Director – Educational Quality and Assessment Programme

SPC, Suva, Fiji

Skill Required:, Education AdvisingProject/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
3rd October, 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 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 role – Director – Educational Quality and Assessment Programme (EQAP) will manage the work of the Educational Quality and Assessment Programme ensuring the delivery of high-quality services to member countries, the region and SPC. The role will be guided by the EQAP Business Plan as endorsed by the CRGA subcommittee known as the PBEQ and the SPC strategic plan.

The key responsibilities of the role include:

  • Strategic Planning, Policy and Programming Advice
  • Leadership and People Management
  • Program Management
  • Stakeholder Engagement and Relationship Management
  • Support to Senior Leadership of SPC
  • For a more detailed account of the key responsibilities, please refer to the job description provided.

Key selection criteria


  • Postgraduate (Masters level) in an educational field covered by the EQAP mandate

Knowledge and experience

  • Wide knowledge of education particularly in educational assessment as well as in the other fields covered by the EQAP mandate
  • Extensive management experience at a state or national level within an education assessment system
  • At least 10 years teaching experience
  • At least 5 years’ experience in:
  • State/national or international assessment and at least one of: State /national curriculum development or; teacher training or; educational policy development
  • At least 10 years of demonstrated senior management experience, including in personnel, project and financial management

Essential skills

  • Highly developed leadership and planning skills
  • Demonstrated ability to network, communicate and represent effectively at national, regional and international levels
  • Knowledge of key global and regional frameworks and plans for education

Language skills

  • Excellent English communication skills (oral and written) with a working knowledge of French being an advantage


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