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Team Leader - Mainstreaming and Capacity Building


  • Organization: SPC - Pacific Community
  • Location: Suva
  • Grade: Junior level - Junior
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Education, Learning and Training
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: Closed
  • 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 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 Human Rights and Social Development Division has a vision for just, equitable and resilient Pacific societies and it aims to achieve this by advancing human rights, equality and social inclusion for all Pacific people, grounded in cultural values and principles. The work of this Division includes work previously undertaken by the Regional Rights Resource Team (RRRT) around human rights and the Social Development Programme (SDP) in the areas of gender equality and social inclusion, culture and youth development.

In line with its vision, the work of the Division will encompass the following focal areas:

  • 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: mobilize, 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: Social innovation and learning: enhance knowledge, learning and innovative solutions to accelerate impact on human development priorities.

The roleTeam Leader – Mainstreaming and Capacity Building will be responsible for the design, implementation, and monitoring, evaluation and reporting of: (a) the People-Centred Approach (PCA) programme within HRSD and across SPC; and (b) the programme for the capacity-building of the HRSD division. The Team Leader will manage staff and provide technical services (such as deliver training activities and design tools and other resources) as required under the PCA and capacity-building programmes; and work in close collaboration with relevant SPC staff, in particular the Senior Adviser – Social & Environmental Responsibility within the SPC Climate Change & Environmental Sustainability Division in relation to the PCA mainstreaming programme.

The key responsibilities of the role include the following:

Mainstreaming the People-Centred Approach (PCA) within HRSD and across SPC

  • Lead the design, implementation, and in collaboration with the Monitoring, Evaluation, Knowledge Management and Communications Unit (MELKMC) - monitoring, evaluation and reporting of the PCA programme within HRSD and across SPC, in alignment with the SPC Social & Environmental (SER) Policy and the HRSD Business Plan.
  • Co-ordinate the SER Help Desk which is the forum through which SPC staff seek assistance on PCA.
  • Manage the direct reports for the PCA programme.

Strengthening the capacity of the HRSD team to deliver technical and capacity-building assistance to SPC members and stakeholders and SPC staff members

  • Lead the design, implementation, and monitoring, evaluation and reporting of the programme to strengthen the capacity of HRSD staff to deliver technical and capacity-building assistance to SPC members and stakeholders and SPC staff.
  • Manage the direct reports for the capacity-building programme.

Supporting the HRSD Director in mobilising resources for the PCA and capacity-building programmes

  • Maintain profiles of development partners or donors’ priorities that invests on PCA.
  • In collaboration with the HRSD Senior Management Team, develop concept notes about PCA mainstreaming for funding considerations.

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


Key selection criteria


  • A postgraduate degree in international development or in human rights, human rights law, law, capacity building, social science or other relevant subject area from a recognized university.

Technical expertise

  • At least 10 years of combined experience in human rights and/or human rights-based approach and/or GEDSI and/or youth development work in the development space.
  • At least 7 years of combined experience in a similar position with complex multi-donor, multi-stakeholder, multi-disciplinary, and multi beneficiary projects.
  • Experience in or have transferable knowledge on mainstreaming human rights-based and/or GEDSI approaches.
  • Skilled in wide range of capacity-building and mainstreaming modalities.
  • Demonstrated experience in leading a multidisciplinary and cross- cultural team.

Language skills

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English, with strong writing ability at a donor project reporting level.

Interpersonal skills and cultural awareness

  • Significant communication skills and experience working in a multi-disciplinary and cross-cultural team.


Salary, terms and conditions

Contract Duration3 years – subject to renewal depending on funding and performance.

RemunerationTeam Leader - Mainstreaming and Capacity Building is a band 12 position in SPC’s 2023 salary scale, with a starting salary range of 3,565‒4,456 SDR (special drawing rights) per month, which currently converts to approximately FJD 10,516–13,146 (USD 4,777–5,971; EUR 4,525–5,657). 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 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: 5 December 2023 at 11:59pm (Fiji time)

Job Reference: CB000350

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 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.

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

  1. SPC applies a people-centred approach or PCA across its people, operations and programmes.  Under the PCA, SPC incorporates human rights, gender equality, disability and social inclusion, and cultural development, as well as the relationship of people to their environment, into all aspects of SPC’s work.  Why is this approach important for SPC’s work?
  2. A large part of SPC’s programmatic work is undertaken by scientists and technical experts.  Noting this, what do you see as challenges for applying the PCA and how would you address this/these challenge(s)?
  3. Describe your experience in managing, mentoring and providing leadership to a diverse, a multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary team with varying skills, capacity and areas of expertise.  What challenges did you face and how did you overcome these challenges? 

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