Closing Date : 2019-06-17
Duty Station : Suva, Fiji
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Organization: Pacific Community
Country: Fiji
Closing date: 17 Jun 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 Public Health Division (PHD)supports members in developing healthier Pacific Island communities by providing assistance in public health surveillance, and in the prevention and control of communicable and non-communicable diseases. The primary focus of the division is to provide scientific and technical assistance and to support the implementation of plans and programmes in member countries and territories. The primary goals for all PHD activities is to promote population health and well-being, help communities prevent disease and restore and/or maintain health, and reduce inequalities in health. PHD is primarily concerned with improving and protecting public (population) health, rather than providing individual treatment services. PHD is comprised of three programmes: Research, Evidence and Information (REI); Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD) Prevention and Control; and Strengthening Specialised Clinical Services in the Pacific (SSCSiP). This position is located within the NCD Prevention and Control Programme.

The role Clinical Services Adviseris responsible for leading and providing technical assistance on clinical services research and policy development across Pacific Island countries and territories (PICTs).

The key responsibilities of the role include:

Collaboration with PICTs Ministries of Health on clinical services needsSupport PICTs to access clinical service providers including visiting medical teamsCollaboration with PICTs to identify and implement cost effective regional approaches for clinical servicesCollaboration with PICTs and key stakeholders on relevant clinical services and workforce researchSupport the strengthening of Pacific Clinical Networks

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 health related discipline including health services, clinical services (including nursing), clinical research or clinical management

Knowledge and experience

At least 10 years of experience in clinical services, including clinical services planning and development Programme management experienceExperience in the development and evaluation of clinical services policies and programmesPrevious experience in the implementation of a sector-wide response to clinical services issues Experience working in Pacific Island countries and territories or other developing countries is desirable

Essential skills

Mentoring skillsProject management skillsAbility to set priorities with minimal supervision Ability to promote evidence based best practice for clinical servicesAdvocacy, networking and negotiation skillsAbility to write reports from research findings

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 Interpersonal skills with the ability to work with a diverse team working in the Pacific region Salary, terms and conditions

Contract DurationThree years (depending on available funding)

RemunerationThe Clinical Services Adviseris a Band 10 position in SPC s 2019 salary scale, with a starting salary range of 2,451 3,063 SDR (special drawing rights) per month, which currently converts to approximately FJD 7,229 9,037 (USD 3,480 4,350; EUR 2,934 3,667). 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 1,230 2,750 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 Date17 June 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 resumecontact details for three professional refereesa cover letter detailing your skills, experience and interest in this positionresponses 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 do you believe to be the key challenges for clinical services across Pacific Island countries and territories?

Please share your best example of developing or delivering and evaluating a clinical services programme.

Describe your experience in applying clinical services or workforce research to support evidence-based decision-making.

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