Job Title: Director - Micronesia Regional Office
Job Ref: TT000051
Employer: Pacific Community (SPC)
Job Location: Position based in our Pohnpei (Federated States of Micronesia) Regional Office
Closing Date: 23/10/2016
Job Description:




The context – The Pacific Community Strategic Plan 2016-2020 emphasises the importance of SPC strengthening engagement and collaboration with members and partners. The MRO provides an important presence for SPC in the North Pacific, enabling SPC to gain a clearer understanding of its Micronesian members’ priorities, values, cultures and context, and to ensure meaningful engagement and impact. The office is currently responsible for engagement with the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, Marshall Islands and Palau.

Role – Reporting to the Deputy Director-General in Noumea, the Director MRO will provide leadership to, and management of SPC’s regional office in Pohnpei. The position will include the following responsibilities:

  • Leadership and management of MRO – Supervise corporate services staff to ensure that SPC financial, human resources and other policies are complied with. Ensure: MRO corporate staff are a well-managed effective and efficient team with PDS requirements fully implemented; SPC financial systems are up to date with payments made on time and in compliance with policy; MRO staff have a collaborative relationship with counterparts in Noumea and Suva; MRO contributes to SPC’s strategic objectives; a business plan is produced every three years along with an annual work plan.
  • Advocacy and resource mobilisation – Identify opportunities for SPC to partner with other agencies or organisations for bi-lateral, sub-regional or multilateral funding through provision of high-level representation and liaison with governments, development partners and other stakeholders. Ensure: the continuation and increase of current donor support to SPC targeted at Micronesia; new projects and programmes fully recover the operating costs of SPC, including the MRO; membership contributions and host country agreements are paid by SPC’s Micronesian members. Directly assist in developing new programmes or projects in collaboration with Micronesian member countries and SPC’s divisions before submission to donors.
  • Development of robust and constructive relationships – Develop key relationships with the Governments and Administrations of Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, Marshall Islands, Palau, and development partners, including engaging in regular dialogue with key stakeholders from relevant agencies and ensuring stakeholders understand and support the role and purpose of SPC.
  • Provision of high-level strategic advice – Advise on the development of country programmes for SPC members within the office’s scope through regular strategic information updates about specific countries. Ensure country programming is developed and implemented successfully, and consultations with countries are carried out to establish and identify priorities.
  • Provision of assistance to divisions and projects operating in the countries covered by SPC – Advise on logistics of country activities, such as training and workshops; ensure advice and information is available to all SPC staff in key areas, including country context, security, health and culture.


Key selection criteria

1. Qualifications

  • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in business, law, development, public administration or a similar field.

2. Technical expertise

  • At least ten years’ experience in programme or development management with a proven track record in strategic thinking and policy analysis.
  • Familiarity with donor agencies and their requirements.
  • Extensive leadership and management skills, including experience in financial management.
  • Proven track record in resource mobilisation.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with ability to effectively represent SPC at external meetings and conferences.
  • Good knowledge of the socio-economic and socio-political situation in Micronesian countries and territories.
  • Advanced written and verbal communication skills.

3. Essential skills

  • A strategic, operational planning and management expert with outstanding interpersonal and management skills.
  • The position holder will possess excellent communication and diplomatic skills and be able to successfully engage, influence, build and develop

       working relationships with key internal and external stakeholders across a diverse range of backgrounds. 

4. Language skills

  • High level of proficiency in English, with a working knowledge of French being an advantage.
  • Proficiency in one or more Pacific languages will also be an advantage.

5. Interpersonal skills and cultural awareness

  • Good interpersonal skills and 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.
  • Knowledge of Pacific Island countries and territories will be an advantage.


Salary, terms and conditions

Remuneration – The Director MRO is a Band 14 position within SPC’s 2016 salary scale, with a starting salary range of SDR (special drawing rights) 4,464–5,580 per month, which currently converts to approximately USD 5,644–7,055 net per month. An offer of appointment for an initial contract will 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. 


Contract duration – 2 years (until end 2018)


Application procedure

Applicants must apply online using SPC’ Recruitment Management System. Hard copies of applications will not be accepted.

For your application to be considered, you must provide us with:

  • an updated resume containing the contact details of three professional referees
  • a cover letter detailing your skills, experience and interest in this position
  • responses to all screening questions (last step when submitting your application online)

Please ensure your documents are in either Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF format.


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