Team Leader – Technical Assessment
The Pacific Community (SPC) invites applications for the position of Team Leader – Technical Assessment within its Geoscience Energy and Maritime Division. This position will be located at its regional office in Suva, Fiji.
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 27 country and territory members. In pursuit of sustainable development to benefit Pacific people, our organisation works across more than 25 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 Geoscience Energy and Maritime 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:
The role – Team Leader – Technical Assessment is one of the four senior positions within the Georesources and Energy Programme of the Geoscience, Energy and Maritime Division. The incumbent is the head of the Technical Assessment Unit and reports to the Deputy Director – GEP. This role provides the required services and technical support to other GEM Programmes. It is critical for the procurement, maintenance, and management of specialised technical equipment used for ocean, coastal and on-land surveys. The Team Leader is also responsible for providing specific technical support for the calibration and maintenance of all 13 Pacific Island countries and territories tide gauges operated under the Climate and Ocean Support Programme for the Pacific (COSPPac). The Team Leader will be part of the GEP resource mobilisation team and is responsible for ensuring effective coordination of tasks with PICTs and Donor organisations in relevant sectors.
The key responsibilities of the role include:
Manage the Technical Assessment Team
Provide specific technical support for the calibration and maintenance of all tide gauges operated under the Climate and Ocean Support Programme for the Pacific (COSPPac)
Coordinate and manage technical field support
Responsible for the procurement and maintenance of survey equipment
For a more detailed account of the key responsibilities, please refer to the online job description.
Key selection criteria
Knowledge and experience
Interpersonal skills and cultural awareness
Salary, terms and conditions
Contract Duration - until 31 December 2024 - subject to renewal depending on funding and performance
Remuneration - The Team Leader - Technical Assessment is a band 11 position in SPC's 2023 salary scale, with a starting salary range of 3,091.3,864 SDR (special drawing rights) per month, which currently converts to approximately FJD 9,118.11,397 (USD 4,142.5,177; EUR 3,923.4,904). 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 repatriation grant, removal expenses, airfares, home leave travel, health and life and disability insurances and education allowances are available for eligible employees and their eligible dependents. Employees are entitled to 25 working days of annual leave per annum and other types of leave, 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.
Closing Date: 16 May 2023 at 11:59pm (Fiji time)
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:
Your application will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed at shortlisting stage if all the above documents are not provided. Applicants should not attach copies of qualifications or letters of reference. Please ensure your documents are in Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF format.
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. SPC may assist on a case-by-case basis with submissions to Fiji Ministry of Foreign Affairs for their consideration and final approval. SPC cannot and does not make any guarantee whatsoever of approval for such applications to Fiji Ministry of Foreign Affairs and where an application is approved, the spouse or partner will subject to such terms and conditions as may be set from time to time by the Ministry.
SPC does not charge a fee to consider your application and will never ask for your banking or financial information during the recruitment process.
Screening Questions (maximum of 2,000 characters per question):