Team Leader – Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning

Applications close 15th April 2020

About us

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

Strategy, Performance and Learning (SPL) is a specialised unit within SPC’s Office of the Director-General. SPL has staff based at our headquarters in Noumea, as well as our regional office in Suva. The team has the following core functions: (i) analyse, anticipate, plan and innovate for the future through SPC’s strategy, business planning and strategic projects; (ii) document, report on and unpack results and lessons from programs for course correction and adaptation for improved performance and programme design, and to enhance accountability and (iii) grow and nurture strategic thinking and monitoring, evaluation and learning capability across the breadth and depth of the Pacific Community to ensure SPC scientific and technical work is impactful and meets member’s development needs. 

SPL engages with SPC membership and key strategic relationships through managing the Committee of Representatives of Governments and Administrations (CRGA) subcommittee on the implementation of the Pacific Community strategic plan, which meets twice a year to look at SPC’s performance against the strategy and act as a reference point for prioritisation.

About the job

The role – Team Leader – Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning is responsible for conceptualising and leading the monitoring, evaluation and learning culture and practice across the breadth and depth of the organisation. This role will be key to enhancing SPC’s impact across the Pacific region. 

The key responsibilities of the role include:

  • Technical and Service Delivery – lead the MEL team within SPL and the SPC-wide MEL group (MELnet) in providing SPC with the strategic and programming MEL capability
  • Strategic Advice and Executive Support provide strategic evidence on organisational performance assessment through high level analysis, synthesis, coordination and dissemination of MEL in SPC’s implementation of the Strategic Plan
  • Thought Leadership participate in and lead relevant internal and external communities of practice, publish technical papers, blogs, working papers, and other influence products for the MEL community
  • Staff Leadership, Management and Mentoring – co create and maintain a positive team culture in which staff are empowered to contribute, be creative, be accountable and grow leadership capabilities

Key Selection Criteria


  • A master’s degree in a relevant field such as evaluation, international development, public sector policy or administration

Knowledge and experience 

  • At least 10 years of relevant experience in monitoring, evaluation and learning, on donor/grant-funded projects or programmes 
  • good understanding of international best practices in development effectiveness
  • At least 6 years of experience in the design, leadership, and management of programmes and projects, and good understanding of the project management cycle
  • Experience training, mentoring and coaching staff and country partners on M&E

Contract Duration – Three years

Remuneration – The Team Leader – Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning is a Band 12 position in SPC’s 2020 salary scale, with a starting salary range of 3,478‒4,348 SDR (special drawing rights) per month, which currently converts to approximately XPF 689,925–848,231 (USD 6,465–7,948; EUR 5,782–7,108) or FJD 10,365–12,956 (USD 4,800–6,000; EUR 4,278–5,348). 

Benefits for international employees – SPC provides a housing allowance. Establishment and relocation grant, removal expenses, airfares, home leave, medical and life insurance and education allowances are available for eligible employees and their recognised dependents. Employees are entitled to 25 days of annual leave and 30 days of sick leave per annum, and access to SPC’s Provident Fund (contributing 8% of salary, to which SPC adds a matching contribution).

How to apply

Closing Date – 15 April 2020

Applicants must apply online at 

Hard copies of applications will not be accepted. 

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

  • an updated resume
  • 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 your documents are in Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF format. 

Applicants should not attach copies of qualifications or letters of reference. These documents may be requested at a later stage.

For international staff in Fiji, only one foreign national per family can be employed with an entity operating in Fiji at any one given time. The Pacific Community does not support dual spouse employment.

Please ensure that you respond to all the screening questions.  If you do not respond to the screening questions, your application will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed at shortlisting stage.