Ridge to Reef (R2R) - Finance Officer

Suva, Fiji

  • Attractive and competitive local package
  • Friendly and supportive team environment
  • Join the principal development organisation in the region

Description

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 Division provides advice, technical assistance, research and training support to Pacific Island countries and territories (PICTs). There are three areas of scientific programming and two areas of focus within this division:

  1. Oceans and Maritime – Driving growth in blue economies through well-informed and inclusive action from integrated solutions for ocean and coastal management and maritime and transport.
  2. Geo-resources and Energy – Strengthening the management of the Earth’s non-living resources through responsible harnessing of mineral resources, including metalliferous and development minerals, and clean and renewable energy resources, such as solar, wind, and geothermal for sustainable development.
  3. Disaster and Community Resilience – Improving resilience and sustainability through the management of disaster risk and assessment of hazards. This includes building resilience through wider support for climate change, disaster risk management (DRM) initiatives, and water and sanitation initiatives. Several regional climate change projects are housed in this programming area.
  4. The other two focus areas within this division are Programming and Operations, responsible for driving integrated programming excellence and operational support across the division, and Geo-informatics, which is responsible for providing diverse, integrated, and unique and demand-driven services across SPC work programmes, projects and countries. This includes developing, managing, building on and retaining or preserving spatial data and information for the benefit of all scientific areas.

The Ridge to Reef (R2R) - Finance Officer will assist the R2R Project Manager in overseeing and managing the R2R finances and ensuring that it is in line with SPC’s finance policy and procedures as well as the EU agreements. The R2R Finance Officer will interact with the Divisional Program Accountant, R2R Project Officers including Auditors.

The key responsibilities of the role include the following

  • Oversee the R2R procurement and payment processing
  • Prepare monthly management report for the Project Coordinator
  • Facilitate for project audits
  • Project Accounting
  • Finance Administration

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

 

Key selection criteria

Qualifications

  • Degree in Accounting, Financial Management

Knowledge and experience

  • At least 3 years of relevant work experience in project accounting or reporting
  • Strong numeric skills, advanced excel spreadsheet skills including macros, and effectively used a recognized accounting package for generation of financial reports
  • Operating experience with accounting software packages, where experience with Navision system would be an advantage

Essential skills

  • Understanding of database fundamentals
  • Demonstrated ability to use initiative
  • Excellent PC-based computer skills, including knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook

Language skills

  • Excellent English 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 30 September 2021

Remuneration – This is a full-time position at Band 7 in SPC’s 2020 salary scale, with a commencing taxable salary range of FJD 2,232-2,790 per month, plus local staff benefits. An offer of appointment for an initial contract will 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.

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: 8th April 2020 – 11:45pm Fiji time

Applicants must apply online.

Hard copies of applications will not be accepted.

To be considered for this role, you must provide us with:

  • an updated resume
  • 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.

Please ensure that you respond to all of 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.

Only Fijian citizens are eligible to apply for this role.

Screening Questions

  1. Please describe your background in financial administration (including reporting) and procurement (including facilitation of procurement processes) for donor-funded projects.
  2. Refer to one example where you have been involved in the financial management of a project funded by sources external to your organisation. Please highlight two key lessons you have learned from that process.
  3. Describe three key steps you would take to set up a reporting system for financial project management to ensure that the Project Manager has timely financial information for risk management.

JD - R2R Finance Officer.pdf


Type: Contract - Local

Category: Finance & Accounting

Reference ID: JM000181

Date Posted: 25/03/2020