Fisheries Scientist / Senior Fisheries Scientist - Management Strategy Evaluation Modeller

New Caledonia, Nouvelle-Calédonie

  • Noumea-based position (New Caledonia)
  • Attractive expatriate package
  • 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 Fisheries, Aquaculture and Marine Ecosystems (FAME) Division is located at SPC’s headquarters in Noumea, New Caledonia, and comprises the Oceanic Fisheries Programme (OFP) and Coastal Fisheries Programme (CFP). The Oceanic Fisheries Programme provides scientific support for the management of fisheries for tuna and associated species, with a strong focus on stock assessment and modelling, fisheries monitoring, data management and ecosystems management.
The role This appointment will be made at either the Senior Fisheries Scientist or the Fisheries Scientist level, depending on the skills and experience of the successful candidate.

Reporting to the Principal Fisheries Scientist (Stock Assessment and Modelling), the role will be responsible for the following major functions:

  • Develop and implement technical components of MSE for key WCPO tuna stocks
    • Work within the OFP MSE team and assist in the development of integrated technical MSE components for key WCPO tuna stocks, including:
    • Operating models
    • Management procedures
    • Performance indicators that allow management objectives to be monitored
    • Develop appropriate modelling approaches to ensure incorporation of key areas of uncertainty.
    • Ensure analytical tools and MSE results are usable in a workshop setting and have a user-friendly and accessible interface to facilitate interpretation by those with varying levels of knowledge.
    • Develop relevant documentation for the modelling components and disseminate through appropriate means.
    • Where relevant, incorporate multispecies aspects of the WCPFC Harvest Strategy work plan, including trade-offs and flow-on effects among stocks.
    • Undertake analyses using the MSE framework and work with relevant officials and regional agency staff to improve the basis for regional fisheries policy through MSE outputs.
  • Stakeholder engagement strategy implementation
    • Assist in the implementation of a regional engagement strategy that draws on best practice to ensure inputs to MSE development in the WCPO are provided by all relevant stakeholders and feedback elicited for further MSE development.
    • Develop, trial and implement information and outreach materials.
    • Liaise with and support other senior fisheries scientists and regional agency staff on presentation of MSE outputs and advice to managers and stakeholders.
  • Capacity building
    • Design, organise and help deliver national, sub-regional and regional capacity building workshops and training materials to elicit inputs into the MSE process, and increase stakeholder confidence in understanding and applying the outputs of MSE to decision-making on harvest strategy arrangements.
    • Organise training of members through relevant approaches including attachments to SPC.

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


    Key selection criteria

  • Qualifications
    • Master degree, in fisheries or quantitative science, stock assessment modelling, natural resource management, or a related discipline.
  • Technical expertise
    • Thorough knowledge of fisheries stock assessment principles and techniques, and:
      • for appointment at the Senior Fisheries Scientist level, at least a Masters degree with seven years or a PhD with 3 years of practical fisheries stock assessment or related experience, including practical experience in the implementation of management strategy evaluation.
      • for appointment at the Fisheries Scientist level, a Masters degree with less than seven years or a PhD with less than 3 years of practical fisheries stock assessment or related experience.
    • Experience in data modelling and programming (R or C++)
    • Excellent presentation and communication skills, both written and verbal, in English, with demonstrated experience in the presentation of scientific analyses to both technical and non-technical audiences.
    • Proven ability to work as part of an interdisciplinary and multi-cultural team.
    • Demonstrated ability to meet project deadlines over short, medium and long-term time schedules.
    • Willingness to travel.
  • Language skills
    • Proficiency in English is essential, with a working knowledge of French being an advantage.
  • Interpersonal skills and cultural awareness
    • Excellent interpersonal skills that contribute to building productive relationships and partnerships across SPC and with stakeholders.
    • A team player, with the ability to work effectively as a member of interdisciplinary teams and in a multicultural setting.
    • Cultural sensitivity and a demonstrated understanding of developing country environments.
    • Knowledge of Pacific Island countries and territories and direct experience of tuna fisheries in the Pacific region is an advantage.


    Salary, terms and conditions

    Required start date – This position is available immediately

    Contract Duration – 3 years

    Remuneration – Appointment will be made at either the Senior Fisheries Scientist level (band 12 in SPC’s 2018 salary scale; starting salary range of range 4,580–5,629 SDR [Special Drawing Rights] per month, equivalent to approximately XPF 675,802–830,549 (USD 6,320–7,767; EUR 5,663–6,960); or the Fisheries Scientist level (band 11; starting salary range of 4,022–4,931 SDR per month, equivalent to approximately XPF 593,469–727,634 (USD 5,550–6,805; EUR 4,973–6,098).

    An offer of appointment to one of these positions will be made, dependent on the qualifications and experience of the successful candidate in relation to the criteria as outlined above. An offer of appointment for an initial contract will normally be made in the lower half of the relevant range, with due consideration being given to qualifications and experience. Progression within the salary scale will be based on annual performance reviews. SPC salaries are not presently subject to income tax in New Caledonia.

    Benefits for international staff employees based in New Caledonia – SPC provides subsidised housing in Noumea. Establishment and relocation grant, removal expenses, airfares, home leave, medical and life insurance, and education allowance are available for eligible employees and their recognised dependents. Employees are entitled to 25 days of annual leave and access to SPC’s Provident Fund (contributing 8% of salary, to which SPC adds a matching contribution).

    Languages – SPC’s working languages are English and French.

    As an equal-opportunity employer, SPC recruits on merit; however if two interviewed candidates are ranked equally by the selection committee, preference will be given to nationals of Pacific Island countries and territories.


    Application procedure

    Closing date: 5th of August 2018

    Job Reference: AL000060

    Please use SPC’s online recruitment system to lodge your application:

    Hard copies of applications will not be accepted.

    For your application to be considered, you must provide us with:

    • an updated resume with contact details for three professional referees
    • 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.

    All international positions at SPC have specific screening questions. If you do not respond to all of the screening questions, your application will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed at shortlisting stage.



  • Provide an example of Management Strategy Evaluation or stock assessment analyses you have undertaken.
  • Describe how you have presented the consequences of alternative fishery management options to stakeholders.
  • What do you see as the key elements of an engagement strategy for stakeholders?
  • SPC Child Policy question: have you been involved in any child-related legal convictions/offences?

  • - MSE Modeller2_270618.DOCX

    Category: Fisheries, Aquaculture and Marine Ecosystems

    Reference ID: AL000060

    Date Posted: 05/07/2018