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 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 Micronesia Regional Office (MRO), situated in Kolonia, Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), is the main hub for SPC's projects and partnerships with the Micronesian members of the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI), the Republic of Palau, and the U.S. territories of the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), and Guam.
The role – the Project Manager, EU-FSM Sustainable Energy and Accompanying Measures for the Federated States of Micronesia (EU-FSM SEAM Project) will primarily be responsible for the overall project management and delivery of the European Union (EU) Sustainable Energy and Accompanying Measures Project for the FSM under thematic Area 2. The overall objective is to improve the FSM population’s access to affordable, reliable and environmentally sound energy services and benefit from transparent and efficient management of public funds. The specific objective of this contribution agreement is to increase access to renewable electricity and support private sector investment in energy efficiency and renewable energy. The activities targeted under this contribution agreement will assist FSM to reduce its GHG emissions, contribute to achieving nationally endorsed commitments, and increase energy security at the national and state level in a sustainable manner. The activities will also adopt a gender-sensitive and rights-based approach throughout. Specifically, SPC work includes project management, procurement, team coordination, performance and reporting, risk management and the provision of high-level advice to the FSM national government, the semi-autonomous states of Chuuk, Kosrae, Pohnpei and Yap, state power utilities and other partners.
The Project Manager will lead project team members and work closely with selected SPC technical division staff, regional, national and local development partners and FSM national, state, and municipal counterparts. A significant amount of the work is focused on Chuuk, working closely with the Chuuk Power Utility Corporation (CPUC) and Chuuk State Government. Strategic leadership and relationship development are critical to this role. This position is based in Pohnpei, FSM.
The key responsibilities of the role include the following:
Strategic leadership of the project at all levels, and development of close, strong working relationships with key stakeholder organisations, donors:
Increasing awareness, knowledge and skills of participating governments, partners and donors to enable the FSM population to utilize affordable, reliable and environmentally sound energy services through:
Facilitation of effective communication among and between national, state and community partners and development partners:
For a more detailed account of the key responsibilities, please refer to the online job description.
Key selection criteria
Salary, terms and conditions
Contract Duration – This position is budgeted for 3 years and is subject to renewal depending on performance and funding.
Remuneration – the Project Manager, EU FSM SEAM Project is a is a Band 12 position in SPC’s 2020 salary scale, with a starting salary range of 4,306‒5,316 SDR (special drawing rights) per month, which currently converts to approximately USD 5,942–7,336 (EUR 5,314–6,560). An offer of appointment for an initial contract will 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 Federated States of Micronesia; Federated States of Micronesia Nationals employed by SPC in Pohnpei will be subject to income tax.
Benefits for international staff employees based in Pohnpei – SPC provides a housing allowance of USD 1,000 USD – 2,000 USD. Establishment and relocation grant, removal expenses, airfares, home leave, medical and life insurance, and education allowance are available for eligible employees and their recognised dependents. Employees are entitled to 25 days of annual leave and access to SPC’s Provident Fund (contributing 8% of salary, to which SPC adds a matching contribution).
Recruitment principles – SPC’s recruitment is based on merit and fairness, and candidates are competing in a selection process that is faire, 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 be given to the Pacific Islander.
Applicants will be assured of complete confidentiality in line with SPC’s private policy.
Closing date: 2 August 2020 – 11:00 pm Noumea time.
Job Reference: AL000305
Applicants must apply online at http://careers.spc.int/.
Hard copies of applications will not be accepted.
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All 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.
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