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Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA)

MCS Analyst

Job No: 88423
Location: Honiara, Solomon Islands

  • Exciting analytical role with well-established intergovernmental organisation!
  • Excellent salary package (tax-free!) circa US$61,394 - $88,965 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 varies 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 Monitoring Control and Surveillance Analyst (MCS Analyst) to join their team in Honiara, the capital city of the Solomon Islands. 

Reporting to the Surveillance Operations Officer, you will provide analysis of fisheries data to detect Illegal Unreported Unregulated (IUU) fishing and for other monitoring control and surveillance purposes. You will also be responsible for improving the analytical and profiling capability within the Secretariat and member countries, providing training on MCS analytical procedures and tools, and technical support and advice to Members on suspected IUU and fisheries offences. 

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

  • Identifying opportunities, scenarios, and cases that contribute to the development of more effective MCS analytical tools and processes;
  • Establishing data sharing procedures for accessing minimum MCS datasets outside of FFA's control;
  • Reporting on potential IUU and other fisheries offences to Member countries and the Secretariat;
  • Conducting training for Member countries and the Secretariat on the use of MCS standard operating procedures for MCS analytical work and relevant analytical tools; and
  • Ensuring key metrics in relation to MCS analytical training is kept current including details of the Officers trained and the utilisation of the analytical procedures and tools.

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About You

To be considered for this role you will possess relevant tertiary fisheries degree (Marine Sciences, Marine Affairs, or similar) or a relevant tertiary diploma combined with at least 5 years experience in a similar role. 

You will also have demonstrated experience in fisheries data analysis with an all-round knowledge of data collected in Pacific tuna fisheries and its use for fisheries compliance purposes.

Additionally, significant understanding of WCPO regional regulatory structures and familiarity with Pacific tuna fisheries key MCS issues will be pivotal to your success in this role.

You will also have an excellent understanding of MCS procedures and solid Microsoft Excel and Word. In addition, you will have knowledge of data format useful for fisheries compliance. 

FFA is looking for a motivated team player who possesses excellent analytical, oral, written and presentation skills. 

About the Benefits

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

You’ll be offered a competitive, tax-free remuneration package circa US$61,394 - $88,965, 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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