- 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 be ‘The 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 (PICTs); and
- assimilation of the expressed needs of countries in its delivery of technical services.
The role – Curriculum and Assessment Specialist will be responsible for building capacity in curriculum development, review and educational assessment to support Pacific Island countries and territories meet their regional and national curriculum, educational assessment and intervention needs.
The key responsibilities of the role include:
- Curriculum review and development
- National assessment and examinations
- Online learning and training
- Teacher competency assessment
For a more detailed account of the key responsibilities, please refer to the job description provided.
Key selection criteria
- Bachelor’s degree in education with two teaching subject majors
- Master of education
Knowledge and experience
- At least 10 years of experience working in the area of education, with at least five years of experience in developing and moderating educational assessment instruments
- Sound knowledge of and experience with qualitative and quantitative educational research methods
- Sound knowledge of current Pacific and international educational assessment issues
- Skills in liaising, negotiating, and training people, especially teachers from different ethnic, cultural and educational backgrounds
- Ability to produce quality curriculum documents and assessment instruments that meet the expressed needs of stakeholders
- Advanced skills in writing framework and guidelines documentation and reports
- Excellent PC-based computer skills, including knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook
- A flexible approach and a willingness to assist with a variety of other tasks within EQAP and SPC
- Excellent English communication skills (oral and written), both at a technical level and in the preparation of information for the public
Interpersonal skills and cultural awareness
- A high level of interpersonal skills, well-considered judgements and cultural sensitivity
Salary, terms and conditions
Contract Duration – 3 years
Due to the current travel restrictions caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic, and the priority SPC places on its staff safety, health and well-being, please note that there may be delays in taking up the appointment. These matters will be discussed thoroughly with successful candidates. In most cases, any appointment and on-boarding would only commence when relocation to the duty station is permitted.
Remuneration – The Curriculum and Assessment Specialist is a Band 10 position in SPC’s 2021 salary scale, with a starting salary range of 2,512‒3,140 SDR (special drawing rights) per month, which currently converts to approximately FJD 7,586–9,483 (USD 3,492–4,364; EUR 3,081–3,852). 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 1,350–3,000 per month. Establishment and repatriation grant, removal expenses, airfares, home leave travel, health and life and disability insurances and education allowances are available for eligible employees and their eligible dependents. Employees are entitled to 25 working days of annual leave per annum and other types of leave, 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.
Recruitment principles – SPC’s recruitment is based on merit and fairness, and candidates are competing in a selection process that is fair, transparent and non-discriminatory. SPC is an equal-opportunity employer, and is committed to cultural and gender diversity, including bilingualism, and will seek to attract and appoint candidates who respect these values. Due attention is given to gender equity and the maintenance of strong representation from Pacific Island professionals. If two interviewed candidates are ranked equal by the selection panel, preference will be given to the Pacific Islander.
Closing Date – 8 November 2021 at 11:59pm Fiji time
Applicants must apply online at http://careers.spc.int/
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. SPC may assist on a case-by-case basis with submissions to Fiji Ministry of Foreign Affairs for their consideration and final approval. SPC cannot and does not make any guarantee whatsoever of approval for such applications to the Fijian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and where an application is approved, the spouse or partner will subject to such terms and conditions as may be set from time to time by the Ministry.
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.
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- What are the steps in developing a high quality assessment of senior secondary students’ learning for a country, and what are the challenges? You may reflect on your own experience in answering this question.
- The merge between teaching and learning is predominantly determined by the merge between curriculum and assessment. Explain how curriculum and assessment interrelate to impact teaching and learning. Use examples from your own experience.
- Discuss your perspective on how online learning can be made into a good option for Pacific students learning within the Pacific context.