Communication Officer

Nouméa, New Caledonia

  • Noumea-based position (New Caledonia)
  • Attractive expatriate package
  • oin the principal development organisation in the Pacific 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 shall also target activities for the sustainable management, conservation and use of biological diversity and its elements by linking it with the water resource. 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 Communications Officer – PROTEGE will provide high level communication support to the PROTEGE programme covering all the work undertaken by the CPS, the Co-Delegate (SPREP) and the other partners, in order to ensure a high visibility of the project’s activities and results as well as the donor: the EU.


The key responsibilities of the role include:


Finalise and implement the communication and visibility strategy for the project and update it regularly:

  • Finalise the communication and visibility strategy of PROTEGE, in collaboration with all partners and implement the action plan,
  • Updating the communication and visibility strategy of PROTEGE annually, taking into account the comments of the partners,
  • Establish models of communication for partners in the PROTEGE project (e.g. PROE and lead partners) to be used for different communication platforms.

Develop communication products and ensure that they are widely distributed in order to increase the visibility of the PROTEGE project and of the EU:

  • Developing bilingual communication tools and materials for the project,
  • Develop guidelines and media relations tools to raise the profile of the project,
  • to develop and provide training for project partners in order to increase the efficiency and coherence of project communication.

Promoting inter-institutional networking and intersectoral communication with the co-delegate and the partners implementing the project:

  • Collaborating with regional and international organisations, the EU and other regional partners on the activities and results of the PROTEGE,
  • Working closely with PROE and the leaders to ensure high visibility through clear and concise communication.

Contribute to the documentary and coordination tasks of the project:

  • Contribute to the creation of templates for all publications and ensure their systematic use.

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


Key selection criteria



  • Post Graduate degree or equivalent in communications, media, marketing a related field covered by the project with successful communication experience

Knowledge and experience

  • At least six years of experience in designing and implementing programme or project communication strategies
  • Demonstrated experience in creating and publishing content for the web and social media
  • Proven experience in networking, relations and partnerships;
  • Proven capacity to design, plan and run training and workshops.

Language skills

  • Excellent communication skills in French and English (spoken and written).

Interpersonal skills and cultural awareness

  • 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 developing countries,
  • Knowledge of Pacific Island States and Territories would be an asset.


Salary, terms and conditions


Required start date – as soon as possible

Contract Duration – This position is budgeted for three years and is subject to renewal depending on performance and funding.


Remuneration – the Communications Officer is a Band 8 position in SPC’s 2018 salary scale, with a starting salary range of 2,790–3,391 SDR (special drawing rights) per month, which currently converts to approximately XPF 411,717–500,443 (USD 3,850–4,6870; EUR 3,450–4,194). 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).


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.


Application procedure


Closing date: 16th of December 2018

Job Reference: AL000130

Applicants must apply online at

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 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:

  • What do you think are three of the key priority issues in terms of sustainable development for the Pacific Territories?
  • What would you suggest to encourage the regional integration of the Pacific Territories into the development dynamics of the Pacific region?
  • What tools and approaches would you suggest to document lessons learned and capitalize on project results?

  • officer_PROTEGE_EN.docx

    Category: Environmental Durability & Climate Change

    Reference ID: AL000130

    Date Posted: 15/11/2018