Anju Mangal

Title: Knowledge Management and Communications Specialist, Land Resources Division
Location: Suva, Fiji

How long have you been working for SPC?

I’ve been with SPC since 2004 and have held four different positions: firstly as a research officer, then an information assistant, followed by an information and knowledge management officer for a joint Australia-New Zealand project based in SPC. I am now the Knowledge Management and Communications Specialist for the Pacific Agriculture Policy Project (PAPP).

Where did you work before you joined us?

Prior to joining SPC, I worked as an IT user assistant, GIS assistant and graduate user assistant for the University of the South Pacific, Fiji. I have also worked as a fellow with the United Nations Internet Governance Forum Secretariat (UN-IGF), based in Geneva.

Describe your current role at SPC.

As a knowledge management and communication specialist, I plan, implement and manage a pipeline of activities that deliver relevant, effective knowledge management and information sharing for governments, smallholder farmers, youth, industry groups, extension officers and other stakeholders. My role is also to assist the PAPP team to undertake analysis, research and deliver new communication and knowledge products for national agriculture agencies, farmers, youth agriculture networks and other audiences through public-private partnerships, commercial partners and other mechanisms.

I oversee SPC’s collaboration with the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) which centres on strengthening knowledge management capacities in the Pacific region. I have a team of two who support our knowledge management activities and also coordinate around 15 consultancies.

What do you find rewarding about working for the principal technical and scientific organisation in the Pacific?

It’s rewarding to know that I can make a difference in people’s lives. It may not be a huge impact, but I am always smiling when activities and tasks are accomplished and our target beneficiaries are satisfied with the outcomes. SPC has a responsibility to provide technical expertise and also has the mandate to build capacity in the Pacific. Clearly, we have to perform to our best ability, and being part of an innovative team helps to motivate me to achieve our goals. While working for SPC, I have gained valuable skills and work experience. I have the utmost respect for my colleagues and the professionalism that characterises SPC as an organisation.