Programme Leader - Sustainable Agriculture

The Pacific Community (SPC)
  • Location
    Suva, Fiji
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Posted
    Jan 30

Position description

The role – Programme Leader – Sustainable Agriculture will assume overall leadership and management responsibilities for effective and efficient operations and service delivery for sustainable animal production and health, sustainable crop production and soil management, pests and disease management and the promotion of innovative research and extension. This role encompasses management and development responsibilities, and implementation of the programme’s work plans, projects, staffing and financial resources.

The key responsibilities of the role include: 

Leadership and Management

  • Ensure the effective management of the sustainable agriculture programme to support regional scientific research and development on crop production, animal health and production, pests and disease management and research and extension systems to support scaling of innovations in agriculture.

Resource Mobilization 

  • Develop and coordinate multi-disciplinary grant proposals, in close collaboration with scientists from other LRD Programmes and technical advisers, as well as regional and international partners.
  • In support of Director LRD and in consultation with the Senior Technical Advisors, assume a lead role in the mobilisation of resources to enhance LRD work on Sustainable Agriculture.

Policy and advice

  • Contribute to policy analysis and timely responses to Director LRD, senior management team, member PICTs and other international organizations on sustainable agriculture development in the region.

Technical services 

  • Ensure timely provision of strategic technical advice and appropriate technical assistance and support to member PICTs and key international stakeholders on crops and soils, integrated pest and disease management and animal production and health.
  • Promote extension support and scaling of innovations and good practices on sustainable agriculture and livestock production.




  • A master’s degree in agricultural science or relevant field.
  • Demonstrated experience in project or program management role within a regional/international organization.

Technical expertise 

  • Minimum of 12 years of experience in a similar role or demonstrated project management and staff supervision experience.
  • Expertise in research relevant to crop and livestock development, pests and disease management, extension research and or related agricultural areas.
  • Understanding of national and regional issues related to sustainable agricultural production.
  • Experience in computational and statistical tools for the management of agricultural information.
  • Demonstrated ability to publish in international peer-reviewed scientific journals.
  • Experience in fund-raising, proposal preparation and project management.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and proven ability to motivate inspire and promote teamwork in an interdisciplinary, multicultural, and regional context.

Language skills 

  • Excellent English communication skills (oral and written).

Interpersonal skills and cultural awareness 

  • Ability to work in a multicultural, inclusive and equitable environment.


Salary, terms and conditions

Contract Duration  3 years – subject to renewal depending on funding and performance.

Remuneration – The Programme Leader – Sustainable Agriculture is a band 12 position in SPC’s 2024 salary scale, with a starting salary range of 3,565‒4,456 SDR (special drawing rights) per month, which currently converts to approximately FJD 10,623–13,279 (USD 4,741–5,927; EUR 4,419–5,524). 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.

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