- Attractive local package
- Friendly and supportive team environment
- Join the principal development organisation in the region
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 27 country and territory members. In pursuit of sustainable development to benefit Pacific people, our 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 Public Health Division (PHD) supports member countries in attaining healthier Pacific Island people and communities by helping in public health surveillance, prevention and control of communicable and non-communicable diseases (NCD) and support for clinical services. The primary areas of focus of the division are to provide scientific and technical assistance and support the implementation of plans and programmes in member countries and territories. The primary goal for all PHD activities is to promote population health and well-being, prevent disease and injury, restore, and/or maintain health and reduce inequalities in health. PHD is primarily concerned with improving and protecting public (population) health, rather than individual treatment services as highlighted in the PHD Business Plan 2019-2020. The PHD is comprised of three programmes: Surveillance, Preparedness and Response Programme (SPRP), NCD Prevention and Control Programme (NCDPCP) and Clinical Services Programme (CSP). The position is located within the Office of the Director.
The Communications and Media Assistant will help support and strengthen communications, media, and visibility outputs for the Public Health Division. The key responsibilities of the role include:
Lead communications and media monitoring including data collection for reporting purposes
- Lead in media monitoring and data entry while maintaining the communications and media database. This includes monitoring website, social media platforms internally and externally.
- Develop communications and media reports when required. This includes donor specific reporting.
PHD website is updated and maintained with relevant documents and events including input into social media content development
- Lead and maintain PHD digital library and photo library, working in consultation with SPC library team.
- Provide input in the development of content for social media and written publications.
Lead in health topic research to strengthen health content development around PHD’s work in the region
- Lead and research health topics for content development of PHDs work. This includes showcasing country voices, understanding global health trends and contextualising for the Pacific region.
- Identify and lead health campaigns to support PICTs to promote health seeking behaviours.
Work with team members to produce reports and promotional materials relevant to NCD, clinical services and surveillance, preparedness and response programmes, health systems strengthening and digital health
- Contribute and provide input into PHD reporting, and workshop reports that require communications and media input.
- Lead in the development of PHD promotional materials. This includes print material and innovative branded promotional items.
For a more detailed account of the key responsibilities, please refer to the online job description.
Key selection criteria
- Undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline such as communications, journalism or a related field is required and or equivalent work experience.
- Have at least 3 years of relevant work experience communications.
- Good working knowledge of project reporting and work.
- Use of communications and media software.
- Strong communications skills and advanced computer literacy, especially with Microsoft office applications.
- Excellent English communication skills (oral and written)
Interpersonal skills and cultural awareness
- Ability to maintain effective working relationships with people from different cultural backgrounds.
Salary, terms and conditions
Contract Duration – Until 31 December 2026 and is subject to renewal depending on funding and performance.
Remuneration – The Communications and Media Assistant is a Band 7 position in SPC’s 2023 salary scale, with a commencing taxable salary range of FJD 2,287-2,859 per month, plus local staff benefits. An offer of appointment for an initial contract will normally be made in the lower half of this range, with due consideration given to experience and qualifications. Progression within the salary scale will be based on annual performance reviews.
Recruitment principles – SPC’s recruitment is based on merit and fairness, and candidates are competing in a selection process that is fair, transparent and non-discriminatory. SPC is an equal-opportunity employer, and is committed to cultural and gender diversity, including bilingualism, 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.
Closing Date: 20 September 2023 – 11:59pm (Fiji time)
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