Pacific Organic and Ethical Trade Community (POETCom) Coordinator

Suva, Fiji

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 Land Resources Division (LRD) provides advice, technical assistance, research and training support to Pacific Island countries and territories (PICTs) on all aspects of agriculture and forestry. This includes plant protection, conservation, plant genetic resources, animal health and production, agroforestry, biosecurity and trade facilitation, and sustainable systems for agriculture, forestry and land management. This work has two objectives: improved food and nutritional security, and resilient communities. The division’s services are provided through seven technical/thematic teams: Animal Health and Production; Plant Health; Biosecurity and Trade Facilitation; Forest and Agriculture Diversification; Crop Production and Extension; Genetic Resources; and Forests and Trees.

The Pacific Organic and Ethical Trade Community (POETCom) is the peak body of the organics movement in the Pacific, housed as a programme within the Pacific Community (SPC). POETCom serves as the regional body for the organics industry advocating on issues that affect the development of organics at regional and national levels and providing support to the development of organics across the Pacific region.

The role – Pacific Organic and Ethical Trade Community (POETCom) Coordinator provides management oversight and responsibility across the POETCom projects and activities to ensure the effective and efficient functioning of the network. The role provides strong and clear leadership internally to the organisation, and externally to the organisation’s stakeholders and members. The POETCom Coordinator is responsible for developing and implementing the overall work plan of POETCom based on the strategic plan, guided by the direction of the POETCom Board and aligned with SPC policy and procedures.

The key responsibilities of the role include:

  • Capacity building
  • Leadership and management
  • Technical advice
  • Resource moblilisation

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

Key selection criteria


  • A bachelor’s degree in a relevant field, such as governance, management, development studies, agriculture, forestry or social science.

Knowledge and experience

  • At least 10 years of experience in the organic sector or ethical trade
  • Significant experience in project management, including design and implementation
  • Demonstrated understanding of certification systems and processes at the community and international levels
  • Extensive experience in developing funding and resource proposals, raising funds and identifying opportunities to develop strategic partnerships
  • Representative experience through work at the national, regional and international levels with a particular focus on advocacy, with a view to developing and maintaining key relationships

Essential skills

  • Financial, human resources and administrative management skills, with a particular focus on stakeholder management and monitoring programme performance
  • Excellent leadership skills
  • Organic certification
  • Previous experience with Participatory Guarantee Systems (PGS) for organic certification
  • Meticulous attention to detail with high computer literacy
  • Advocacy with demonstrated initiative and ability to think laterally to identify innovative solutions
  • Ability to use data and information management systems

Language skills

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

Interpersonal skills and cultural awareness

  • Ability to work in a multicultural, inclusive and equitable environment
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to deliver information within a cross-cultural context

Salary, terms and conditions

Contract Duration – Three years

Remuneration – The Pacific Organic and Ethical Trade Community (POETCom) Coordinator is a Band 11 position in SPC’s 2018 salary scale, with a starting salary range of 2,942‒3,677 SDR (special drawing rights) per month, which currently converts to approximately FJD 8,414–10,517 (USD 4,060–5,075; EUR 3,638–4,547). 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 1,170–2,625 per month. Establishment and relocation grant, removal expenses, airfares, home leave, medical and life insurance and education allowances are available for eligible employees and their recognised dependents. Employees are entitled to 25 days of annual leave and 30 days of sick leave per annum, 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 – 29 November 2018

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:

  • Please explain the opportunities and constraints for developing organic agriculture in the Pacific.
  • Please describe your experience in building a network or community of practice. What are the challenges, and please describe a situation where you worked through challenges to build a common vision.
  • Please share your experience in resource mobilisation for agriculture or development projects.
  • What elements would need to be included in an organic guarantee system for the Pacific Islands?

  • POETCom Coordinator.docx

    Category: Farming, Animals & Conservation

    Reference ID: CB000075

    Date Posted: 01/11/2018