Finance and Administration Assistant


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) 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 role – Finance and Administration Assistant will be responsible for supporting the administrative and financial delivery of a range of LRD projects in accordance with SPC and Donor requirements. Responsibilities include support for project accounting, audit, financial monitoring, procurement and grants services, financial acquittals and general administration

The key responsibilities of the role include:

Financial and procurement support services

  • Support the delivery of financial and procurement reports using SPC financial systems.
  • Monitor project expenditure against approved budget monthly.
  • Ensure financial transactions and project procurements comply with SPC’s Financial and Procurement guidelines.
  • Facilitate all project cash advances where required and follow up on related acquittals.
  • Facilitate sub-receipt grants to countries and ensure that quarterly sub-recipient acquittals are received and processed in system.

Travel and Logistics Management

  • Manage travel requirements for staff, including liaising with travel agents on itinerary and tickets.
  • Ensure travel is budgeted for and in line with work plan.
  • Support the development of budgets for regional workshops and field travel needs.
  • Provide facilitation and logistical support to Regional and National workshops, including securing workshop venues, accommodation and other services.

Administration and Operations Support

  • Manage day-to-day administration and operations work.
  • Manage and monitor project filing systems, including the archiving and backup of project documents, information, and data in a format suitable for supporting mid-term and terminal evaluations.

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

Key selection criteria


  • A degree in accounting, finance or business administration.

Technical expertise

  • At least 5 years of experience in project finance and administration.
  • Demonstrated experience in donor project finance and administration.
  • Demonstrated experience in financial audit administration.
  • Sound experience in logistics management inclusive of travel for workshops and training programs.

Language skills

  • Excellent English communication skills (oral and written).

Interpersonal skills and cultural awareness

  • Ability to work in a multicultural, inclusive and equitable environment.

Salary, terms and conditions

Contract Duration – Until 31 December 2024 – subject to renewal depending on funding and performance.

Remuneration – The Finance and Administration Assistant is a band 7 position in SPC’s 2024 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.

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

How to apply

Application procedure

Closing Date – 7 April 2024 at 11:59pm (Fiji time)

Job Reference: JM000629

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 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.

Only Fijian citizens are eligible to apply for this role.

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 (maximum of 2,000 characters per question):

  1. Identify one high value procurement challenge you have faced in your current line of work and explain how it was resolved.
  2. Accurate financial data is important for reporting purposes. Can you explain one method you have used that has effectively ensured the correctness of data for reporting purposes?
  3. SPC carried out a lot of regional workshops as part of our work portfolio. What are 2 risks and solutions you can identify from arranging a workshop for multiple external participants?

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