Pacific Island Fisheries Professional - Data Management

Nouméa, New Caledonia

  • Nouméa 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 Fisheries, Aquaculture and Marine Ecosystems (FAME) Division includes the Oceanic Fisheries Programme (OFP) and Coastal Fisheries Programme (CFP). The goal of the OFP is to ensure fisheries that exploit the region’s resources of tuna, billfish and related species are managed for economic and ecological sustainability using the best available scientific information. In pursuing this goal, the OFP provides scientific support for the management of fisheries for tuna and associated species, with a strong focus on stock assessment and modelling, fisheries and ecosystem monitoring and analysis and data management. The OFP works closely with member countries and territories, the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission, the Forum Fisheries Agency, the Parties to the Nauru Agreement and other regional and sub-regional entities.


The role – The Pacific Islander Fisheries Professional (Data Management) will undertake a programme of work that contributes to data management objectives in the FAME Business Plan through a ‘learning by doing’ approach. The goal is to make a material contribution to the work of the OFP while developing skills and knowledge regarding the subject area in which the work is being undertaken.


The key responsibilities of the role include the following:

  1. Support member countries and regional agencies and respond to requests for help and information
  • Audit data quality and provide feedback to member countries
  • Respond to direct requests for assistance or information via the OFP helpdesk (SLACK)
  • Edit simple Dorado reports in SQL as required
  • Assist with Tuna Data Workshop (TDW) planning and operation
  • Assist with review of part 1 reports and CMMs
  1. Undertake professional development including the acquisition of new skills and knowledge relevant to the project or work area being pursued
  • Learn basic SQL database queries and the structure and fields of the various fishing databases at SPC
  • Improve on confidence in presenting and facilitating
  • Improve on basic R skills and understanding
  • Improve capacity in report writing and proposal writing
  1. Training and capacity building of member countries in DM software applications and data principles
  • Train member country counterparts on DM software applications during in-country visits, or electronic training via Zoom
  • Organise and be responsible for various aspects of training programs including liaison with local counterparts and production of training materials
  • Organise and be responsible for certain aspects of training attachments at SPC


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



Key selection criteria


  1. 1. Pacific Islander
  • Only applicants from Pacific Island countries or territories are eligible to apply
  • Applicants must be employed in a Pacific Island fisheries or conservation / environment department or a recognised NGO working in the field of oceanic fisheries science, management or monitoring in a Pacific Island country or territory
  1. Qualifications
  • A recognised degree in science, with an emphasis on fisheries, marine science, information technology or a related field
  • OR equivalent work experience
  1. Technical expertise
  • At least 2 years experience in working in oceanic (offshore) fisheries in a Pacific Island Fisheries administration or equivalent agency
  1. Language skills
  • Good written and verbal communication skills in English, with a working knowledge of French being an advantage
  1. 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


Requirements: Only applicants who are nationals and residents of Pacific Island countries or territories are eligible to apply. Applicants must be employed in or contracted by a Pacific Island fisheries or conservation / environment agency, or a recognized NGO working in the field of oceanic fisheries science, management or monitoring in a Pacific Island country or territory.

Letter of endorsement –A signed letter from the employer, stating they agree to release the applicant for the attachment and that the position will be held for the applicant to return to at the end of the attachment with SPC must be provided before an appointment can be finalized.

Required start date – The position is to be filled preferably as soon as possible and appointment is not renewable beyond 364 days.


Remuneration – The Pacific Islander Fisheries Professional is a Band 8 position in SPC’s 2020 salary scale, with a salary of SDR (special drawing rights) 2,850 per month, which currently converts to approximately XPF 419,768 (USD 3,933; EUR 3,518). SPC salaries are not presently subject to income tax in New Caledonia.

Benefits SPC provides subsidised housing in Noumea, an establishment grant, return airfare, and will reimburse excess accompanied luggage of up to two additional bags. Employees are entitled to: 25 days annual leave and 30 days sick leave per annum; medical and life insurance; and access to SPC’s Provident Fund (contributing 8% of salary to which SPC adds a matching contribution).

We encourage all eligible candidates to apply but please note that, since this is a short-term contract, the full list of benefits included in other international contract types are not available to this contract type. Appointees may bring their families, but all extra costs for travel, insurance, education, housing and other additional expense will be their own responsibility. 


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


Equal opportunity – SPC is an equal opportunity employer. Recruitment is based entirely on merit.

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: 22nd July 2020 – 11:00 pm Noumea time

Job Reference: AL000298

Applicants must apply online at

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 (below).

Please ensure your documents are in Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF format.

All positions at SPC have specific screening questions. All candidates MUST respond to the screening questions, otherwise the application will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed at the shortlisting stage.


Screening questions

  1. What is your motivation for applying to this position? What skills do you hope to develop in your time at SPC?
  2. Describe how you would prepare and deliver a training for Pacific fisheries officers on a new SPC fisheries data collection tablet app
  3. Provide an example of a time when you were part of a team that was working exceptionally well. What do you think were the reasons for its success?
  4. Tell us about some fisheries data work which you have completed (either individually or part of a team) that had a positive impact. What was your role in the work and what were the outcomes?

JD - PIFP Data Management.docx

Type: Contract - International

Category: Fisheries - Aquaculture and Marine Ecosystems

Reference ID: AL000298

Date Posted: 23/06/2020