Pacific Island Fisheries Professional - FEMA

Noumea, 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 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 (Fisheries and Ecosystem Monitoring & Analysis) will undertake a programme of work that contributes to fisheries and ecosystem monitoring and analysis 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. This is an exciting opportunity to undertake a substantive piece of science and technical work in a dynamic team.


The key responsibilities of the role include the following:

  1. Support fisheries and ecosystem monitoring research and/or analyses in a selected substantive work area.
  1. Support the fisheries and ecosystem monitoring and analyses section across its work programme over the period of the attachment.
  1. Undertake professional development including the acquisition of new skills and knowledge relevant to the project or work area being pursued.
  1. Training and capacity building of member countries on selected topic.


For this attachment work will focus in one of the following four areas:

  • Analysis of tuna fisheries bycatch of species of special interest at regional and national levels,
  • Ecosystem modelling of tuna fisheries and the development of ecosystem indicators,
  • Evaluation of electronic monitoring utility in fisheries for scientific purposes; and
  • Addressing biological uncertainties in tuna stock assessment models.


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



Key selection criteria


  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
  • Recognized degree in science, with an emphasis on fisheries, marine science, information technology or a related field, or, equivalent training and 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 12 months.

Remuneration – The Pacific Islander Fisheries Professional is a Band 8 position in SPC’s 2019 salary scale, with a salary of SDR (special drawing rights) 2,790 per month, which currently converts to approximately XPF 398,603 (USD 3,962; EUR 3,340). SPC salaries are not presently subject to income tax in New Caledonia.

Benefits SPC provides subsidised housing in Noumea, an establishment and relocation grant, return airfare, and will cover the cost of up to 36 kilograms of cargo or unaccompanied baggage. 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 special 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: 8 September 2019

Job Reference: AL000210


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. Briefly describe your experience working in oceanic fisheries in your country.
  2. What do you see as the key challenges for the optimal use and sustainability of oceanic fisheries resources in the Pacific?
  3. In which of the four topic areas do you want to focus with FEMA and which specific questions within the focus area are of interest to you?
  4. How would you apply the knowledge and skills gained during the appointment in your home country upon return?

Final_JD - Pacific Islands Fisheries Professional - FEMA.docx

Type: Contract - International

Category: Fisheries, Aquaculture and Marine Ecosystems

Reference ID: AL000210

Date Posted: 08/08/2019