Ridge to Reef (R2R) Science and National Project Leader

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 ar e 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 Geo-Science, Energy and Maritime (GEM) Division was established in 2017 merging the previous Economic Development Division (EDD) and the Geoscience Division (GSD) with the aim of achieving an integrated programmatic approach of SPC services that will provide its members with applied science and knowledge for evidence-based policy-making and technical solutions for improved governance, management and capacity development. This translated into the following three technical programmes:

  • Oceans and Maritime Programme (OMP) – assists member countries with services that provide applied ocean science and knowledge for evidence-based policy-making and technical solutions for improved ocean and maritime governance, management and capacity development.
  • Georesources and Energy Programme (GEP) – assists member countries by applying technical knowledge in the areas of geoscience and sustainable energy use.
  • Disaster and Community Resilience Programme (DCRP) – assists member countries to demonstrate strengthened resilience through integrated action on disaster risk management, climate change adaptation, natural resource management and increased access to water and sanitation.

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 Geoinformatics, which is responsible for providing diverse, integrated, and unique and demand-driven services across SPC work programmes, projects and countries.

The role – The Ridge to Reef (R2R) Science and National Project Leader will lead and manage the scientific and technical aspects of the Global Environment Fund (GEF) Pacific R2R Project through the provision of quality technical support and policy advice on integrated water, land and coastal management in Pacific SIDS. The role also coordinates 14 National R2R Demonstration Projects in line with the Project Document and the GEF Council Approved Regional R2R Programme Framework.

The key responsibilities of the role include:

  • Project management and technical oversight of the GEF Pacific R2R Project
  • Benchmarking and improving cross-sectoral coordination and informed stakeholder participation in integrated water, land and coastal management in PICs
  • Provide scientific oversight, mentoring and guidance
  • Monitoring and Evaluation of R2R Project Activities and Impacts
  • Information Management, Knowledge Sharing and Communications

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


Key selection criteria


  • A master’s degree in natural sciences, environmental policy and governance, or engineering

Knowledge and experience

  • At least ten years of relevant experience in international development in cross sectoral natural resources management
  • Policy development and governance experience at a senior level
  • Proven skills in project team leadership, coordinating multi-disciplinary team inputs, managing programmes and resources
  • Solid technical/science background in IWRM/ICM supported by contributions to publications and written documents on these subjects

Essential skills

  • Proven ability to work with partners and the ability to plan, coordinate and manage complex programmes and projects
  • Excellent PC based computer skills, preferably with current Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, Project, and PowerPoint

Language skills

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills (oral and written)

Interpersonal skills and cultural awareness

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


Salary, terms and conditions

Contract Duration – Until 31 March 2020

Remuneration – The Ridge to Reef (R2R)  Science and National Project Leader 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.

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 –19 November 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 is your motivation for applying for the role?
  • Provide an example of how you have provided scientific oversight, mentoring and guidance to deliver a high quality analytical service
  • Describe the key challenges in translating scientific data and advice into development outcomes for the Pacific
  • Describe your approach in working in a multicultural environment?
  • A child protection policy-screening requirement: Have you been convicted of any offences involving children?

  • http://spc.turborecruit.com.au/position_description/773/R2R Science and National Project Leader JD.pdf

    Category: Geoscience

    Reference ID: JM000085

    Date Posted: 22/10/2018