Project Implementation Officer – Water Security Projects (x2) – Fiji

The description

The Pacific Community (SPC) is the leading science and technology organization in the Pacific region, supporting development since 1947. We are an international development organization owned and governed by our 27 member countries and territories. In pursuit of sustainable development for the benefit of Pacific people, our organization works across more than 25 sectors. We are known for our knowledge and innovation in areas such as fisheries science, public health, geosciences and the conservation of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture.

The Energy and Maritime Geoscience Division provides advice, technical assistance, research and training support to Pacific island countries and territories (Picts). There are three (3) areas of scientific programming and two areas of focus within this division:

  1. Oceans and Maritimes Program (OMP) – assists member countries with services that provide applied ocean science and knowledge for evidence-based policy development and technical solutions to improve ocean and maritime governance, management and capacity development.
  2. Georesources and Energy Program (GEP) – assists member countries in applying technical knowledge in the fields of geosciences and sustainable energy use.
  3. Disaster and Community Resilience Program (DCRP) – assists member countries to demonstrate enhanced resilience through integrated action on disaster risk management, climate change adaptation, natural resource management and improved access to water and sanitation sanitation.

The role – Project Delivery Officer – Water Security Projects will be responsible for working closely with project counterparts in recipient countries, collaborating on various water security projects to plan, budget, implement, report, undertake procurement and contract management, support quality monitoring, evaluation, research and learning (MERL), prepare, organize National Steering Committee (NSC) meetings and deploy communication, engagement and visibility activities with stakeholders local. Includes support to strengthen local project management systems and provision of technical expertise through the Disaster and Community Resilience Program (DCRP) and CPS.

The main responsibilities of the role include:

Support countries by guiding, coaching and building capacity for planning, budgeting, implementing and reporting on country activities

  • Guide and mentor key national implementing agencies in developing national business plans that meet the target needs of the project results framework, facilitating stakeholder engagement and ensuring that business plans activities are aligned with project results and the country’s strategic development plans

Support countries by guiding, coaching and building capacity on financial management, procurement, contracts and grants for country activities, including acquittals

  • Mentor and support country teams to ensure financial management in the country is sound and compliant with SPC, donor and audit requirements

Ensure quality stakeholder and MERL engagement for in-country activities

  • Assist the project manager in convening the national project steering group, sub-regional steering committee meetings and other regional events for the project as required

Support and advise on project coordination, management and reporting

  • Advise and support country teams in coordinating project activities, advancing the activity narrative and financial reporting

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

Main selection criteria


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in international development, community engagement, strategic communications, disaster risk reduction, community resilience, water resources management, water, sanitation and hygiene, governance and policy development or related field

Knowledge and experience

  • At least five years of relevant experience in supervision and project management
  • Experience working in a discipline relevant to: international development, community engagement, strategic communications, disaster risk reduction, community resilience, water resources management, water, sanitation and hygiene ; governance and policy development, and/or other relevant field

Essential Skills

  • Strong understanding and experience of project management including project cycles, logframes, financial forecasting and reporting, grant and contract management, MERL and risk management
  • Experience managing MFAT-funded projects
  • Understanding and experience of adaptive and results-based project management
  • Knowledge of procurement and financial management systems and implementation of projects in multiple currencies
  • Demonstrated experience and understanding of water security challenges and responses in atoll environments, at national and community levels, and including considerations such as the role of gender in water management.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in meeting the monitoring, evaluation, reporting and learning (MERL) requirements of development partners such as MFAT

Language skills

  • Excellent communication skills in English (oral and written), with strong writing ability at the level of donor project reports
  • Ability to speak one or more Pacific Island languages

Interpersonal skills and cultural sensitivity

  • Ability to work in a multicultural, inclusive and equitable environment

Salary, terms and conditions

Duration of contract – until June 30, 2024– subject to renewal depending on funding and performance

Due to the current travel restrictions caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic and the priority SPC places on the safety, health and well-being of its staff, please note that there may be delays in making an appointment. These issues will be discussed in depth with successful applicants. In most cases, any appointment and induction would only begin when relocation to the duty station is authorized.

Remuneration – The Project Delivery Officer – Water Security Projects is a Band 9 position on the SPC 2022 salary scale, with a starting salary range of 2,229-2,786 SDRs (Special Drawing Rights) per month, which currently converts to approximately 6,575-8 218 FJD (3,187 to 3,984 USD; 2,675 to 3,343 EUR). An offer of engagement for a first contract will normally be made in the lower half of this range, with due regard to experience and qualifications. Progression through the pay scale will be based on annual performance reviews. Remuneration of expatriate SPC staff is not subject to income tax in Fiji; Fijian nationals employed by SPC in Fiji will be subject to income tax.

Benefits for international employees based in Fiji – The CPS pays a housing allowance of 1,350 to 3,000 FJD per month. Settlement and repatriation allowances, moving expenses, airfare, home leave, health, life and disability insurance and education allowances are available to eligible employees and their dependents. eligible. Employees are entitled to 25 working days of annual leave per year and other types of leave, as well as access to the SPC provident fund (contributing 8% of salary, to which SPC adds a contribution of counterparty).

Languages – SPC’s working languages ​​are English and French.

Recruitment principles – SPC’s recruitment is based on merit and fairness, and candidates compete through a fair, transparent and non-discriminatory selection process. The SPC is a equal opportunity employer, and is committed to cultural and gender diversity, including bilingualism, and will seek to attract and appoint candidates who uphold these values. Particular attention is paid to gender equity and maintaining a strong representation of Pacific Island professionals. If two interviewed candidates are ranked equally by the Selection Board, preference will be given to the Pacific Islander. Applicants will be assured of complete confidentiality in accordance with SPC’s Privacy Policy.

How to register

Application procedure

Closing date: September 9, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. (Fiji time)

Job reference: KK000021

Applicants should apply online at

Hard copies of applications will not be accepted.

For your application to be considered, you must provide us with:

  • an updated CV
  • contact details of three professional referees
  • a cover letter detailing your skills, experience and interest in this position
  • answers to all selection questions

Your application will be considered incomplete and will not be considered at the pre-selection stage if all the above documents are not provided. Applicants should not attach copies of qualifications or reference letters. Please ensure that your documents are in Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF format.

For international staff in Fiji, only one foreign national per family may be employed by an entity operating in Fiji at any given time. SPC can assist on a case-by-case basis with submissions to Fiji’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs for review and final approval. SPC cannot and does not guarantee the approval of such applications to the Fiji Ministry of Foreign Affairs and where an application is approved, the spouse or partner will be subject to terms and conditions which may be laid down by the Ministry from time to time. .

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

  1. Describe three personal characteristics that you believe make you an ideal candidate for this position.
  2. Provide a recent example of how you successfully implemented a project, and the most important factors you considered in tracking its success.
  3. Briefly describe your understanding of the main water security challenges facing atoll communities, and how you came to acquire this understanding.

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