Information and Publication Officer

Nouméa, New Caledonia

  • Noumea-based position (New Caledonia)
  • Attractive expatriate package
  • Join the principal development organisation in the region



The Pacific Community is the principal scientific and technical organisation in the Pacific region, proudly 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 unique organisation works across more than 25 sectors. We are renowned 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 Statistics for Development Division (SDD) is based in SPC’s headquarter in Noumea, New Caledonia. The division employs approximately 19 staff all of whom are based in Noumea. SDD’s goal is to strengthen the capacity of Pacific Island and Territories (PICTs) national statistical systems by providing technical support through coordination with technical partners and donors. As part of SDD’s new role and functions, it has adopted a statistics system leadership and coordination role as well as strengthening its work on data analysis and dissemination. This new direction will be implemented as part of the Ten Year Pacific Statistics Strategy (TYPSS) Phase 3 over the next three years and this role is a key position in driving this change.


The role – the purpose of the Information and publication Officer position is to: a) advise SDD and its stakeholders on media, information and publication production, b) administer SDD website and its database(s), and provide management and updating services to SDD publication and website, c) provide training to NSOs in media and publications as required, and d) manage the SDD live-chat and external data enquiries.

The position encompasses the following major functions:

  • Development and production of media and information products; coordination and provision of support services to all SDD publications,
  • Elaborating, updating, maintenance and administration of SDD website content, and provision of support to web-site development,
  • Coordinating Live-chat interactions and all external data enquiries,
  • Contributes to effective SDD Team Environment and SDD/SPC Corporate Activities,
  • Contribution to SDD System Leader function/external stakeholder engagement, partnership and collaboration.

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


Key selection criteria


  • Qualifications
    • Bachelor’s degree in Information Management, graphic design or web-site management,
    • Qualifications in maintaining websites.
  • Technical expertise
    • 5 – 7 years’ experience in Information Management and Graphic design (Layouts and publications (e.g. Adobe suite),
    • Fluency and/or good working knowledge of both English and French in order to be able to deliver assistance to French speaking territories,
    • Experience with Website administration (Content, Management),
    • Experience database management, ideally in statistics,
    • Experience in giving training through workshops,
    • Basic understanding of statistical concepts and measures,
  • Language skills
    • Excellent communication skills (oral and written) in English, with French being desirable.
  • Interpersonal skills and cultural awareness
    • Excellent interpersonal skills,
    • A team player, with the ability to network and work effectively in a multicultural setting,
    • Cultural sensitivity and a demonstrated understanding of developing country environments,
    • Knowledge of Pacific Island countries and territories is an advantage.



    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 Information and publication 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 3,850–4,680 ; 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: 6th January 2019

    Job Reference: AL000139


    Please use SPC’s online recruitment system to lodge your application:

    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

  • SDD is in the process of redeveloping its website to be more user friendly; what do you think are the most important issues that need to be considered.
  • The Information and Publications Officer is SDD’s principal interface with its customers/users seeking statistical information; what do you see as the main challenges in this role and what ideas do you have about how we could make our “shop window” more effective.
  • You will be required to update SDD’s websites using a CMS (currently Joomla, though in the process of migrating to Drupal). Please briefly explain your experience using either Joomla, Wordpress or Drupal?

  • and publication Officer.docx

    Category: Statistics

    Reference ID: AL000139

    Date Posted: 03/12/2018