Director of Communications
- International development organisation
- Fiji based
- Three year contract
The Pacific Community (SPC) invites applications for the position of Director of Communications, located at its regional office in Suva, Fiji.
The Pacific Community is the principal scientific and technical organisation in the Pacific region, proudly 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 25 sectors. We are renowned 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 role - The Director of Communications reports directly to the Director-General and manages the Communication and Public Information (C&PI) team comprising audiovisual, media, outreach and online content management specialists, with additional contractors as needed, to oversee the strategic direction, consistency and impact of external and internal communications at SPC. The development, implementation and evaluation of communication strategies incorporating a contemporary mix of tactics is an essential part of SPC’s approach to achieving its goals. This approach also builds and promotes C&PI’s commitment to customer service excellence and ensures that a service delivery culture is embedded across the organisation.
The team provides central coordination, capacity building and advice on communications and public information. It is responsible for managing the SPC brand and reputation and for developing organisation-wide strategies, policies and procedures to guide communications and its integration into SPC’s scientific and technical programmes. The team produces The Pacific Waytelevision show, and provides services and advice related to visibility of SPC’s development partners, crisis management, and other communications matters. The team also coordinates communications support for key SPC events in conjunction with divisions, programmes and external partners.
The position encompasses the following key responsibilities; further details are available in the online job description.
- Lead, manage and mentor the Communication and Public Information team to maximize its potential.
- Formulate communications strategies and provide services and advice to the Director-General, the Senior Leadership Team, and all SPC divisions and sections.
- Develop, review, operationalise and implement a strategic communications work plan and protocols to guide long- and short-term direction for the organisation.
- Devise and implement proactive ‘crisis and issue response plan’ communications strategies to uphold SPC’s credibility and reputation and mitigate potential negative impacts in crises and emergencies.
- Represent the interests of SPC on relevant communications-related working groups or networks.
- Oversee and executive high-quality national and international events.
- Develop and facilitate internal communications to foster a united SPC brand and culture.
The profile - To be successful in this position, the appointee must have high-level work experience and a broad skillset (corporate writing, broadcast and print media, public relations etc.) and measurable achievements in strategic communications with international organisations. The appointee must be able to demonstrate an ability to successfully manage crises and politically sensitive situations, and be skilled in delivering messages to influence internal and external audiences. The candidate should also possess outstanding leadership and team building skills, excellent interpersonal skills, emotional intelligence and the ability to assess priorities and manage competing deadlines both independently and as a member of a team.
Key selection criteria
Master’s degree or similar advanced degree in journalism, marketing, communications, or equivalent industry experience.
2. Technical expertise
- At least ten years of demonstrated leadership in communications, with experience developing and executing strategies in international or development/social sector organisations and/or professional services firms.
- A demonstrated ability to build relationships in order to work effectively within a complex environment involving both external and internal stakeholders.
- Advanced knowledge, and experience in overseeing the production of websites, online communities, videos, webinars, infographics and other multimedia web content.
3. Essential Skills
- Outstanding team management skills and thorough enjoyment of leading and mentoring individuals in their professional development.
- Excellent analytical, written and verbal communication and presentation skills.
- A strong ability to quickly understand and analyse complex concepts and present them in an interesting and digestible manner.
- Independent thinking with an openness to, and enthusiasm for new ideas and new strategies.
4. Language Skills
Excellent English language skills, with a working knowledge of French being an advantage.
5. Interpersonal skills and cultural awareness
- Good interpersonal skills.
- A team player, with the ability to network and work effectively in a multicultural setting.
- Cultural sensitivity, and a demonstrated understanding of developing country environments.
- Knowledge of Pacific Island countries and territories is an advantage.
Salary, terms and conditions
Contract Duration – Three years
Required start date – Immediate
Remuneration – The Director Communications is a Band 14 position in SPC’s 2016 salary scale, with a starting salary range of 4,464-5,580 SDR (special drawing rights) per month, which currently converts to approximately FJD 13,124–16,405 (USD 6,205–7,756; EUR 5,644–7,055). 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, however, be subject to income tax.
Please use SPC’s online recruitment system to lodge your application.
Hard copies of applications will not be accepted or considered.
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
Please ensure that your documents are in either Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF format.
- Organization: SPC - Pacific Community
- Location: Suva
- Grade: Mid/Senior
- Management, Administration and Finance
- Closing Date: 2017-01-09