Pesticide Technician

Suva, Fiji

  • Attractive local package
  • Friendly and supportive team environment
  • Join the principal development organisation in the Pacific 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 27 country and territory members. In pursuit of sustainable development to benefit Pacific people, our organisation works across more than 25 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 Land Resources Division (LRD) provides advice, technical assistance, research and training support to Pacific Island countries and territories on all aspects of agriculture and forestry. This includes plant protection, conservation, plant genetic resources, animal health and production, agroforestry, biosecurity and trade facilitation, and sustainable systems for agriculture, forestry and land management. This work has two objectives: improved food and nutritional security, and resilient communities. The division’s services are provided through seven technical/thematic teams: Animal Health and Production; Plant Health; Biosecurity and Trade Facilitation; Forest and Agriculture Diversification; Crop Production and Extension; Genetic Resources; and Forests and Trees.


The Pesticide Technician will support the pesticide unit through field evaluation activities, data collation and entry into the Pacific Region Pesticide Registration Scheme (PRPRS). The incumbent will liaise with the region’s Ministries of Agriculture in the identification, mobilization, and capacity building of national Pesticide registration data collection, monitoring, and documentation of activities.

The key responsibilities of the role include:

Support pesticide unit operations

  • Assist with the PRPRS and Pesticide Stock Management System (PSMS) database operations at SPC
  • Assist with the data collation and entry in the database system
  • Assist regional pesticide database updates on new and outgoing chemistries

Support data collation, data entry and pesticide field evaluation

  • Assist with the development of pesticide evaluation methodologies and procedures
  • Assist the PRPRS secretariat to conduct field trials on the pesticide efficacy evaluations
  • Assist PRPRS secretariat on pesticide risk assessment information for the RPC decision making

Communication, training, awareness

  • Assist PRPRS secretariat to provide PSMS, risk assessment trainings to national registrars
  • Provide assistance to PRPRS secretariat in advocating policy associated with judicious use of pesticides and its significance to reduced human and environmental health risks
  • Awareness on pesticides provided to countries

Assist PRPRS monitoring and reporting

  • Up-keep of Pesticide Stock Management System (PSMS) at SPC and liaison with project members on all updates of data entry processes
  • Maintenance of the PSMS at SPC and national levels
  • Regular reporting and updates provided to countries and partners


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


Key selection criteria



  • Degree in agriculture and/or relevant science


Knowledge and experience

  • At least 3 years relevant work experience
  • Knowledge of Integrated pest management / plant protection
  • Excellent communication (verbal and writing skills)


Essential skills

  • Demonstrated good training skills
  • Effective team player


Language skills

  • Excellent English communication skills (oral and written)


Interpersonal skills and cultural awareness

  • Ability to work in a multicultural, inclusive and equitable environment



Salary, terms and conditions

Contract Duration – Until 30 June 2023 – subject to renewal depending on funding and performance

Remuneration – The Pesticide Technician is a Band 7 position in SPC’s 2022 salary scale, with a commencing taxable salary range of 2,232-2,790 per month, plus local staff benefits. An offer of appointment for an initial contract will normally be made in the lower half of this range, with due consideration given to experience and qualifications. Progression within the salary scale will be based on annual performance reviews.

Recruitment principles – SPC’s recruitment is based on merit and fairness, and candidates are competing in a selection process that is fair, transparent and non-discriminatory. SPC is an equal-opportunity employer, and is committed to cultural and gender diversity, including bilingualism, and will seek to attract and appoint candidates who respect these values. Due attention is given to gender equity and the maintenance of strong representation from Pacific Island professionals. If two interviewed candidates are ranked equal by the selection panel, preference will be given to the Pacific Islander.


Applicants will be assured of complete confidentiality in line with SPC’s Privacy Policy.


Application procedure

Closing Date – 2 December 2022 at 11:59pm (Fiji time)

Job Reference: JR000090


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

Your application will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed at shortlisting stage if all the above documents are not provided. Applicants should not attach copies of qualifications or letters of reference. Please ensure your documents are in Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF format.

Only Fijian citizens are eligible to apply for this role.


Screening Questions (maximum of 2,000 characters per question):

  1. What is your opinion on pesticide use in agriculture productivity?
  2. How do we ensure continuous use of pesticide doesn’t cause adverse impacts on the environment and human health?
  3. What intervention do you think should be introduced to ensure wider farming community follow good practices when using pesticide?


Type: Contract - Local

Category: Land & Resources Management

Reference ID: JR000090

Date Posted: 18/11/2022