The Pacific Community Job Vacancy: Editor - Suva, Fiji

The Pacific Community (SPC) invites applications for the position of Editor in its Operations and Management Directorate, located at its regional office in Suva, Fiji.

The Pacific Community is the principal scientific and technical organisation in the Pacific region, proudly 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 25 sectors, in such areas as fisheries science, public health surveillance, geoscience, and conservation of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture.

The Operations and Management Directorate provides organisational governance and support to SPC divisions and programmes in areas including administration, finance, human resources, ICT and knowledge management.

The role – The Editor is focused on producing high-quality technical, scientific and corporate publications that ensure the accessibility of the information and materials generated by SPC programmes, and accordingly protecting the organisation’s reputation and standing.

The position of Editor is responsible for:
  • Editing – Working with authors to ensure text (including scientific information) is worthy of publication, and meets corporate standards and policies. Structural editing of publications (print, digital and online) to improve their clarity, consistency and accuracy, and to ensure they meet the needs of target audiences. Copy editing and proofreading of documents.
  • Writing – Writing content for the bi-monthly SPC newsletter, in collaboration with the Director of Strategic Communication. Providing rapporteuring services for SPC corporate meetings and other meetings as required.
  • Project management – Overseeing the overall publication production process (including layout and graphic design, quotations, printing and distribution) in liaison with programmes and section staff/authors. Working with the Translation and Interpretation Section to ensure documents are translated as required. Liaising with freelance editors. Ensuring corporate requirements for information and knowledge management are met in relation to the distribution and archiving of publications. Project managing the collation and production of a new, bi-monthly, newsletter.
  • Editorial advice and guidance to staff Providing technical advice to programme staff in all SPC offices on the content and structure of publications, writing style and tone, choice of publishing format and medium, translation requirements and distribution. Assisting in developing and updating internal resource materials (e.g. style guide, author guidelines). Conducting writing and editorial training and other outreach sessions for SPC staff, as resources permit.
Key selection criteria

1. Qualifications
A university degree in preferably one or more of the specialised areas of SPC’s work programme.

2. Technical expertise
At least eight years’ experience in structural editing, copy-editing and proofreading of technical and scientific documents. Ability to edit a wide range of content (scientific reports and papers, technical manuals, brochures, newsletters, etc.) for various platforms. Experience in various publishing formats. Mastery of common electronic editorial tools, including Microsoft Word (track changes and versions functions). Sound knowledge of international publishing standards and practices. Working experience in the Pacific region and/or in development contexts would be an advantage.

3. Essential skills
Excellent communication and organisational skills, with an autonomous, self-motivated and conscientious approach to meeting work commitments. Ability to exercise sound professional judgement and to provide advice sensitively and constructively to authors. Ability to ensure that documents reflect awareness of Pacific Island cultures and organisational values. Ability to manage competing demands in a busy working environment.

4. Language skills
Excellent command of the English language, which must be the candidate’s main language. A working knowledge of French is an advantage, noting that as a bilingual organisation, we publish documents in both English and French.

5. Interpersonal skills and cultural awareness
Good interpersonal skills. 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. Knowledge of Pacific Island countries and territories is an advantage.

Salary, terms and conditionsContract duration - This position is budgeted for 3 years initially and may be renewed depending on available funding and performance.

Remuneration – The  Editor is a Band 10 position within SPC’s 2016 salary scale, with a starting salary range of SDR (special drawing rights) 2,403–3,003 per month, which converts to approximately FJD 7,064–8,830 (USD 3,340–4,175; EUR 3,038–3,797). 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; however, Fiji nationals employed by SPC in Fiji will be subject to income tax.

Application procedure

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 either Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF format.