SPC invites applications for the position of Director, Strategic Engagement, Policy and Planning Facility to be located at its headquarters in Noumea, New Caledonia
SPC is the Pacific Island region’s principal technical and scientific organisation. It delivers technical, scientific, research, policy and training support to Pacific Island countries and territories in public health, geoscience, agriculture, forestry, water resources, disaster management, fisheries, education (community, TVET, quality and standards for all school levels), statistics, transport, energy, ICT, media, human rights, gender, youth and culture.
In applying, candidates should be guided by SPC’s vision, mission and corporate values, the role and profile of the Director of the Strategic Engagement, Policy and Planning Facility and the key result areas and selection criteria.
SPC’s vision for the region is a secure and prosperous Pacific Community, whose people are educated and healthy and manage their resources in an economically, environmentally and socially sustainable way.
Our mission is to help Pacific Island people position themselves to respond effectively to the challenges they face and make informed decisions about their future and the future they leave for the generations that follow.
Our corporate values are underpinned by the principle of ‘making a positive difference in the lives of Pacific Island people - putting people first’. They include accountability, integrity, respect, transparency, sustainability, people-centredness, gender equality and cultural sensitivity.
Strategic Engagement, Policy and Planning Facility - is the strategic, analytical, corporate planning and standards monitoring and evaluation arm of the office of the Director-General. It employs over 20 staff based in Noumea and Suva, Fiji. It provides policy and planning support to all of SPC’s technical divisions and programmes; assists members with the design of national development strategies; prepares sectoral or thematic analyses to inform decision-making at national level; and coordinates the mainstreaming of SPC wide initiatives in priority cross-cutting sectors such as climate change, gender and food security. The Strategic Engagement, Policy and Planning Facility has four key functions: (i) country and programme support; (ii) strategic positioning, regional cooperation and partnerships and resource mobilisation; (iii) policy analysis and development, research, coordination and mainstreaming; and (iv) corporate standards, organisational development and performance management. Additional information can be obtained on SPC’s website: www.spc.int.
The role – the Director is part of SPC’s senior executive management team and is currently accountable to the Director-General. The position, based in Noumea, New Caledonia, is responsible for the leadership and direction of the Strategic Engagement, Policy and Planning Facility to position SPC strategically in the context of its role in regional development. The Director will manage a multi-disciplinary team of over 20 staff and a budget of approximately USD 9.7 million. The appointment is for three years, renewable subject to performance and funding availability.
The profile – SPC seeks a dynamic, innovative, outcomes driven leader with a proven track record in strategic thinking and planning, policy analysis and development; resource mobilisation; and programme monitoring and evaluation. The Director of the Strategic Engagement, Policy and Planning Facility will have the skills required to lead and manage a multi-disciplinary team, be an excellent advocate, communicator and negotiator and be able to work with other stakeholders and partners. He / she will have excellent representational and interpersonal relationship, a reputation for delivering results, and be skilled in influencing others.
Key result areas – The position encompasses the following five key result areas.
- Provide vision, leadership, direction and management of the Strategic Engagement, Policy and Planning Facility to maximise impacts of regionally delivered services to SPC member countries and territories – coordinate the work programme and four key functions of the Strategic Engagement, Policy and Planning Facility; and oversee the management of its operations, including budgetary expenditure and staff recruitment, management and development.
- Contribute strongly to SPC’s development, management and achievement of goals – lead analytical work that informs SPC’s development agenda; keep the executive abreast of major organisational, sectoral and thematic issues; coordinate broad multi-sectoral and cross-cutting initiatives, particularly in the areas of climate change, food security, gender and non-communicable diseases; proactively monitor the implementation of SPC’s corporate plan, financing strategy, budget and divisional strategic plans; and contribute to collective decisions at the executive level.
- Proactively drive policy innovation and manage change – lead analysis of the development challenges and trends impacting the SPC membership in areas relevant to SPC’s jurisdictions; assess and respond to the evolving needs and priorities of the SPC membership; maintain regular contact with sectoral counterparts in member countries and territories and respond to requests for advice; lead and develop new policy and programme initiatives; commission new projects; provide sectoral or thematic reviews in areas outside the scope of existing programme strategy and plans; and develop high-quality analyses and policy, for consideration by decision-makers and for publication.
- Be responsible for the division’s resource mobilisation and careful management of budget expenditure and reporting – develop and pursue divisional, multi-sectoral and multi-agency funding proposals to support the achievement of SPC goals; develop and pursue opportunities for increased project and long-term programme funding; manage the division’s budget; and provide accurate reports to partners regarding the effective allocation of resources and the impacts achieved with funding.
