Maritime Technical Officer


  • Samoa position based
  • Attractive 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 Geoscience Energy and Maritime Division provides advice, technical assistance, research and training support to Pacific Island countries and territories (PICTs). There are three (3) areas of scientific programming and two areas of focus within this division:

  • Oceans and Maritime – Driving growth in blue economies through well-informed and inclusive action from integrated solutions for ocean and coastal management and maritime and transport.
  • Geo-resources and Energy – Strengthening the management of the Earth’s non-living resources through responsible harnessing of mineral resources, including metalliferous and development minerals, and clean and renewable energy resources such as solar, wind, and geothermal for sustainable development.
  • Disaster and Climate Resilience – Improving resilience and sustainability through the management of disaster risk and assessment of hazards. This includes building resilience through wider support for climate change, disaster risk management (DRM) initiatives, and water and sanitation initiatives. Ridge to Reef is a stand-alone programme that pulls expertise from the three scientific areas and is located within Disaster and Climate Resilience.
  • The other two focus areas within this division are Programming and Operations, which is responsible for driving integrated programming excellence and operational support across the division, and Geo-informatics, which is responsible for providing diverse, integrated, and unique and demand driven services across SPC work programmes, projects and countries. This includes developing, managing, building on and retaining or preserving spatial data and information for the benefit of all scientific areas.
  • The role – The Maritime Technical Officer will be in charge to serve Pacific Island Countries and Territories (PICTs) in an increasingly internationally-regulated maritime sector by providing technical advice on ship management and the uptake of new technologies and operations to improve efficiency and reduce the impact on the environment.


    The key responsibilities of the role include the following:

    • Regional Collaboration, Coordination and Communication :
    • Contribute to MTCC-Pacific project activities in accordance with the agreed budget and workplan;
    • Assist PICTs in drafting and reviewing their energy, climate change and maritime transport policies, strategies and laws in line with MARPOL;
    • Deliver regional / national capacity-building activities related to MARPOL & energy efficient ship operations & uptake on new technologies;
    • Contribute to the development of the MTCC project budget and workplan;
    • Coordinate the development, implementation and reporting of the MTCC-Pacific pilot projects;
    • Develop partnership with the Pacific Climate Change Centre (PCCC) and provide technical advice for major project development.
    • Technical advice & expertise:
    • Provide technical assistance to Pacific shipping in the implementation of marine pollution instruments through the use of guidelines;
    • Provide assistance for safe, efficient and clean Pacific shipping through effective implementation of ship management systems;
    • Conduct reviews and audits to verify the effective implementation of ship management systems;
    • Promote and coordinate to mainstream gender in projects activities.
    • Capacity building and data management / analyses:
    • Contribute to strengthening the capacity of PICTs to effectively improve the implementation of marine pollution instruments on ships,
    • Develop marine pollution prevention and energy efficiency management plans and guidelines,
    • Collect and analyse data related to ship operations including energy and fuel oil consumption.


    Key selection criteria

    • Qualifications
    • Specialized degree in shipping, foreign-going vessels mechanical or marine engineering or a related discipline.
    • Knowledge and Experience
    • At least 10 years of experience in shipping including experience in ship management systems with marine pollution & energy efficiency plans;
    • Proven experience in coordinating and delivering of regional workshops and seminars;
    • Demonstrated effectiveness in developing and maintaining unbiased and professional working relationships with counterparts;
    • Language skills
    • Excellent communication skills in English (oral and written),
    • A good level of French will be considered as an advantage.
    • Interpersonal skills and cultural awareness
    • Good interpersonal skills and good at working to deadlines,
    • Ability to work as part of a team or independently, under limited direction with strong commitment, personal drive and initiative.
    • Cultural sensitivity and awareness, and the ability to effectively work with team members from different cultural backgrounds,
    • Knowledge of Pacific Island countries and territories is an advantage.



    Salary, terms and conditions

    Required starting date – This position is available immediately.

    Contract Duration – until 31 December 2019 and extension upon confirmed funding

    Remuneration – The Maritime Technical Officer is a Band 10 position in SPC’s 2018 salary scale, with a starting salary range of 2,809 - 3,475 SDR (special drawing rights) per month, which currently converts to approximately USD 3,876–4,796 (EUR 3,473–4,297). 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. Remuneration of expatriate SPC staff members is not subject to income tax in Samoa; Samoa nationals employed by SPC in Samoa will be subject to income tax.

    Benefits for international employees based in Samoa SPC provides a housing allowance of maximum USD 895 per month. Establishment and relocation grant, removal expenses, airfares, home leave, medical and life insurance and education allowances are available for eligible employees and their recognised dependents. Employees are entitled to 25 days of annual leave and 30 days of sick leave per annum, 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.

    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:  3rd of October

    Job Reference: AL000093


    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 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

  • Please describe your education and qualifications in shipping, foreign-going, mechanical or marine engineering or a related discipline
  • Please describe your experience in implementing the provisions of the MARPOL Convention in the maritime industry and/or on board foreign-going vessels and particularly in relation to MARPOL Annex VI.
  • Do you have experience in the implementation of ship management systems including the development of shipboard operational plans and the conduct of systems’ audits?
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    Category: Environmental Durability & Climate Change

    Reference ID: AL000093

    Date Posted: 05/09/2018