Team Leader – Large Scale Assessment
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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 26 country and territory members. In pursuit of sustainable development to benefit Pacific people, our organisation works across more than 20 sectors. We are known for our knowledge and innovation in such areas as fisheries science, public health, geoscience, and conservation of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture.
The vision of the Educational Quality and Assessment Programme (EQAP) is to be ‘The agency for educational quality in the Pacific region’. Its mission is to enhance the quality of education and training for Pacific learners so they realise the benefits of lifelong learning. EQAP seeks to promote the following core values within the context of SPC’s corporate values:
- a culture of quality;
- a culture of continuous improvement;
- cultural and political sensitivity;
- respect for the autonomy and priorities of the education system in each Pacific Island country and territory (PICT); and
- assimilation of the expressed needs of countries in its delivery of technical services.
The Team Leader - Large Scale Assessment will manage and lead the Pacific Islands Numeracy and Literacy Assessment (PILNA) program as an integrated work unit within EQAP, ensuring the delivery of high-quality services to member countries as guided by the current, and future strategic plans. The key responsibilities of the role include:
- Strategic leadership of the PILNA integrated work unit and contribution to the strategic leadership of EQAP towards achieving key deliverables as articulated in the business plan.
- Leadership of the integrated work unit ensuring a highly effective team works cohesively and adheres to best practice as evidenced by high quality service provided to member countries.
- Management of PILNA project work including financial controls and practices ensure accountability and transparency, that link directly to professional input and benefits for member countries as per the work of the integrated team.
- Professional services provided by the section to member countries, other EQAP initiatives and to broader SPC are consistently of high quality and link with measurable impact upon the quality of education in the Pacific.
For a more detailed account of the key responsibilities, please refer to the job description provided.
Key selection criteria
- Master’s degree in education
Knowledge and experience
- At least 5 years teaching experience
- At least 5 years’ experience in: managing wide scale national or international assessment
- Knowledge of education particularly in educational assessment as well as in wide scale assessment
- Experience in building teamwork, initiative and ability to adhere to strict deadlines
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with a high standard of written and spoken English
- Project management experience
- Excellent English communication skills (oral and written) with a working knowledge of French being an advantage
Interpersonal skills and cultural awareness
- Ability to work in a multicultural, inclusive and equitable environment
Salary, terms and conditions
Contract Duration – Until 30 June 2024
Due to the current travel restrictions caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic, and the priority SPC places on its staff safety, health and well-being, please note that there may be delays in taking up the appointment. These matters will be discussed thoroughly with successful candidates. In most cases, any appointment and on-boarding would only commence when relocation to the duty station is permitted.
Remuneration – The Team Leader – Large Scale Assessment is a Band 11 position in SPC’s 2021 salary scale, with a starting salary range of 3,015‒3,769 SDR (special drawing rights) per month, which currently converts to approximately FJD 8,986–11,233 (USD 4,161–5,202; EUR 3,721–4,652). 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. Remuneration of expatriate SPC staff members is not subject to income tax in Fiji; Fiji nationals employed by SPC in Fiji will be subject to income tax.
Benefits for international employees based in Fiji – SPC provides a housing allowance of FJD 1,350–3,000 per month. Establishment and relocation grant, removal expenses, airfares, home leave, medical and life insurance and education allowances are available for eligible employees and their recognised dependents. Employees are entitled to 25 days of annual leave and 30 days of sick leave per annum, and access to SPC’s Provident Fund (contributing 8% 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 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.
How to apply:
Closing Date – 18 February 2021 at 11:45pm Fiji time
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
- contact details for three professional referees
- a cover letter detailing your skills, experience and interest in this position
- responses to all screening questions
Please ensure your documents are in Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF format.
Applicants should not attach copies of qualifications or letters of reference. These documents may be requested at a later stage.
For international staff in Fiji, only one foreign national per family can be employed with an entity operating in Fiji at any one given time. The Pacific Community does not support dual spouse employment.
Please ensure that you respond to all the screening questions. If you do not respond to the screening questions, your application will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed at shortlisting stage.
Describe your approach to managing a complex project including the tools and strategies you use.
What do you feel are the two biggest challenges to successful administration of a regional large-scale assessment program in the Pacific and why are they significant?
In your view, what is the value of regional large-scale assessment and who does it add value for?
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