Project Manager – Pacific Islands Emergency Management Alliance

Suva, Fiji
Apply by 8 December 2017
Senior-level , Full-time staff position
Posted on 12 November 2017

Job Description

The Role – The Project Manager – Pacific Islands Emergency Management Alliance is responsible for the overall efficient management of the PIEMA project through planning and co-ordination of project deliverables. The role will also scope regional surge support initiatives with a view to strengthening emergency and disaster preparedness and response capacities as well as improving reporting and statistical capacity. The Project Manager will also be responsible for implementing identified priorities and actions outlined in the PIEMA Strategic Agenda 2020.

Please refer to the job description provided for more details about the key responsibilities of the role.

The Project – The Pacific Islands Emergency Management Alliance (PIEMA) was established in July 2013 to support emergency and disaster response coordination capacity building for national disaster management offices (NDMOs), fire and emergency services, police, and other national response agencies. PIEMA also supports improved interoperability and cohesiveness between key response agencies in PICTs. It is a coalition involving SPC, Australasian Fire and Emergency Services Authorities Council (AFAC), Disaster Managers Meeting, Pacific Islands Fire Emergency Services Association (PIFESA), and Pacific Island Chiefs of Police (PICP).

Key selection criteria

  1. Qualifications
  • A Master’s degree in a relevant field, such as project management, emergency management or disaster risk management
  1. Knowledge and experience
  • At least 10 years of practical experience at the regional level in project management, emergency management coordination, monitoring and evaluation, and developing and providing advice and support to PICTs
  • Experience in regional management projects, including the design, organisation, delivery, monitoring and review of the project
  • Project management and leadership experience, including managing a small project team
  • Understanding of issues related to emergency management and related issues in the Pacific
  • Familiar with the Pacific regional architecture for emergency management and disaster risk management
  1. Essential skills
  • Technical expertise in emergency management activities
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative and work without supervision
  • Ability to work as part of a small project team
  • Strategic thinker with well-developed analytical skills
  • Flexible approach and demonstrated ability to meet deadlines
  • Results-oriented and meticulous attention to detail
  • Excellent PC-based computer skills, including knowledge of Microsoft Project, Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint
  1. Language skills
  • Excellent English communication skills (oral and written) with a working knowledge of French being an advantage
  1. Interpersonal skills and cultural awareness
  • Ability to work in a multi-cultural and gender-sensitive environment
  • Strong negotiation and relationship-building skills
  • Ability to communicate effectively with member country governments and other regional and international organisations

Salary, terms and conditions

Contract Duration – 3 years

Remuneration – The Project Manager – Pacific Islands Emergency Management Alliance (PIEMA) – is a Band 12 position in SPC’s 2017 salary scale, with a starting salary range of 3,327‒4,158 SDR (special drawing rights) per month, which currently converts to approximately FJD 9,714–12,142 (USD 4,624–5,780; EUR 4,206–5,258). 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. 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.

Application procedure

Applicants must apply online at

Hard copies of applications will not be accepted or considered.

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 that your documents are in Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF format.

All international positions at SPC have specific screening questions. If you do not respond to all of the screening questions your application will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed at shortlisting stage.

Screening Questions:

What has motivated you to apply for this role?

  1. Please outline examples of emergency management capacity building projects that you have led and delivered.
  2. Please give examples of successful stakeholder relationships, both internal and external, that you have developed in an emergency management or development agency context.

About the Organization

The Pacific Community 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 Geoscience Energy and Maritime Division provides advice, technical assistance, research and training support to Pacific Island countries and territories (PICTs). There are three areas of scientific programming and two areas of focus within this division:

  1. Oceans and Maritime – Driving growth in blue economies through well-informed and inclusive action from integrated solutions for ocean and coastal management and maritime and transport.
  2. Georesources and Energy – Strengthening the management of the Earth’s non-living resources through responsible harnessing of mineral resources, including metalliferous and development minerals, and clean and renewable energy resources, such as solar, wind, and geothermal for sustainable development.
  3. Disaster and Community Resilience – Improving resilience and sustainability through the management of disaster risk and assessment of hazards. This includes building resilience through wider support for climate change, disaster risk management (DRM) initiatives, and water and sanitation initiatives. Ridge to Reef is a stand-alone programme that pulls expertise from the three scientific areas and is located within Disaster and Community Resilience.

The other two focus areas within this division are Programming and Operations, which is responsible for driving integrated programming excellence and operational support across the division, and Geoinformatics, which is responsible for providing diverse, integrated, and unique and demand-driven services across SPC work programmes, projects and countries. This includes developing, managing, building on and retaining or preserving spatial data and information for the benefit of all scientific areas.

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