Gender and Social Inclusion Adviser (Fisheries)

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 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 Gender and Social Inclusion Adviser (Fisheries) will provide timely and relevant technical assistance, undertake research, analytical work and support capacity building initiatives on gender equality and social inclusion to inform project results of the fisheries sector, mainly focused on coastal fisheries. The successful candidate will work alongside the Gender and Human Rights Specialist under the Pacific-European Union Marine Partnership (PEUMP) programme to integrate gender equality and equity analysis, perspectives and inclusion options across all PEUMP thematic areas working through and with implementing partners.

The key responsibilities of the role include:

  • Country gender and fisheries assessments with focus on coastal fisheries to enhance evidence and support post-assessment needs to facilitate implementation of recommendations made through strategic follow-up actions.
  • Support capacity building initiatives for PEUMP partners by the PMU, Gender and Human Rights Specialist, such as tailored training, tool development, strategic advice and guidance to partners in undertaking gender-integrated research or similar GSI related activities required under PEUMP.
  • Assist joint activities between PMU and implementing partners at country/community level to undertake GSI and Human Rights Based Approach training or similar activities that require gender expertise.
  • Provide policy advice for GESI integration into fisheries’ policies, plans and strategies upon request by partners and their country counterparts.  
  • Contribute to policy briefs and other knowledge products on gender perspectives in fisheries, climate change, biodiversity, environment and other related sectors for organisational wide knowledge products.
  • Assist in communication activities around gender and fisheries, climate change, biodiversity and the environment.

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 discipline, such as social or political sciences, gender studies or related field

Knowledge and experience

  • At least 8 years of experience related to gender issues/women’s rights and/or human rights, preferably with Pacific experience
  • Experience and good knowledge on gender and social inclusion issues in the environment context is a plus
  • Experience in research and development and administering networks in regard to gender and social inclusion

Essential skills

  • Proven ability to design, plan and facilitate workshops and other trainings
  • Excellent communication skills with the capacity to engage government, public and community audiences
  • Demonstrated commitment to gender equality and using human rights-based approaches
  • Willingness and demonstrated capacity to travel and undertake overseas assignments in SPC member countries, sometimes under difficult physical conditions

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
  • Ability to negotiate and develop and sustain professional partnerships


Salary, terms and conditions

Contract Duration – Until 30 June 2022

Remuneration – The Gender and Social Inclusion Adviser (Fisheries) is a Band 10 position in SPC’s 2020 salary scale, with a starting salary range of 2,512‒3,140 SDR (special drawing rights) per month, which currently converts to approximately FJD 7,486–9,357 (USD 3,466–4,333; EUR 3,090–3,862). 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 1,353–3,025per 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: 7th June 2020 – 11:45pm Fiji time

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:

  1. Please summarise your experience in working to support gender equality and the empowerment of women and gender analysis in the fisheries sector.
  2. What do you think are the challenges and opportunities for women to move higher up the in the seafood value chain?
  3. Describe your experience where you have provided technical assistance and support to develop policies, strategies and/or plans for communities and governments related to the fisheries sector

JD_Gender and Social Inclusion Adviser (Fisheries).docx

Type: Contract - International

Category: Gender

Reference ID: JM000188

Date Posted: 08/05/2020