Observer Data Audit Analyst

Nouméa, New Caledonia

  • 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 position will develop audit systems to ensure the most complete and accurate observer data are available to our main clients (the OFP scientists, the WCPFC Secretariat, SPC and WCPFC member countries, FFA and PNA) in the timeliest manner possible and to perform a range analyses using observer data for our main clients.

Reporting to the Regional Fisheries Data Manager, the role will be responsible for the following major functions:

  • Observer database management
    • Designs and develops auditing systems for the observer data,
    • Develops and updates documentation of systems and procedures relating to the audit process of observer data,
    • Assists in the development and management of the regional and WCPFC ROP observer data, particularly in respect to importing data and quality control.
  • Regional oceanic fisheries data management services for WCPFC and FFA
    • Assists member countries to provide Regional Observer Programme (ROP) data to the WCPFC,
    • Undertakes Quality Control of ROP observer data provided by member countries and FFA before import into the WCPFC database,
    • Provide data quality control services to FFA with respect to observer data from FFA-managed sub-regional programmes.
  • Fishery monitoring and Data management support for SPC members
    • Develops observer database auditing systems for Pacific ACP countries,
    • Works with national counterparts to conduct audits of observer data management systems,
    • Assists members in the provision of observer data to SPC for processing.
  • Capacity building of SPC members
    • Trains member country staff in areas of observer data quality control during in-country visits,
    • Covers data auditing in training attachments conducted at SPC headquarters,
    • Contributes to regional tuna data training workshops.


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


    Key selection criteria


  • Qualifications
    • Post-graduate qualifications in Information Technology, or equivalent
  • Technical expertise
    • At least five years’ demonstrated advanced experience managing large-scale relational databases using MS SQL SERVER or similar database platforms in the workplace, including experience using SQL and T-SQL, or Business Intelligence tools.
    • Demonstrated experience in conducting extensive quality control of data/databases
    • Demonstrated experience in conducting statistical analyses of data.
  • 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 – As soon as possible

    Contract Duration – This position is budgeted for three years and is subject to renewal depending on performance and funding.


    Remuneration – The Observer Data Audit Analyst is a Band 10 position in SPC’s 2018 salary scale, with a starting salary range of 3,415–4,172 SDR (special drawing rights) per month, which currently converts to approximately XPF 503,864–615,627 (USD 4,712–5,757; EUR 4,222–5,159). 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.


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


    Application procedure


    Closing date: 18 January 2019

    Job Reference: AL000138


    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 CV with three professional referees
    • a cover letter
    • 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.



  • Can you describe examples, from your current or previous work, where you have undertaken a comprehensive quality control of a database.
  • You are being asked to audit a database and to produce a report of issues encountered and remedial work. In general terms, what approaches would you take to accomplish this work?
  • Would you describe yourself as reactive or proactive? Can you provide examples of past working experience to support your answer.

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    Category: Fisheries, Aquaculture and Marine Ecosystems

    Reference ID: AL000138

    Date Posted: 03/12/2018