Deadline: Sep - 19 - 2023
Deadline: Sep - 19 - 2023
The Pacific Community (SPC) invites applications for the position of Energy Access Specialist within its Geoscience Energy and Maritime (GEM) Division. This position will be located at its regional office in Suva, Fiji.
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 27 country and territory members. In pursuit of sustainable development to benefit Pacific people, our organisation works across more than 25 sectors. We are known for our knowledge and innovation in such areas as fisheries science, public health, geoscience, and conservation of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture.
The Geoscience Energy and Maritime Division provides advice, technical assistance, research and training support to Pacific Island countries and territories (PICTs). There are three (3) areas of scientific programming and two areas of focus within this division:
The threat of climate change demands SPC take a whole of organisation response to this critical regional challenge. SPC is in the process of developing and strengthening a more strategic and integrated approach of climate change, through a Climate Change Flagship Programme (CCFP). This flagship seeks to enhance climate change services and capability in a more wholistic, strategic, and cohesive way.
The CCFP aims to bring greater visibility to the breath of SPC’s climate change action and related resilience work, progress this in a manner consistent with the demand for ambition and support from members and leverage the commensurate resources to support this. This aligns directly to the implementation of KFA 1: “Resilience and Climate Action” which is at the centre of the new SPC Strategic Plan and should also help to more clearly define SPC’s value add to the region in the climate change space and its complementarity with the capability and services of other regional architecture supporting our members. The Climate Change and Environmental Sustainability Programme (CCES) is charged with facilitating its development and implementation, however all divisions, teams and programmes of SPC are also contributing.
The Energy Access Specialist will coordinate the implementation of the project CLEARPICs (Clean Energy Access for Remote Pacific Island Countries) and the Transition to Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency and supporting e-mobility in land transport component of SPC’s Climate Change Flagship Programme. The incumbent will work with internal and external partners to ensure all CLEARPICs project activities are completed and reported within the schedule timeframe and the successful implementation of the project. Additionally, this position is responsible for effective coordination and reporting of the Climate Change Mitigation activities for transition to renewable energy with national counterparts and key stakeholders in Pacific Island Countries and Territories. The position will work with teams across the GEM Division in the Renewable Energy and Resilience domains as well as with key staff in other SPC division such as CCES.
The key responsibilities of the role include:
Management of the project “CLEARPICs”
Coordination and implementation of “CLEARPICs” activities
Coordination and implementation of climate change mitigation activities, including Policy and Technical support in the areas of energy access and renewable energy
For a more detailed account of the key responsibilities, please refer to the online job description.
Key selection criteria
Interpersonal skills and cultural awareness
Salary, terms and conditions
Contract Duration – This vacant position is budgeted until 31 December 2025 and is subject to renewal depending on funding and performance.
Remuneration – The Energy Access Specialist is a Band 10 position in SPC’s 2023 salary scale, with a starting salary range of 2,575‒3,218 SDR (special drawing rights) per month, which currently converts to approximately FJD 7,595–9,494 (USD 3,450–4,313; EUR 3,268–4,085). 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.
Closing Date: 19 September 2023 at 11:59pm (Fiji time)
Job Reference: JM000473
Hard copies of applications will not be accepted.
For your application to be considered, you must provide us with:
Your application will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed at shortlisting stage if all the above documents are not provided. Applicants should not attach copies of qualifications or letters of reference. Please ensure your documents are in Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF format.
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. SPC may assist on a case-by-case basis with submissions to Fiji Ministry of Foreign Affairs for their consideration and final approval. SPC cannot and does not make any guarantee whatsoever of approval for such applications to Fiji Ministry of Foreign Affairs and where an application is approved, the spouse or partner will subject to such terms and conditions as may be set from time to time by the Ministry.
SPC does not charge a fee to consider your application and will never ask for your banking or financial information during the recruitment process.
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