Manager - Programmes for Pacific Women Lead

Manager - Programmes for Pacific Women Lead

SPC - Secretariat of the Pacific Community

Suva, Fiji

The role - Manager Programmes for the Pacific Women Lead at SPC programme, within HRSD, will have overall leadership of the direction, planning and implementation of the programme, to ensure PWL at SPC is implemented effectively and efficiently and achieves its goal and end-of-programme outcomes, and contributes to a coherent and integrated work programme of the Division.

The key responsibilities of the role include

  • Programme oversight of the management and delivery of the Pacific Women Lead at SPC team, including planning, policy and programming advice:
    • Provide leadership and direction to the programme;
    • Deliver strategic, technical and operational advice;
    • Lead the delivery of PWL at SPC’s annual work plan and ensure the programme is integrated with other relevant initiatives at SPC to achieve strategic priorities;
    • Ensure PWL at SPC is aligned with the HRSD Business Plan and work programme 2021-2025 and contribute to the achievements of HRSD.
  • Promoting stakeholder engagement on the programme and its objectives:
    • Lead strategic advice with respect to planning, policies and programming for culture for the division and SPC;
    • Contribute to national, sub-regional, and regional planning, policies and programming that support gender equality and the desired outcomes of PWL at SPC.
  • Provide day to day management support to the PWL at SPC team:
    • Supervise the technical work of the senior/advisers and officers to achieve the outcomes of PWL at SPC, under a matrix arrangement in collaboration with relevant HRSD team members;
    • Manage the leave approvals, management plans and performance appraisals of senior/advisers and officers assigned to the programme;
    • Support resource mobilisation efforts for the HRSD work programme;
    • Represent the programme, HRSD and SPC in organisational, regional, sub-regional and international events and initiatives;
    • Support working groups and relevant convenings.

Key selection criteria


  • Master’s degree in international development/gender or another relevant field.

Technical expertise:

  • More than 10 years of experience in managing complex development programmes, preferably in Team Leader or senior management role and on a donor, contractor or NGO programme in developing countries;
  • Strong team leadership capabilities including experience leading multi-cultural, multi-disciplinary teams in an international environment;
  • Demonstrated experience in strategic planning and change management processes and in mentoring counterparts through organisational change;
  • Demonstrated practical knowledge and broad experience, at a strategic and management level, in the design and delivery of activities striving for the protection and promotion of the rights of women, preferably in a complex international development context;
  • Strong understanding of gender equality and women’s empowerment issues and challenges, particularly in the Pacific;
  • Strong networks across the Pacific, particularly with women’s organisations at all levels;
  • Demonstrated capacity for providing high-level representation and strategic advocacy;
  • Proven track record in risk management, including identifying risks and implementing effective mitigation strategies;
  • Confident and strong interpersonal skills and the ability to relate to and work effectively with individuals from a wide range of backgrounds and cultures, at all levels, including senior levels of government, multi-lateral agencies and other partners;
  • Excellent time management and organisational skills.

Language skills:

  • Excellent English communication skills (oral and written).

Interpersonal skills and cultural awareness:

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

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