Project Officer - Educational Quality and Assessment Programme

The Pacific Community (SPC)

About the organization

The Pacific Community (SPC) invites applications for the position of Project Officer - Educational Quality and Assessment Programme located at its regional office in Suva, Fiji.

Description

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.

Duties

The vision of the Educational Quality and Assessment Programme (EQAP) is to be ‘The agency for educational quality in the Pacific region’. Its mission is to enhance the quality of education and training for Pacific learners so they realise the benefits of lifelong learning. EQAP seeks to promote the following core values within the context of SPC’s corporate values:

• a culture of quality;
• a culture of continuous improvement;
• cultural and political sensitivity;
• respect for the autonomy and priorities of the education system in each Pacific Island country and territory (PICTs); and
• assimilation of the expressed needs of countries in its delivery of technical services.

The role – Project Officer - Educational Quality and Assessment Programme will support the Principal Adviser in the planning, implementation, monitoring and reporting of a suite of projects in the EQAP portfolio.

The key responsibilities of the role include:

• Support technical teams with project coordination
• Support technical teams with project monitoring and risk management
• Support principal adviser with tracking and reporting of project outputs
• Support stakeholder engagement, networking and coordination

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

Qualifications

Key selection criteria

Qualifications

• A degree qualification or equivalent in project management, or equivalent work experience.

Knowledge and experience

• At least 3 years of experience supporting projects or project administration
• Solid working knowledge of project management with an understanding of the development challenges in the Pacific context

Essential skills

• Ability to work with a variety of project management tools and processes
• Ability to provide multi-country, multi-donor project and technical assistance
• Strong organisational and knowledge management skills
• Innovative thinker with ability to critically analyse
• Excellent presentation, reporting writing and facilitation skills

Language skills

• Excellent English communication skills (oral and written)

Interpersonal skills and cultural awareness

• Excellent interpersonal skills with ability to work in a multicultural, inclusive and equitable environment

Salary, terms and conditions

Contract Duration – 3 years
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 Project Officer - Educational Quality and Assessment Programme is a Band 8 position in SPC’s 2021 salary scale, with a starting salary range of 1,994‒2,493 SDR (special drawing rights) per month, which currently converts to approximately FJD 6,022–7,528 (USD 2,772–3,465; EUR 2,446–3,058). 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.
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.

Applicants will be assured of complete confidentiality in line with SPC’s Privacy Policy.

Salary

FJD 6,022–7,528 (USD 2,772–3,465; EUR 2,446–3,058)

Application instructions

Application procedure

Closing Date – 21 October 2021 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:

• 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. 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 the Fijian 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.
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.
Screening Questions:

1. What particular project management strengths would you bring to this role?
2. Please describe from your experience, what are the stages or steps in the cycle of project management.
3. What are some of the project management challenges that could be encountered when implementing education projects across the Pacific region, and how could they be addressed?

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