Governance and Human Rights Officer

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 27 country and territory members. In pursuit of sustainable development to benefit Pacific people, our organisation works across more than 25 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 Human Rights and Social Development (HRSD) Division has a vision for just, equitable and resilient Pacific societies. It aims to achieve this by advancing human rights, good governance, gender quality and social inclusion for all Pacific people, grounded in cultural values and principles.

In line with its vision, the work of the Division encompasses the following objectives:

Objective 1: Governance for human rights and social development: Strengthen inclusive, transparent and active governance for human rights and social development.

Objective 2: Gender equality and social inclusion: Mobilise, empower and build conditions for gender equality, equity and social inclusion in society and development.

Objective 3: Culture: Promote, preserve and protect positive expressions of culture.

Objective 4: Enhance knowledge, learning and innovative solutions to accelerate impact on human development priorities.

The role – Governance and Human Rights Officer will provide technical advice, assistance, and capacity building under PROJECT Governance and the HRSD Programme of work with a focus on human rights and good governance. As the role requires working across the objective of the HRSD work programme, the Officer will have a matrix reporting relationship with other Team Leaders in this regard. 

The key responsibilities of the role include:

Provide technical assistance and support on human rights and good governance

  • Support Pacific Islands Countries and Territories (PICTs) governments and civil societies to implement and deliver on human rights and good governance commitments.
  • Support and lead on the delivery of human rights and good governance activities defined in the PROJECT Governance Annual Implementation Plan.
  • Support research and analysis, and the production of reports, on key and emerging regional human rights and good governance issues in line with PICTs priorities.

Human rights and good governance capacities and skills development

  • Support the identification of needs for development of human rights and good governance research and analysis capacities and skills for PICTs and other stakeholders.
  • Support the development and delivery of capacity building tools and programmes on human rights and good governance, especially in research and analysis, through multiple modalities.
  • Continuous review and adaptation of capacity building and skills development materials inform by learning.

Stakeholder engagement, networking and coordination

  • Support stakeholder engagement, networking, and coordination to advance project and divisional objectives at national, regional, and institutional levels.
  • Engage in working groups, task forces and other technical committees.
  • Provide technical assistance to other SPC Divisions and other regional organizations on human rights and good governance, particularly in relation to the implementation of the PGEP project.

Monitoring and Evaluation

  • Contribute to PROJECT Governance donor reports and HRSD overall reports.
  • Support monitoring, evaluation and learning for human rights and good governance specific projects and programs.
  • Contributes to the monitoring and evaluation of capacity building is conducted to meet desired outcomes.

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


Key selection criteria


  • Degree in development, human rights, law, governance, gender or related discipline from a recognised university or equivalent relevant experience in the field.

Technical expertise

  • Five (5) years of work experience related to human rights and/or good governance.
  • Good working knowledge of human rights and good governance in the Pacific.
  • Ability to develop and implement appropriate capacity development sessions on human rights, gender equality and social inclusion for diverse government and non-government audiences.    

Language skills

  • Excellent English communication skills (oral and written). Ability to speak one or more Pacific Island languages is advantageous.

Interpersonal skills and cultural awareness

  • Good interpersonal skills, team player and ability to network and effectively work in a multi-disciplinary and cross-cultural team.


Salary, terms and conditions

Contract Duration – 3 years - subject to renewal depending on funding and performance.  

Remuneration – The Governance and Human Rights Officer is a Band 8 position in SPC’s 2023 salary scale, with a starting salary range of 2,044‒2,555 SDR (special drawing rights) per month, which currently converts to approximately FJD 6,030–7,537 (USD 2,739–3,424; EUR 2,595–3,243). 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. Applicants will be assured of complete confidentiality in line with SPC’s Privacy Policy.


Application procedure

Closing Date: 19 June 2023 at 11:59pm (Fiji time)

Job Reference: MC000014

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 with contact details for three professional referees
  • a cover letter detailing your skills, experience and interest in this position
  • responses to all screening questions

Your application will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed at shortlisting stage if all the above documents are not provided. Applicants should not attach copies of qualifications or letters of reference. Please ensure your documents are in Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF format.

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 Fiji 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.

SPC does not charge a fee to consider your application and will never ask for your banking or financial information during the recruitment process.

Screening Questions (maximum of 2,000 characters per question):

  1. Please provide an example by outlining the steps you would take to design, deliver, and evaluate a regional forum/dialogue on good governance or human rights for the 12 Pacific Islands countries covered by PROJECT Governance.
  2. Please describe how you will build institutional and individual capacity of a governance or human rights institution and provide examples of the capacity building techniques that you have used in previous roles and the results achieved.
  3. The role involves supporting the team to implement project commitments and ensure the team is able deliver on good governance commitments and country interventions. Please list 3 important factors in project management that you will need to priorities to ensure successful project implementation. Pick two and explain in detail why these are important.

Position Description

Type: Contract - International

Category: Human Rights

Reference ID: MC000014

Date Posted: 22/05/2023