Communications and Visibility Officer – Pacific Commonwealth Equality Project

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 28 June 2018

Job Description

The role – The Communications and Visibility OfficerPacific Commonwealth Equality Project will oversee the project communication activities ensuring a high visibility of the project. The key responsibilities of the role include:

  • Develop, implement and monitor a communications strategy, according to the SPC internal communications policy and the Commonwealth Windsor Fund’s visibility guidelines.
  • Design, prepare, deliver, and evaluate the communication materials, including, but not limited to, publications, reports, brochures, newsletters, media releases, videos, social media content and website updates, visibility products, and products for exhibitions and launches.
  • Organise project events at the national and regional level; assist in the organisation of human rights awareness-raising activities; and ensure project outputs and materials are communicated and shared during project events and public forums.
  • Seek technical advice from the Team Leader – Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL); support the RRRT Communications Assistant on communications-related activities and represent RRRT at communications-related meetings in the absence of the Team Leader MEL.

For a more detailed account of the key responsibilities, please refer to the job description provided.

Key selection criteria


  • A tertiary qualification in journalism or communications from a recognised university

Knowledge and experience

  • At least six years of communications-related experience
  • Proven experience in designing communications materials for a range of audiences
  • Excellent computer skills across necessary applications, including Adobe Creative Cloud applications

Essential skills

  • Ability to translate text-heavy documents or information into user-friendly visual materials
  • Strong drive and proven ability to meet tight deadlines
  • Experience of using initiative and creativity to find innovative solutions to communications challenges
  • Strong decision-making/problem-solving skills with a meticulous attention to detail

Language skills

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

Interpersonal skills and cultural awareness

  • Ability to work in a multicultural, inclusive and equitable environment
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, and an ability to work with a wide range of individuals

Salary, terms and conditions

Contract Duration – Two years

Remuneration – The Communications and Visibility Officer – Pacific Commonwealth Equality Project is a Band 8 position in SPC’s 2018 salary scale, with a starting salary range of 1,946‒2,432 SDR (special drawing rights) per month, which currently converts to approximately FJD 5,564–6,955 (USD 2,685–3,356; EUR 2,406–3,007). 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 1,170–2,625 per month. Establishment and relocation grant, removal expenses, airfares, home leave, medical and life insurance and education allowances are available for eligible employees and their recognised dependents. Employees are entitled to 25 days of annual leave and 30 days of sick leave per annum, 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.

As an equal-opportunity employer, SPC recruits on merit; however if two interviewed candidates are ranked equally by the selection committee, preference will be given to nationals of Pacific Island countries and territories.

SPC is committed to child protection, irrespective of whether any specific area of work involves direct contact with children. SPC’s Child Protection Policy is written in accordance with the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Successful candidates will be required to provide a police clearance certificate.

Application procedure

Closing Date26 July 2018

Applicants must apply online.

Hard copies of applications will not be accepted.

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

  • an updated resume
  • contact details for three professional referees
  • a cover letter detailing your skills, experience and interest in this position
  • responses to all screening questions

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

Applicants should not attach copies of qualifications or letters of reference. These documents may be requested at a later stage.

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. The Pacific Community does not support dual spouse employment.

Please ensure that you respond to all the screening questions. If you do not respond to the screening questions, your application will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed at shortlisting stage.

Screening Questions:

  1. Please provide an example of a media release or press statement you have recently developed
  2. Think about an event you have planned. Describe some of the challenges you faced and how you dealt with these to ensure the event was a success
  3. What do you think are the key human rights issues in the Pacific?
  4. A child protection policy screening requirement: Have you been convicted of any offences involving children?

About the Organization

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 26 country and territory members. In pursuit of sustainable development to benefit Pacific people, our organisation works across more than 20 sectors. We are known for our knowledge and innovation in such areas as fisheries science, public health surveillance, geoscience, and conservation of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture.

The Regional Rights Resource Team (RRRT) of the Pacific Community (SPC) was established in 1995 and has been a pioneer in providing human rights capacity-building, research, policy, legal and technical assistance in the Pacific region. RRRT’s mission is to advance human rights and good governance standards for the sustainable and equitable development of the region and the benefit of all Pacific peoples.

The Pacific Commonwealth Equality Project is a two-year project, funded by the United Kingdom Foreign and Commonwealth Office. The goal of this project is to increase the capacity of Pacific Island countries and territories (PICTs) to drive inclusive and equitable social change through good governance, respect for human rights, and fairer opportunities for politically, socially and economically marginalised communities. The Project has three outcomes: (1) more PICTs establish active, Paris-principle compliant National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs); (2) more PICTs develop NHRI Action plans to guide and monitor implementation of Universal Periodic Review (UPR) recommendations; (3) capabilities of marginalised groups, young members of parliament (MPs), and young business and civil society leaders to monitor and advocate for human rights and social inclusion are strengthened.

More information

JD Communications and Visibility Officer - Pacific Commonwealth Equality Project.pdf

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