Disaster Risk Team Leader

Suva, Fiji
Industry Sector:
International Public Sector
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Disaster Risk Team Leader

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Application closing date: 28 September 2018

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 Geo-Science, Energy and Maritime (GEM) Division was established in 2017 merging the previous Economic Development Division (EDD) and the Geoscience Division (GSD) with the aim of achieving an integrated programmatic approach of SPC services that will provide its members with applied science and knowledge for evidence-based policy-making and technical solutions for improved governance, management and capacity development. This translated into the following three technical programmes:

  • Oceans and Maritime Programme (OMP) – assists member countries with services that provide applied ocean science and knowledge for evidence-based policy-making and technical solutions for improved ocean and maritime governance, management and capacity development.
  • Georesources and Energy Programme (GEP) – assists member countries by applying technical knowledge in the areas of geoscience and sustainable energy use.
  • Disaster and Community Resilience Programme (DCRP) – assists member countries to demonstrate strengthened resilience through integrated action on disaster risk management, climate change adaptation, natural resource management and increased access to water and sanitation.

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.

The Role

Disaster Risk Team Leader will be responsible for the overall implementation of the Hazards and Risks area of the Disaster and Community Resilience Programme (DCRP) and oversee the projects that fall under this portfolio, including World Bank Pacific Resilience Programme (PREP I and II). The Team Leader will deliver high-level strategic and technical expert advice on Disaster Risk Management (DRM), coordination, performance and reporting to the Pacific Community (SPC), GEM Division and DCRP, the Governments of the Pacific and partners.

The key responsibilities of the role include:

  • High-level strategic and technical expert advice on DRM approaches and actions to better understand and manage risks and hazards and strengthening governance at the local, national, sub-regional, regional levels to the Governments of the Pacific, SPC and Partners.
  • The development and coordination of a suite of regional and country activities that strengthen the long-term capacity of country counterparts in DRM and better understanding and management of risks and hazards, through targeted and strategic capacity development programmes.
  • Overall management of the Disaster Risk Management – Hazards and Risk component of the DCRP, including provision of high-level support for the development and delivery of specific projects as agreed with the Deputy Director (DD) of the DCRP and Executive and resource mobilization for new funding.
  • Improving DRM through the facilitation of effective advocacy and communications within and between Pacific Island Countries, SPC, partners, and regional and international organisations.
  • Supporting the capacity and efficacy of SPC’s DCRP through the provision of expert strategic advice and the promotion of productive relationships with partners.

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

Key Selection Criteria


  • A postgraduate qualification (and/or equivalent work experience) in Disaster Risk Management and/or climate resilience disciplines or other relevant subjects.

Knowledge and experience 

  • At least 10 years of demonstrated experience in the management of complex Disaster Risk Management work with at least 5 years in a leadership role
  • Strong technical skills in DRM, development and use of risk and/or hazard assessment tools and impact assessments for evidence based decision-making, risk governance approaches and DRM capacity development.
  • Knowledge and understanding of past and contemporary DRM issues facing Pacific Island Countries and Territories, including the barriers and strategies to overcome these
  • Experience in effectively advocating DRM issues and solutions at multiple levels, including consolidating the support of development partners and stakeholders
  • Understanding and familiarity with disaster response and recovery coordination in the region

Essential skills

  • Leadership skills, including coordination and mentoring of staff
  • Ability to design, manage and implement complex development assistance programmes at regional, sub-regional and local levels, including in remote island locations in the Pacific region
  • High-level project management experience including an understanding of project-cycle principles, log-frames, monitoring and evaluation, and proficiency in meeting the reporting requirements of development partners
  • Effective networking capacity and ability to develop and maintain robust working relationships with SPC country counterparts and regional partners
  • Excellent PC based computer skills, preferably with current Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, Project, and PowerPoint

Language skills

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills (oral and written)
  • Ability to effectively communicate complex DRM – Hazards and Risk information to technical and non-technical audiences

Interpersonal skills and cultural awareness 

  • Ability to work in a multicultural, inclusive and equitable environment

Salary, Terms and Conditions

Contract Duration – Three years

Remuneration – The Disaster Risk Team Leader is a Band 13 position in SPC’s 2018 salary scale, with a starting salary range of 3,890‒4,863 SDR (special drawing rights) per month, which currently converts to approximately FJD 11,126–13,907 (USD 5,368–6,710; EUR 4,810–6,013). 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.

Equal opportunity – SPC is an equal opportunity employer. Recruitment is based entirely on merit; in cases where two short-listed candidates are judged to be of equal rank by the selection committee, preference will be given to Pacific Island nationals.

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