FSM National Officer - EU FSM SEAM Project
- Pohnpei-based position
- 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 26 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 Micronesia Regional Office (MRO) situated in Kolonia, Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), is the main hub for SPC's projects and partnerships with the Micronesian members of the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI), the Republic of Palau, and the United States territories of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), and Guam. The MRO opened in January 2006.
The role – the FSM National Officer – EU FSM SEAM Project will work closely with the Project Manager and the FSM Assistant Secretary, Energy from FSM’s Department of Resources & Development (R&D) to provide coordination for the project, to oversee implementation of the monitoring and evaluation (M”&E) framework, and ensure coordination between the national and state energy focal points and state utilities, steering committee, Energy Working Group and technical working group(s).
The key responsibilities of the role include the following:
- Coordinate implementation of project activities
- Facilitate regular coordination and liaison between the Project Manager and the FSM Assistant Secretary, Energy, Department of R&D.
- Coordination of consultations to inform the design and implementation of project activities.
- Collaborate closely with the State utility corporations.
- Establish and participate in annual (or more often if needed) project steering committee meetings.
- Liaison with national, local, community and traditional leaders to ensure smooth running of project implementation and inclusivity of vulnerable groups.
- Liaise with other energy entities, stakeholders and partners.
- Assist with all communications and awareness activities.
- Monthly progress reports, and quarterly narrative and financial reporting.
- Compilation of all national project documents for annual and final financial reporting.
- Participate in relevant training activities provided by SPC.
- Coordinate monitoring and evaluation related actions
- Liaise with country stakeholders and project team members to identify M&E information needs before activities are implemented.
- Ensure appropriate data collection tool(s) gauge utilization of knowledge, skills and products gained from activities.
- M&E database maintained and updated and any licenses paid on time.
- Work with activity implementers to collect necessary M&E data.
- Prepare quarterly monitoring reports and synthesize data at country level.
- Develop Terms of Reference for external evaluation and review technical proposals.
- Assist with field visit logistics for evaluation.
- Disseminate lessons learned and results information on a timely manner to ensure feedback is shared appropriately.
For a more detailed account of the key responsibilities, please refer to the online job description.
Key selection criteria
- Tertiary diploma or equivalent in sustainable energy, climate change, business administration or a related field.
- Technical expertise
- At least 3 years’ experience in project coordination and delivery in renewable energy or a related field and demonstrated experience with complex project activities.
- Proven track record of working with teams across sectors and sites and producing high quality results with minimum supervision.
- Knowledge of FSM’s policies, strategies, institutions, and regulations.
- Demonstrated ability to effectively engage with a range of stakeholders to support project outcomes.
- Excellent oral and written communications skills and demonstrated ability to articulate and communicate complex issues and positions to senior administrators and community beneficiaries alike.
- Sound coordination, administrative, networking, and collaborative skills.
- Advanced computer skills in applications such as Microsoft Word and Excel.
- Language skills
- Fluency in English (written and verbal).
- Interpersonal skills and cultural awareness
- A proactive and positive team player able to work effectively in a multicultural environment.
- Knowledge of Pacific Island countries and territories is an advantage.
Salary, terms and conditions
Contract Duration – This position is budgeted for 3 years and is subject to renewal depending on performance and funding.
Remuneration – the National Officer – EU FSM SEAM Project is a Band 4 position in SPC’s 2021 salary scale, with a starting taxable salary range of USD 1,764–2,205 per month, plus local staff benefits. 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.
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 be given to the Pacific Islander. Applicants will be assured of complete confidentiality in line with SPC’s private policy.
Please note that applicants must be FSM Nationals currently residing in the country, or hold the proper work permit for salaried employment there.
Closing date: 31st January 2021– 11:00 pm Noumea time.
Job Reference: SH000039
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 with 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.
All positions at SPC have specific screening questions. If you do not respond to all of the screening questions, your application will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed at shortlisting stage.
- Developing and maintaining partnerships and collaborations to work towards common goals, while ensuring the objectives of the project are fully met is critical to this position, describe an example where you have achieved this and what you feel were some of the key factors of success.
- In your experience, what are the most difficult challenges in managing the financial and procurement processes associated with donor-funded projects, and what approaches have you utilised in addressing these?
- Describe some approaches and tools that you have used to ensure the effectiveimplementation of the monitoring and evaluation (M&E) framework
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