Country Programme Coordinator - Kiribati

Tarawa, Kiribati



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 Regional Rights Resource Team (RRRT) of the Pacific Community (SPC) was established in 1995 and has been a pioneer in providing human rights capacity-building, research, policy, legal and technical assistance in the Pacific region. RRRT’s mission is to advance human rights and good governance standards for the sustainable and equitable development of the region and the benefit of all Pacific peoples.

The Pacific Partnership to End Violence against Women and Girls is a 4-year project that commenced on 1 January 2018. The programme is funded by the European Union. The goal of this project is to promote gender equality and prevent violence against women and girls. The SPC component will be led by RRRT, and implemented in collaboration with SPC’s Educational Quality and Assessment Programme (EQAP) and Social Development Programme (SDP). This component aims to enhance formal in-school and informal education on rights and responsibilities, gender equality and prevention of violence against women and girls primarily in three countries: Kiribati, Republic of the Marshall Islands and Tuvalu.  


The role – The Country Program Coordinator – Social Citizenship Education will be in charge of providing support, coordination, monitoring and facilitation of the Kiribati Government and SPC’s formal education work under the Pacific Partnership to End Violence against Women and Girls project in Kiribati. He or she will be placed within the Ministry of Education, Government of Kiribati and work under the supervision of the Director of Education.


The key responsibilities of the role include:

  • Training and capacity building
    • Coordinates in-country capacity development programs for schools and school communities in the project pilot sites, involving substantial outer island travel. Capacity building content includes human rights and responsibilities, gender equality and ending violence against women and girls.
    • Delivers, with RRRT Suva staff and Country Focal Officer, capacity building programmes for schools and school communities, drawing on locally available resources and skills.
    • Plans and implements appropriate training methodologies for child and adult learners.
    • Implements a range of capacity building modalities to build the capacity of schools and school communities, for example through coaching, mentoring, technical support.
  • Country Plan Implementation
    • In consultation with host Ministry and other relevant stakeholders, develops results-focused, strategic, accurate and realistic annual and six-month work plans, M & E plan and budget.
    • Ensures annual work plan is aligned to both the Pacific Partnership EVAWG project objectives and national education priorities.
    • Ensures effective implementation of activities and programs in the annual work plan.
  • Monitoring and Evaluation
    • Identifies and documents success stories, case studies and outcomes of Pacific Partnership EVAWG project, including photos demonstrating work in country under the project.
    • Researches and maintains up-to-date data on core national educational priorities.
    • Contributes to design and implementation of effective M & E system for country work using both qualitative and quantitative indicators.
    • Contributes to Pacific Partnership EVAWG project donor reports.
  • Providing technical assistance and advice
    • Provides advice and technical assistance (TA) to Host Ministry of Education, in collaboration with SPC Suva staff, regarding the inclusion of social citizenship education, encompassing human rights and gender equality, in schools.
    • Provides coordination and TA to education committees working on the integration of social citizenship education in schools.
    • Identifies national education sector human rights and gender equality capacity needs through research, consultations and monitoring data.
  • Networking and partnership
    • Represents SPC/RRRT effectively at national, regional and international forums vis-à-vis the Pacific Partnership EVAWG project
    • Establishes, strengthens and supports partnerships that advance SPC/RRRT and Pacific Partnership EVAWG project objectives at national, regional and international levels.

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


    Key selection criteria


  • Qualifications
    • Tertiary qualifications from an English-speaking institution in either education, social and gender analysis, or development.
  • Essential experience and skills
    • At least five years’ experience working in the fields of formal education, community development, training and assessment, monitoring and evaluation.
    • Good general knowledge of Kiribati and an understanding of education and broader development challenges.
    • Proven experience in report writing, analysis, financial and narrative and project proposal writing.
    • Basic accounting and financial literacy skills.
  • Interpersonal and Language skills
    • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and an ability to work within a team
    • Proficiency in English and in the main local language of the country.
    • Strong skills in networking, cross-cultural liaison and human rights awareness.


    Salary, terms and conditions


    Required starting date – This position is available immediately

    Contract Duration – This position is budgeted for three years.


    Remuneration – The Country Programme Coordinator is equivalent to Grade 4-2 of Government of Kiribati salary scale, with an annual salary ranging from AUD 18,552.40 to AUD 18,894.20, to be paid monthly. Progression within the salary scale will be based on annual performance reviews as per SPC polices (government increases will not be applicable). SPC salaries are subject to income tax as per Kiribati local laws.

    Benefits –Employees are entitled to: 30 days annual leave per annum and 30 days sick leave, as per Kiribati public service policies, and SPC medical insurance. Provident Fund will be according to Kiribati’s local legislation.


    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.


    Please note that applicants must be Kiribati Nationals currently residing in the country, or hold the proper work permit for salaried employment there.


    Application procedure


    Closing Date – 26th of September 2018

    Job Reference – AL000096

    Applicants can apply online at: or by email to: [email protected]

    To be considered for this role, 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.

    Applicants should not attach copies of qualifications or letters of reference. These documents may be requested at a later stage.

    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:

  • Why do you think teaching about rights and obligations, gender equality, and ending violence against women and girls in schools is important in Kiribati?
  • Please describe your previous experiences of capacity building and mentoring of teachers on specific subject areas, especially new subject areas. What were the key challenges you faced, and how did you overcome them?
  • Financial and narrative reporting are an integral part of this position. Please explain your previous experience of both types of reporting, and how you ensure that reporting is done on time and a quality report produced.

  • In-Country Programme Coordinator_Mar2018_Kiribati.docx

    Category: Human Rights

    Reference ID: AL000096

    Date Posted: 12/09/2018