Database Technician - Pacific Awareness and Response to Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle (CRB) (PARC) Project

Suva, Fiji

  • Attractive and competitive local package
  • Friendly and supportive team environment
  • 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 26 country and territory members. In pursuit of sustainable development to benefit Pacific people, our organisation works across more than 20 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 Land Resources Division (LRD) provides advice, technical assistance, research and training support to Pacific Island countries and territories on all aspects of agriculture and forestry. This includes plant protection, conservation, plant genetic resources, animal health and production, agroforestry, biosecurity and trade facilitation, and sustainable systems for agriculture, forestry and land management. This work has two objectives: improved food and nutritional security and resilient communities. The division’s services are provided through seven technical/thematic teams: Animal Health and Production; Plant Health; Biosecurity and Trade Facilitation; Forest and Agriculture Diversification; Crop Production and Extension; Genetic Resources; and Forests and Trees.

The Database Technician will provide field expertise and assistance in the implementation of work plan activities for the Pacific Awareness and Response to the Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle Project (PARC).

The key responsibilities of the role include the following:

  • Development and Maintenance of Pests List Database (PLD)
  • Training and documentation on PLD
  • Data Quality Management
  • Other duties as directed by supervisor where required

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

Key selection criteria


  • Diploma in agricultural information management, ICT, or relevant field

Knowledge and experience

  • At least 3 years of work experience in a similar field or line of work with government, NGO or regional organisation
  • Demonstrated experience in running and maintaining databases and software
  • Meticulous attention to detail with previous experience in data collection and analysis

Essential skills

  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Creative thinker with ability to work independently
  • Advanced computer skills in applications such as Microsoft Word and Excel

Language skills

  • Excellent English communication skills (oral and written)

Interpersonal skills and cultural awareness

  • Ability to work in a multicultural, inclusive and equitable environment

Salary, terms and conditions

Contract Duration – Three years

Remuneration – This is a full-time position at Band 6 in SPC’s 2020 salary scale, with a commencing taxable salary range of FJD 1,846-2,308 per month, plus local staff benefits. An offer of appointment for an initial contract will be made in the lower half of this range, with due consideration given to experience and qualifications. Progression within the salary scale will be based on annual performance reviews.

SPC is committed to child protection, irrespective of whether any specific area of work involves direct contact with children. SPC’s Child Protection Policy is written in accordance with the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Successful candidates will be required to provide a police clearance certificate.

Application procedure

Closing Date – 23rd February 2020 - 11:45pm Fiji time

Applicants must apply online.

Hard copies of applications will not be accepted.

To be considered for this role, you must provide us with:

  • an updated resume
  • a cover letter detailing your skills, experience and interest in this position
  • responses to all screening questions

Please ensure your documents are in Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF format.

Applicants should not attach copies of qualifications or letters of reference. These documents may be requested at a later stage.

Please ensure that you respond to all of the screening questions. If you do not respond to the screening questions, your application will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed at shortlisting stage.

Only Fijian citizens are eligible to apply for this role.

Screening Questions:

  1. Please provide examples of the type of software you are familiar with to operate to manage data and information?
  1. This role will be responsible for developing and managing a database for coconut rhinoceros beetle as an extension of the Pests List Database. This will include the use of GIS mapping software to map the distribution of the beetle in the Pacific. Please explain how you will go about developing the database further, maintaining the integrity and performance of the system, and ensuring the database is secure from unauthorised access or loss?
  1. This role will involve ensuring field data is collected efficiently, recorded and documented correctly, and that information made available to the public is accurate and valid. Please explain how you will go about designing a user-friendly system that efficiently provides up-to-date and credible data in accordance with end users’ needs?

JD Database Technician - PARC Project.docx

Type: Contract - Local

Category: Information & Communication Technology

Reference ID: CB000161

Date Posted: 07/02/2020