Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC)

SPC HQ Noumea


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 unique organisation works across more than 25 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 Public Health Division (PHD) supports members in developing healthier Pacific Island communities by providing assistance in public health surveillance, and in the prevention and control of communicable and non-communicable diseases. The primary focus of the division is to provide scientific and technical assistance and to support the implementation of plans and programmes in member countries and territories. The primary goal for all PHD activities is to promote population health and well-being, help communities prevent disease and restore and/or maintain health, and reduce inequalities in health. PHD is primarily concerned with improving and protecting public (population) health, rather than providing individual treatment services. PHD is comprised of three programmes: Surveillance, Preparedness and Response (SPR), Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD) Prevention and Control; and Clinical Services (CS).

The role – the Project Coordinator – SPRP will coordinate ongoing projects, support activities of the Pacific Public Health Surveillance Network (PPHSN), and strengthen surveillance, preparedness and response to public health threats or events.

The key responsibilities of the role include the following: Project coordination, administration and communication

  • Lead in coordination of assigned project(s),
  • Monitoring and evaluation of capacity development activities’ implementation,
  • Contributing to programme, divisional and corporate publications and reports,
  • Contribute to management, monitoring and reporting on utilization of funds.

Support activities of the Pacific Health Surveillance Network (PPHSN)

  • Supporting planning and delivery of the Strengthening Health Interventions in the Pacific – Data for Decision Making (SHIP-DDM) training program for PICT health professionals,
  • Participate in relevant technical working groups, which contribute to strengthening the PPHSN services.

Strengthen surveillance, preparedness and response to public health threats or events

  • Supporting the development and strengthening of in-country capacities in surveillance and response,
  • Developing in-country capacity to apply core epidemiologic skills in strengthening surveillance systems including the early warning systems (syndromic surveillance) and activities that support timely reporting of PPHSN target diseases, syndromes, and public health events.

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

Key selection criteria


  • Masters-level qualification in public health, epidemiology, or related discipline.

Technical expertise

  • 7-8 years prior experience in public health surveillance, including communicable and non-communicable disease surveillance,

  • Experience in project management, grant management and coordination,
  • Experience in operational, research and writing scientific reports and papers,
  • Highly developed oral and interpersonal communication skills,
  • Willingness to travel frequently (up to 30% of the time) in the Pacific region and international.

Language skills

  • Fluent in written and oral English.

Interpersonal skills and cultural awareness

  • Cross-cultural skills and ability to work with colleagues from different cultural backgrounds,
  • Knowledge of Pacific Island countries and territories is an advantage.

Salary, terms and conditions

Contract Duration – This vacant position is budgeted for 364 days.

Due to the current travel restrictions caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic, and the priority SPC places on its staff safety, health and well-being, please note that there may be delays in taking up the appointment. These matters will be discussed thoroughly with successful candidates. In most cases, any appointment and on-boarding would only commence when relocation to the duty station is permitted.

Remuneration – the Project Coordinator – SPRP is a band 10 position in SPC’s 2022 salary scale, with a starting salary range of SDR (special drawing rights) 3,490-4,267 per month, which converts to approximately XPF 499,822-610,995 (USD 4,991-6,101; EUR 4,189-5,120). 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 is based on annual performance reviews. SPC salaries are not presently subject to income tax in New Caledonia.

Benefits for international staff employees based in New Caledonia – SPC provides subsidised housing in Noumea and will reimburse excess accompanied luggage of up to two additional bags. Airfares, medical and life insurance are available for eligible employees. Employees are entitled to 25 days of annual leave per year of contract 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.

Recruitment principles – SPC’s recruitment is based on merit and fairness, and candidates are competing in a selection process that is fair, transparent and non-discriminatory. SPC is an equal-opportunity employer, and is committed to cultural and gender diversity, including bilinguism, and will seek to attract and appoint candidates who respect these values. Due attention is given to gender equity and the maintenance of strong representation from Pacific Island professionals. If two interviewed candidates are ranked equal by the selection panel, preference will begiven to the Pacific Islander. Applicants will be assured of complete confidentiality in line with SPC’s private policy.

Application procedure

Closing date: 20 July 2022 – 11:00 pm (Noumea time)

Job Reference: AL000485

Applicants must apply online at (link)

Hard copies of applications will not be accepted.

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

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

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.

Screening questions (maximum of 2.000 characters per question):

  • Describe your previous experiences with project coordination or project management and what lessons you have learned from the challenges and successes.
  • Outline what you know about the Pacific Public Health Surveillance Network (PPHSN), in particular the Strengthening Health Interventions in the Pacific – Data for Decision Making (SHIP-DDM) training program.
  • How would you strengthen in-country capacities in surveillance and response to address public health threats, including the use of digital tools?


Type: Temporary – International

Category: Public Health

Reference ID: AL000485

Date Posted: 12/07/2022

Tags: capacity development, covid, disease surveillance, early warning systems, fisheries, genetic resources, health surveillance, housing, interpersonal communication, monitoring and evaluation, monitoring and reporting, operational research, project management, sustainable development, travel restrictions