Office Administrator

Sunday, September 10, 2023
  • Tonga-based position
  • Join the principal development organisation in the region



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 27 country and territory members. In pursuit of sustainable development to benefit Pacific people, our unique organisation works across more than 25 sectors. We are known for our knowledge and innovation in such areas as fisheries science, public health surveillance, geoscience, and conservation of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture.

The Polynesia Regional Office will lead on strengthening engagement and relationships with members towards better coordination, planning and delivery of regional programmes and services across the Polynesia sub-region. This includes strengthening integrated programming efforts and development of strategic approaches to country programming in Polynesian countries to increase sustainable development impacts and results for SPC members in particular progressing their Sustainable Development Goals. As part of programming, the work of PRO will also facilitate the harmonisation of approaches and contextualised models for programme execution in Polynesia.

The role – the Office Administrator will lead logistics coordination and support office administration responsibilities for PRO. This role will provide logistics support to PRO staff including the onboarding of new staff, engagement of consultants and SPC staff visiting PRO; events, trainings and convenings supports by PRO for SPC and its partners.


The key responsibilities of the role include the following:

Lead on administrative support for the PRO

  • Provide clerical & administrative support to the Regional Director for Polynesia, and the Programme and Operations Manager.
  • Provide logistical support for the PRO.
  • Ensure that all SPC vendors and suppliers are paid on time.
  • Maintain an up-to-date Register of Inward and Outward correspondences.
  • Assist with preparation of meeting papers and record minutes of meetings.                                                      

Support operations for PRO and SPC teams in Tonga

  • Make travel arrangements, input purchase orders in Navision for ticketing and where required for relevant activities.
  • Make accommodation reservations for official travels and inform staff accordingly.
  • Organise stationery orders and provision of stationery to staff members.                       
  • Provide customer service including the scheduling of appointments and maintaining calendars.                                                    
  • Schedule and coordinate staff meetings.                                  
  • Prepare communications, such as memos, emails, invoices, reports and other correspondence as required.
  • Create and maintain filing systems, both electronic and physical.

Provide liaison support across Government for PRO

  • Act as focal point for countries and diplomatic missions and other SPC stakeholders in Tonga.
  • Liaise with Tonga Immigration and Foreign Affairs.

Provide HR support for SPC staff in the PRO

  • Assist the HR team based in Noumea with induction tasks for incoming staff.
  • Support HR arranged meetings and other processes.
  • In coordination with the HR team in Noumea, provide PRO based employees with information on SPC staff rules and policies.

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

Key selection criteria


  • A relevant tertiary qualification in administration and office management or relevant discipline.

Technical expertise

  • At least 3-4 years-experience in in office management and programme administration.
  • Demonstrated organizational skills with ability to prioritise workload and complete work under deadlines.
  • Demonstrate ability to work effectively without constant supervision.
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully organize and assist with administrative and human resources related duties.
  • Experience with computer environment used in SPC including Windows and Microsoft Office.
  • Knowlege in project or other major donor administrative and financial procedures and reporting.
  • Understanding of financial management and accounting skills.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and ability to organize meetings, special events and to manage  unexpected developments with understanding, initiative and adaptability.
  • Ability to analyze and resolve problems in the daily operations of the office.
  • Driver’s license.

Language skills

  • Fluency (both written and spoken) in English is required.

Interpersonal skills and cultural awareness

  • A proactive and positive team player able to work effectively in a multicultural environment.
  • Knowledge of Pacific Island countries and territories is an advantage.

Salary, terms and conditions

Contract Duration – This position is budgeted for 3 years and is subject to renewal depending on performance and funding.

Remuneration – the Office Administrator is a Band 7 position in SPC’s 2023 salary scale, with a starting salary range of TOP 21,192 –26,490 per year, plus local staff benefits. An offer of appointment for an initial contract will be made in the lower half of this range, with due consideration being given to experience and qualifications. Progression within the salary scale will be based on annual performance reviews.

Benefits – SPC provides medical and life insurance for eligible employees and their eligible dependents. Employees are entitled to 25 days of annual leave and access to SPC’s Provident Fund (contributing 8% of salary, to which SPC adds a matching contribution). Tonga nationals employed by SPC in Tonga will be subject to income tax.

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

Recruitment principles – SPC’s recruitment is based on merit and fairness, and candidates are competing in a selection process that is fair, transparent and non-discriminatory. SPC is an equal-opportunity employer, and is committed to cultural and gender diversity, including bilinguism, and will seek to attract and appoint candidates who respect these values. Due attention is given to gender equity and the maintenance of strong representation from Pacific Island professionals.  If two interviewed candidates are ranked equal by the selection panel, preference will be given to the Pacific Islander. Applicants will be assured of complete confidentiality in line with SPC’s private policy.

Please note that applicants must be Tonga Nationals currently residing in the country, or hold the proper work permit for salaried employment there.

Application procedure

Closing date: 10 September 2023 – 11:00 pm (Noumea time)

Job Reference: CR000089

Applicants must apply online at

Hard copies of applications will not be accepted.

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

  • an updated resume with contact details for three professional referees
  • a cover letter detailing your skills, experience and interest in this position
  • responses to all screening questions

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

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

SPC does not charge a fee to consider 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. Please describe your experience working in a national or regional office.
  2. Explain how you would handle a situation where you were assigned multiple tasks by different team members?
  3. Briefly describe your experience in travel and logistics management/administration for fieldwork or workshops and identify three lessons learned.

Position Description

Type: Contract - Local

Category: Administration & Office Support

Reference ID: CR000089

Date Posted: 25/08/2023


Original Link: Office Administrator (

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