Programme Leader - Sustainable Forests and Landscapes

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 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 role – Programme Leader – Sustainable Forests and Landscapes is the head of the Sustainable Forests and Land Management programme with overall leadership and management responsibilities, focusing on the sustainable management and development of forestry and land in line with the LRD Business Plan. This role also encompasses the management of the implementation of the programme’s work plans, staffing and financial resources.

The key responsibilities of the role include:

  • Leadership and management – Provide sound leadership and overall coordination and management of the programme, and ensure the development of a team-oriented culture to enhance the delivery of the programme’s work plans and its services to PICT members and partners.
  • Policy and advice – Proactively provide appropriate and timely policy analysis and responses to the LRD Director and management team and PICTs on sustainable forests and land management policy issues.
  • Technical services – Ensure timely provision of strategic technical advice and appropriate technical assistance and support to PICTs on sustainable forests and land management and development.
  • Resource mobilisation – Play a lead role in the mobilisation of additional resources to further enhance LRD work on sustainable forests and land management.
  • Reporting – Ensure that all reporting requirements for sustainable forests and land management are in line with SPC policies and regulations, and are produced accurately and in a timely manner.

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


Key selection criteria


  • A master’s degree in a relevant field, such as forestry, land resources management or international development

Knowledge and experience

  • At least 10 years of leadership experience at a senior management level
  • Experience in research and analysis, including in-depth knowledge in at least one of the sectors
  • Previous experience in project management, working with donors and developing country partners
  • Strategic planning and organisational development experience
  • Previous experience working with data and information management systems
  • Awareness of Fijian forestry and land policies and plans and national strategic action plans is desirable

Essential skills

  • Initiative and ability to think laterally to identify innovative solutions
  • Flexible approach and demonstrated ability to meet deadlines
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiatives and work without supervision
  • Ability to work as part of a small team with a high level of interpersonal skills
  • Excellent PC based computer skills, including high proficiency in Microsoft Office and use of the Internet

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 communicate effectively with member country governments and other regional and international organisations
  • Ability to work in a multi-cultural, equitable and inclusive environment
  • Strong negotiation and relationship-building skills
  Salary, terms and conditions

Contract Duration – Three years

Remuneration – The Programme Leader – Sustainable Forests and Landscapes is a Band 12 position in SPC’s 2018 salary scale, with a starting salary range of 3,393‒4,242 SDR (special drawing rights) per month, which currently converts to approximately FJD 9,705–12,131 (USD 4,683–5,853; EUR 4,196–5,245). 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.

As an equal-opportunity employer, SPC recruits on merit; however if two interviewed candidates are ranked equally by the selection committee, preference will be given to nationals of Pacific Island countries and territories.


Application procedure

Closing Date – 26 March 2018

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:

  • What would be the main purpose of a sustainable forest management program in Melanesia / Micronesia?
  • How can sustainable land scapes contribute to food and nutrition security in the Pacific – qualify this for both volcanic and atoll countries in the Pacific
  • How should a resource mobilization plan for Sustainable Forests and Land Scapes program look like in the Pacific;
  • What would be an ideal human resource team to run effectively / efficiently the Sustainable Forests and Land Scapes program in the Pacific
  • Have you been convicted of any offences involving children?

  • Programme Leader - Sustainable Forests and Landscapes.pdf

    Category: Land & Resources Management

    Reference ID: JM000041

    Date Posted: 26/02/2018