Programme Accountant (x3)

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 surveillance, geoscience, and conservation of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture.

The Geoscience Energy and Maritime (GEM) Division provides advice, technical assistance, research and training support to Pacific Island countries and territories (PICTs). There are three (3) areas of scientific programming and two areas of focus within this division:

  1. Oceans and Maritime Programme (OMP) – assists member countries with services that provide applied ocean science and knowledge for evidence-based policy-making and technical solutions for improved ocean and maritime governance, management and capacity development.
  2. Georesources and Energy Programme (GEP) – assists member countries by applying technical knowledge in the areas of geoscience and sustainable energy use.
  3. Disaster and Community Resilience Programme (DCRP) – assists member countries to demonstrate strengthened resilience through integrated action on disaster risk management, climate change adaptation, natural resource management and increased access to water and sanitation.

The other two focus areas within this division are Programming and Operations, which is responsible for driving integrated programming excellence and operational support across the division, and Geoinformatics, which is responsible for providing diverse, integrated, and unique and demand-driven services across SPC work programmes, projects and countries.

The Programme Accountant (x3) is responsible for the effective implementation and monitoring internal accounting functions in accordance with relevant accounting principles and standards, through the direction of the Finance Team Leader. The role will oversee the completion of assigned project and donor reporting including the management of both internal and external audit functions. Each Programme Accountant will be responsible for their respective areas within the GEM Division specifically the Oceans and Maritime Programme (OMP), the Georesources and Energy Programme (GEP) and the Disaster and Community Resilience Programme (DCRP).

The key responsibilities of the role include:

  • Project Accounting
  • Project Financial Management
  • Country Project Management
  • Programme and Project Budgets
  • Other Programme Reporting

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


Key selection criteria


  • Degree in accounting or financial management from a recognised institution

Knowledge and experience

  • At least 3 years relevant work experience in project accounting
  • Strong numeric skills, advanced excel spreadsheet skills including macros, and effectively used a recognized accounting package for generation of financial reports
  • Operating experience with accounting software packages, where experience in particular with Navision system would be an advantage

Essential skills

  • Understanding of database fundamentals
  • Excellent PC based computer skills, preferably with current Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, Projects, PowerPoint and Access.
  • Ability to work as part of a team or independently, under limited direction with strong commitment, personal drive and initiative

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 – Until 31 December 2022

Remuneration – The Programme Accountant is a Band 8 position in SPC’s 2019 salary scale, with a starting salary range of 1,946‒2,432 SDR (special drawing rights) per month, which currently converts to approximately FJD 5,739–7,174 (USD 2,763–3,453; EUR 2,329–2,911). 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 1,230–2,750 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 Date9 October 2019

Applicants must apply online.

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. How would you approach explaining complicated financial processes to staff members?
  2. Based on your experience with donor-funded, complex multi-country projects, identify and explain three key financial management lessons learnt that would assist you in this role.
  3. The role involves financial reporting to the one donor. Furthermore, there will be opportunities to share some costs across different projects funded by the same donor. Based on your experience, describe and justify two key factors that will need to be considered in setting up a financial reporting system to cover such an arrangement.

JD - Programme Accountant GEM.pdf

Type: Contract - International

Category: Finance and accounting

Reference ID: JM000143

Date Posted: 11/09/2019