- Attractive local package
- Friendly and supportive team environment
- Join the principal development organisation in the Pacific 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 Land Resources Division (LRD) aims to provides effective expert scientific advice, capacity building and services on conservation, development and utilization of plant genetic resources, forest and landscape management, resilient agricultural systems, diversification of livelihood strategies and access to markets to maintain ecosystem services and improve land productivity and the food, nutrition security and resilience of Pacific communities. LRD has expertise in genetic resource conservation, resilient agriculture, biosecurity, pest and disease management, agricultural extension, plant pathology, entomology, and animal health. It collaborates with governments, regional organisations, civil society and other SPC divisions to pinpoint the needs and priorities of Pacific countries and communities and provide technical expertise to address them. This mission is realized through four main thematic work areas, or pillars, and a progressively integrated approach to programming that works towards achieving SPC’s development goals.
The Sustainable Forests and Landscape Management (SFLM) Pillar, housed within the Land Resource Division of SPC, contributes to the sustainable management of forest and land resources by assisting Pacific Island Countries and Territories (PICTs) to address major issues and challenges through the provision of technical experts, facilitation, and technical advisory to the countries. This program of work aims to support, enhance and build capacities on sustainable forest and land management in PICTs in light of climate change impacts, to maintain ecosystem services, improve land productivity and enhance community and ecosystem resilience, diversify products, and value adding.
The role – Wood Processing Technician will provide technical assistance and support to Sustainable forests and Landscape management activities with particular focus on the manufacturing of engineered wood products from coconut and non-traditional forest resources.
The key responsibilities of the role include:
Project planning and development
- Provide assistance and support on the development and monitoring of projects work plans
- Work collaboratively with the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) project team to engage with project stakeholder to undertake and promote project activities
- Assist with the development and monitoring of SFLM Pillar work plan
Provide technical advice on regional and national sustainable forest and landscapes management activities
- Assist with the implementation of the SFLM Pillar and project work plans
- Assist with the develop of training materials
- Provide technical advice on wood utilisation and engineered wood products
Awareness and communication on Sustainable Forest and Landscape activities
- Develop a minimum of one draft communication product e.g. engineered wood products field story, press release etc
- Assist with establishing networks and strengthening existing partnership with key stakeholders
For a more detailed account of the key responsibilities, please refer to the online job description.
Key selection criteria
- A diploma in forestry, wood science or related field.
- At least 5 years of experience in wood processing or engineered wood product manufacture.
- Experience in working with Pacific region government representatives and international sector partners.
- Knowledge of regional and national policies and frameworks in the area of landscapes, biodiversity and climate change.
- Attention to detail with good computer literacy.
- Good report writing, planning and organizing skills.
- Excellent English communication skills (oral and written).
Interpersonal skills and cultural awareness
- Excellent interpersonal skills and an ability to work with a wide range of individuals in a multicultural environment.
Salary, terms and conditions
Contract Duration – Until 30 September 2025 – subject to renewal depending on funding and performance.
Remuneration – The Wood Processing Technician 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 – 15 September 2023 at 11:59pm (Fiji time)
Job Reference: MC000041
Applicants must apply online at http://careers.spc.int/
Hard copies of applications will not be accepted.
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
Your application will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed at shortlisting stage if all the above documents are not provided. Applicants should not attach copies of qualifications or letters of reference. Please ensure your documents are in Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF format.
SPC does not charge a fee to consider your application and will never ask for your banking or financial information during the recruitment process.
Only Fijian citizens are eligible to apply for this role.
Screening Questions (maximum of 2,000 characters per question):
- What are some of the potential benefits that manufacturing engineered wood products from senile coconut palms have to coconut farmers, the environment and the broader community?
- Explain some of the challenges in rotary veneer processing senile coconut palms and manufacturing engineered wood products from the resulting veneer.
- Discuss the value chain processes for the manufacturing of Engineered Wood Products.
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