Programme Manager: Access to Justice Project

Honiara, Solomon Islands



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 Regional Rights Resource Team (RRRT) of the Pacific Community (SPC) has operated for over 20 years, as the region’s pioneer in human rights and gender capacity building to Pacific states, institutions and civil society. Through a team of regional advisors and Country Focal Officers (CFOs) based in member states, RRRT provides a comprehensive suite of policy and legislative advice, technical assistance and capacity building to support Pacific states to respond effectively to priority regional human rights priorities, such as gender equality, ending violence against women and children, disability rights, climate change and equitable, sustainable development.


The role – The Programme Manager, Access to Justice Project will manage all aspects of the implementation of the  Solomon Islands Access to Justice  Pilot Project including contractual compliance and reporting.

 The key responsibilities of the role include:


  • Project management:
    • Manages the A2J Project, including planning, execution and monitoring of activities; problem solving; planning, execution and monitoring of budget, donor contract compliance, and donor narrative and financial reporting;
    • Develops realistic quarterly, 6-monthly and annual project work plans and ensures effective implementation of work plan;
    • Responsible for the day-to-day management of the A2J Project.
  • Support of, and support to Project Staff & Implementers:
    • Supervises overall performance of Project staff: Finance and Administration Assistant and Programme and MEL Assistant.
    • Ensures performance appraisal of project staff.
    • Guides, mentors and builds the capacity of project staff.
    • Identifies and provides project staff professional development opportunities.
  • Networking and Partnership:
    • Fosters relationships with Project partners, which ensures effective collaboration on Project activities.
    • Represents RRRT effectively vis-à-vis the Project at national, regional and international forums.
  • Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL):
    • Takes focal responsibility in relation to the Project including through regular monitoring of progress as per MEL framework; documenting impact stories, case studies and articulating impacts.
    • Contributes to the design and implementation of effective MEL system for the Project using both qualitative and quantitative indicators.


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


    Key selection criteria


  • Qualifications
    • A post graduate Master’s degree in development, human rights, law, gender, international relations, or other relevant post graduate degree from a recognised university.
    • Diploma or certificate courses in project cycle management, or equivalent years of project cycle management experience.
  • Essential experience and skills
    • At least seven years of progressive project management and development experience covering EVAW and/or access to justice for survivors of domestic violence in the Pacific.
    • Proven track record of liaison with donors, governments, development partners and civil society.
    • A solid record of accomplishment overseeing complex multi-stakeholder projects to end violence against women.
    • Proven experience in financial and project monitoring and reporting; and strategic planning experience.
    • Pacific experience and an in-depth understanding of the gender equality, EVAW and access to justice challenges in the Pacific.
    • Exceptional writing skills (written and oral), with a strong writing ability at a project donor reporting level.
  • Interpersonal and Language skills
    • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and an ability to work within a team.
    • Proficiency in English, with a working knowledge of Solomon Islands Pidgin would be an advantage
    • Strong skills in networking, cross-cultural liaison and human rights awareness.



    Salary, terms and conditions


    Required starting date – This position is available immediately.

    Contract Duration – This position is budgeted until 30th of April 2020 and is subject to renewal depending on performance and funding.


    Remuneration – The Programme Manager, Access to Justice Project is a Band 11 position in SPC’s 2018 salary scale, with a salary range of 3,782–5,629 SDR (special drawing rights) per month, which currently converts to approximately SBD 41,375–61,580. 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 international salaries are not presently subject to income tax in Solomon Islands.  

    Benefits for international staff employees based in Solomon Islands – SPC provides a housing allowance of SBD 8,000 – 15,850 per month. Establishment and relocation grant, removal expenses, airfares, home leave, medical and life insurance, location and education allowance are available for eligible employees and their recognised dependents. Employees are entitled to 25 days of annual leave and access to SPC’s Provident Fund (contributing 8% of salary, to which SPC adds a matching contribution).


    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.


    Languages – SPC’s working languages are English and French.



    Application procedure


    Closing Date – 6th January 2019

    Job Reference – AL000141

    Applicants must apply online at  

    Hard copies of applications will not be accepted.

    To be considered for this role, 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 (see below)

    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.

    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:

  • Please provide examples of donor-funded programmes you have managed. Highlight what challenges you faced in programme and financial management, and what you did to overcome these challenges.
  • What do you think might be some of the barriers to talking to communities about gender equality and ending violence against women and girls in the Solomon Islands ? What are some of the things you might suggest to address these barriers?
  • This project requires you to provide ongoing support and mentoring to Community Facilitators on how to conduct awareness on gender quality and the Family Protection Act. Please provide a one page mentoring plan that sets out how you would go about mentoring community facilitators.


   Programme Manager_Access to Justice_31Oct2018.docx

    Category: Human Rights

    Reference ID: AL000141

    Date Posted: 07/12/2018