Adviser, Policy Planning and Performance

The Secretariat of the Pacific Community ( SPC) invites applications for the position of  Adviser, Policy Planning and Performance in its Public Health Division, located at its regional office in Suva, Fiji.

SPC works with its 22 Pacific Island member countries and territories, providing technical and scientific assistance across a wide range of sectors to enhance economic, environmental, social and human development in this region.

The Public Health Division (PHD) has staff based in Noumea (New Caledonia), Suva (Fiji), Honiara (Solomon Islands) and Pohnpei (Federated States of Micronesia). It supports members in improving the health of Pacific Island people and communities by providing assistance in public health surveillance and prevention of communicable and non-communicable diseases. PHD’s overall goals are: (i) to improve population health and well-being, and prevent disease and injury; (ii) to reduce gender disparities in health; and (iii) to reduce the incidence of prevalent/priority diseases. Priority areas are: (i) NCD prevention and control, including the major risk factors; (ii) communicable disease surveillance and response; and (iii) STI prevention and control, including HIV/AIDS. Under PHD’s strategic plan 2013–2022, the division has two programmes: (i) Research, Evidence and Information (REI), and (ii) Policy, Planning and Regulation (PPR). REI focuses on developing the evidence base and information for policy and actions directed at strengthening core public health functions in member countries and territories. The aim is to assist members to respond effectively to all public health threats rather than specific diseases or risk factors. PPR focuses on supporting the development of appropriate policy options in member countries and territories to improve the health of Pacific people and contributing to national development plans.

Role – The Adviser, Policy Planning and Performance will be responsible for providing divisional level advisory support for planning, monitoring evaluation and learning functions in PHD.  The position will focus on the following areas:

1.  Provide support to all PHD staff with particular focus on policy, planning, monitoring, evaluation and learning. Facilitate discussions within the division to ensure that policy, planning, monitoring and evaluation developments support, and align with, the PHD Strategic Plan 2013-2020.
2. Coordinate planning, monitoring, evaluation and learning (PMEL) activities in the division, including the development of results-focused M&E frameworks and strengthening and supporting evaluation and learning processes. Facilitate engagement in PMEL and clear communication across the division.  Ensure that critical division activities are completed in accordance with the SPC Strategic Plan.  Ensure that PHD strategic, operational work plans are completed on time.
3. Lead the development and implementation of a suitable performance framework for PHD’s strategic plan and appropriate output/outcome measures and indicators are available.  Work with SPC’s Strategic Engagement, Policy and Planning Facility to ensure that all monitoring, accountability and corporate reporting requirements are met.
4. Coordinate reporting of progress for all programmes against PHD’s triannual work plans, and other regional policies and plans, including preparing policy briefs and papers and leading divisional monitoring and evaluation work.  Coordinate project reporting to development partners and participate in, and support independent mid-term and final reviews of PHD plans and projects. 
5. Strengthen and facilitate the planning, monitoring, evaluation and learning lifecycle across the division.

Profile – SPC seeks an experienced professional with a thorough knowledge of public health concepts, principles and practices, preferably in the Pacific region. The selected candidate will have immaculate interpersonal and communication skills, strong analytical skills and the ability to engage with multiple stakeholders. He/she will also be a proactive team player with a high level of cultural sensitivity.

Key selection criteria
1. Qualifications
Postgraduate qualification in relevant public health, public policy, health management, health economics or health research discipline.

2. Technical expertise
A minimum of 5 years’ experience in public health policy, research, planning, performance measurements and advocacy related work.
A broad knowledge of health surveillance, research, and communicable and non-communicable disease prevention and control.
Exceptional writing and reporting skills and experience in development and publishing communications materials in English for a variety of target audiences.
Sound organisational, coordination and project management skills with capacity to work autonomously to meet deadlines and produce team results.
Maturity, judgement and sensitivity in working with government protocols and corporate policies, clients and staff.

3. Language skills
Proficiency in English is required, with a working knowledge of French being an advantage.

4. Interpersonal skills and cultural awareness
Good interpersonal skills; a team player with the ability to network and work effectively in a multicultural setting.
Cultural sensitivity and a demonstrated  understanding of developing country environments; knowledge of  Pacific Island countries and territories is an advantage.

Moreinfo: http://www.spc.int/en/international-positions.html
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