Networking Assistant

Suva, Fiji

  • Attractive and competitive local package
  • Friendly and supportive team environment
  • 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 Geoscience Energy and Maritime Division provides advice, technical assistance, research and training support to Pacific Island countries and territories (PICTs). There are three areas of scientific programming and two areas of focus within this division:

  1. Oceans and Maritime – Driving growth in blue economies through well-informed and inclusive action from integrated solutions for ocean and coastal management and maritime and transport.
  2. Geo-resources and Energy – Strengthening the management of the Earth’s non-living resources through responsible harnessing of mineral resources, including metalliferous and development minerals, and clean and renewable energy resources, such as solar, wind, and geothermal for sustainable development.
  3. Disaster and Community Resilience – Improving resilience and sustainability through the management of disaster risk and assessment of hazards. This includes building resilience through wider support for climate change, disaster risk management (DRM) initiatives, and water and sanitation initiatives. Several regional climate change projects are housed in this programming area.
  4. The other two focus areas within this division are Programming and Operations, responsible for driving integrated programming excellence and operational support across the division, and Geo-informatics, which is responsible for providing diverse, integrated, and unique and demand-driven services across SPC work programmes, projects and countries. This includes developing, managing, building on and retaining or preserving spatial data and information for the benefit of all scientific areas.

The Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change and Resilience Building (PACRES) Project – has an overall objective to increase the resilience of Pacific ACP Countries to climate change and achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals in particular Goal 13 “Take urgent action to combat climate change and it impacts” in order to reduce poverty and promote sustainable development. This project is jointly implemented by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS), Pacific Community (SPC) and the University of the South Pacific (USP).

The Networking Assistant will support the PACRES Project by networking with the Pacific-ACP resilience professionals; providing operational support in strengthening information and national capacity in climate change interventions; assist in project reporting as well as supporting with the development of a basic monitoring and evaluation (M&E) framework to ensure the delivery of the project activities.

The key responsibilities of the role include the following:

  1. Provide general support in the professionalization of the “Resilience” sector in the Pacific through networking;
  2. Provide operational support in strengthening information and national capacity in climate change interventions;
  3. Assist in external collaboration and partnership;
  4. Assist in Project Reporting and Monitoring;
  5. Assist in the development of basic M&E framework.

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



Key selection criteria


  • Degree in a relevant field such as finance or communications from a recognised institution

Knowledge and experience

  • At least 3 years’ experience working with local and international project partners
  • Experience in dealing with immunities and privileges for international organizations

Essential skills

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to prioritize workload and complete work under deadlines
  • Excellent PC-based computer skills, including knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook
  • Sound coordination, administrative, networking, and collaborative skills

Language skills

  • Excellent English communication skills (oral and written)

Interpersonal skills and cultural awareness

  • Ability to work in a multicultural, inclusive and equitable environment
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative and work without supervision


Salary, terms and conditions

Contract Duration – Until 31 December 2021

Remuneration – This is a full-time position at Band 7 in SPC’s 2019 salary scale, with a commencing taxable salary range of FJD 2,177‒2,721 per month, plus local staff benefits. An offer of appointment for an initial contract will 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.

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. Successful candidates will be required to provide a police clearance certificate.


Application procedure

Closing Date19 August 2019

Applicants must apply online.

Hard copies of applications will not be accepted.

To be considered for this role, you must provide us with:

  • an updated resume
  • 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 of 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.

Only Fijian citizens are eligible to apply for this role.

Screening Questions

  1. Have you experienced coordinating and collaborating with gov’t and private offices specifically offshore or overseas? Site one challenge and how did you handle it?
  2. What do you think are the skills of a Networking Assistant that one can capitalized on to deliver the job very satisfactorily?
  3. Please identify one challenge you have faced in handling either external or internal customer from previous job/s.
  4. How will you establish and provide support to a certain organization, i.e. industry sector?

JD - Networking Assistant.pdf

Type: Contract - Local

Category: Geoscience

Reference ID: JM000137

Date Posted: 31/07/2019