Director - Regional Rights Resource Team

SPC - Secretariat of the Pacific Community

Suva, Fiji

The Role

The Director – Regional Rights Resource Team (RRRT) has the following major responsibilities:

  • Strategic planning and policy – Ensure RRRT’s business plan, as endorsed, is completed every four years, with accurate and timely annual planning, and incorporation of country plans and activities; contribute to SPC policy and strategic development analysis, and to human rights initiatives at the national, regional and international level;
  • Manage multiple projects and donor contracts – Ensure all RRRT programmes and projects are implemented to a high standard and within financial parameters; ensure compliance with donor contracts; meet donor visibility requirements; mentor staff in programme cycle management;
  • Fundraising and resource mobilisation – Ensure that there is sufficient donor funding to meet programme objectives over a multi-year period and through a broader donor base; develop successful proposals based on careful research and excellent written communication skills; manage multiple portfolios and a range of donor contracts, ensuring that staff work and functions are supported; seek opportunities for shared work with other SPC programmes and divisions; ensure all project proposals are developed in line with SPC and RRRT strategic plans; develop strategic proposals for funding and core support;
  • Partnerships and representation – Establish and maintain donor relations and lead negotiations for resource mobilisation; maintain close relations with all donor and development partners; represent SPC and RRRT at national, regional and international forums;
  • People management – Ensure effective implementation of RRRT’s human resources plan through adherence to SPC staff policies; support the staff team in implementing the RRRT business plan and donor agreements, including by ensuring strong communication; monitor and support effective staff performance; monitor staff performance through the SPC performance development system;
  • Monitoring and evaluation (M&E) – Ensure that RRRT quarterly and six-monthly donor and other reporting is completed in a timely manner and to a high standard; ensure that adequate funding is provided for effective M&E functions across all aspects of RRRT; ensure that RRRT’s M&E plan is in line with SPC’s corporate framework;
  • Capacity building – Contribute to and promote internal learning, including new information and debates on topical human rights issues; provide training and mentoring to staff and partners on key human rights, management and strategic planning issues; contribute to and backstop RRRT staff efforts in relation to regional and national training, speeches and development of policy papers;
  • Leadership – Participate in and contribute to the SPC Senior Leadership Team; champion corporate policy and decision-making at the programme level; act as a leader on cross-organisational issues;
  • Integrated programming – Lead and actively promote integrated programming across the division and support rights-based development programming across the organisation; support and coordinate efforts with the newly established Strategic Programming Unit.

Please refer to the job description provided for more details about the key responsibilities of the role.

Key selection criteria


  • A Master’s degree in human rights law, development, sociology, or another relevant area related to human rights, such as gender studies.

Knowledge and experience

  • A minimum of 10 years of management experience in a similar role;
  • At least 15 years of project or programme experience in a social development field, such as gender, human rights, governance or law;
  • Proven experience of coordination and liaison with donors, governments and civil society;
  • Experience in the Pacific region and firm understanding of regional development challenges;
  • Proven track record in fundraising and proposal writing;
  • Strategic planning experience.

Essential skills

  • Solid understanding and experience in the field of international human rights law;
  • Excellent leadership and people management skills;
  • Strategic thinker with well-developed change and innovation skills;
  • Financial management skills and experience in successfully managing multiple projects;
  • Promotion of equity and equality;
  • Sound judgement.

Language skills

  • Excellent English communication skills (oral and written) with a working knowledge of French being an advantage.

Interpersonal skills and cultural awareness

  • 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.

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