Non Communicable Diseases Adviser - Francophone member countries

New Caledonia, Nouvelle-Calédonie

  • 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 Non Communicable Diseases Adviser – Francophone member countries will lead and provide technical assistance on NCD policy development, program planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation primarily to the Francophone members of SPC.

The position encompasses the following major functions:

  • Provide leadership to assess, identify and address current NCD capacity and resources needs at regional and national level,
  • Lead technical support for design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of country NCD programme aligned with global and regional NCD strategies and best practices,
  • Support capacity building initiatives and conduct NCD related training at regional and in-country as appropriate,
  • Contribute to basic web maintenance and administration of the Pacific NCD Network website, the Pacific Diets website, and SPC’s NCD website,
  • Collaborate on multi-sectoral initiatives and contribute as an active participant of the NCD team as required.

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


Key selection criteria



  • Post Graduate qualifications in public health related field

Knowledge and experience

  • At least 5 years of work experience in NCD prevention and control programmes
  • In-depth knowledge of NCDs at least five years full time work experience in a technical advisory role
  • Experience working within the Pacific Island Countries and Territories is an advantage

Essential skills

  • Demonstrated ability to plan and develop national NCD strategies that are likely to achieve value for money
  • Demonstrated extensive work experience in public health NCDs, health promotion and community development.
  • Demonstrated ability to implement a sector-wide response to public health issues particularly in the areas of NCDs.
  • Demonstrated experience in the development of public health policies, environmental and structural approach to improve health outcomes.
  • Demonstrated excellent understanding of project management principles
  • Demonstrated advanced computer skills particularly in Microsoft Office and Web site Content Administration.

Language skills

  • Excellent French and English communication skills (oral and written).

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 Non Communicable Diseases Adviser – Francophone member countries 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: AL000101

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 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:

  • Describe your experience in policy development, planning and implementation of NCD prevention and control programme. What were the key challenges and how did you address them?
  • Describe your experience in collaborating with partner agencies and stakeholders to strengthen NCD prevention and control initiatives. What was your role and what achievement was obtained through your effort on collaboration?
  • Outline your experience in providing NCD related training or other capacity building initiatives at regional or country level.

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    Category: Public Health

    Reference ID: AL000101

    Date Posted: 12/09/2018