Deputy Director - Disaster and Community Resilience

Secretariat of the Pacific Community
  • Location
    Suva, Fiji
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
  • Posted
    Sep 27

Position description

The Deputy Director – Disaster and Community Resilience will oversee the people and technical programmes within the functional area of scientific programming, and drive the delivery of sustainable development outcomes across the three focus areas: Policy and Governance, Risk Assessments Data and Information, and Training and Capacity Building. This role will work closely with the Deputy Director – Oceans and Maritime, the Deputy Director – Georesources and Energy, and the Manager – Programming, Performance and Systems, to support the integrated programming approach to achieve successful sustainable development outcomes.

Key selection criteria


  • A Master’s degree in a relevant subject area;
  • Experience in scientific programming areas such as Disaster Management, Climate Resilience, or Water and Sanitation – desirable;
  • Management qualification – desirable.

Knowledge and experience

  • At least 15 years of demonstrated management experience in a public sector or research environment in managing science related resources or a similar field, including financial management;
  • Demonstrated ability to lead strategically with a solid understanding of programme management;
  • Demonstrated experience in relationship building and working with a wide variety of donors and development partners with awareness of their policies and procedures;
  • Proven history of successfully building and leading multi-disciplinary teams, including people of different national and cultural backgrounds, and demonstrated ability to manage professional, technical, and programme support staff in a team environment, ensuring everyone’s role contributes to successful team outputs;
  • Proven ability to influence work collegially and in partnership with stakeholders and internal partners towards an agreed outcome;
  • Demonstrated skills and experience in continuous improvement and facilitating innovation across teams;
  • Proven ability in project design, management and reporting.

Essential skills

  • Strong people leadership capability;
  • Proven experience in a relevant scientific field;
  • Stakeholder engagement and communication;
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills and the capacity to represent SPC at regional and international forums;
  • Ability to think strategically and translate this into operational practices;
  • Integrated management, project management, and risk management.

Language skills

  • Excellent English communication skills (oral and written) with a working knowledge of French being an advantage;
  • Interpersonal skills and cultural awareness;
  • Cultural sensitivity and awareness, and the ability to effectively work with team members from different cultural backgrounds;
  • Ability to work constructively to resolve issues, concerns or differences of opinion;
  • Ability to work collaboratively and innovatively towards achieving common goals;
  • Excellent motivation skills and adaptable.

Contract Duration – Three years

Remuneration – The Deputy Director – Disaster and Community Resilience – is a Band 14 position in SPC’s 2017 salary scale, with a starting salary range of 4,464–5,580 SDR (special drawing rights) per month, which currently converts to approximately FJD 13,124–16,405 (USD 6,205–7,756; EUR 5,644–7,055). An offer of appointment for an initial contract will normally be made in the lower half of this range, with due consideration being 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 staff 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).

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

Application instructions

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