Communications, Visibility and Engagement Officer

Suva, Fiji

  • Suva-based position (Fiji)
  • Attractive expatriate package
  • Join 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, geoscience, and conservation of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture.

The Programme - The goal of the Social Development Programme (SDP) is to ‘advance gender equality and equal development outcomes in the Pacific region’. SDP works with governments, regional organisations, civil society and other SPC divisions to build capacity, collaboration, knowledge and practice around social development. SPC has been supporting the promotion of gender equality, youth development and culture for over 30 years, first with the women’s bureau, the youth bureau, and the culture bureau, which merged into the Human Development Programme in 2008, and then became SDP in 2016.

SDP is progressively taking an integrated approach to gender equality and social inclusion as the modality for accelerating progress towards achieving social development goals. This includes identifying how issues affecting socially excluded people, with a particular focus on women and youth of all diversities, can be jointly addressed, and seeking to integrate cultural heritage and traditional knowledge can be woven into existing development practice.

The role – Communications, Visibility and Engagement Officer is responsible for programme communication to ensure high visibility of SDP’s work. This role will also support communications capacity development and working relationships with civil society organisation stakeholders.

The key responsibilities of the role include:

  • Implementation and monitoring of the SDP Communications Framework
  • SDP communications, visibility and dissemination
  • Capacity strengthening of Pacific Island Countries and Territories focal points in communications
  • Finalisation, implementation and monitoring of the civil society organisation engagement strategy
  • Event management

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

Key selection criteria


  • A bachelor’s degree in journalism or communications

Knowledge and experience

  • At least 6 years of communications experience
  • Experience in designing communications materials for a range of audiences
  • Previous experience in communications and visibility capacity development, including training workshop design and delivery
  • Experience working with civil society organisations
  • Knowledge and understanding of working within the Pacific or with Pacific communities outside of the Pacific region      

Essential skills

  • Copy writing, sub-editing, communications material development
  • Ability to successfully adhere to deadlines with a meticulous attention to detail
  • Ability to translate text-heavy documents or information into user-friendly visual materials
  • Excellent computer skills across necessary applications including Adobe Creative Cloud applications
  • Photography skills
  • Creative talent and open to innovation

Language skills

  • Excellent English communication skills (oral and written) with a working knowledge of French being an advantage

Interpersonal skills and cultural awareness

  • Ability to work in a multicultural, inclusive and equitable environment
  • Strong interpersonal skills and an ability to work with a wide range of stakeholders and groups

Salary, terms and conditions

Contract Duration – Three years

Remuneration – The Communications, Visibility and Engagement Officer is a Band 8 position in SPC’s 2019 salary scale, with a starting salary range of 1,946‒2,432 SDR (special drawing rights) per month, which currently converts to approximately FJD 5,739–7,174 (USD 2,763–3,453; EUR 2,329–2,911). An offer of appointment for an initial contract will normally 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. 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 for international employees based in Fiji – SPC provides a housing allowance of FJD 1,230–2,750 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).

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.

Application procedure

Closing Date – 29 January 2020

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
  • 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:

  1. Please provide an outline of the communications activities and deliverables you would propose for International Women’s Day 2020, including an indicative budget.
  2. What are three key challenges when working to increase the visibility of a Regional Culture Strategy, and how would you propose to overcome these?
  3. How could the Social Development Programme make better use of the PacWIN mailing list?

JD Communications, Visibility and Engagement Officer.docx

Type: Contract - International

Category: Culture - Community Services & Development

Reference ID: CB000152

Date Posted: 18/12/2019