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Communications, Visibility and Engagement Officer


Location: Suva, Fiji

Organization: Pacific Community (SPC)

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, geoscience, and conservation of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture.

The Programme - The goal of the Social Development Programme (SDP) is to ‘advance gender equality and equal development outcomes in the Pacific region’. SDP works with governments, regional organisations, civil society and other SPC divisions to build capacity, collaboration, knowledge and practice around social development. SPC has been supporting the promotion of gender equality, youth development and culture for over 30 years, first with the women’s bureau, the youth bureau, and the culture bureau, which merged into the Human Development Programme in 2008, and then became SDP in 2016.

SDP is progressively taking an integrated approach to gender equality and social inclusion as the modality for accelerating progress towards achieving social development goals. This includes identifying how issues affecting socially excluded people, with a particular focus on women and youth of all diversities, can be jointly addressed, and seeking to integrate cultural heritage and traditional knowledge can be woven into existing development practice.

The role – Communications, Visibility and Engagement Officer is responsible for programme communication to ensure high visibility of SDP’s work. This role will also support communications capacity development and working relationships with civil society organisation stakeholders.

The key responsibilities of the role include:

  • Implementation and monitoring of the SDP Communications Framework
  • SDP communications, visibility and dissemination
  • Capacity strengthening of Pacific Island Countries and Territories focal points in communications
  • Finalisation, implementation and monitoring of the civil society organisation engagement strategy
  • Event management

Key selection criteria


  • A bachelor’s degree in journalism or communications

Knowledge and experience

  • At least 6 years of communications experience
  • Experience in designing communications materials for a range of audiences
  • Previous experience in communications and visibility capacity development, including training workshop design and delivery
  • Experience working with civil society organisations
  • Knowledge and understanding of working within the Pacific or with Pacific communities outside of the Pacific region

Essential skills

  • Copy writing, sub-editing, communications material development
  • Ability to successfully adhere to deadlines with a meticulous attention to detail
  • Ability to translate text-heavy documents or information into user-friendly visual materials
  • Excellent computer skills across necessary applications including Adobe Creative Cloud applications
  • Photography skills
  • Creative talent and open to innovation

Language skills

  • Excellent English communication skills (oral and written) with a working knowledge of French being an advantage

Interpersonal skills and cultural awareness

  • Ability to work in a multicultural, inclusive and equitable environment
  • Strong interpersonal skills and an ability to work with a wide range of stakeholders and groups

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How to apply:

Application procedure Closing Date – 29 January 2020 Applicants must apply online at Hard copies of applications will not be accepted.

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