Junior Microdata Curator

Nouméa, New Caledonia

  • Noumea-based position
  • Attractive expatriate package
  • Join the principal development organisation in the 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 – this position focuses on: supporting the production of policy, strategy and protocols for the acquisition, documentation, cataloguing, anonymization, dissemination and preservation of datasets; to take stock of all data sets available in the Pacific region, and acquire and document these in compliance with international metadata standards; anonymization of microdata, and dissemination of data sets and metadata in accordance with formal terms of use; assuring long-term preservation of data and promoting data use.

The position encompasses the following major functions:

  • Supporting the Microdata Curator & Dissemination Advisor by drafting protocols, and associated documentation, surrounding the acquisition, evaluation, documentation, anonymization, cataloguing, preservation and dissemination of microdata, in consideration of national legislations.
  • Preparing and maintaining an inventory of data sets, and formally acquiring data sets required for successful implementation of the project.
  • Evaluation, documentation, anonymization, cataloguing, preservation and dissemination of microdata in accordance with policy and protocol, and international metadata standards.
  • Engagement of stakeholders, including data producers and users, technical assistance providers, development partners, CROP agencies, non-government organizations and SPC’s Divisions.
  • Contribute to the SPC/SDD/Project activities, including engagement with stakeholders in the SPC-wide data portal initiative.

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


Key selection criteria

  • Qualifications
    • A degree in Statistics, Economics or Data Science.
  • Technical expertise
    • At least two years of demonstrated experience working in the areas of data curation and dissemination of statistics in the Pacific region.
    • Demonstrated experience in the formation of protocols surrounding data curation.
    • Excellent analytical and quantitative skills, including the use of CSPro, Stata, MS Access and MS Excel.
    • Demonstrated ability to develop and implement complex tasks, including a track record of building partnerships and collaborations across institutional boundaries.
  • Language skills
    • Excellent communication skills (oral and written) in English.
  • 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.
    • Willingness to travel and undertake overseas assignments in SPC member countries.


    Salary, terms and conditions

    Required start date – This position is to be filled as soon as possible.

    Contract Duration – This position is budgeted for 12 months.

    Remuneration – The Junior Microdata Curator is a Band 8 position in SPC’s 2018 salary scale, with a starting salary range of 2,790–3,391 SDR (special drawing rights) per month, which currently converts to approximately XPF 411,717 – 500,443 (USD 3,852–4,680; EUR 3,450–4,194). 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).

    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: 3rd of June 2018

    Job Reference: AL000042

    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

  • Identify and describe opportunities and challenges of open data initiatives, particularly in context of the Pacific Island countries and territories?
  • Why is the World Bank and the Pacific Community investing in microdata documentation and dissemination?
  • Describe your experience in analysing and documenting microdata sets and your understanding of metadata documentation tools and standards.
  • Have you been involved in any child-related legal convictions/offences?

  • http://spc.turborecruit.com.au/position_description/773/JD_SDD_JuniorMicroDataCurator.docx

    Category: Statistics

    Reference ID: AL000042

    Date Posted: 02/05/2018