Programme Delivery Officer - PCREE

Nuku'alofa, Tonga

  • Tonga position based
  • Attractive 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 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 – Driving growth in blue economies through well-informed and inclusive action from integrated solutions for ocean and coastal management and maritime and transport.
  2. Geo-resources and Energy – Strengthening the management of the Earth’s non-living resources through responsible harnessing of mineral resources, including metalliferous and development minerals, and clean and renewable energy resources such as solar, wind, and geothermal for sustainable development.
  3. Disaster and Climate Resilience – Improving resilience and sustainability through the management of disaster risk and assessment of hazards. This includes building resilience through wider support for climate change, disaster risk management (DRM) initiatives, and water and sanitation initiatives. Ridge to Reef is a stand-alone programme that pulls expertise from the three scientific areas and is located within Disaster and Climate Resilience.
  4. 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 Geo-informatics, which is responsible for providing diverse, integrated, and unique and demand driven services across SPC work programmes, projects and countries. This includes developing, managing, building on and retaining or preserving spatial data and information for the benefit of all scientific areas.


The role – The Programme Delivery Officer will be pivotal in implementing and delivering on the work programme and budget of the PCREEE. The role will work collaboratively with the Manager of the PCREEE as well as the rest of the PCREEE Team, the Georesources and Energy Programme of the GEM Division as well as partners and the GN-SEC.


The key responsibilities of the role include the following: 

  • Work Programme and Budget Design:
    • Conceptualise the Centre’s work programme and budget and conduct consultation meetings with implementing partners,
    • Draft the work programme and budget and present them to the Manager and to the PCREEE Steering Committee meetings.
  • Work Programme Coordination and Implementation:
    • Conduct meetings with implementing partners to agree on shared responsibilities and costs,
    • Mobilise implementation teams and partnerships to implement activities on the ground,
    • Coordinate the logistics [e.g equipment, travel, venue, resources people, etc] for the delivery of services on the ground.
  • Reporting and Visiblity:
    • Prepare activity/period/progress reports for the PCREEE activities,
    • Coordinate stakeholder awareness and consultation efforts of PCREEE and partners,
    • Prepare visibility and promotional materials.


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


Key selection criteria


  1. Qualifications
  • A tertiary qualification relating to energy.
  1. Knowledge and Experience
  • At least 15 years  of demonstrated technical delivery experience in a national / regional energy office or a similar field,
  • Demonstrated experience and success in working with various donors and development partners, the private sector, the academia and the media,  
  • Proven history of successfully planning and coordinating training workshops and investment forums, consultancy studies, consultation and planning meetings as well as awareness activities,
  • Demonstrated record of accomplishment in implementing hardware energy projects in key sectors such as agriculture, fisheries, tourism, industry, etc.
  • High-level verbal and written communication skills and the capacity to represent SPC effectively, at regional and international forums.
  1. Essential Skills
  • Proven ability to influence work collegially and in partnership with stakeholders and internal partners towards an agreed outcome,
  • Proven ability in project design, management and reporting,
  • Ability to work constructively to resolve issues, concerns or difference of opinion,
  • Excellent Audit, Risk and Financial management skills.



Salary, terms and conditions


Required starting date – This position is available immediately.

Contract Duration – 3 years


Remuneration – The Programme Delivery Officer - PCREEE is a Band 11 position in SPC’s 2019 salary scale, with a starting salary range of 3,405 - 4,215 SDR (special drawing rights) per month, which currently converts to approximately USD 4,835–5,985 (EUR 4,076–5,046). 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. Remuneration of expatriate SPC staff members is not subject to income tax in Tonga; Tonga nationals employed by SPC in Tonga will be subject to income tax.

Benefits for international employees based in Tonga – SPC provides a housing allowance of USD 1,000–2,000 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:  24th of February 2019

Job Reference: AL000172


Please use SPC’s online recruitment system to lodge your application:

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

  1. Please describe your experience in planning and conducting an energy-related project or event.
  2. Have you been involved in a project relating to promoting entrepreneurship and investments in the energy sector? If yes, please describe your role and the impacts of the project.
  3. Have you been involved in a successful resource mobilization initiative? If yes, please describe your strategy and how did you achieve the desired results?

JD for PDO PCREEE_Nov 2018.docx

Type: Contract - International

Category: Geoscience

Reference ID: AL000172

Date Posted: 30/01/2019