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Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA)

Monitoring Control and Surveillance Analyst

Job No: 130635
Location: Honiara

  • Are you an experienced data analyst interested in the sustainable future of fisheries resources in the Pacific Islands?
  • Important opportunity to provide strategic, data-driven recommendations to an intergovernmental organisation in the Pacific!
  • Excellent salary negotiable from US$61,394 - US$88,965  plus a huge range of additional benefits!

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.

About the Opportunity

FFA is now looking for a full-time Monitoring Control and Surveillance (MCS) Analyst to join their team in Honiara, in the Solomon Islands on a three-year fixed-term contract, with the possibility for renewal pending performance appraisals and availability of funding.

Reporting to the MCS Advisor Strategic Analysis, the successful applicant will be primarily responsible for providing analysis of fisheries data to detect Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU), fishing and for other monitoring control and surveillance purposes, as well as providing advice, technical support and training  on analytical tools and procedures.

Some of the key responsibilities will include (but not be limited to):

  • Identifying key data to be used for MCS analysis and assisting in the development of the supporting analytical tools;
  • Improving the analytical and profiling capacity within the Secretariat and Members;
  • Providing training on MCS analytical procedures and tools; and
  • Providing technical support and advice to Members on suspected IUU and fisheries offences.

For the full position description please click here.

About You

To be successful in this role, you will hold a tertiary qualification in fisheries or a relevant field, with demonstrated experience in a similar analysis-focused MCS-related role.

Highly flexible, you will be comfortable negotiating change and working as part of a multidisciplinary team, sensitive to  a variety of cultures and backgrounds when interacting with others.

You will be comfortable handling, interpreting and explaining fisheries data obtained in the role, and be able to clearly and effectively communicate this to both internal and external stakeholders and Member countries.

While not essential, any understanding or familiarity with different types of fisheries data and intelligence used in analysis processes, and of the issues associated with the reporting/monitoring of the Pacific Islands tuna industry, will go a long way to ensuring your success.

About the Benefits

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

You will be offered a competitive remuneration package circa US$61,394 - US$88,965 (tax-free, for citizens of most countries), commensurate with your skills and experience.

This includes 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. 

Relocation expenses will be paid, with an establishment grant paid on arrival in Honiara, and accommodation assistance also available.

Annual airfares back to the country of repatriation will be provided, and a repatriation allowance of 2 weeks’ base salary on return to home-base at the end of the contract. There is also a retention incentive of 14% of your base salary which will be paid on the completion of your 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!

 For an opportunity to join an intergovernmental organisation committed to ensuring a sustainable future for Pacific nations - Apply Now!

 Applications close Wednesday 13th January 2021, at 11:30pm AEST


In line with current COVID-19 considerations, FFA has a number of policies in place to keep their staff safe, including temporary work from home arrangements for those who would be relocating to Honiara.

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