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Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA)

Executive Officer

Job No: 104683
Location: Honiara, Solomon Islands

  • Exciting senior administrative opportunity for an Executive Officer working for a Pacific Regional Organisation based in the Solomon Islands
  • Excellent salary package circa USD$82,019 - USD$121,055 TAX FREE for citizens of most countries, including COLDA and Location Allowance
  • Host of additional benefits such as super, insurance, medical, education and rental allowances
  • Make the ultimate sea change and take your career to the next level

About the Organisation

The Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) is an intergovernmental organisation working to strengthen national capacity and regional solidarity so Pacific nations can manage, control, and develop their tuna fisheries now and in the future.

Based in Honiara, Solomon Islands, FFA's 17 member nations are Australia, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.

Since 1979, FFA has facilitated regional cooperation so that all Pacific countries can secure greater benefits from the sustainable use of the Pacific's tuna resources – a fishery worth over USD $3 billion a year in total, and important for many people’s livelihoods in the Pacific.

For more information about The Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency please visit their website here.

About the Opportunity

FFA now has an exciting opportunity for an Executive Officer to join their team in Honiara, Solomon Islands, on a full-time basis. 

This pivotal position is responsible for providing effective and efficient support services to the FFA Executive (Director General and Deputy Director General) and supporting the wider Senior Management Team.

More specifically, your day-to-day duties will include (but will not be limited to):

  • Providing logistical support to high level events and meetings, including the coordination and oversight of the recurring FFA Annual meeting hosted in various member countries;
  • Supporting the Executive in their participation at high level meetings, including conducting research and keeping abreast of regional policy issues;
  • Drafting briefs and correspondence for the Director-General;
  • Coordinating, organising and taking minutes of meetings of the Senior Management Team;
  • Coordinating high-level delegation visits to the Office;
  • Coordinating and reporting on Country Service Level Agreements (CSLAs) and liaising with member governments regarding CSLA activities;
  • Assisting as required with budgets and annual plans; and
  • Overseeing daily work of Personal Assistants.

About You

To be successful in this position you will hold relevant tertiary qualifications, along with demonstrated experience in a senior administrative position (preferably in a public service context). Familiarity with FFA programs and the region will be important, as you'll be responsible for managing relationships with member countries at a senior level. Some degree of skill in policy analysis is also required.

It is essential that you possess proven working experience with national administrations and in liaising with Senior Government Officials. You'll be well versed in stakeholder engagement and able to build successful relationships with stakeholders of all levels and backgrounds. Due to the nature of the role, it goes without saying you will have significant experience in providing administrative support to senior management.  

This position also requires excellent communication and relationship management skills, including diplomacy and tact. FFA is looking for a proactive individual with strong troubleshooting and problem solving skills. You'll be confident in making calculated decisions, exercise sound judgement and be able to work autonomously within a frequently changing environment. Although independence is important in this role, you must also be able to work collaboratively with others in a team-focused environment.

About the Benefits

This is a fantastic opportunity to join a cohesive organisation that demonstrates major success in terms of regional collaboration and sustainable use of natural resources. You'll be joining a team where everyone shares a sense of purpose, finding your day to day role to be challenging and rewarding. You'll also enjoy ongoing opportunities to expand upon your existing skill-set, and explore different areas of interest within the organisation - with internal growth and advancement promoted within FFA, you'll be sure to enjoy a long-lasting and successful career.

The Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) is offering the successful candidate a highly competitive remuneration circa USD$82,019 - USD$121,055, TAX-FREE for citizens of most countries, commensurate with skills and experience.

You will also have superannuation paid at 7.5% into either a nominated fund or as an additional cash supplement. FFA reimburses all reasonable medical, dental, and optical expenses for yourself and dependents. Insurance coverage is also provided for personal accident, life, medical & repatriation.

Education for dependent children will be reimbursed at 75% of tuition fees (Conditions apply). If your dependent child is educated overseas, paid school travel may be available for you or your child to visit each other once a year. 

Additionally, relocation expenses will be paid, with an establishment grant paid on arrival in Honiara. Accommodation assistance is available. Annual airfares back to your country of repatriation will also be provided, in addition to a repatriation allowance of 2 weeks’ base salary on return to home-base at the end of your contract. There is also a retention incentive of 21% of your base salary which will be paid on the completion of your three-year contract.

On top of all this, you will have access to 6 weeks of annual leave each year, giving you plenty of time to explore this stunning part of the world!

Applications close 27th December 2018 at 5pm AEST.

To apply for this role, please complete the questions below and attach your resume.

The full position description can be downloaded here.


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