results and Performance Adviser is a Band 11 position in SPC’s 2018 salary scale, with a starting salary range of 2,942‒3,677 SDR (special drawing rights) per month, which currently converts to approximately FJD 8,414–10,517 (USD 4,060–5,075; EUR 3,638–4,547). 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 1,170–2,625 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.

As an equal-opportunity employer, SPC recruits on merit; however if two interviewed candidates are ranked equally by the selection committee, preference will be given to nationals of Pacific Island countries and territories.

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 – 30 January 2019

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 shortlisting stage.

Screening Questions:

  1. At SPC, we are interested in learning from our M&E activities and understanding what difference we are making to our members to enable them to achieve their development goals. Please provide two examples of your M&E work that have a learning purpose (as well as or alternative to an accountability purpose).
  1. SPC is growing its capabilities, processes and practices for Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (PMEL). There are different levels of readiness, willingness and a variety of practices. Please share an experience in bringing together disparate PMEL practice and thinking with the aim to make more coherent relevant and impactful. In describing your experience, highlight what you believe to be the critical enablers.
  1. This job involves inter-related aspects ranging from high level strategic analysis and planning, improving the corporate PMEL policy, systems and processes (working with staff across different divisions including senior leadership team, technical staff and admin support staff), to collating and reviewing detailed performance information for reporting to donors and member countries. Which parts of the role do you feel you would excel at, and which part of the role do you think you would find most challenging?

Job Description - Planning Results and Performance Adviser.docx

Type: Contract - International

Category: Policy, Planning, Strategic Engagement

Reference ID: CB000084

Date Posted: 17/12/2018