- Develop and maintain strategic, collaborative professional relationships with clients and diverse stakeholders – maintain strong working relationships across SPC with the executive, managers and staff; maintain strong links with member governments and territories, development partners, members of the Council of Regional Organisations in the Pacific (CROP) and other stakeholders that deliver results to members (in particular those agencies that can complement SPC strengths); and participate in collaborative arrangements across agencies.
Key selection criteria – Candidates will be assessed against the following 11 key selection criteria.
- Leadership – clearly and convincingly articulates a vision; acts as a role model to lead, inspire, motivate and develop others; makes staff feel trusted and valued; develops and leads multi-sectoral initiatives contributing to SPC’s goals.
- Strategic thinker and planner – thinks and acts with a long term perspective - develops and implements plans that deliver multi-sectoral SPC and stakeholder outcomes.
- Resource manager – oversees the development and management of staff and complex budgets; anticipates and manages change and risks; negotiates for necessary resources from corporate and other sources; ensures that value for investment is achieved.
- Results oriented problem solver – develops solutions to deliver tangible, client-focused results.
- Innovation and analytical skills – generates new ideas / opportunities; develops policy advice, based on sound analysis; supports original solutions.
- Influencing skills – influences with diplomacy, motivates and guides others in their goal achievement; exceptional negotiation, communication and advocacy skills.
- Relationship skills – demonstrates sophisticated interpersonal skills; builds productive relationships and partnerships across the organisation and with its stakeholders.
- Qualifications – possesses a post-graduate qualification in one of the following: strategic or corporate planning; public policy; economics and financial planning and management or project management; international development; business or public administration OR an undergraduate degree with a significant demonstrated track record in any of the areas outlined and in policy development and operational leadership of human and financial resources.
- Technical expertise – demonstrates a depth of knowledge and expertise regarding current and emerging issues and priorities in regional and international development; has a track record of strategically responding to change and developing successful policies and solutions.
- Language skills – possesses proficiency in English, with a working knowledge of French being an advantage.
- Cultural awareness – possesses cultural sensitivity and demonstrated understanding of developing countries, with a working knowledge of the environment of Pacific Island countries and territories (PICTs) being an advantage.
Remuneration – The Director is a senior executive position in Band 15 of SPC’s 2012 salary scale, with a salary range of 6,235–9,151 SDR (special drawing rights) per month, which currently converts to approximately XPF 843,700–1,238,400 (USD 8,900–13,000; € 7,000–10,300). 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 subject to income tax in New Caledonia at the present time.
Benefits – SPC provides subsidised housing in Noumea. Establishment and relocation grant, removal expenses, airfares, home leave, medical insurance and education allowances are available for eligible employees and their recognised dependents. Employees are entitled to: 25 days annual leave and 30 days sick leave per annum; life insurance; and access to SPC’s Provident Fund (contributing 8% of salary to which SPC adds a matching contribution).
Work environment – SPC has a standardised computing environment based on Microsoft Office running under Microsoft Windows. Smoking is not permitted in the work place. As an equal-opportunity employer, SPC recruits on merit, but if two interviewed candidates are ranked equal by the selection committee, preference will be given to nationals of Pacific Island countries and territories.
Application procedure – The closing date for applications is Monday 25 June 2012. Candidates MUST provide: a detailed curriculum vitae; a written response stating their claims against the 11 key selection criteria; and contact details, including email addresses, for three referees.
Apply online – Please use SPC’s online recruitment system at http://www.spc.int/job.html.
Important note: prepare and save your curriculum vitae, response to key selection criteria and referee information as Microsoft Word documents BEFORE attempting to submit your application online. It is not possible to partially complete your application via the online system, save it and return to complete later.
Can’t access the online recruitment system? Apply via email: email@example.com; fax: + 687 26 38 18 or post: Sally Clark Herrmann, Recruitment and Staff Development Officer, Secretariat of the Pacific Community, P.O. Box D5, 98848 NOUMEA CEDEX, New Caledonia.
Need assistance? Contact Sally in confidence, at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone + 687 26 01 40.
BACKGROUND – Established in 1947, SPC employs over 570 staff and is headquartered in Noumea, New Caledonia, with offices in Fiji, Federated States of Micronesia and Solomon Islands. It is a dynamic regional organisation, with a work programme that is currently undergoing review. SPC has 26 member countries and territories including its founding members, Australia, France, New Zealand and United States of America, which contribute a large proportion of its funding. Other major development partners include the European Union, Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, United Nations agencies, Asian Development Bank, World Bank and Global Environment Facility, to name a few. SPC’s working languages are English and French.
SPC is led by the Director-General supported by the two Directors-General, directors of its six technical divisions, a statistical programme, a strategic engagement and planning facility and a directorate of operations and management. The technical divisions include Applied Geoscience and Technology (SOPAC) Division, Economic Development Division, Education, Training and Human Development Division, Fisheries, Aquaculture and Marine Ecosystems Division, Land Resources Division and Public Health Division.