• Noumea-based position
  • 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 Public Health Division (PHD)  supports members in developing healthier Pacific Island communities by providing assistance in public health surveillance, and in the prevention and control of communicable and non-communicable diseases. The primary focus of the division is to provide scientific and technical assistance and to support the implementation of plans and programmes in member countries and territories. The primary goals for all PHD activities is to promote population health and well-being, help communities prevent disease and restore and/or maintain health, and reduce inequalities in health. PHD is primarily concerned with improving and protecting public (population) health, rather than providing individual treatment services. PHD is comprised of three programmes: Research, Evidence and Information (REI); Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD) Prevention and Control; and Strengthening Specialised Clinical Services in the Pacific (SSCSiP). This position is located within the NCD Prevention and Control Programme.

The role – The Laboratory Specialist will support laboratories strengthening identified in the Agence Française pour le Développement (AFD) project and in particular effective Laboratory Quality Management System implementation and follow up.

The position encompasses the following major functions:

  • Laboratory strengthening of a mentorship program towards laboratory accreditation in alignment to the PPHSN/LABNET Level 2 laboratories as mentors
  • In-country technical assistance and capacity building
  • Knowledge sharing
  • Alignment and harmonisation

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


Key selection criteria



  • A Bachelor degree in Medical Sciences or Medical Technology
  • Qualifications in laboratory techniques, especially in the area of Microbiology & Serological analysis of Infectious diseases / Influenza Viruses) and management would be highly regarded

Knowledge and experience

  • At least five years of work experience in clinical or microbiology laboratory testing including Lab-based surveillance at a national levels
  • Previous experience at Regional level working with Pacific Island laboratories in either Public Health or other related areas
  • An IATA (International Air Transportation Association) certified, with three years of experience in packing and shipping biological specimens to reference laboratories internationally

Essential skills

  • Demonstrated experience with the development and implementation of SOPs, quality assurance (QA) standards and quality control strategies
  • Practical understanding of the techniques of serological and antigen testing, Rapid Tests, Immunofluorescence techniques, and molecular technology (PCR)
  • Knowledge of ICT and computer applications useful for laboratory management and surveillance.

Language skills

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

Interpersonal skills and cultural awareness

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to communicate effectively with multiple stakeholders
  • Ability to work in a multicultural, inclusive and equitable environment



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 Laboratory Specialist is a Band 10 position in SPC’s 2018 salary scale, with a starting salary range of 3,415–4,172 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.



Application procedure


Closing Date – 10th of October 2018

Job Reference: AL000103

Applicants must apply online at 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 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:

  • From the description of this position, what do you think you will be doing on a day-to-day basis?
  • What challenges do you think you will have in this job if you are hired?
  • Tell us about the job you are most proud of, and what was your contribution?

  • http://spc.turborecruit.com.au/position_description/773/JD_Laboratory Specialist_final revised v26.08.2018.pdf

    Category: Public Health

    Reference ID: AL000103

    Date Posted: 12/09/2018