Climate Change Adviser

SPC invites applications for the position of Climate Change Adviser, in its Strategic Engagement, Policy and Planning Facility located at its regional office in Suva, Fiji.


SPC is the Pacific Island region’s principal technical and scientific organisation. It delivers technical, scientific, research, policy and training support to Pacific Island countries and territories in fisheries, agriculture, forestry, water resources, geoscience, transport, energy, disaster risk management, public health, statistics, education, human rights, gender, youth and culture. For more information,


In applying, candidates should be guided by SPC’s vision, mission and corporate values, the role and profile of the position and the key result areas and selection criteria.


SPC’s vision for the region is a secure and prosperous Pacific Community, whose people are educated and healthy and manage their resources in an economically, environmentally and socially sustainable way.


Our mission is to help Pacific Island people position themselves to respond effectively to the challenges they face and make informed decisions about their future and the future they leave for the generations that follow.


Our corporate values are underpinned by the principle of ‘making a positive difference in the lives of Pacific Island people – putting people first’. They include accountability, integrity, respect, transparency, sustainability, people-centredness, gender equality and cultural sensitivity.


The Strategic Engagement, Policy and Planning Facility (SEPPF) is the strategic, analytical, corporate planning and standards monitoring and evaluation arm of the office of the Director-General. It employs over 20 staff based in Noumea, New Caledonia; Suva, Fiji and Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia. It provides policy and planning support to all of SPC’s technical divisions and programmes; assists members with the design of national development strategies; prepares sectoral or thematic analyses to inform decision-making at national level; and coordinates the mainstreaming of SPC-wide initiatives in priority cross-cutting sectors such as climate change, gender and food security. The Strategic Engagement, Policy and Planning Facility has four key functions: (i) country and programme support; (ii) strategic positioning, regional cooperation and partnerships and resource mobilisation; (iii) policy analysis and development, research, coordination and mainstreaming; and (iv) corporate standards, organisational development and performance management.


The Global Climate Change Alliance: Pacific Small Island States (GCCA: PSIS) projectis funded by the European Union to support the governments of nine Pacific small island states, namely Cook Islands, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Tonga and Tuvalu, in their efforts to tackle the adverse effects of climate change. The project aims to promote long-term strategies and approaches to climate change adaptation planning, and to pave the way for more effective and coordinated aid delivery on climate change at national and regional levels. In delivering the project, SPC works collaboratively with other regional agencies including the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS) and the University of the South Pacific (USP). The project has four key result areas: (i) supporting national efforts to successfully mainstream climate change into national and sector response strategies; (ii) identifying, designing and supporting implementation of national adaptation activities; (iii) enhancing the contribution of regional organisations to national adaptation responses; and (iv) building regional capacity to coordinate the delivery of streamlined adaptation finance and targeted technical assistance to countries.


The role – The Climate Change Adviser is accountable to the GCCA: PSIS Project Manager based in Suva. The role is responsible for providing climate change policy and technical support directly to nominated Pacific small island states to increase their capacity to manage and respond to the impacts of climate change. This will involve delivering country-level project outputs and contributing to regional capacity building via training and technical exchange. The appointment is for two years, renewable subject to performance and funding availability.


The profile – SPC seeks an experienced climate change adviser with expertise in providing technical assistance, oversight of pilot demonstration projects and training to developing countries. Attributes will include sophisticated analytical, communication and coordination skills and the ability to work collaboratively across SPC and with diverse regional stakeholders.


Key result areas – The successful applicant must be able to demonstrate strong ability and potential to progress in the following areas:


  1. Technical and policy advice –Provide climate change policy advice and technical assistance to countries. Work with national counterparts to identify, design, implement and evaluate a climate change adaptation demonstration project for each country. Assist countries to develop national climate change policies and action plans, building on existing national strategies and plans. Prepare the terms of reference and oversee the provision of short- and medium-term technical assistance to countries to meet specific climate change capacity development needs. Coordinate and assist in the delivery of national consultations and workshops on climate change issues, particularly in relation to integrating climate change into sector policies and programmes. Provide advice and support to SPC national climate change coordinators.


2. Capacity building – Work collaboratively with other regional organisations to deliver regional consultations and workshops on climate change issues. Work with national counterparts and technical experts to identify and establish reforms and budgetary/governance measures that enable countries to qualify for future direct budget support for climate change-related response measures. Compile national capacity development needs assessments. In conjunction with national counterparts, develop training and technical activities to build national climate change capacity.


