Analyst Programmer

Suva, Fiji

  • Suva-based position (Fiji)
  • Competitive expatriate package
  • 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 vision of the Educational Quality and Assessment Programme (EQAP) is to beThe agency for educational quality in the Pacific region’. Its mission is to enhance the quality of education and training for Pacific learners so they realise the benefits of lifelong learning. EQAP seeks to promote the following core values within the context of SPC’s corporate values:

  • a culture of quality;
  • a culture of continuous improvement;
  • cultural and political sensitivity;
  • respect for the autonomy and priorities of the education system in each Pacific Island country and territory (PICT); and
  • assimilation of the expressed needs of countries in its delivery of technical services.

The role – The Analyst Programmer focuses primarily on technological evolution and improvement of core EQAP wide applications. This position will provide specific advice, project management, analysis, development and support for core systems and also contribute to other technical aspects of ICT activities.

The key responsibilities of the role include the following:

  • Analyse and interpret user ICT requirements, in particular database and programming needs for existing and potentially new value adding applications;
  • Coordinating the scanning process
  • Present options and recommendations for addressing user needs, with explanation of the implications of each option
  • Prepare, design, organise and coordinate training for EQAP applications or any other systems for EQAP staff and member countries
  • Direct and indirect support of ICT in SPC/EQAP member countries

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


Key selection criteria

  • Bachelor’s Degree from a recognized University with IT/Programming
Knowledge and Experience
  • Minimum of 5 years work experience in applications development and in technical project management
  • Developed web applications using ASP.NET technology and experience working with C#, VB6, VB.NET, Crystal Reporting, SSRS, Microsoft SQL Server 2008 and later
  • Good understanding of database architecture with a strong SQL experience
  • Proven verbal and written presentation and reporting skills in English
  • Excellent problem-solving, organizational skills and ability to work to a high degree of accuracy
  • Demonstrated work experience with producing system and user manual documentations for deployed applications
  • Demonstrated ability in the provision of user training and support, particularly for deployed applications.
Essential Skills
  • Good interpersonal skills, and ability to work with a cross section of people from different cultures, countries and institutions
  • Clear and effective communication skills with the ability to work as a team
  • Excellent English communication skills (oral and written)

Salary, terms and conditions

Contract Duration – Three years

Remuneration – The Analyst Programmer is a Band 8 position in SPC’s 2018 salary scale, with a starting salary range of 1,946–2,432 SDR (special drawing rights) per month, which currently converts to approximately FJD 5,564–6,955 (USD 2,685–3,356; EUR 2,406–3,007). An offer of appointment for an initial contract will normally be made in the lower half of this range, with due consideration being 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 – 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).

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: 12 July 2018

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 with updated 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

  • Describe your experience in software development within an educational environment. Provide an example of software currently in operation that you developed or that you have been involved in developing.
  • Describe how you have maintained and continued to develop your skills and knowledge.
  • What does excellent customer service mean to you?
  • A child protection policy screening requirement: Have you been convicted of any offences involving children? - Analyst Programmer.pdf

Category: Education Quality & Assessment

Reference ID: JM000051

Date Posted: 14/06/2018