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Call for Expression of Interest:

Project Officer

Terms of Reference (TOR)


Position: Project Officer

Location: Remote, home-based (must have a fast reliable internet connection and access to teleconference equipment and software). 

Organisation: Pacific Islands Climate Action Network (PICAN)

Contract Type: Contract

Contract period: 16th February 2024 — 31st December 2024

Remuneration: USD 28,000 (gross salary)

Working Hours: 40 hours per week


The Pacific Island Climate Action Network (PICAN) is the only network in the Pacific Islands linking civil society organizations working on climate change.  Operational for over six years (established in 2013), it brings together civil society actors across the Pacific island countries, advocating for climate justice and environmental integrity. PICAN aims to unite civil society under a common voice to increase the influence and impact of their advocacy demands on Pacific island governments, leading non-Pacific governments to respond with more powerful and ambitious climate change policies and action at the national and regional level. As part of CAN, the worldwide network of over 1,900 Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in 120 countries, PICAN also works to ensure the Pacific Island civil society is represented at the international level.

PICAN recognizes and directly addresses the unique challenges that Pacific island countries face (remoteness, population size, isolation from international networks, vulnerability to environmental and economic shocks) as it seeks to empower and enable local civil society.  It works through a country node system e.g. From VCAN (in Vanuatu), SICAN (in Solomon Islands) to KIRICAN (in Kiribati) and TUCAN (in Tuvalu), to strengthen national civil society coordination and service delivery while at the same time, enabling national priorities to be channelled to the highest international levels.


This position is responsible for managing several on-going and upcoming climate change-related projects for the organization, as well as providing support to the Senior Policy Advisor and the Regional Coordinator. The Project Officer will serve as a critical member of the PICAN Secretariat supporting national nodes, the PICAN thematic policy working groups, and ensuring the engagement of members and partners in PICAN’s efforts to advance the work on climate justice in the Pacific and beyond.


The Project Officer will report to and be programmatically accountable to the PICAN Regional Coordinator, with day-to-day collaboration expected with other PICAN staff, national node coordinators, thematic working group co-leads, member organizations, and other external contractors and partners.   


The Project Officer will be responsible for supporting the following:

  • PICAN effectively influences and shapes national, regional and global climate policy development and decision-making.

  • PICAN climate policy recommendations are included in key regional outcome documents including declarations, policies, and frameworks.

  • strengthened and robust civil society, enabled through strategic movement building, partnerships, and joint collaboration.

  • Increasing the visibility, promoting and creating awareness on key issues and relevant themes amongst civil society, including emerging issues/themes.


  • Manage multiple projects, ensuring that PICAN fulfills its organizational goals, whilst meeting donor requirements. 

  • Develop and implement project plans, budgets, and activities, ensuring timely and successful completion.

  • Monitor project budgets, expenses, and financial reporting.

  • Develop and implement monitoring and evaluation frameworks for projects.

  • Evaluate project outcomes and provide regular progress reports/ monthly reports to the Regional Coordinator. 

  • Identify potential funding opportunities and prepare grant proposals, collaborating with the team to secure funding and contributing to resource mobilization efforts for the organization

  • Support policy analysis and research on climate change issues. 

  • Collaborate with relevant government bodies, NGOs, and international organizations on policy initiatives.

  • Cultivate and maintain relationships with key stakeholders, including government officials, NGOs and other non-state actors, donors, and community representatives. 

  • Represent the organization at relevant meetings, conferences, and other policy forums.

  • Provide training and capacity-building activities for team members and partners. 

  • Contribute to a positive and collaborative work environment.


  • Ability to be creative, think analytically and be proactive.

  • Ability to work autonomously as well as a member of a team.

  • Facilitative, flexible, and collaborative working style that motivates and inspires others.

  • High levels of self-awareness, including confidence in managing competing agendas with a problem-solving approach.

  • High-level interpersonal and negotiation skills. Proven ability to lead multi-disciplinary teams across geographically disbursed locations.

  • Ability to represent the network regionally and internationally.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills including cross-cultural communication.

  • High attention to detail, and financial and reporting acumen in a compliance-driven environment.

  • Demonstrated analytical and conceptual thinking skills.

  • Well-developed understanding of climate change, gender, human rights and multicultural issues.


  • Undergraduate University degree in a subject related to climate change, law, human rights and/or international development., 

  • 3-5 years of demonstrated experience in project management, including monitoring and evaluation.

  • 3-5 years of demonstrated experience working on issues related to climate change in the Pacific Islands, with a working knowledge of Pacific regional and international climate change policy and structures,

  • 3-5 years of demonstrated experience in developing and implementing advocacy, campaigns, and communications. 

  • High-level communication, interpersonal, and facilitation skills

  • Strong administration and organizational skills,

  • Strong English language skills, additional Pacific Island and UN language skills are assets,

  • Excellent presentation and facilitation skills,

  • Ability to travel within the region and internationally.


Limited international and regional travel may be required during the contract period, subject to funding and COVID19 health considerations. It is a condition of the contract that the Finance and Administration Officer abide by best practice security, health and safety protocols, policies and procedures.


Interested applicants are requested to submit a Cover Letter and Full CV  to by COB Monday 19th February 2024 (GMT+12). 

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