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Pacific Island Fisheries Professional (Coastal Fisheries Science)

Noumea (New Caledonia)

  • Organization: SPC - Pacific Community
  • Location: Noumea (New Caledonia)
  • Grade: Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Fisheries
    • Maritime
    • Scientist and Researcher
    • Sustainable use of oceans, seas and marine resources
  • Closing Date: 2021-01-24

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  • 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). CFP’s goal is to ensure that inshore fisheries, nearshore fisheries and aquaculture in Pacific Island countries and territories are managed and developed sustainably. The programme assists governments and administrations to develop scientifically informed and socially achievable coastal fisheries management policies and systems (national and community-based). It provides a regional framework for sustainable aquaculture, including planning, research and development and trade, for Pacific Island governments, the private sector and other stakeholders. It assists in developing sustainable nearshore fisheries in Pacific Island countries and territories to provide food security, sustain livelihoods, promote economic growth and assist climate change adaptation.


The role – The Pacific Island Fisheries Professional (Coastal Fisheries Science) will assist CFP Fisheries Scientists and Managers with providing support and advice to governments, stakeholders and the private sector in planning and implementing coastal fisheries science and management activities, focusing on reef finfish and/or invertebrate resources and their supporting habitats. The position is part of the new EU-funded “Pacific EU Marine Partnership” (PEUMP) Programme that commenced in September 2018.


The key responsibilities of the role include the following:


  1. Assisting SPC member countries to assess the status of their coastal living marine fisheries resources, including the social and demographic aspects of coastal and community fisheries, to better inform management
  • Assists with conducting surveys of finfish and/or invertebrates and their supporting habitats across Pacific Island Countries (PICs) and Timor Leste, including entry of data collected into national/regional databases.
  • Assists with conducting fisheries socioeconomic surveys across PICs, including entry of data collected into national/regional databases.
  • Assists with conducting virtual or face to face training of local staff in survey methodologies for finfish, invertebrate resources, associated habitats and fisheries socioeconomics.
  • Assists with the analysis of data collected and the production of reports.
  1. Providing practical assistance to SPC member countries in the design of appropriate awareness-raising and educational information
  • In collaboration with the Fisheries Information Unit and other components of the PEUMP programme, assists with developing materials such as training manuals, guidelines, information sheets and other educational or awareness materials.
  • Works with other CFP staff to contribute to the development of on-line learning tools for remote access by member countries.
  1. Section administration and communication
  • Assists the Adviser and Senior Scientist, to develop the annual work plan and reports for the Section.
  • Maintains up to date corporate and administrative procedures for all activities undertaken.
  • Acquits any cash advances that are used for fieldwork with receipts for all expenditure.


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



Key selection criteria


  1. Pacific Islands
  • Only applicants from Pacific Island countries or Timor Leste 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 coastal fisheries science, management or monitoring in a Pacific Island country or Timor Leste.
  1. Qualifications
  • A recognised degree in a discipline relevant to coastal fisheries assessments (finfish and/or invertebrates), or related field.
  • Applicants must have a current open-water SCUBA diving certificate and be passed medically fit for diving and be able to dive in a range of conditions.
  1. Technical expertise
  • At least two years’ direct relevant experience in Pacific Island(s) or Timor Leste coastal fisheries, particularly with applied field research for finfish and/or invertebrates.
  • Demonstrated experience in undertaking surveys for finfish and/or invertebrates using a range of methodologies.
  • Understanding of current Pacific Island regional coastal fisheries management and science issues, and experience of working with gender issues relating to fisheries.
  • Strong PC based computer skills (Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook) with knowledge of software programmes for data entry and analysis.
  • Prior experience or involvement with socioeconomic survey work would be desirable.
  1. Language skills
  • Excellent 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 Timor Leste  are eligible to apply. Applicants must be employed in or contracted by a Pacific Island or Timor Leste fisheries or conservation / environment agency, or a recognized NGO working in the field of coastal fisheries science, management or monitoring in a Pacific Island country or Timor Leste.

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 from mid to late February 2021 and appointment is not renewable beyond 364 days. Regional and national regulations related to the COVID-19 pandemic will ultimately determine when and if the appointee can start employment in Noumea, New Caledonia, as per the job requirements. These matters will be discussed thoroughly with successful candidates. In most cases, any appointment and on-boarding would only commence when relocation to the duty station is permitted. 


Remuneration – The Pacific Island Fisheries Professional (Coastal Fisheries Science) is a Band 8 position in SPC’s 2021 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 aifare, 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 as this is a special short-term contract, the full list of benefits included in other international contract types are not available. Appointees may bring their families, but all extra costs for travel, insurance, education, housing and other additional expenses will be their own responsibility. 


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


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 bilinguism, 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. Applicants will be assured of complete confidentiality in line with SPC’s private policy.



Application procedure


Closing date: 24 Janauary 2021 – 11:00 pm Noumea Time.

Job Reference: SH000036

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 are the main coastal fisheries science and management issues being faced in the Pacific?
  2. Summarise in 400 words fisheries independent and dependent monitoring?
  3. Provide an example of when you were part of a team that was working exceptionally well. What do you think were the reasons for its success?
  4. According to you, why are gender issues important in coastal fisheries science and management?

Final_JD FAME CFS PIFP Science 271020 Noumea - F.docx

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