Seed Systems Specialist

Pacific Community, Fiji

Skill Required:, Monitoring and Evaluation
Preferred Experience: 
Above 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
27th May, 2020

Job Description


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 Land Resources Division (LRD) provides advice, technical assistance, research and training support to Pacific Island countries and territories on all aspects of agriculture and forestry. This includes plant protection, conservation, plant genetic resources, animal health and production, agroforestry, biosecurity and trade facilitation, and sustainable systems for agriculture, forestry and land management. This work has two objectives: improved food and nutritional security, and resilient communities. The division’s services are provided through seven technical/thematic teams: Animal Health and Production; Plant Health; Biosecurity and Trade Facilitation; Forest and Agriculture Diversification; Crop Production and Extension; Genetic Resources; and Forests and Trees.

The role – Seed Systems Specialist is responsible for the provision of strategic and technical support for the development, implementation and operationalisation of an effective seed systems program, and will lead the management of the Pacific Seed for Life programme (PS4L). This role will establish a strong functional link with the Centre for Pacific Crops and Trees (CePaCT) to ensure conservation and use of crop genetic resources are intrinsically connected. The Specialist will also be operationalising SPC’s strategy to enhance the Pacific Community’s adaptation to climate change and reduce the impact of the burden of non-communicable diseases by increasing of choice in healthy food systems to the Pacific region.

The key responsibilities of the role include:

  • Strategic and policy advice
  • Scientific and technical advice
  • Coordination and partnership support
  • Finance and reporting
  • For a more detailed account of the key responsibilities, please refer to the job description provided.

Key selection criteria


  • Post-graduate degree in a relevant field such as agriculture, economics, development studies, climate change or forestry

Knowledge and experience

  • At least 10 years of experience managing donor funded programme/projects related to agriculture development in developing countries
  • Knowledge and experience on seed systems and seed development work

Essential skills

  • Budget management skills
  • Ability to build and maintain professional, client-focused relationships and mutually beneficial partnerships
  • Negotiation skills
  • Creative thinker with ability to take initiative


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