Education Statistician

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

The vision of the Educational Quality and Assessment Programme (EQAP) is to beThe agency for educational quality in the Pacific region’. Its mission is to enhance the quality of education and training for Pacific learners so they realise the benefits of lifelong learning. EQAP seeks to promote the following core values within the context of SPC’s corporate values:

  • a culture of quality;
  • a culture of continuous improvement;
  • cultural and political sensitivity;
  • respect for the autonomy and priorities of the education system in each Pacific Island country and territory; and
  • assimilation of the expressed needs of countries in its delivery of technical services.

The role – Education Statistician will collaborate with the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) in strengthening educational statistical data collection, analysis and reporting in the Pacific. This role and collaboration with UIS brings the technical specialist support of UIS to the existing EQAP models for capacity building, capacity development, capacity supplementation and capacity substitution in the Pacific region.

The key responsibilities of the role include:

  • Statistical data collection, analysis and reporting for global and regional monitoring
  • Support and training for countries in completion of UIS data collection tools
  • Validation and quality assurance of education statistics collected in Pacific Island Countries according to UIS standards
  • Quantitative data and indicator analysis in support of the Pacific Regional Education Framework
  • Design and production of regularised, valid and reliable status reports on Pacific Education
  • National data sets confirmed and made available across the region on national websites with access via the Pacific Data Hub
  • Support analysis of integrated statistical data sets for SDG 4 reporting in collaboration with SPC’s Statistics for Development Division

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

Key selection criteria


  • Degree in statistics, statistical analysis or the equivalent combination of education and experience

Knowledge and experience

  • At least 10 years of experience in statistical data collection, analysis and reporting at a regional and/or global level
  • Experience in supporting workshops and capacity building at the individual and group level
  • Knowledge of international standards (UIS) for data validity and reporting     

Essential skills

  • Positive professional attitude for the provision of high-quality service
  • A flexible approach and a willingness to assist with a variety of other tasks within EQAP
  • Ability to set priorities successfully working with minimal supervision
  • Ability to work within timelines and to respond to stakeholders needs
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality of information and to maintain neutrality as a professional officer

Language skills

  • Excellent English communication skills (oral and written) with a working knowledge of French being an advantage

Interpersonal skills and cultural awareness

  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including positive professional approach
  • Ability to work in a multicultural, inclusive and equitable environment

Salary, terms and conditions

Contract Duration – Three years

Remuneration – The Education Statistician 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 1,353–3,025 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.

Application procedure

Closing Date – 15 April 2020

Applicants must apply online at

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. What are the inherent challenges and corresponding best practices in carrying out the role of an Education Statistician across a multidisciplinary team based across several organizations and ministries?
  2. In your view, what steps should be taken to improve the use of Education Statistics in countries across the Pacific region?

JD Education Statistician.docx

Type: Contract - International

Category: Education Quality & Assessment

Reference ID: CB000167

Date Posted: 13/03/2020