- 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 Geoscience Energy and Maritime (GEM) Division provides advice, technical assistance, research and training support to Pacific Island countries and territories (PICTs). There are three (3) areas of scientific programming and two areas of focus within this division:
- 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 Survey Team Leader will be the overall lead of risk related data collection survey in 14 Pacific Island Countries under Pacific Catastrophe, Risk Assessment & Financing Initiative (PCRAFI II) project as well provide technical assistance and advocacy for risk related data to the rest of the GEM Division, where feasible. The positon reports to the PCRAFI II Project Manager.
The key responsibilities of the role include:
- Provide overall lead of risk related data collection survey in 14 Pacific Island Countries under PCRAFI;
- Technical assistance and advocacy for risk related data;
- Data processing and analysis;
- Training and capacity building, including skill transfer, survey and data management;
For a more detailed account of the key responsibilities, please refer to the job description provided.
Key selection criteria
- Degree and/or equivalent work experience in Disaster Risk Management, GIS/RS other relevant subjects
Knowledge and experience
- At least 10 years of demonstrated experience in GIS/RS, disaster risk management related work
- Strong technical skills in risk related data (asset, hazard and impact) collection survey and location
- Strong experience in undertaking field survey in remote.
- Previous experience in data management system
- Experience in leading survey teams
- Experience in delivering capacity building workshops and hands on training
- Ability to work as part of a team or independently, under limited direction with strong commitment, personal drive and initiative
- 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 – Until 30 June 2021 (subject to renewal depending on performance and funding)
Remuneration – The Survey Team Leader is a Band 11 position in SPC’s 2019 salary scale, with a starting salary range of 2,942‒3,677 SDR (special drawing rights) per month, which currently converts to approximately FJD 8,679–10,848 (USD 4,177–5,222; EUR 3,522–4,402). 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.
Closing Date – 5 January 2020
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.
JD Survey Team Leader.pdf
- Give two examples of survey activities that you have managed in the Pacific. State any challenges that you faced, and how you overcame these challenges.
- Describe your experience in conducting a training activity with varied (e.g. multi sectoral – from different countries) participants and lessons learned.
- How would you strengthen operational/implementation of data collection capacity in the Pacific islands and territories and illustrate with relevant practical experiences?