Team Leader - Gender Equality and Social Inclusion

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 surveillance, geoscience, and conservation of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture.

The Programme - The goal of the Social Development Programme (SDP) is to ‘advance gender equality and equal development outcomes in the Pacific region’. SDP works with governments, regional organisations, civil society and other SPC divisions to build capacity, collaboration, knowledge and practice around social development. SPC has been supporting the promotion of gender equality, youth development and culture for over 30 years, first with the women’s bureau, the youth bureau, and the culture bureau, which merged into the Human Development Programme in 2008, and then became SDP in 2016.

SDP is progressively taking an integrated approach to gender equality and social inclusion as the modality for accelerating progress towards achieving social development goals. This includes identifying how issues affecting socially excluded people, with a particular focus on women and youth of all diversities, can be jointly addressed, and seeking to integrate cultural heritage and traditional knowledge can be woven into existing development practice.

The role – Team Leader – Gender Equality and Social Inclusion will be responsible for:

  • Delivering timely and relevant analytical, technical, research, programmatic and policy advice on social development issues – including on gender equality, youth development and culture – to SPC and its members, civil society, regional organisations and donors.
  • Working closely with SPC’s executive and technical divisions and programmes in support of a more coordinated and effective integrated programming approach to addressing the social dimensions of development programme initiatives.
  • Ensuring that everything the organisation does involves equal focus on the needs and contributions of women and men of all diversities, respects and promotes human rights, and contributes to the achievement of gender equality and social inclusion across all sectors.

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

Key selection criteria


  • Postgraduate qualification in a relevant social science discipline, such as sociology, development studies, anthropology, gender and development.

Knowledge and experience 

  • At least eight years of experience at an advisory level with a specialisation in gender equality and social inclusion
  • Experience in the design and implementation of policies and programmes in gender equality and social inclusion, gender and social analysis, or gender mainstreaming
  • Knowledge and understanding of gender equality and social development issues in the Pacific region
  • Knowledge and understanding of international principles and frameworks on gender equality and social inclusion, including the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), the Beijing Platform for Action (BPfA) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)  

Essential skills 

  • Understanding of legal and policy frameworks
  • International, regional and national-level best practice approaches
  • Policy advisory approaches
  • Research and analytical skills
  • Programme development and management experience
  • Capacity building and training experience
  • Monitoring, evaluation and reporting skills
  • Ability to negotiate and proven ability to develop and sustain professional partnerships

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

Remuneration – The Team Leader – Gender Equality and Social Inclusion 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 – 26 July 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:

  • Please summarise your experience in working with Pacific Island countries and territories (PICTs) to disseminate information to promote gender equality and the empowerment of women.
  • What do you think are the priority areas relating to gender equality and the empowerment of women? How can knowledge products, such as policy briefs and progress reports, contribute to promoting these priority areas?
  • What do you think are the main challenges associated with analysing gender statistics in PICTs, or for that matter, in most developing countries?
  • A child protection policy screening requirement: Have you been convicted of any offences involving children?

  • Team Leader - Gender Equality and Social Inclusion.docx

    Category: Culture, Community Services & Development

    Reference ID: CB000053

    Date Posted: 28/06/2018