Team Leader - Governance and Institutional Strengthening
Suva (Fiji )
- Suva-based position (Fiji)
- Competitive 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 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) in the area of 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: 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: Social innovation and learning: Enhance knowledge, learning and innovative solutions to accelerate impact on human development priorities.
The Team Leader - Governance and Institutional Strengthening will lead and provide technical assistance and support to Pacific Islands Countries and Territories (PICTs) to adhere and be responsive in delivering on their human rights, gender equality, and social inclusion (GESI) commitments. To ensure the work programme under Objective 1 contributes to a coherent and integrated work programme of the Division.
The key responsibilities of the role include:
- Programme delivery and management, including integrated programming, and staff supervision and management
- Strategic planning, policy and programming advice
- Stakeholder engagement, networking and coordination
For a more detailed account of the key responsibilities, please refer to the job description provided.
Key selection criteria
- A master’s degree in human rights/ gender/ development/ sociology or other relevant subject area or bachelor’s degree in one or more of the above disciplines with 10 years of experience in the field
Knowledge and experience
- At least 10 years of development experience working in the fields of human rights, youth development, or gender equality and social inclusion and at least 8 years if working in the PICTs
- Understanding of integrated programming and developing and overseeing program work plans
- Knowledge of associated donor reporting requirements
- Experience in leading a multi-disciplinary and cross- cultural teams
- Demonstrated high level of emotional intelligence through work approaches / experience
- Excellent English communication skills (oral and written) with a working knowledge of French being an advantage
Interpersonal skills and cultural awareness
- Cross-cultural skills and the ability to work with team members from different cultural backgrounds
Salary, terms and conditions
Contract Duration – Until 30 June 2024
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 Team Leader - Governance and Institutional Strengthening is a Band 12 position in SPC’s 2021 salary scale, with a starting salary range of 3,478‒4,348 SDR (special drawing rights) per month, which currently converts to approximately FJD 10,504–13,130 (USD 4,835–6,043; EUR 4,266–5,333). 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 relocation grant, removal expenses, airfares, home leave, medical and life insurance and education allowances are available for eligible employees and their recognised dependents. Employees are entitled to 25 days of annual leave and 30 days of sick leave per annum, 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 – 7 July 2021 at 11:45pm Fiji time
Applicants must apply online.
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. The Pacific Community does not support dual spouse employment.
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.
- Outline 3 key strategies that have worked in the Pacific for strengthening inclusive, transparent and active governance for human rights and social development.
- Provide examples of work where you have delivered technical assistance or programming support to PICTS at the national, sub-regional, regional and international planning, policies, programming and institutions levels to adhere to and deliver on their human rights, gender equality and social inclusion commitments.
- What are effective approaches and challenges to integrating human rights, gender equality and social inclusion into social development work. Outline strategies that you have implemented to overcome these challenges.
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