• Noumea-based position (New Caledonia)
  • Attractive expatriate package
  • Join the principal development organisation in the Pacific region



The Pacific Community is the principal scientific and technical organisation in the Pacific region, proudly 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 unique organisation works across more than 25 sectors. We are renowned 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 Statistics for Development Division (SDD) is based in SPC’s headquarter in Noumea, New Caledonia. The division employs approximately 19 staff all of whom are based in Noumea. SDD’s goal is to strengthen the capacity of Pacific Island and Territories (PICTs) national statistical systems by providing technical support through coordination with technical partners and donors. As part of SDD’s new role and functions, it has adopted a statistics system leadership and coordination role as well as strengthening its work on data analysis and dissemination. This new direction will be implemented as part of the Ten Year Pacific Statistics Strategy (TYPSS) Phase 3 over the next three years and this role is a key position in driving this change.

The role – under the general supervision of the GIS, Innovation and Dissemination Lead, the incumbent will be responsible for mapping activities in the Statistics for Development Division. This includes mapping support for all Census and Survey activities; maintaining the online PopGIS websites; producing ad-hoc maps including those for disaster-relief. In addition, this role is required to assist with tablet-base household listing activities and where necessary providing assistance with the update and maintenance of the SDD online statistics databases.

The position encompasses the following major functions:

  • Provide internal/external mapping advice and technical support for all Census and Survey-related activities.
  • Maintain PopGIS websites up-to-date including cleaning and quality control of spatial layers and statistical datasets.
  • Prepare datasets for import into .stat data platform when established
  • Contribute to effective SDD team environment and SPC corporate activities
  • Contribution to SDD System Leader role/external stakeholder engagement and collaboration

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


Key selection criteria


  • Qualifications
    • Tertiary qualification in GIS or a related subject
  • Technical expertise
    • A minimum of five years of demonstrated experience routinely using GIS software for mapping and spatial problem solving. (Significant experience in one or more of ArcGIS, Mapinfo or QGIS)
    • At least two years demonstrated experience working in a web-mapping environment. (No software developer skills required)
    • Experience working with GPS and tablet-based data collection systems.
    • Experience working with a data processing application such as Stata, SPSS, CSPRO.
    • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
    • Ability to work in a multicultural and multilingual environment
  • Language skills
    • Excellent communication skills (oral and written) in English, with French being desirable.
  • Interpersonal skills and cultural awareness
    • Excellent interpersonal skills,
    • A team player, with the ability to network and work effectively in a multicultural setting,
    • Cultural sensitivity and a demonstrated understanding of developing country environments,
    • Knowledge of Pacific Island countries and territories is an advantage.



    Salary, terms and conditions


    Required start date –January 2019.

    Contract Duration – This position is budgeted for two (2) years and is subject to renewal depending on performance and funding.

    Remuneration – The GIS Officer is a Band 9 position in SPC’s 2018 salary scale, with a starting salary range of 3,073–3,745 SDR (special drawing rights) per month, which currently converts to approximately XPF 453,455 – 552,616 (USD 4,241–5,168 ; EUR 3,800–4,631). An offer of appointment for an initial contract will be made in the lower half of this range, with due consideration being given to experience and qualifications. 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).

    Equal opportunity – SPC is an equal opportunity employer. Recruitment is based entirely on merit; in cases where two short-listed candidates are judged to be of equal rank by the selection committee, preference will be given to Pacific Island nationals.

    Child protection – 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.

    Police clearance – Successful candidates will be required to provide a police clearance certificate.



    Application procedure


    Closing date: 4th of November 2018

    Job Reference: AL000115

    Please use SPC’s online recruitment system to lodge your application:  http://careers.spc.int/

    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.


    Screening questions

    • Briefly describe some of your GIS experience, both desktop and web-based?
    • Can you describe how you would go about preparing a given country to undertake a population census in term of spatial data preparation? What are the basic processes which would be involved?
    • What do you see as key challenges when mapping Pacific Islands?

    Category: Statistics

    Reference ID: AL000115

    Date Posted: 04/10/2018