Director - Regional Rights Resource Team

Secretariat of the Pacific Community
  • Location
    Suva, Fiji
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Oct 10

Position description

The Director – Regional Rights Resource Team (RRRT) has the following major responsibilities:

  • Strategic planning and policy – Ensure RRRT’s business plan, as endorsed, is completed every four years, with accurate and timely annual planning, and incorporation of country plans and activities; contribute to SPC policy and strategic development analysis, and to human rights initiatives at the national, regional and international level;
  • Manage multiple projects and donor contracts – Ensure all RRRT programmes and projects are implemented to a high standard and within financial parameters; ensure compliance with donor contracts; meet donor visibility requirements; mentor staff in programme cycle management;
  • Fundraising and resource mobilisation – Ensure that there is sufficient donor funding to meet programme objectives over a multi-year period and through a broader donor base; develop successful proposals based on careful research and excellent written communication skills; manage multiple portfolios and a range of donor contracts, ensuring that staff work and functions are supported; seek opportunities for shared work with other SPC programmes and divisions; ensure all project proposals are developed in line with SPC and RRRT strategic plans; develop strategic proposals for funding and core support;
  • Partnerships and representation – Establish and maintain donor relations and lead negotiations for resource mobilisation; maintain close relations with all donor and development partners; represent SPC and RRRT at national, regional and international forums;
  • People management – Ensure effective implementation of RRRT’s human resources plan through adherence to SPC staff policies; support the staff team in implementing the RRRT business plan and donor agreements, including by ensuring strong communication; monitor and support effective staff performance; monitor staff performance through the SPC performance development system;
  • Monitoring and evaluation (M&E) – Ensure that RRRT quarterly and six-monthly donor and other reporting is completed in a timely manner and to a high standard; ensure that adequate funding is provided for effective M&E functions across all aspects of RRRT; ensure that RRRT’s M&E plan is in line with SPC’s corporate framework;
  • Capacity building – Contribute to and promote internal learning, including new information and debates on topical human rights issues; provide training and mentoring to staff and partners on key human rights, management and strategic planning issues; contribute to and backstop RRRT staff efforts in relation to regional and national training, speeches and development of policy papers;
  • Leadership – Participate in and contribute to the SPC Senior Leadership Team; champion corporate policy and decision-making at the programme level; act as a leader on cross-organisational issues;
  • Integrated programming – Lead and actively promote integrated programming across the division and support rights-based development programming across the organisation; support and coordinate efforts with the newly established Strategic Programming Unit.

Please refer to the job description provided for more details about the key responsibilities of the role.


  • A Master’s degree in human rights law, development, sociology, or another relevant area related to human rights, such as gender studies.

Knowledge and experience

  • A minimum of 10 years of management experience in a similar role;
  • At least 15 years of project or programme experience in a social development field, such as gender, human rights, governance or law;
  • Proven experience of coordination and liaison with donors, governments and civil society;
  • Experience in the Pacific region and firm understanding of regional development challenges;
  • Proven track record in fundraising and proposal writing;
  • Strategic planning experience.

Essential skills

  • Solid understanding and experience in the field of international human rights law;
  • Excellent leadership and people management skills;
  • Strategic thinker with well-developed change and innovation skills;
  • Financial management skills and experience in successfully managing multiple projects;
  • Promotion of equity and equality;
  • Sound judgement.

Language skills

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

Interpersonal skills and cultural awareness

  • A team player with the ability to network and work effectively in a multicultural setting;
  • Cultural sensitivity and a demonstrated understanding of developing country environments.

Application instructions

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