3. Project support – Assist the Project Manager in preparing progress, annual and final reports that are tailored to meet national-level project operational needs. Effectively coordinate project activities and proactively identify and address risks.


Key selection criteria – candidates will be assessed against the following selection criteria:


  1. Innovation and analytical skills– Ability to generate new approaches and develop and support original solutions based on sound analysis.
  2. Results oriented problem solving– Ability to develop solutions to deliver tangible results.
  3. Influencing and relationship building skills– Ability to influence and guide others to achieve common goals; demonstrate strong communication, advocacy and interpersonal skills; contribute to building productive team relationships and partnerships across the organisation and with its stakeholders.
  4. Qualifications – Masters degree or higher in a discipline relevant to climate change, i.e. natural resource management, economics, climate change policy and planning.
  5. Technical expertise – Extensive professional experience in the provision of technical, policy and planning advice to developing countries, ideally with regional or international organisations. A track record in managing the delivery of climate change technical assistance, pilot demonstration projects and training activities. Demonstrated professional experience working with multiple Pacific Island countries in climate change technical, planning and policy work. Project management skills and experience with multi-stakeholder participatory and consultation processes.
  6. Language skills – Proficiency in English, with a working knowledge of French being an advantage.
  7. Cultural awareness – Cultural sensitivity and demonstrated understanding of developing countries, particularly in Pacific Island countries and territories.


Remuneration – The Climate Change Adviser is a Band 11 position within SPC’s 2013 salary scale, with a salary range of 2,666–3,998 SDR (Special Drawing Rights) per month, which currently converts to approximately FJD 7,308–10,960 (USD 4,096–6,142; € 3,019–4,527). 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. Progress in 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, however, be subject to income tax.


Benefits – SPC provides a housing allowance of FJD 1,170–2,265 per month. Establishment and relocation grant, removal expenses, airfares, home leave, medical insurance and education allowances are available for eligible employees and their recognised dependents. Employees are entitled to: 25 days annual leave and 30 days sick leave per annum; life insurance; and access to SPC’s Provident Fund (contributing 8% of salary to which SPC adds a matching contribution).


Work environment – SPC has a standardised computing environment based on Microsoft Office. Smoking is not permitted in the work place.


Equal opportunity – SPC recruits on merit, but if two interviewed candidates are ranked equal by the selection committee, preference will be given to Pacific Islanders.


Application procedure – The closing date for applications is24 November 2013. Candidates MUSTprovide: a detailed curriculum vitae; a written response stating their claims against the key selection criteria; and contact details, including email addresses and telephone numbers, forthree referees.


Apply online – Please use SPC’s online recruitment system at Important note: prepare and save your curriculum vitae, response to key selection criteria and referee information as Microsoft Word documents BEFORE attempting to submit your application online. It is not possible to partially complete your application via the online system, save it and return to complete it later. Can’t access the online recruitment system? Apply via; fax:+ 687 26 38 18; or post to Christine Croombes, HR Director, Secretariat of the Pacific Community, P.O. Box D5, 98848 NOUMEA CEDEX, New Caledonia. Need assistance? Contact SPC or telephone+ 687 26 20 00.


Background – SPC was established in 1947 and employs over 570 staff. Its headquarters are in Noumea, New Caledonia, with other offices in Fiji, Federated States of Micronesia and Solomon Islands. SPC has 26 member countries and territories including its founding members, Australia, France, New Zealand and the United States of America, which contribute a large proportion of its funding. Other major development partners are the European Union; Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria; United Nations agencies; Asian Development Bank; World Bank and Global Environment Facility, to name a few.


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


Organisational structure: SPC is led by the Director-General supported by the senior management team, which includes three Deputy Directors-General and the Director of the Strategic Engagement, Policy and Planning Facility. Also contributing to SPC’s executive management are the directors of the seven technical divisions (Applied Geoscience and Technology; Economic Development; Education, Training and Human Development; Fisheries, Aquaculture and Marine Ecosystems; Land Resources; Public Health; and Statistics for Development); the directors of Finance, Human Resources and the North Pacific Regional Office and the coordinator of the Honiara country office.