NEW Legal Officer Mid level – Mid level SPC – Pacific Community Closing 28th of July Nouméa

  • Contract
  • Nouméa

SPC - Pacific Community

  • Noumea or Suva-based position
  • Attractive expatriate package
  • 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 role the Legal Officer will manage the flow of requests to the Legal Team, review procurement contracts and grant agreements, funding arrangements, letters of agreement, memorandums of understanding and other legal documents as required, and provide legal advice on these matters to SPC.


The key responsibilities of the role include the following:

  • Manage the daily flow of legal assistance requests received. This includes recording requests, filing emails and documents in dedicated folders, acknowledging receipt, allocating requests within the team according to complexity and rigorously managing a response timetable in line with the team’s priorities.
  • Draft and review procurement, grants and other contracts, as well as letters of agreement, memorandums of understanding and templates to protect SPC and minimize risk while adhering to the principles of international administrative law and taking into account the domestic law as it impacts SPC’s operations. Provide legal advice to divisions on legal issues that arise in the preparation of the contracts.
  • Builds strong collaborative relationships internally throughout SPC and with external stakeholders.
  • Contributes to governance and corporate services improvements, especially procurement and grant reforms.
  • Provides outreach, education and training and raises awareness of SPC’s governance framework, legal obligations and responsibilities to SPC staff.

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


Key selection criteria


  • Advanced university degree in international law or related area.
  • Meets the professional requirements to practice law in one or more jurisdictions of an SPC member country.

Technical expertise

  • At least 2 years PQE in providing legal advice on governance, organizational or international law issues or contracts.
  • Excellent legal analytical skills.

Language skills

  • Fluency in English (and for a Noumea based role, French also).
  • Excellent verbal and written communication and negotiation skills.

Interpersonal skills and cultural awareness

  • Knowledge of Pacific Island countries and territories is an advantage.


Salary, terms and conditions

Contract Duration – This vacant position is budgeted for 6 months.

Remuneration – The Legal Officer is a Band 8 position in SPC’s 2024 salary scale.

For a Noumea based position a starting salary range of 2,912–3,544 SDR (special drawing rights) per month, which currently converts to approximately XPF 430,728–524,172 (USD 3,873–4,713; EUR 3,609–4,393). SPC salaries are not presently subject to income tax in New Caledonia.

For a Suva based position – a starting salary range of SDR (special drawing rights) 2,044-2,555 per month, which converts to approximately FJD 6,091–7,614 (USD 2,719–3,398; EUR 2,534–3,167).

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 for international staff employees – SPC provides housing allowance (or subsidised housing in Noumea) and will reimburse excess accompanied luggage of up to two additional bags. Airfares, medical and life insurance are available for eligible employees. Employees are entitled to 25 days of annual leave per year of contract and access to SPC’s Provident Fund (contributing 8% of salary, to which SPC adds a 10% contribution).

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 begiven to the Pacific Islander. Applicants will be assured of complete confidentiality in line with SPC’s private policy.


Application procedure

Closing date: 28 July 2024 – 11:00 pm (Noumea time)

Job Reference: CR000242

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 in reviewing and providing legal advice on contracts, MOUs, and Letters of Agreement and other such agreements.
  2. What do you see as the main legal challenges for an intergovernmental organisation like SPC?
  3. Please describe your experience to working with people from diverse and linguistic backgrounds.

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