Pacific Data Hub Programme Manager

Nouméa, New Caledonia

  • Nouméa 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 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 Operations and Management Directorate (OMD) provides corporate services to all SPC Divisions and Programmes. It consists of three key departments: Finance, Human Resources and Information Services. OMD is focused on improving the effectiveness of systems, policies and management to provide high-quality customer-oriented services.

The role – the Pacific Data Hub Programme Manager assumes overall leadership and management responsibilities for the region's premier data management and open data initiative, the Pacific Data Hub.

The Pacific Data Hub programme aims to connect policymakers with the evidence they need for effective decision making, improve data management and governance practices across the Pacific region, and to deliver a single authoritative platform for access to all Pacific data and knowledge products:


The Programme Manager will manage the programme’s budget, staff, and strategy, and is responsible for resource mobilization, reporting to supporting partners, and building the regional partnership required for the Pacific Data Hub to realise its potential.


The key responsibilities of the role include the following:                                                                                                           


  1. Leadership and Management
  • Ensure the development of a team-oriented culture to enhance implementation of the program’s work plans and its delivery of services to member PICTs and development partners
  • Development and maintenance of the Pacific Data Hub strategy
  • Ensure the effective management of the Pacific Data Hub as a regionally-owned product and maintain its credibility and high-quality operating standards
  • Manage programme communications and stakeholder engagement
  1. Data Management policy and advice
  • Lead data management policy analysis activities for SPC Executives, SPC senior management team, member PICTs and other international organisations on topics such as the dissemination and use of data and knowledge products and efforts.
  1. Technical services
  • Ensure the effective implementation of the Pacific Data Hub platform and supporting systems
  • Ensure timely provision of strategic technical advice and appropriate technical assistance and support to member PICTs and key international stakeholders on data management
  • Oversee new and innovative approaches to the use of data and knowledge products in the region
  • Champion the use of the SPC’s data and knowledge products by SPC staff and partners
  • Ensure the efficient distribution of regional data and knowledge products through the data hub programme in full compliance with intellectual property laws, treaties, and data sharing agreements
  1. Resource mobilisation
  • Assume a lead role in the mobilisation of additional resources to further enhance the Pacific Data Hub programme
  • Network with international organisations on open data, improving access to data and knowledge products, improving regional data management practices, and promoting the use of quality evidence in policymaking
  • Develop and coordinate multi-disciplinary funding proposals with stakeholders from other SPC divisions and regional and international partners in support of the Pacific Data Hub initiative 
  1. Reporting
  • Ensure that all reporting and activities of the Pacific Data Hub programme are in line with project requirements, donor requirements, and SPC policies.
  • Publish programme results and guidance in journals, bulletins, fact sheets, press releases, and other media


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



Key selection criteria


  1. Qualifications
  • A post graduate degree in public policy, technology, data management, or a closely related field or equivalent experience
  • Professional certification in project or programme management
  1. Technical expertise
  • Minimum of 10 years of experience in a similar role or demonstrated programme management and staff supervision experience
  • Expertise in data management, knowledge management, and its use in policy making and open data contexts
  • Experience managing the development and growth of technology products including driving adoption and adapting to the evolving needs of public and private sector stakeholders
  • Strong understanding of intellectual property, data and knowledge sharing agreements, and privacy issues
  • Demonstrated ability to write press releases and articles
  • Experience in fund-raising, proposal preparation and programme management
  1. Language skills
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English with excellent communication and presentation skills.
  1. Interpersonal skills and cultural awareness
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and proven ability to motivate, inspire and promote teamwork
  • Cultural sensitivity and awareness, and the ability to effectively work with team members from different cultural backgrounds
  • Knowledge of Pacific Island countries and territories is an advantage


Salary, terms and conditions


Contract Duration – This vacant position is budgeted until the 31st March 2023 and is subject to renewal depending on performance and funding.

Due to the current travel restrictions caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic, and the priority SPC places on its staff safety, health and well-being, please note that there may be delays in taking up the appointment. These matters will be discussed thoroughly with successful candidates. In most cases, any appointment and on-boarding would only commence when relocation to the duty station is permitted.

Remuneration – the Pacific Data Hub Programme Manager is a band 12 in SPC’s 2020 salary scale; starting salary range of range 4,685–5,760 SDR (Special Drawing Rights) per month, which currently converts to approximately XPF 689,925–848,231 (USD 6,465–7,948; EUR 5,782–7,108). 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 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 faire, 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 begiven to the Pacific Islander. Applicants will be assured of complete confidentiality in line with SPC’s private policy.


Application procedure


Closing date: 10 January 2021 – 11:00 pm Noumea Time.

Job Reference: AL000346

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 (maximum of 2.000 characters per question):

  1. What motivated you to apply for this position, and what experiences do you think will be most useful to you in this role?
  2. Discuss your programme management experience. Have you managed programmes like the Pacific Data Hub? If so, please include a brief description of them in your answer.
  3. Please describe your experience managing public-facing technology, data, and/or IKM initiatives.

Final_JD_PDH Programme Manager.docx

Type: Contract - International

Category: Information & Communication Technology

Reference ID: AL000346

Date Posted: 10/11/2020