Technical assistance

Pacific Islands Public Health Professional (Surveillance, Preparedness and Response Program) – New Caledonia (France)

The Pacific Community (SPC) is inviting applications for the position of Pacific Islands Public Health Professional (Surveillance, Preparedness and Response Program) within its Public Health Division. This position will be located at the Nouméa headquarters in New Caledonia.

The description

The Pacific Community is the leading science and technology organization in the Pacific region, proudly supporting development since 1947. We are an international development organization owned and governed by our 27 member countries and territories. In pursuit of sustainable development for the benefit of Pacific people, our unique organization works across more than 25 sectors. We are renowned for our knowledge and innovation in areas such as fisheries science, public health surveillance, geosciences and the conservation of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture.

The Public Health Division (PHD) helps its members develop healthier Pacific Island communities by providing assistance in public health surveillance and in the prevention and control of communicable and non-communicable diseases. The main objective of the division is to provide scientific and technical assistance and to support the implementation of plans and programs in member countries and territories. The main objective of all PHD activities is to promote the health and well-being of the population, to help communities prevent disease and restore and / or maintain health, and to reduce inequalities in health. health. The PHD is primarily concerned with the improvement and protection of public (population) health rather than the provision of individual treatment services. PHD comprises three programs: Surveillance, Preparedness and Response (SPR), Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs); and Clinical Services (CS).

The role – The Pacific Islands Public Health Professional (SPRP) will have the following main responsibilities:

Strengthen epidemic intelligence system and maintain epidemic intelligence databases

  • Assist in the regional SPR program outbreak intelligence system that supports timely notification of outbreak and emerging alerts in the Pacific
  • Assist in screening and filtering selected media and other sources of event-based monitoring information each day to collect raw signal data/information
  • Assist in collecting data/information on potential health signals/events from routine indicator-based surveillance reports
  • Assist in updating the online interactive map and static map on outbreak and emerging alerts in the Pacific
  • Maintain and update Epidemic Intelligence databases throughout the epidemic intelligence process

Analyze data and produce reports or publications

  • Assist in providing accurate summaries and analyzes of information on outbreaks and circulation of communicable diseases in the region
  • Assistance in writing scientific articles, annual reports and publications

Contribute to the development of capacities in field epidemiology and operational research

  • Provide assistance in the delivery of the capacity development program on field epidemiology and operational research
  • Contribute to operational research activities within the SPR program, including conducting literature reviews and writing study protocols

Provide information and communication support

  • Assist in the production of data visualization products for program publications/communications
  • Assist in writing topic messages, advisories and other communications for PacNet and internal SPC distribution
  • Assist with presentations made at regional or international conferences and forums
  • Support risk communication activities for PICTs
  • Assist with updates and maintenance of PPHSN website content

For a more detailed account of the main responsibilities, please refer to the online job description.

Main selection criteria

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  • Only applicants from Pacific Island countries are eligible.
  • Applicants must be employed in a Pacific Public Health Service or a recognized NGO working in public health in a Pacific Island country.


  • University degree or equivalent in public health, epidemiology or other relevant scientific discipline.

Technical expertise

  • At least three years of direct relevant experience in the Pacific Islands health sector.
  • Applied skills in public health surveillance.
  • Knowledge and understanding of epidemic-prone diseases and ability to analyze trends.
  • Experience managing, updating and maintaining databases with large datasets.
  • Experience in data analysis software.
  • Experience in writing articles and reports.
  • Experience and skills in delivering training, preferably related to public health.
  • Experience in producing information and data visualization products.

Language skills

  • Fluency in English is required, with a working knowledge of French being an advantage.

Interpersonal skills and cultural sensitivity

  • A team player, with the ability to network and work effectively in a multicultural environment.
  • Knowledge of Pacific Island countries and territories is an asset.

Salary, terms and conditions

Terms: Only applicants who are nationals and residents of Pacific Island countries are eligible. Applicants must be employed or contracted by a Pacific public health agency or recognized NGO working in public health in a Pacific island country.

** Letter of Endorsement – ** A signed letter from the employer, stating that they agree to release the candidate for the attachment and that the position will be filled for the candidate to return upon termination of the attachment with SSC must be provided before an appointment can be finalized.

Start date required – The position is to be filled from January 2023 and the appointment is not renewable beyond 364 days.

Remuneration – The Pacific Islands Public Health Professional (SPRP) is a Band 8 position on the SPC 2022 salary scale, with a salary of 2,850 SDR (Special Drawing Rights) per month, which currently equates to approximately 408,167 XPF (4,076 USD; 3,420 EUR ). SPC salaries are not currently subject to income tax in New Caledonia.

Advantages SPC provides subsidized accommodation in Noumea, a settlement grant, round-trip airfare, and reimbursement for accompanied excess baggage up to two additional pieces of baggage. Employees are entitled to: 25 days of annual leave and 30 days of sick leave per year; medical and life insurance; and access to the CPS provident fund (contribution of 8% of salary to which CPS adds a matching contribution).

We encourage all eligible candidates to apply, but please note that since this is a special short-term contract, the full list of benefits included in other types of international contracts is not available. Nominees may bring their families, but all additional travel, insurance, education, accommodation and other additional expenses will be their responsibility.

Languages – SPC’s working languages ​​are English and French.

Recruitment principles – SPC’s recruitment is based on merit and fairness, and candidates compete through a fair, transparent and non-discriminatory selection process. The SPC is a equal opportunity employer, and is committed to cultural and gender diversity, including bilingualism, and will seek to attract and appoint candidates who uphold these values. Particular attention is paid to gender equity and maintaining a strong representation of Pacific Island professionals. Applicants will be assured of complete confidentiality in accordance with SPC’s Privacy Policy.

How to register

Application procedure

Closing Date: December 14, 2022 – 11:00 p.m. Nouméa time

Position reference: SH000215

Applicants should apply online at

Hard copies of applications will not be accepted.

For your application to be considered, you must provide us with:

  • an updated curriculum vitae with the contact details of three professional referees
  • a cover letter detailing your skills, experience and interest in this position
  • answers to all selection questions

Your application will be considered incomplete and will not be considered at the pre-selection stage if all the above documents are not provided. Applicants should not attach copies of qualifications or reference letters.

Please ensure that your documents are in Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF format.

SPC does not charge a fee to review your application and will never ask for your banking or financial information during the recruitment process.

Screening questions (maximum of 2,000 characters per question):

  1. Describe your experience in public health surveillance, from collection and dissemination of data and information, through data analysis and database management?
  2. Describe your experience in delivering trainings or other capacity building initiatives
  3. Describe your experience in the production of information and data visualization products, risk communication and website maintenance