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Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA)

Database Administrator

Job No: 130636
Location: Honiara

  • Are you an experienced database administrator interested in making the ultimate sea change?
  • Join an intergovernmental organisation committed to ensuring sustainability in the Pacific!
  • Enjoy an attractive base salary plus an exceptional 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.

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

About the Opportunity

FFA is now seeking a Database Administrator to join their team in Honiara, Solomon Islands on a full-time, permanent basis.

Reporting to the Manager of Information Technology, this position is primarily responsible for providing technical leadership for database administration and management within the FFA Secretariat, its member countries and external locations. The role will also assist in the development and maintenance of Secretariat, regional and national information management systems.

Key responsibilities will include, but will not be limited to:

  • Logging, tracking and management of database system faults;
  • Leading the planning, development, installation, operation and maintenance of database systems in the Secretariat and member countries;
  • Contributing to the design, development and support of the Regional Management Facility (RIMF) and National Information Systems (IMS);
  • Maintaining and operating internal database systems for various departments;
  • Developing and providing user training on database systems used in the Secretariat and member countries; and
  • Providing general user support services to Secretariat staff.

To view the full position description, please click here.

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.

About You

To be considered for this role, you must hold a tertiary qualification in Computer Science, Information Technology and/or a related discipline.

You must also have significant, demonstrable experience successfully managing and administering database management systems such as PostgreSQL, MS SQL Server and MariaDB. You will need to be knowledgeable in Structured Query Language (SQL), data exchange formats and web-based or mobile software applications developed in PHP Lavravel, Python, Angular and Java.

Importantly, you will need to demonstrate excellent English communication skills and the ability to transfer information to a non-technical audience. You must be a team player, respectful of individual and cultural differences and be able to establish and maintain strong, working relationships with a diverse group of stakeholders. FFA is looking for a customer-focused, results-oriented professional who is able to navigate the complex international frameworks that the FFA operates within, and effectively manage competing demands. 

While not essential, any understanding or familiarity with different types of fisheries data and intelligence used in analysis processes will be highly regarded.

About the Benefits

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

In exchange for your hard work and dedication, the successful candidate will receive a base salary circa US$44,717 - US$63,130, dependant on proven experience and qualifications, and tax-free for citizens of most countries.

You will also have superannuation paid at 7.5% into either a nominated fund or as an additional cash supplement, as well as a Cost of Living Differential Allowance (COLDA) between 25.73% - 22.01% and Location Allowance (LA) of 16.25%. FFA reimburses all reasonable medical, dental, and optical expenses for yourself and dependents, and provides insurance coverage for personal accident, life, medical & repatriation.

An education allowance of US$13,500 per child will be provided for dependent children (family limit of 3 children), plus travel allowances for children attending high school or university overseas (conditions apply). 

On top of all this, you will have access to 30 days of annual leave each year, giving you plenty of time to explore this stunning part of the world!


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Applications close 13th January 2021.

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