Project Manager - Pacific Awareness and Response to the Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle (PARC) Project

Suva, Fiji

  • Suva-based position (Fiji)
  • Attractive 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, 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 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 – Project Manager – will provide oversight of the Pacific Awareness and Response to the Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle (PARC) Project inclusive of provision of technical advisory, project operational management, staff supervision, and stakeholder management.

The key responsibilities of the role include:

  • Policy and technical advisory services - provide policy and advisory services to internal and external partners and countries on matters related to the project.
  • Project operations management - provide project management and oversight of work plans, budgets, monitoring, evaluation and learning, administration, donor requirement compliance, internal LRD reporting, staff supervision and deployment.
  • Strategic stakeholder coordination, communication and harmonisation - lead on stakeholder dialogues and manage an effective communications and harmonisation strategy.
  • Resource mobilisation and planning - lead on resource mobilisation and identification of opportunities to sustain CRB activities and the establishment of new strategic partnerships.

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

Key selection criteria


  • Master’s degree in agricultural science, biosecurity, entomology or project management

Knowledge and experience

  • At least 10 years of experience in managing development projects within agriculture or other relevant sectors
  • Experience in research development
  • Project management experience, including project operations, staff management, budget and financial management
  • Understanding of national and regional issues related to agricultural pest and disease management in the Pacific region
  • Proven experience in negotiating, building and maintaining professional, client-focused relationships and mutually beneficial partnerships    

Essential skills

  • Ability to take initiative
  • Innovative and creative thinker
  • Ability to work independently

Language skills

  • Excellent English communication skills (oral and written) with a working knowledge of French being an advantage

Interpersonal skills and cultural awareness

  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work in a multicultural, inclusive and equitable environment

 Salary, terms and conditions

Contract Duration – Three years

Remuneration – The Project Manager – Pacific Awareness and Response to the Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle (PARC) Project is a Band 11 position in SPC’s 2020 salary scale, with a starting salary range of 3,015‒3,769 SDR (special drawing rights) per month, which currently converts to approximately FJD 8,986–11,233 (USD 4,161–5,202; EUR 3,709–4,636). 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 Date – 12 February 2020 – 11:45pm Fiji time

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:

  1. What are the most challenging issues in implementing a project related to the Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle in the Pacific region?
  2. In a complex and vulnerable environment such as the Pacific, how would you envisage a coordinated approach to pest control?
  3. What do you consider are the keys to the successful management of a project involving communities, private and public sector stakeholders across multiple countries?

JD Project Manager PARC Project.docx

Type: Contract - International

Category: Agriculture

Reference ID: CB000154

Date Posted: 14/01/2020