Social Citizenship Education Officer – Vanuatu, Port Vila, Vanuatu At Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC)


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 unique 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 Human Rights and Social Development Division – For over 20 years SPC has operated as the region’s pioneer in human rights and gender capacity building to Pacific states, institutions and civil society. Through a team of regional advisors and Country Focal Officers (CFOs) based in member states, it provides a comprehensive suite of policy and legislative advice, technical assistance and capacity building to support Pacific states to respond effectively to priority regional human rights priorities, such as gender equality, ending violence against women and children, disability rights, climate change and equitable, sustainable development.

The role – the Social Citizenship Education Officer – Vanuatu will provide support, coordination, monitoring and facilitation of government and SPC’s formal and informal education work at the national level.

The key responsibilities of the role include the following: Country Plan Implementation

  •  In consultation with host Ministry and other relevant stakeholders, develops results-focussed, strategic, accurate and realistic annual and six-month work plans, M & E plan and budget.
  •  Ensures effective implementation of activities and programs in the annual work plan.
  •  Maintains accurate financial records.
  •  Communicates with the MOET Supervisor on a weekly basis to plan work, implement and providing regular feedback.
  •  Provides monthly reports of work to the MOET and HRSD Supervisors.
  •  Supports SPC Pacific Partnership EVAWG project activities at the country level.

Training and capacity building

  •  Coordinates in-country capacity development programs for pilot schools.
  •  Delivers, with Suva staff and Country Focal Officer, capacity building programmes for schools and school communities.
  •  Plans and implements appropriate training methodologies for child and adult learners.

Providing Technical Assistance and Advice

  •  Provides advice and technical assistance (TA) to Host Ministry/Department of Education.
  •  Provides coordination and TA to education committees working on the integration of human rights and gender equality education in schools.
  •  Identifies national education sector human rights and gender equality capacity needs through research, consultations and monitoring data.

Networking and Partnership

  •  Represents SPC effectively at national, regional and international forums.
  •  Shares information on Pacific Partnership EVAWG project progress and outcomes with key stakeholders.
  •  Establishes, strengthens and supports partnerships that advance Human Rights and Social Development Division and Pacific Partnership EVAWG project objectives at national, regional and international levels.

Monitoring & Evaluation

  •  Identifies and documents success stories, case studies and outcomes of Pacific Partnership EVAWG project.
  •  Researches and maintains up-to-date data on core national educational priorities.
  •  Contributes to design and implementation of effective M & E system for country work using both qualitative and quantitative indicators.

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

Key selection criteria


  •  Tertiary qualifications from a recognized university in education, social and gender analysis or development.

Technical expertise

  •  At least five years’ experience working in the fields of formal education, community development, training and assessment, monitoring and evaluation in Vanuatu.
  •  Good knowledge of Vanuatu and an understanding of education and broader development challenges in the country and region.
  •  Proven ability to work independently.
  •  Proven experience in report writing, analysis, financial and narrative project reporting.
  •  Basic accounting and financial literacy skills.
  •  Basic computer literacy.

Language skills

  •  Competency and fluency in the English and Bislama languages.

Interpersonal skills and cultural awareness

  •  A proactive and positive team player able to work effectively in a multicultural environment

Salary, terms and conditions

Contract Duration – This position is budgeted for 3 years and is subject to renewal depending on performance and funding.

Remuneration – The Social Citizenship Education Officer – Vanuatu is a Band 7 position in SPC’s 2023 salary scale, with a salary range of VUV 166,912-208,639 per month. An offer of appointment for an initial contract will be made in the lower half of this range, with due consideration being given to experience and qualifications. Progression within the salary scale will be based on annual performance reviews.

Benefits – SPC provides medical and life insurance for eligible employees and their eligible dependents. Employees are entitled to 25 days of annual leave and access to SPC’s Provident Fund (contributing 4% 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 bilinguism, 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 private policy.

Please note that applicants must be Vanuatu Nationals currently residing in the country, or hold the proper work permit for salaried employment there.

Application procedure

Closing date: 25 June 2023 – 11:00 pm Port Vila time

Job Reference: SH000328

Applicants must apply online at

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.

Screening questions:

  •  Why do you think teaching about human rights and responsibilities, gender equality and ending violence against women and girls in schools is important for Vanuatu?
  •  Prepare an outline of a 3-day training program on ending violence and women and girls for teachers of a school in Vanuatu. Prepare a corresponding budget for the training and the resource and other materials you will require
  •  Financial and narrative reporting are an integral part of this position. Please explain your previous experience of both types of reporting, and how you ensure that reporting is done on time and a quality report produced.

Position Description

Type: Contract – Local

Category: Human Rights

Reference ID: SH000328

Date Posted: 06/06/2023



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