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Noumea, New Caledonia


July 12, 2000

The search for a person to lead the Pacific Women's Resource Bureau (PWRB) at the Secretariat of the Pacific Community continues with the announcement this week that the position of Women's Development Adviser will be re-advertised.

The SPC selection committee for the position has worked through a long list of applicants since former PWRB Development Advisor Emele Duituturaga vacated the post at the end of March. In the initial application process, two people from a final short-list of three candidates withdrew their interest. It was felt the remaining candidate did not meet the level of project management experience required to best serve the region.

Applications for the re-advertised vacancy will close on August 31.

Pacific Youth Resource Bureau Director Tangata Vainerere is currently acting as head for the PWRB, which has a Noumea-based staff of three full time employees.

SPC Deputy Director General Yves Corbel says the selection committee went through a lengthy interviewing process, involving an exhaustive check of the backgrounds and experience of those interested.

He says it was clear there was no alternative but to recommend that the position be re-advertised. SPC's Director General Lourdes Pangelinan has endorsed that recommendation.

Going back to the advertising process has allowed the selection committee to fine-tune the job notice, as the search continues for a gender and development specialist to manage the Women's Bureau.

Now into its 18th year of assistance to the member countries of the SPC, the PWRB has a new focus on technical assistance and advice to assist the goals of equity and development for pacific women.

"We've been able to better define the management skills and experiences required for the position, and these will be reflected in the new job announcement," says Corbel.


Enquiries to:

Yves Corbel, Deputy Director-General Secretariat of the Pacific Community E-mail: Direct line: (687) 260.111

Copies of the job announcement can be viewed on the SPC website at 

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