The Pacific Community 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 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 Senior Fisheries Scientist (National and Sub-regional Team Leader) – will develop annual workplans to service the needs of regional and subregional agencies in conjunction with the Principal Fisheries Scientist (Stock Assessment and Modelling), oversee the day to day implementation of the national and subregional work plans, undertake analyses and interpretation of biological data and fisheries statistics to support the assessment and management of pelagic fisheries in the western and central Pacific Ocean (WCPO) and provide scientific support for management initiatives and/or policy advice coordinated by the Forum Fisheries Agency and PNA Office on behalf of their members.
The key responsibilities of the role include the following:
For a more detailed account of the key responsibilities, please refer to the online job description.
Key selection criteria
Salary, terms and conditions
Required start date – This position is to be filled as soon as possible.
Contract Duration – This position is budgeted for three years and is subject to renewal for three years depending on performance and funding.
Remuneration – The Senior Fisheries Scientist (National and Sub-regional Team Leader is a Band 12 position in SPC’s 2019 salary scale, with a starting salary range of 4,580–5,629 SDR (special drawing rights) per month, which currently converts to approximately XPF 654,276 – 804,095 (USD 6,503–7,993; EUR 5,483–6,738). 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.
Closing date: 3 November 2019
Job Reference: AL000231
Applicants must apply online at http://careers.spc.int/
Hard copies of applications will not be accepted.
For your application to be considered, you must provide us with:
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.
Type: Contract - International
Category: Fisheries, Aquaculture and Marine Ecosystems
Reference ID: AL000231
Date Posted: 04/10/2019