Director, Human Resources

The Pacific Community (SPC) Noumea, New Caledonia

About the Pacific Community

The Pacific Community (SPC) is recognised for scientific and technical expertise and how they apply their expertise in responding to the specific development needs of their members.

The Pacific Community has a strong comparative advantage in bringing a multi-disciplinary approach to addressing some of the region’s most complex development challenges, including climate change, disasters, non-communicable diseases, gender equality, youth employment, food and water security, and biosecurity for trade.

They recognise programmes and services need to consider the changing development landscape at national, regional, and global levels. As a key institution in the regional architecture of organisations supporting the Pacific, The Pacific Community's programmes are designed to reflect the strategic direction set out in the Framework for Pacific Regionalism, the regional priorities identified in the SAMOA Pathway (Small Island Developing States Accelerated Modalities of Action) and the commitments in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The SDGs reflect many of The Pacific Community members’ national development priorities, in addition to myriad global and regional frameworks and multilateral agreements. Their activities, therefore, reflect regional and global trends.

Much of The Pacific Community's focus is on major cross-cutting issues, such as climate change, disaster risk management, food security, gender equality, human rights, non-communicable diseases, and youth employment. Using a multi-sector approach in responding to our members’ development priorities, we draw upon skills and capabilities from around the region and internationally and support the empowerment of Pacific communities and sharing of expertise and skills between countries and territories.

You can find further details on the website http://www.spc.int

Director, Human Resources Role Profile

The Director, Human Resources will be responsible for developing and implementing strategic and operational human resources management initiatives, recruitment, organisational health and safety, and effective and efficient human resources support to SPC’s divisions, programmes, and sections.
The key responsibilities of the role include the following:
  1. Provide strategic leadership and management that ensures effective service delivery of human resources services.
    • HR staff are managed and supervised to achieve objectives and create an environment that promotes high performance, collaboration, staff development, and succession planning.
    • The structure of the HR Department is adapted and modified as need requires.
    • SPC’s recruitment needs, and priorities are identified, and appropriate strategies are implemented in conjunction with the recruitment team and hiring managers.
    • Implementation of appropriate conditions of service and entitlements is ensured, and changes are proposed as required.
    • SPC-wide staff development and career support needs are identified and analysed.
    • Performance management advice is provided to both staff and management.
  2. Identify, plan for, and implement strategic opportunities to improve and develop SPC human resources functions.
    • Strategic planning occurs for the Human Resources Department, linking objectives with the OMD business plan and the SPC strategic plan.
    • Risks within human resources projects and infrastructure are identified and mitigated.
    • Opportunities for synergies and systems improvements are identified and acted upon.
    • Staff Regulations and Manual of Staff Policies are updated and implemented equitably across all locations to meet the evolving needs of SPC.
    • Human resources functions, including HR advice, are delivered efficiently and effectively.
  3. Ensure that Human Resources Department is well managed financially, services are cost recovered as appropriate, and resources are directed to SPC priorities.
    • Human resources budget is effectively managed, and resources are allocated to internal priorities.
    • Cost recovery is implemented for relevant human resources functions.
  4. Provide advice to the Executive and work closely with other members of the SLT, CROP agencies, and other internal stakeholders to implement the system and process improvements.
    • Relationships with the Executive and SLT are robust.
    • Timely and comprehensive advice is provided on key issues that pose significant risks to SPC.
    • Excellent working relationships with other CROP agencies are built and maintained.
  5. Ensure HR’s compliance with all SPC’s legal obligations as an intergovernmental organization, build SPC’s compliance with service-specific policies, and build the capacity of those responsibilities across SPC.
    • Staff Regulations, Manual of Staff Policies are implemented to build SPC’s compliance with intergovernmental organisation standards in human resources.
    • Procedures are developed and implemented to align with SPC’s obligations.
    • SPC’s adherence to and understanding of the Manual of Staff Policies improve, and policies are applied equitably in all locations.
    • HR Department contributes to regular reporting.
  6. Lead SPC’s Health and Safety function in identifying, planning, and implementing Health & Safety initiatives that enhance SPC’s commitment and adherence to Health & Safety strategy, policies, and processes.
    • Strategic planning occurs for the Health and Safety function, linking objectives with the SPC strategic plan and divisional health& safety requirements.
    • Health and Safety risks are identified and mitigated.
    • Opportunities for improvements in health & safety culture and corrective action are identified and acted upon.
    • Health and safety policies and guidelines are updated and implemented and harmonised across locations.
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in human resources management, business or public administration, or other relevant fields.Technical expertise
  • At least 18 years of progressively responsible experience in human resources management at the Bachelor level, or at least 15 years of progressively responsible experience in human resources management at the Master level.
  • Demonstrated experience with strategic planning, financial management, and linking services to business strategies and objectives.
  • Demonstrated experience in driving human resources improvements, streamlining, and integrating systems in a complex environment.
  • Excellent leadership, change management, and staff management skills.
  • Significant experience in providing advice on complex employee relations issues and developing human resources policies, particularly in an international civil service environment.
  • Excellent written and oral communication and negotiation skills.
Language skills
  • English and French are the working languages of the Pacific Community. For the post advertised, fluency in either English or French (both oral and written) is required with an excellent command of the other working language highly desirable.
Interpersonal skills and cultural awareness
  • Demonstrated cultural sensitivity and awareness and the ability to effectively work with team members from different cultural backgrounds.
How to Apply:
If you wish to be considered for this position, please complete the Application Form below on or before  28 April 2021. All information will be treated in the strictest confidence as we pride ourselves on our professional service.

If you have an initial query rather than an application, kindly email us at [email protected]

SRI Executive is exclusively retained by SPC to undertake this assignment.

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