Programme Manager - Pacific Fisheries Leadership Programme

Suva, Fiji

  • Suva-based position (Fiji)
  • Competitive expatriate package
  • Join the principal development organisation in the Pacific 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 Programme – Pacific Fisheries Leadership Programme (PFLP) – initiated and funded by the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) – aims to strengthen the leadership capabilities and capacities of Pacific Island national fisheries officials in order to improve the performance of national fisheries agencies, and to support the implementation of the Regional Roadmap for Sustainable Pacific Fisheries (the Roadmap). The PFLP will contribute to increased economic and food security benefits through well-managed and sustainable fisheries and aquaculture in the Pacific.

Between 2018 and 2022 the programme will enlist 125 individuals who will take part in workshops, one-on-one coaching, work place attachments and on-the-job learning. The PFLP will be delivered by a consortium led by SPC that will also include the Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA), University of Queensland (UQ), People Focus, and the Centre for Adaptive Leadership (CLA). Oversight of the programme will be carried out by a steering committee comprised of MFAT, FFA, SPC and an additional Pacific Island member.

The role – Programme Manager Pacific Fisheries Leadership Programme is responsible for the day-to-day management of the PFLP, including implementation, liaising with stakeholders, and regular engagement with participants. This position will support the Team Leader, who will provide strategic oversight of the PFLP as well as specialised technical leadership. The Team Leader will be based in Australia and work part-time on the programme. The Programme Manager will manage a part-time Programme Assistant, as well as support the Team leader in engaging other SPC staff responsible for managing PFLP partners and subcontractors.

The key responsibilities of the role include:

  • Support the Team Leader in all aspects of managing the programme, including progressively taking on more senior management responsibility over the lifespan of the programme, and directly supervising the Programme Assistant.
  • Manage all programme-related activities, components and logistics.
  • Provide efficient financial oversight, including budget management and financial management of the consortium.
  • Represent and promote the programme and liaise effectively and closely with all stakeholders to build trust and confidence, including regular engagement with participants, fisheries agencies, hosting organisations, training venues, consortium members and MFAT.
  • Support communication, and monitoring, evaluation, learning and adaptation in the programme, including compiling reports as required by SPC and donors, and disseminating knowledge and information through appropriate media channels.
  • For a more detailed account of the key responsibilities, please refer to the job description provided.

    Key selection criteria


    • A degree qualification in development, business administration, finance, event management or equivalent work experience that is both relevant and current.

    Knowledge and experience 

    • At least 10 years of experience in a related field of work, such as programme management or event management for development organisations or government
    • Demonstrated experience managing budgets with a good understanding of performance and planning processes
    • Project management experience, including monitoring and evaluation
    • Demonstrated capacity to efficiently and effectively organise high-level meetings and workshops
    • Exceptional communication skills, including excellent written and spoken English and the ability mobilise and engage people
    • Demonstrated capacity to work with multi-disciplinary teams
    • Experience working in the Pacific region        

    Essential skills 

    • Excellent interpersonal and organisational skills
    • Budgeting and administration skills
    • Familiarity with technical terms and planning, monitoring, evaluation and learning
    • Ability to effectively engage with multidisciplinary teams
    • Excellent PC-based computer skills, preferably with Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint and 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 work in a multicultural, inclusive and equitable environment

    Salary, terms and conditions

    Contract Duration – Three years with possibility of extension based on role funding and performance.

    Remuneration – The Programme Manager – Pacific Fisheries Leadership Programme 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.

    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.

    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. Successful candidates will be required to provide a police clearance certificate.

    Application procedure

    Closing Date – 12 July 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 describe one role you have held that is relevant to this position and explain how that experience has prepared you for this opportunity.
  • If you heard a participant providing negative feedback about an aspect of the PFLP, what would you do?
  • How do you prevent or manage delays and backlogs within your project team? Please provide an example.
  • A child protection policy screening requirement: Have you been convicted of any offences involving children?

  • Description - Programme Manager Pacific Fisheries Leadership Programme.docx

    Category: Fisheries, Aquaculture and Marine Ecosystems - Accountant

    Reference ID: CB000046

    Date Posted: 14/06/2018