Closing Date : 2019-05-29
Duty Station : Suva, Fiji
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Organization: Pacific Community
Country: Fiji
Closing date: 29 May 2019


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 surveillance, geoscience, and conservation of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture.

The Operations and Management Directorate (OMD)is managed from SPC s headquarters, in Noumea, New Caledonia, and provides corporate services to all SPC divisions and programmes. It consists of three key teams: Finance, Human Resources and Information Services. OMD is focused on improving the effectiveness of systems, policies and management so as to provide high-quality customer-oriented services.

The role Human Resources Managerwill guide and manage the overall provision of Human Resources services, policies and programs within SPC Suva. This role will lead the Human Resources practices and objectives to provide an employee-orientated and high performance culture, which promotes empowerment, equality, productivity, goal attainment, and ongoing development of the workforce. Reporting to the Human Resources Director, the position holder will coordinate the implementation of people related services, policies and programs through the Human Resources team, and assist and advise SPC directors, line managers and employees on Human Resources matters. An organisational wide oversight of learning and development is integral to this role, along with implementation of local organisational development and change management activities.

The key responsibilities of the role include:

Provide leadership and management of the Suva Human Resources Department that ensures effective service delivery of Human Resources services, advice, and operations in alignment with the strategic direction of the division.

Provide appropriate advice, leadership and guidance on change management.

Lead and manage the organisation wide learning and development framework, including the implementation of SPC specific training and leadership development programs.

Coordinate the strategic planning processes for the Suva HR Department and assist the Director in developing and implementing the overall departmental strategic plan.

Routinely provide specialist professional and technical advice, support, guidance, education and coaching for directors, managers and employees on current and future people related matters.

Assist the business partners in providing appropriate advice, guidance and leadership in managing complex employment relations issues, workforce re-alignments, and people management matters.

Assist the Director in ensuring the team is compliant with all SPC s legal obligations, policies and procedures and build SPC s compliance with staff rules, regulations and HR policies within assigned region.

Maintain relationships with external Government bodies to ensure the smooth transition of staff related issues.

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

Key selection criteria


A master s degree in a relevant field such as human resources or business

Knowledge and experience

At least 12 years of experience in human resources management within private, public, or non-governmental sectors, with at least 5 years of experience operating at a senior level

Learning & development experience

Knowledge and experience in employment law, compensation, performance management, recruitment, employee relations, safety, employee engagement, and development

Significant experience in providing advice on complex employee relations issues, and in development of human resources policies

Essential skills

Excellent leadership, change management and staff management skills

Ability to influence and drive change across a diverse stakeholder base

Ability to take initiative, motivate, inspire and promote teamwork

A collaborative, inclusive and solutions-focused mindset

Self-management skills

Political awareness

Experience working in the Pacific region is desirable

Language skills

Excellent English communication skills (oral and written) with a working knowledge of French being an advantage

Interpersonal skills and cultural awareness

Ability to work in a multicultural, inclusive and equitable environment

Demonstrated ability to develop effective working partnerships and proven interpersonal, mediation and consultation skills

Salary, terms and conditions

Contract DurationThree years

RemunerationThe Human Resources Manageris a Band 12 position in SPC s 2019 salary scale, with a starting salary range of 3,393 4,242 SDR (special drawing rights) per month, which currently converts to approximately FJD 10,010 12,512 (USD 4,818 6,023; EUR 4,062 5,078). 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 1,170 2,625 per month. Establishment and relocation grant, removal expenses, airfares, home leave, medical and life insurance and education allowances are available for eligible employees and their recognised dependents. Employees are entitled to 25 days of annual leave and 30 days of sick leave per annum, and access to SPC s Provident Fund (contributing 8% of salary, to which SPC adds a matching contribution).

LanguagesSPC s working languages are English and French.

Equal opportunitySPC is an equal opportunity employer. Recruitment is based entirely on merit; in cases where two short-listed candidates are judged to be of equal rank by the selection committee, preference will be given to Pacific Island nationals.

Child protectionSPC is committed to child protection, irrespective of whether any specific area of work involves direct contact with children. SPC s Child Protection Policy is written in accordance with the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Police clearanceSuccessful candidates will be required to provide a police clearance certificate.

How to apply:

Application procedure

Closing Date29 May 2019

Applicants must apply online at

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. The Pacific Community does not support dual spouse employment.

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:

What is your motivation for applying for the role, and please describe your experience of leading, developing and managing a generalist HR team?

What do you believe to be the key human resource challenges in Pacific Island countries and territories for international development organisations?

Please share your best example of leading organisational development and change.

Please summarise your experience in learning and development initiatives at various levels of an organisation.

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