SPC invites applications for the position of Climate Change Officer, Land Resources Division located at its regional office in Suva, Fiji.
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 position 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.
Land Resources Division – provides expert advice, technical assistance, research and training support to Pacific Island countries and territories on all aspects of agriculture and forestry. This includes: plant protection; conservation; plant genetic resources; animal health and production; agroforestry; biosecurity and trade facilitation and sustainable systems for agriculture, forestry and land management. The Land Resources Division’s work is organised under three objectives: improved food and nutritional security; integrated and sustainable agricultural and forestry resource management and development; and improved and increased trade in agriculture and forestry products. The division currently provides services to meet the three objectives via the following seven technical / thematic teams: Animal Health and Production; Plant Health; Biosecurity and Trade Facilitation; Forest and Agriculture Diversification; Crop Production; Genetic Resources; and Forest and Trees. It currently employs a team of around 90 staff of which 83% are technical staff and 42% are internationally recruited. Additional information can be obtained on SPC’s website: www.spc.int.
The role – this newly created position of Climate Change Officer is accountable to the Director, Land Resources Division. The role will support climate change mainstreaming for the division (incorporating climate change perspectives into all divisional activities) and the development of climate change and related land resource activities within the division, across SPC and with its member countries and territories. The position, based in Suva, Fiji, will form part of SPC’s broader climate change team. The successful candidate will need to work closely with staff working on other climate change programme activities related to the agriculture sector, especially those activities supported under the AusAID, European Community, Government of Germany (through Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and USAID climate change programmes. The successful candidate would be required to deliver coordinated policy advice on climate change and agriculture issues, education, training, and technical and project support and be responsible for effective monitoring, evaluation and reporting of climate change activities. The appointment is for a fixed term contract to 30 June 2015, renewable subject to performance and funding availability.
The profile – SPC seeks a consultative team player with a proven track record in delivering policy and technical advice, projects and training within a developing country setting, ideally in areas relevant to climate change and agriculture. Attributes will include skills in developing multi-stakeholder participatory and consultative approaches and managing multi-country development projects or programmes in a complex regional environment. He / she will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills and ability to work effectively across SPC and with diverse regional and international stakeholders.
Key result areas – The position encompasses the following four key result areas for which the successful applicant must be able to demonstrate strong ability and/or potential to progress.
1. Provide technical advice and support – across SPC and to its member countries and territories to integrate climate change and land resource issues into internal, national and regional climate change response strategies; to design and support the implementation of climate change related activities; to coordinate divisional inputs to SPCs broader climate change monitoring and reporting processes; to assist in the development and delivery of integrated approaches to climate change adaptation at the community level.
2. Develop and maintain strategic, collaborative professional relationships with clients and diverse stakeholders – maintain strong collaborative working relationships with divisional staff and climate change staff working across SPC; maintain strong links with member countries and territories; participate in collaborative arrangements across agencies; and actively participate in climate change coordination meetings and processes across SPC and at national and regional levels.
3. Capacity building – assist with the development of SPC climate change capacity building and mainstreaming activities and knowledge management products; identify training and capacity development needs in consultation with national counterparts; facilitate national and regional training workshops on climate change issues within the division’s primary functional areas; and provide support to countries to develop technical and organisational skills in knowledge management and monitoring for the land resources sector.
4. Resource mobilisation, monitoring, evaluation and reporting – provide support, information, briefings and assistance to the division in preparing project submissions, reports and monitoring and evaluation activities related to climate change.
Key selection criteria – Candidates will be assessed against the following 7 key selection criteria.
1. Innovation and analytical skills – able to generate new ideas / opportunities; develop policy advice, based on sound analysis; support original solutions.
2. Results oriented problem solver – able to develop solutions to deliver tangible results for members and other clients.
3. Relationship skills – demonstrate excellent interpersonal skills; contribute to building productive team relationships and partnerships across the organisation and with its stakeholders.
4. Qualifications – possess a tertiary qualification in natural resource management/economics, climate change policy/planning or environmental science/engineering, with a relevant postgraduate level qualification being an advantage.
5. Technical expertise – demonstrate experience in: delivering policy and technical advice, projects, training and assistance within a developing country setting ideally in areas relevant to climate change; developing multi-stakeholder participatory and consultative approaches; and managing multi-country development projects or programmes in a complex regional environment. A broad understanding of the climatic issues or other emerging issues of the Pacific is an advantage.
6. Language skills – proficiency in English, with a working knowledge of French being an advantage.
7. Cultural awareness – cultural sensitivity and demonstrated understanding of developing countries, in particular Pacific Island countries and territories being an advantage.
Remuneration – The Climate Change Officer is a Band 9 position within SPC’s 2012 salary scale, with a salary range of 1,896–2,844 SDR (Special Drawing Rights) per month, which currently converts to approximately FJD 5,300–8,000 (USD 2,900–4,300; € 2,300–3,400). 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. While SPC remuneration is not subject to income tax in Fiji at the present time, this status is currently under review by the Government of Fiji. Any change in this status will apply to Fiji nationals.
Benefits – SPC provides a housing allowance of FJD 1,170–2,625 per month. 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 Wednesday 11 July 2012. Candidates MUST provide: a detailed curriculum vitae; a written response stating their claims against the 7 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 SPC at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone + 687 26 20 00.
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. 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 two Deputy 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.
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