Deadline: 17 Sept 2023

Published: 05 Sept 2023

The Pacific Community (SPC) is the principal scientific and technical organisation in the Pacific region, supporting development since 1947. The Fisheries, Aquaculture and Marine Ecosystems (FAME) Division includes the Oceanic Fisheries Programme (OFP) and Coastal Fisheries and Aquaculture Programme (CFAP).

CFAP’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 procedures (national and community-based).

The role – the Principal Fisheries Scientist (Coastal Fisheries Science) will develop, lead and manage the coastal fisheries science work programme of the Coastal Fisheries and Aquaculture Science Section to provide the highest quality scientific support and advice to PICT governments and other stakeholders in planning and implementing coastal fisheries and aquaculture science activities in support of evidence-based management and sustainable development.

Key selection criteria:

  • Postgraduate degree in fisheries science, coastal fisheries science, or a related field
  • Technical expertise
  • At least 10 years’ relevant experience working on applied science related to fisheries, coastal finfish fisheries and/or invertebrate resources, preferably in the Pacific region
  • At least 10 years’ experience in designing and conducting finfish and/or invertebrate resource assessments, including data collection, analysis, reporting and applying the results to management and sustainable development
  • At least 5 years’ experience in managing science staff, team leadership, programme development and project management Demonstrated experience of collaboration between institutions, and leadership of integrated programmes/projects
  • Proven ability to design, plan and facilitate workshops and other training
  • Experience working with PC systems, MS Office/365 software, and relevant statistical software packages
  • Willingness to travel and undertake overseas assignments in SPC member countries and territories, sometimes under difficult physical conditions

For your application to be considered, you must provide:

  • An updated resume with contact details for three professional referees
  • a cover letter detailing your skills and experience relative to the key selection criteria, and interest in this position
  • responses to all screening questions (visit below link)