Organisational Change Adviser

Suva, Fiji

  • Suva-based position (Fiji)
  • Competitive 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, geoscience, and conservation of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture.

The Operations and Management Directorate (OMD) provides corporate services to all SPC divisions and programmes. It consists of three key teams: Finance, Human Resources and Information Services. OMD is focused on improving the effectiveness of systems, policies and management so as to provide high-quality customer-oriented services.

The Organisational Change Adviser will partner with the Senior Leaders of the organisation to coach, advise and support the people aspects of organisational change by identifying the people impacts of major change initiatives, developing HR project and change management plans, identifying organisational, compliance and people-related risks including the development of mitigation strategies. 

The key responsibilities of the role include the following:

  • Provide advice on the HR/People aspects of organisational change and work in partnership with the relevant Senior Leaders and teams to deliver change initiatives
  • Provide technical advice on HR policies and process in relation to the major organisational change
  • Identify the people-related risk and compliance requirements and provide input to stakeholder management and communication plans
  • Develop, lead, monitor and report on progress for specific HR projects and develop change management plans

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


Key selection criteria


  • A specialised degree in Human Resources / Organisational Change/ Organisational Development / Learning and Development / Psychology or equivalent experience in the field in one or more disciplines

Knowledge and experience

  • At least 10 years Human Resources generalist experience at senior advisory or management level
  • At least 6 years of experience working with medium to large organisations delivering major change or transformation initiatives

Essential skills

  • Experience in organisational restructuring and transformation projects and processes
  • Experience working supporting and advising organisations working in a not-for-profit, NGO or a development context

Language skills

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

Interpersonal skills and cultural awareness

  • Ability to work in a multicultural, inclusive and equitable environment


Salary, terms and conditions

Contract Duration – 6 months

Remuneration – The Organisational Change Adviser is a Band 10 position in SPC’s 2020 salary scale, with a starting salary range of 2,512‒3,140 SDR (special drawing rights) per month, which currently converts to approximately FJD 7,486–9,357 (USD 3,466–4,333; EUR 3,090–3,862). An offer of appointment for an initial contract will normally 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. Remuneration of expatriate SPC staff members is not subject to income tax in Fiji; Fiji nationals employed by SPC in Fiji will be subject to income tax.

Benefits for international employees based in Fiji – SPC provides a housing allowance of FJD 1,350–3,000 per month. Establishment and repatriation grant, removal expenses, airfares, home leave travel, health and life and disability insurances and education allowances are available for eligible employees and their eligible dependents. Employees are entitled to 25 working days of annual leave per annum and other types of 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.

Recruitment principles - SPC’s recruitment is based on merit and fairness, and candidates are competing in a selection process that is fair, transparent and non-discriminatory. SPC is an equal-opportunity employer, and is committed to cultural and gender diversity, including bilinguism, and will seek to attract and appoint candidates who respect these values. Due attention is given to gender equity and the maintenance of strong representation from Pacific Island professionals. If two interviewed candidates are ranked equal by the selection panel, preference will be given to the Pacific Islander.

Applicants will be assured of complete confidentiality in line with SPC’s Privacy Policy.


Application procedure

Closing Date 20 August 2020 – 11:45pm Fiji time

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
  • 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.

For international staff in Fiji, only one foreign national per family can be employed with an entity operating in Fiji at any one given time. The Pacific Community does not support dual spouse employment.

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:

  1. Please share your experience in delivering organisational change management in various public and private sector organisations citing specific examples that demonstrate your role in the process, the challenges involved and how you addressed them.
  2. What key components do you consider for stakeholder and communications plans when implementing organisational change? Please provide an example of where you have developed and implemented these plans.
  3. Please share your best examples of approaches taken to build trust with key stakeholders during organisational change?

JD - Organisational Change Adviser.pdf

Type: Contract - International

Category: Human Resources & Recruitment

Reference ID: JM000202

Date Posted: 23/07/2020