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Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA)

Manager (Information Technology)

Job No: 88419
Location: Honiara, Solomon Islands

  • Exciting leadership position with well-established intergovernmental organisation!
  • Excellent salary package (tax-free!) circa US$83,926 including COLDA and Location Allowance PLUS a host of other benefits!
  • Make the ultimate sea change and live and work on the development edge!

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.

FFA was established to help countries sustainably manage the fishery resources within their 200-mile Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZs). FFA is an advisory body providing expertise, technical assistance and other support to its members who make sovereign decisions about their tuna resources and participate in regional decision-making on tuna management through bodies such as the Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA) and the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC).

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

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

About the Solomon Islands

The beautiful Solomon Islands lies to the northeast of Australia and are a vast archipelago of islands covering over 1,500 km in the beautiful Pacific Ocean. This tropical paradise is made up of numerous coral atolls with lush tropical vegetation, beautiful beaches and verdant seas.

The people of the Solomons are made up of Oceania’s three main cultural groups, Melanesia, Polynesia, and Micronesia, the Solomon Islands really is the Pacific’s melting pot. It is here, that these three cultures merge and cohabit as one nation, proud of their rich and unique cultural identity. Solomon Islanders have a rich cultural heritage commonly called kastom, which vary from one province to another. Communal, clan and family ties remain very strong.

About the Opportunity

FFA has an exciting full-time opportunity for a Manager - Information Technology to join their team in Honiara, the capital city of the Solomon Islands. This role is being offered on a 3 year contract basis.

In this role, you will be primarily responsible for leading and managing the FFA's Information and Communication Technology (ICT) functions. These functions are comprised of IT, information security systems, and the Secretariat's communication and information management systems. You will also provide ICT technical and policy advice to the FFA Executive team and other stakeholders.

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

  • Managing the operation of the ICT Team (8 team members) including staffing, performance management, procurement, planning, and budgeting;
  • Providing leadership and guidance on the FFA's cybersecurity posture including the implementation and compliance monitoring of the FFA Information Security Management System;
  • Providing overall project management guidance of ICT-related projects in accordance with an accepted project management methodology;
  • Providing technical guidance to the Librarian and Media Officer on the Secretariat's library and information services including the website and intranet;
  • Ensuring that the ICT team support and assist the Corporate Services Divison in the operation of Technology One Financial and budget systems; and
  • Providing on the job training and coaching for staff and external training where required.

To view the full position description, please click here.

About You

To be considered for this role you will possess a graduate qualification in Information and Communications Technology (ICT), Computer Science, Information Systems, Networking, or a related discipline. Professional certifications (e.g. Project Management Professional (PMP), Certified Information Systems Security (CISSP), Red Hat Certified Systems Administrator (RHCSA), Amazon Web Services (AWS) Certified Solutions Architect or an ICT specialisation will be highly regarded but are not a mandatory requirement of this role.

You will also have demonstrated experience in strategic leadership and management of ICT services including planning, performance management, strategy development, project management, and policy frameworks.  

Previous experience in developing and maintaining effective teams, staff relationships, and overall staff management will be pivotal to your success in this position. 

As this is a leadership position, you will have exceptional communication, interpersonal, and customer service skills.

While not essential, previous experience working in the Pacific region within a fisheries background and/or demonstrated experience in a senior cybersecurity role will be held in high regard.

About the Benefits

If you are looking to make the ultimate sea change and find out more about life on the edge of Pacific development, this is the opportunity for you!

You’ll be offered a competitive, tax-free remuneration package circa US$83,926, commensurate with your skills and experience including location allowance and COLDA.

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. 

Accommodation assistance is also available.

Additionally, relocation expenses will be paid, with an establishment grant paid on arrival in Honiara.  Annual airfares back to your country of repatriation will be provided, and 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!

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

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