JOB ANNOUCEMENT: GRAPHIC ARTIST

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JOB ANNOUCEMENT

SECRETARIAT OF THE PACIFIC COMMUNITY

GRAPHIC ARTIST

BACKGROUND

The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) is an independent intergovernmental agency providing technical advice, assistance, training and research in the service of the 22 Pacific Island countries and territories of Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia. It currently has a staff of more than 230. SPC is officially bilingual, with English and French being the working languages.

RESPONSIBLE TO: Manager, Publications Section.

Publications Section

The Graphic Artist is expected to work closely with other Publications staff, in particular with the Editors, the Layout Artist, the Layout Assistant and the SPC Printer, as well as with outside printers when necessary.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE

The following are essential:

SALARY AND ALLOWANCE

The starting salary will depend on experience and qualifications in the salary range: SDR 2,534 to 3,379 per month (which is equivalent to CFP 408,025 to 544,087 francs per month at the prevailing reference exchange rate of 1 SDR = CFP161.02 francs) in Grade I of the SPC Staff Classification and Salary Plan for Professional Staff based in Noumea, New Caledonia. It is expected that an offer of appointment for an initial contract would be made in the lower half of this range.

In addition, an Establishment Grant will be payable to non-residents of New Caledonia. Where appropriate, other allowances such as child and education allowances will be paid. SPC emoluments are not subject to income tax in New Caledonia at the present time. The international currency exchange rate at the time of writing is approximately USD 1.00 = 126 francs CFP, 1 Euro = CFP 119.33 francs.

TENURE

The appointment will be for a period of three years in the first instance, subject to a one-year probationary period. The contract may be renewed for a further three years subject to performance and continued funding availability.

DUTY STATION

Noumea, New Caledonia.

ACCOMMODATION

An SPC-owned house or flat will be made available with the staff member contributing 25% of the normal rental of the accommodation.

LEAVE

Leave will accrue at the rate of 25 working days per annum of active duty. For expatriate staff members, home leave fares are payable after 18 months of active duty service.

SICK LEAVE

Thirty working days per annum.

MEDICAL BENEFITS

The SPC’s Staff Medical Insurance reimburses doctors’ fees, cost of prescribed medicines, surgical and hospital costs, etc. up to certain percentages and limits. Supplementary medical insurance is available to increase these percentage reimbursements and limits.

PROVIDENT FUND

The appointee will be eligible for membership of the SPC’s Staff Provident Fund. Staff members contribute eight per cent of base salary to which SPC adds a matching contribution.

FARES AND REMOVAL EXPENSES

For an appointee recruited outside New Caledonia, air fares by the most direct and/or economic route for the appointee and recognised dependants, and reasonable removal expenses by sea of personal and household effects will be met by SPC on appointment and termination.

COMPUTING ENVIRONMENT

SPC has a standardised computing environment based on Microsoft Office running under Microsoft Windows.

SMOKE-FREE ENVIRONMENT

Smoking is not permitted in the work place.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES

SPC is an equal opportunities employer. Recruitment to SPC staff vacancies is based entirely on merit, but in cases where two shortlisted candidates are judged to be of equal rank by the Selection Committee, preference will be given to Pacific Island nationals.

ADDRESS

Applications should be addressed to the Director General, Secretariat of the Pacific Community, P.O. Box D5, Noumea Cedex, New Caledonia, to arrive by 15 November 2002. Applicants should provide full personal details, describe their qualifications and experience, and explain how these suit them for the specific requirements of the advertised position. Relevant previous appointments, present position and salary, and the names and addresses (including telephone, fax, e-mail contacts) of three referees should also be provided. Testimonials may be provided with the application, but are not necessary and will not be considered a substitute for confidential referee's reports, which will be commissioned directly by SPC.

Applications may alternatively, or additionally, be submitted by email to spc@spc.int, preferably in plain text or Rich Text Format (RTF).

More can be learned about SPC through the website http://www.spc.int

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