Strategic Partnerships, Advancement & Communications (SPAC)


Development Cooperation Unit

The Development Cooperation Unit (DCU), led by Manager Development Cooperation, is primarily responsible for providing high level strategic advice and analysis relating to donor relations; effective liaison and engagement with development partners; reviewing and finalisation of MOUs, and Agreements with external partners; reviewing project proposals; drafting letters and presentations, reports and papers for the Vice-Chancellor and President and for the University. The Unit is further responsible for preparing regular reports on current and prospective aid/funding support to the University; providing project management support including monitoring and evaluation ; keeping an up to date donor profiles and indicative development assistance record  and facilitating the University’s relationships with other international organisations in terms of forming strategic linkages . The Unit also organises High Level Consultations and bilateral meetings with respective donors and organisations on a regular basis. 

What We Do

DCU assists the University meet its strategic objectives by developing and maximising long term, mutually beneficial relationships between USP and its external partners; increasing and diversifying funding for development priorities as aligned with the University Strategic Plan; assisting University’s internal constituents to access these opportunities; providing oversight of projects implementation and reporting as well as monitoring and evaluation; assisting University’s internal constituents in developing mutual collaborations with other national, regional and international organisations; and enhance capacities of internal constituents on project management and reporting on performance (outcomes) and financials.

Furthermore, DCU identifies and ascertains linkages and alignment between USP and external donor priorities to fund programme of work. These enable the Unit to successfully search and disseminate information regarding funding and grants opportunities to internal stakeholders and further assist with proposal development, review and submission.

DCU is geared towards mobilising financial and non-financial resources for the University through the development of sustainable partnerships between USP and local, regional and international institutions. It plays a key role in providing strategic advice on matters relating to partnerships.

The Unit also reviews, negotiates and facilitates the signing of mutually agreed Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs), Agreements and Contracts between USP and its key stakeholders. Subsequent to this, it provides the necessary oversight on the implementation and results based reporting ensuring that the obligations of the University is upheld and its interests safeguarded. 

DCU is also responsible for keeping an up to date donor profiles and indicative aid funds on an annual basis.

Donor Profiles

Indicative Aid Budgets

MOU and Other Templates

Development Team

Manager Development Cooperation
Iresh Lal

Tel:  (679) 323 2142
Fax: (679) 323 1551
Email: iresh.lal(at) 

Manager Development Cooperation is in charge of the Development Cooperation Unit within SPAC and responsible for the implementation of its key functions and provides advice  to Director SPAC. 

Monitoring & Evaluation Officer
Asenaca Wotta

Tel:  (679) 323 1884
Fax: (679) 323 1551

The Monitoring and Evaluation Officer provides support to the Manager Development Cooperation and SPAC office on monitoring and evaluation of donor funded projects, programmes and strategic linkages with external partners MoUs/LoAs.

Development Finance Officer
Pretishma Singh

Tel:  (679) 323 1884
Fax: (679) 323 1551
Email: pretishma.singh(at)  

The Development Finance Officer provides direct support to the Manager Development Cooperation and Director SPAC by undertaking administrative and financial activities of the office and in addition to development cooperation functions.

Programme Officer
Komal Kumar

Tel:  (679) 323 1963
Fax: (679) 323 1551
Email: komal.kumar(at)  

The Programme Officer provides support to the Manager Development Cooperation and to Director SPAC, by undertaking donor research and administrative tasks in relation to development cooperation functions.

Finance and Administrative Assistant
Sheik Saheb

Tel: (679) 323 1923
Fax: (679) 323 1551
Email: sheik.saheb(at)

The Development Finance and Administrative Assistant reports to the Development Finance Officer and provides financial and administrative support to SPAC office. 


Related Policies

Related Policies

  • 1.0  Strategic Partnerships and Development Assistance Policy - The Policy provides clarity on the process and guidelines to be complied by the University staff when engaging with external partners for collaboration and accessing development assistance to support implementation of projects and programmes aligned with the immediate and long-term strategic objectives of the University for the benefit of the Pacific people. 

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Strategic Partnerships, Advancement & Communications (SPAC)
The University of the South Pacific
Laucala Campus, Suva, Fiji
Tel: (679) 323 2148
Fax: (679) 323 1551