Programming, Design, and Learning Advisor

Secretariat of the Pacific Community, Noumea New Caledonia, New Caledonia

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
Above 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
31st July, 2020

Job Description

The role

Programming, Design and Learning Advisor will develop programmatic design approaches within SPC and with members, with a leadership role in strategic initiatives with divisions and programs managed from SPC’s Headquarters in Noumea. The incumbent will ensure that practices, lessons and methodologies from design and implementation are documented, and that documented lessons are used to inform future programs.

The key responsibilities of the role include the following:

  • Provide specialist technical advice to facilitate the design, inception, and ongoing learning from programmes with SPC and Members, including the Pacific Data Hub, the Pacific Community Centre for Oceans Science, Food Systems for Nutrition and Health, other strategic initiatives, in accordance with the integrated programming approach;
  • In collaboration with lead divisions, facilitate staff and stakeholder engagement in the designs of new programmes;
  • Support communication and resource mobilisation efforts for programme initiatives;
  • Develop new guidance tools for communities of practice, participatory workshops, learning events, and programming policies to iteratively absorb the programming design approach into all potential opportunities across SPC;
  • Effectively manage the “Funding with Intent” funding mechanism, to support the incubation and scale up of innovative activities, integrated programming and capacity development initiatives, and catalyse further resource mobilisation for programming initiatives;
  • Lead the design of the funding with intent funding windows, with an in initial focus on COVID response;
  • Manage stakeholder engagement in funding with intent;
  • Engage stakeholders and build support for SPC’s programming efforts, and ensure that methodologies, lessons and approaches are captured, and subsequently adopted across SPC;
  • Facilitate reflection processes across divisions and teams to ensure that lessons learnt and recommendations from the pilot inform the programming approach;
  • Contribute to reports for CRGA subcommittee;
  • Evaluate the value, potential improvements and scaling of programme design across SPC;
  • Create and facilitate learning spaces around programming through learning events to support integrated programming across the organisation;
  • Demonstrate leadership in linking SPC’s programming to SPC’s policy frameworks and key regional and global frameworks;
  • Ensure that program designs include people centred approaches;
  • Ensure that programs are linked to key regional and international frameworks;
  • Prepare frequent briefings to SPC senior leadership and executive;
  • For a more detailed account of the key responsibilities, please refer to the online job description.

Key selection criteria


  • Postgraduate degree (Masters level) in a specialized field such as international development, social change, geography, business administration, economics;
  • Certification in monitoring/ evaluation, project design, or project management.

Technical expertise

  • At least 10 years relevant experience in leading or advising on the development of programme/projects (with strong MEL focus);
  • Experience in multi-sector, integrated programmes, an understanding of social development programmes and projects, and a good knowledge of the project management cycle;
  • Relevant sectoral experience, including related to cross-cutting issues (climate change, resilience, gender and human rights);
  • Demonstrated experience of MEL systems and tools;
  • Financial acumen and experience in supporting the preparation of budgets;
  • Experience in an international organisation or NGO in the Pacific Region;
  • Advanced analytical skills and attention to details;
  • Strong computer skills (Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint).

Language skills

  • Fluent communication skills in English (both oral and writing skills);
  • Interpersonal skills and cultural awareness;
  • Cultural sensitivity and a demonstrated understanding of developing country environments;
  • Knowledge of Pacific Island countries and territories is an advantage.


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