- Noumea-based position (New Caledonia)
- Attractive 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 Climate Change and Environmental Sustainability Programme (CCES) was established to enable SPC to strengthen and streamline its actions on climate change by bringing together work already undertaken by the organisation under a coherent strategic and technical leadership. In addition, it leads the actions of SPC on climate change and environmental sustainability, works with the Organisation’s regional and international partners and promotes the integration of these issues into all development activities conducted by the Organisation’s divisions.
PROTEGE is an integrated project aimed at reducing the vulnerability of human and natural systems to the impacts of climate change by increasing adaptability and resilience. It also targets activities for the sustainable management, conservation and use of biological diversity and its components as well as water resources. It is financed by the 11th European Development Fund (EDF) for the benefit of the territories of French Polynesia, New Caledonia, Wallis & Futuna and Pitcairn. The language of the project is French.
The role – The Coastal fisheries and Aquaculture Coordinator coordinates all the activities of the PROTEGE project implemented on the Key Result Area 2 “Sustainable management of reef resources and aquaculture” (KRA2)
Project development and management, in collaboration with the rest of the project team and KRA2 territorial lead agencies:
- In conjunction with and with the support of KRA2 territorial lead agencies, territorial coordinators and SPC's Fisheries Aquaculture and Marine Ecosystems (FAME), conduct an inventory, identifies actors, develop action plans (annual and multi annual), draft logical framework, and project monitoring and evaluation process and any other strategic plan related to the implementation of project KRA2 and in accordance with project objectives
- Support the administrative and financial monitoring of the implementation of the plans, activities and budgets of the project operators and partners in accordance with the requirements of the SPC and the donor
- Identifies the relevant partners, propose the appropriate contractual modalities and monitor their implementation in coordination with the different divisions of SPC, KRA2 territorial lead agencies and territorial coordinators
- Coordinate, supervise and ensure the involvement of all actors, operators, partners and KRA2 territorial lead agencies, in accordance with the requirements of the SPC and the donor
Strategic cross-cutting expertise and coordination of regional cooperation between territories and in the region:
- Coordinates and provides strategic expertise on the 4 axes of KRA2 activities :
- Experimentation and implementation of livestock farming techniques and methods of valorization of products adapted to island economies at pilot scales and transfer to the Pacific region (OCTs and ACPs)
- Sustainable integration of livestock activities in the natural environment by characterizing and minimizing negative interactions
- Continuation and reinforcement of participatory management and integrated planning (local, territorial and regional) initiatives of exploited resources
- Optimal valuation of fishery and aquaculture products
- Ensures the smooth regional integration of the territorial activities, working closely with the 3 territorial technical coordinators recruited by the lead agencies in New Caledonia, French Polynesia and Wallis-Et-Futuna
- Organize, in collaboration with KRA2 territorial lead agencies and territorial coordinators, all regional activities of the project and facilitates relations with other projects and networks in the region
- Encourages and strengthen synergy with other expected outcomes of the project (agriculture, invasive species, water)
Communication and awareness raising on project activities, capitalization in the 4 OCTs:
- Ensures bibliographic monitoring and follow-up of regional and international news on coastal fisheries and aquaculture in the 4 OCTs and the Pacific
- In liaison with the communication officer and in coordination with the territorial coordinators, and within the framework of the communication plan, contributes to the communication activities of the project by enhancing the results of KRA2
- Participates in the development of project communication articles and products
- Contributes, at the instigation of the territorial coordinator, to the information notes and, if necessary, participates in the sharing meetings with elected representatives and territorial partners
For a more detailed account of the key responsibilities, please refer to the online job description.
Key selection criteria
- Post graduate degree in fisheries-aquaculture, a marine living resources engineering degree or equivalent
- Knowledge and experiences
- 10 years of significant experience in the field, including at least 2 years in managing development projects
- Experience in managing international or regional multi- stakeholders projects (e.g. development, management and financial monitoring)
- Experience in management and operation of stakeholders networks and stakeholders involvement
- Experience in the design and management of technical support focused on fishing, aquaculture or marine resources management
- Knowledge of sector, context, actors, tools, markets and issues of R & D / innovation of fishing and aquaculture in the Pacific OCTs 4 and / or in other island contexts
- Language skills
- Excellent communication skills in French and English (spoken and written)
- Interpersonal skills and cultural sensitivity
- Strong interpersonal skills
- Good team spirit and ability to build relationships and work effectively in a multicultural environment
- Sensitivity to cultural diversity and proven knowledge of issues of developing countries
- Knowledge of Pacific Island States and Territories would be an asset
Salary, terms and conditions
Required start date – This position is to be filled as soon as possible.
Contract Duration— This position is budgeted for 3 years and is subject to renewal depending on performance and funding
Remuneration— The Territorial Coordinator for New Caledonia is a Band 10 position in SPC’s 2018 salary scale with a starting salary range of 3,415 to 4,172 SDR (Special Drawing Rights) per month, which currently converts to approximately XPF 503 864 - 615 627 (USD 4 712 - 5 757 ; EUR 4 222 - 5 159). An offer of appointment for an initial contract will 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. SPC salaries are not presently subject to income tax in New Caledonia.
Benefits for international staff employees based in New Caledonia – SPC provides subsidised housing in Noumea. Establishment and relocation grant, removal expenses, airfares, home leave, medical and life insurance, and education allowance are available for eligible employees and their recognised dependents. Employees are entitled to 25 days of annual leave 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.
Equal opportunity – SPC is an equal opportunity employer. Recruitment is based entirely on merit; in cases where two short-listed candidates are judged to be of equal rank by the selection committee, preference will be given to Pacific Island nationals.
Child protection – 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.
Police clearance – Successful candidates will be required to provide a police clearance certificate.
Closing date: 2nd February2018
Job Reference: AL000156
Please use SPC’s online recruitment system to lodge your application: http://careers.spc.int/
Hard copies of applications will not be accepted.
For your application to be considered, you must provide us with:
- an updated resume with 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.
All international positions at SPC have specific screening questions. If you do not respond to all of the screening questions, your application will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed at shortlisting stage.
Screening questions :
JD - coordonnateurs RA3_pêche aqua_PROTEGE_Final_EN.pdf
- What do you consider the keys to successful management of a project involving many institutional and non-institutional participants?
- What is your experience in coastal fisheries and aquaculture in an island tropical environment?
- What ideas would you propose to encourage and develop regional integration of OCTs in Pacific fisheries /aquaculture networks and projects?