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Programme Officer (Private Sector Development)

Suva, Fiji


The Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat


The Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (Forum Secretariat) is the region’s premier political and economic policy organisation, with a vision of helping to create a region of peace, harmony, security, social inclusion and prosperity, so that all Pacific people can lead free, healthy, and productive lives.


The international organisation works to achieve this vision by fostering cooperation between governments, collaboration with international agencies, and by representing the interests of its members - including directly engaging with community members in order to identify pressing needs of the region.


The work of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS) is guided by the 2050 Strategy as:


“Our opportunity to engage with and shape the most significant dynamics and influences on our region, in order to secure our long-term wellbeing and prosperity. Through the Strategy, we will ensure we are resilient and ‘future-ready’ by being able to anticipate, prepare for and respond to hazardous climate events, geopolitical and security trends, and other unanticipated shocks.”


The 2050 Strategy is underpinned by the Blue Pacific narrative, endorsed by Forum Leaders in Samoa in 2017, which calls for a long-term regional commitment to act as one “Blue Continent” as the means to achieve its development aspirations. The Leaders vision was that it would serve as the platform to reinforce and inspire the region in its shared stewardship of the Pacific Ocean, and to reaffirm the connections of Pacific peoples with their natural resources, environment, culture and livelihoods.


PIFS is an Employer of Choice in the region, aiming to recruit and employ staff based on merit and organisational needs, and ensures that employment selection upholds its values and commitment to Forum membership, gender balance and building a diverse and inclusive organisation. PIFS is committed to achieving gender balance and being fully representative of our member countries.  Our workforce is currently over 50% female and we have representatives from twelve of the eighteen Forum member countries. 


To achieve greater workforce representation from our member countries we strongly encourage applicants from the following countries to apply: Federated States of Micronesia, French Polynesia, Nauru, Niue, New Caledonia and Palau.


The Opportunity


The Forum Secretariat is looking for a Programme Officer (Private Sector Development) to join the team in Suva, Fiji. Recognising the severe economic impact of COVID-19 on the region’s private sector, this role will play a critical part in supporting the economic recovery efforts of Member States. The officer will report to the Director Programmes & Initiatives and assist in providing technical support and advice to Forum Member Countries, with a focus on the private sector, in accessing market access opportunities from a range of trade agreements including SPARTECA, PICTA, PACER Plus and WTO Agreements as well as through the Pacific Trade and Invest (PTI) network. 


  To facilitate the above, the incumbent will be responsible for:

  • Responding quickly and effectively to requests from Executive and Member Countries for the provision of advice, correspondence, briefings, media statements and reporting;
  • Coordinating and organising private sector related meetings, workshops and training seminars including preparation of meeting and workshop papers and materials;
  • Providing technical and policy advice, as well as capacity building support on private sector issues, either directly or through consultants, development partners or other counterparts for the promotion of private sector development opportunities for the benefit of Member States;
  • Monitoring and reporting on mandates from Forum Ministers and Leaders; and
  • Developing and delivering work programs and budgets, and prepare periodic reports according to the Secretariat’s requirements.


The Secretariat seeks a strategic and proficient individual with a university degree (Bachelor’s degree or equivalent) in the fields of Business Administration, Commerce, Economics, Marketing or similar) with at least 5 years relevant work experience dealing with trade and economic research, private sector development and related policy issues in Forum Island Countries or in a similar environment. Candidate with strong analytical skills and understanding of challenges faced by the private sector in the Pacific region and understanding of broader development and sectoral issues (social, gender, etc) would be an advantage.


The Benefits


The appointment carries a competitive remuneration and benefits package including medical and life insurance. The starting salary will be in the range of SDR 31,020 to SDR 34,897 per annum. At the 1 June 2022 exchange rate this salary range was equivalent to FJD90,968 to FJD102,337. For non-Fijian nationals, this salary may be tax-free.  To be eligible for this position, the applicant must be a national of a Forum member country*. Applicants must be willing to travel periodically via economy class.

Interested applicants are encouraged to apply through our website: www.forumsec.org where an information package containing the job description and remuneration details is also available. Candidates must include in either their application or Curriculum Vitae the full contact details of three referees.  The Forum Secretariat is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Deadline for applications is at 5pm (Fiji time), 19 August 2022.


Member States of the Pacific Islands Forum: Australia, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, French Polynesia, Kiribati, Nauru, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu.





Type: Contract - International

Category: Trades & Services

Reference ID: LN000021

Date Posted: 25/07/2022