Manager Statistics Leadership, Governance and Use

Nouméa, New Caledonia

  • Noumea-based position
  • Attractive 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 27 country and territory members. In pursuit of sustainable development to benefit Pacific people, our unique organisation works across more than 25 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 Statistics for Development Division (SDD) is based in SPC’s headquarters in Noumea, New Caledonia. The division employs approximately 20 staff, all of whom are all based in Noumea. SDD’s goal is to help the Pacific Island Countries and Territories achieve “highly competent and sustainable national statistics systems that meet national and international statistics needs for evidence-based policy, planning and monitoring.” SDD has a regional statistical system leadership and coordination role; and also supports the region directly in data infrastructure, collection, statistical methodology, analysis and dissemination.

The role the Manager Statistics Leadership, Governance and Usewill lead a team of statistical advisors with the collective responsibility to strengthen the Pacific statistical system. This team is one of three technical teams in the SDD, and the role reports to the divisional Director. The team provides advice, technical assistance, capacity building services and pooled regional capability on regional and national statistical governance, strategy and prioritisation. It provides similar support for analysis, use and re-use of data for understanding and reporting on issues such as the sustainable development goals, gender, the economy and other global and regional reporting commitments.


The key responsibilities of the role include the following:

Management and leadership

  • Recruit and manage resources (staff, consultants, interns etc.) well, and contribute to results.
  • Foster a vibrant team culture contributing to productivity and innovation.
  • Lead and manage direct reports in a way that is fair and promotes effectiveness, efficiency and growth.

Ways of working

  • Demonstrable contribution of team to organisational or ‘ways of working’ objectives in the division business plan, such as “mainstream good modern data practice” and “strengthened engagement”.

Statistic system leadership

  • Plan, develop and consult on regional statistics strategies and roadmaps, which are owned by relevant stakeholders.
  • Identify and manage strategic issues and risks pro-actively.
  • Manage regional governance and coordination mechanisms to contribute to objectives.
  • Support Director, SDD in plans and strategy for funding, attracting resources and engagement with donors.
  • Establish and maintain effective relationships with key stakeholders – in member countries, donors, and implementation partners.

Statistical capacity and usage

  • Make a clear contribution to improving regional capacity.
  • Meet objectives in the business plan, relating to SPC and members’ analysis and use of data for SDGs, gender, disability, prices and other areas.

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


Key selection criteria


  • Postgraduate degree in statistics, demography, economics (or other academic discipline related to substantive work of the Statistics for Development Division) or equivalent combination of degree and work experience.

Technical expertise

  • 10-12 years of relevant experience including at least 5 years in a managerial role, with strong relationship management and engagement skills and success in leading a team of professionals.
  • Experience in the collection, production and/or use of official statistics and other relevant data.
  • A good understanding of the challenges developing countries (particularly small island states) face, in the collection, production and use of official statistics. 

Language skills

  • Excellent oral and written English language communication. 

Interpersonal skills and cultural awareness

  • A team player, with the ability to work in a multi-diverse and multi-cultural environment.
  • Knowledge of Pacific Island countries and territories is an advantage.


Salary, terms and conditions

Contract Duration – This vacant position is budgeted for 3 years and is subject to renewal depending on performance and funding.

Remuneration – The Manager Statistics Leadership, Governance and Use is a Band 12 position in SPC’s 2022 salary scale, with a starting salary range of 4,685–5,760 SDR (special drawing rights) per month, which currently converts to approximately XPF 670,858–824,789 (USD 6,699–8,236; EUR 5,622–6,912). An offer of appointment for an initial contract will be made in the lower half of this range, with due consideration being given to experience and qualifications. Progression within the salary scale will be based on annual performance reviews. SPC salaries are not presently subject to income tax in New Caledonia.

Benefits for international staff employees based in New Caledonia SPC provides subsidised housing in Noumea. 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 bilinguism, 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 begiven to the Pacific Islander. Applicants will be assured of complete confidentiality in line with SPC’s private policy.


Application procedure

Closing date: 9 October 2022 – 11:00 pm (Noumea time)

Job Reference: SH000168

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.

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. What are the blockers that stop data being used to drive decisions in developing countries? Outline your experience of what can work to help build capability and the will to address this.
  2. What in your experience is the best way to lead a technical team in a way that promotes both growth and effectiveness?
  3. How should data issues relating to gender be built into capacity development on producing and using statistics, for national statistics offices and planning ministries?


Type: Contract - International

Category: Statistics

Reference ID: SH000168

Date Posted: 09/09/2022