Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Officer

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  • Post Date: August 6, 2021
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Job Overview

  • Suva-based position (Fiji)
  • Competitive expatriate package
  • Join the principal development organisation in the region

 The Pacific Community (SPC) invites applications for the position of Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Officer located at its regional office in Suva, Fiji.


 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 Land Resources Division (LRD) provides advice, technical assistance, research and training support to Pacific Island countries and territories on all aspects of agriculture and forestry. This includes plant protection, conservation, plant genetic resources, animal health and production, agroforestry, biosecurity and trade facilitation, and sustainable systems for agriculture, forestry and land management. This work has two objectives: improved food and nutritional security, and resilient communities. The division’s services are provided through seven technical/thematic teams: Animal Health and Production; Plant Health; Biosecurity and Trade Facilitation; Forest and Agriculture Diversification; Crop Production and Extension; Genetic Resources; and Forests and Trees.

The Pacific Organic and Ethical Trade Community (POETCom), where this position sits, is the peak body of the organics movement in the Pacific and is located within the Land Resources Division of SPC. The membership of POETCom is broad based and multisectoral with representation from organic farmers, farmer organizations, traders, Governments, academic and research institutions, NGOs, private sector businesses. Working with its members, POETCom supports the development of organic agriculture across the region.

POETCom is implementing the ‘Building prosperity for women producers, processors and women-owned businesses through organic value chains (BPWP) project in Palau, Republic of Marshall Islands, Kiribati, and Federated States of Micronesia (FSM). The BPWP project is a four-year project funded by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). The project aims at identifying and supporting organic value chains that benefit women as producers, suppliers, processors and entrepreneurs, while also enhancing their capacity for inter-regional organic trade.

The Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Officer will provide overall support, advice, and oversight on program-level monitoring, evaluation and learning to the Pacific Organic and Ethical Trade Community (POETCom) and the BPWP project. This will include implementing the BPWP project Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Framework (MELF), progressively drafting and implementing the (MELF) for POETCom in line with its Strategic Plan 2020 – 2025, systematizing POETCom results frameworks for greater consistency, scaling up and refining POETCom monitoring systems to allow efficient tracking of program results to inform reflection processes and compliance with reporting requirements.

The key responsibilities of the role include:

  • Results Monitoring
  • Training and Capacity Building
  • Evaluation and Learning

For a more detailed account of the key responsibilities, please refer to the job description online.

Key selection criteria


  • Bachelor’s degree in international development, social sciences, evaluation or other relevant disciplines is required

Knowledge and experience

  • At least 5 years of professional experience in programme development and implementation, including planning, monitoring and evaluation, and reporting activities
  • Demonstrated experience with quantitative and qualitative research methods, including surveys and focus groups

Essential skills

  • Strong analytical, verbal, writing and data visualization skills and capacity to communicate to a range of audiences
  • Experience working with donor-funded project.

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


Salary, terms and conditions

Contract Duration – Until 30 June 2023

Due to the current travel restrictions caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic, and the priority SPC places on its staff safety, health and well-being, please note that there may be delays in taking up the appointment. These matters will be discussed thoroughly with successful candidates. In most cases, any appointment and on-boarding would only commence when relocation to the duty station is permitted.

Remuneration – The Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Officer is a Band 8 position in SPC’s 2021 salary scale, with a starting salary range of 1,994‒2,493 SDR (special drawing rights) per month, which currently converts to approximately FJD 6,022–7,528 (USD 2,772–3,465; EUR 2,446–3,058). 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. Remuneration of expatriate SPC staff members is not subject to income tax in Fiji; Fiji nationals employed by SPC in Fiji will be subject to income tax.

Benefits for international employees based in Fiji – SPC provides a housing allowance of FJD 1,350–3,000 per month. Establishment and repatriation grant, removal expenses, airfares, home leave travel, health and life insurance are available for eligible employees only. Employees are entitled to 25 working days of annual leave per annum and other types of leave, and access to SPC’s Provident Fund (contributing 8% of salary, to which SPC adds a matching contribution).

Languages – SPC’s working languages are English and French.

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.

Applicants will be assured of complete confidentiality in line with SPC’s Privacy Policy.

Application procedure

Closing Date 5 September 2021 – 11:45pm Fiji time

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.

Screening Questions:

Briefly describe (400 word or less) your understanding of, and experience and demonstrated ability in:

  1. Designing and running MEL systems and databases with extraction and analysis using both qualitative and quantitative evaluation methods.
  2. Developing and maintaining partnerships and collaborations to assess common objectives, and facilitating meetings to gather MEL

information for a specific project or objective within a project.

  1. Writing MEL evaluation reports and information for a range of audiences, from government officials to private sector to community




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