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Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA)

Fisheries Management Advisors

Job No: 96673
Location: Honiara, Solomon Islands

  • Fantastic opportunity for ongoing career progression within an established intergovernmental organisation!
  • Excellent salary package (tax free, for citizens for most countries!), including COLDA and Location Allowance PLUS a host of other benefits!
  • Make the ultimate sea change and take your career to the next level!
  • Applications close Friday 13th April at 5pm

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 here.

About the Opportunity

FFA is now looking for two Fisheries Management Advisors to join their team in Honiara, in the Solomon Islands.

Reporting to the Director of Fisheries Management, you will be responsible for providing advice and support to FFA member countries in the development and implementation of effective national, subregional and regional tuna fisheries management arrangements that support their sustainable development aspirations.

Some of your key result areas will include:

  • Advising and assisting FFA members to identify, prioritise and analyse fisheries management issues;
  • Analysing and assessing the impact of existing, new or proposed national and regional fisheries management measures and arrangements on FFA members' tuna fisheries interests;
  • Providing and coordinating training on responsible and sustainable fisheries management including delivering national oceanic fisheries management workshops;
  • Assisting with the preparation and supervision of technical and feasibility studies and oversight of terms of reference for consultants and contractors; and
  • Fostering effective relations with the oceanic fisheries managers of FFA member countries and other key stakeholders.

About You

The ideal candidate will hold a degree in fisheries management, natural resource management, fisheries science or equivalent, along with demonstrated experience in a technical fisheries management role with a national Government or regional organisation (preferably in the Pacific region).

Demonstrated experience is also required in researching, preparing and presenting briefs to a high standard for submission to Ministers, national fisheries agencies and international forums in one or more of the following areas:

  • Natural resource management;
  • Fisheries management; and
  • Western and central Pacific tuna fishery.

A good understanding of implications of modelling and stock assessment for fisheries management is essential.

Excellent verbal and written communications and presentation skills, both at a technical and general circulation level is required.

Knowledge of the Pacific Islands region and a good understanding of the oceanic fisheries management issues in the Pacific will be pivotal to your success in the role.

You will be comfortable being part of a small team, travelling frequently, and working in diverse, multi-cultural environments.

While not essential, a post graduate qualification in a relevant discipline and/or experience at a senior level in national fisheries management (preferably including tuna fisheries) will be highly regarded.

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 (for citizens of most countries), commensurate with your 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 dependants. 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 country of repatriation will be provided, and a repatriation allowance of 2 weeks’ base salary on return to home-base at the end of 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.

The full position description can be downloaded here.

Applications close Friday 13th April at 5pm AEST.

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