Field Coordinator - Pacific Awareness and Response to CRB (PARC) 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 (PICTs) 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 Field Coordinator will provide field expertise and assistance in the implementation of work plan activities for the Pacific Awareness and Response to the Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle Project (PARC).

The key responsibilities of the role include the following:

  • Manage the execution, collection and analysis of data from field and eradication/containment of CRB incursions
  • Assist with communicating and liaising with National level Biosecurity, Extension, and Research staff and participating farmers and communities
  • Provide support with capacity building of PICTs technical staff
  • Other duties as directed by supervisor where required

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


Key selection criteria


  • Degree in agricultural science, biosecurity, entomology and/or project management and/or equivalent work experience

Knowledge and experience

  • At least 3 years work experience in a similar field or line of work with government, NGO or regional organization
  • Proven experience in research development
  • Demonstrated experience in field work and working with farmers and communities on various agricultural themes

Essential skills

  • Keen attention to detail with proven experience in data collection and analysis
  • 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 – Until 31 December 2023

Remuneration – This is a full-time position at Band 7 in SPC’s 2019 salary scale, with a commencing taxable salary range of FJD 2,177‒2,721 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 – 5 January 2020

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. As a field coordinator, what would you do to ensure that the role is carried out effectively and contributes to the overall management and implementation of the project?
  2. What would be the most effective management practice to ensure the Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle (CRB) does not enter a country i) that does not have CRB and ii) has CRB already
  3. What do you understand by the term “emergency response plan” in relation to CRB?

JD Field Coordinator PARC Project.pdf

Type: Contract - Local

Category: Land & Resources Management

Reference ID: JM000161

Date Posted: 04/12/2019