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Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA)

Chief Economist

Job No: 132295
Location: Honiara, Solomon Islands

  • Join an intergovernmental organisation at the leading edge of Pacific development!
  • Excellent remuneration package circa US$106,563 - US$123,645 (tax-free, for citizens for most countries!) plus repatriation allowances & retention incentives!
  • Enjoy relocation & accommodation assistance, 6 weeks annual leave, return airfares & more! 
  • Applications close Tuesday 16 March 2021, at 11:30pm AEST

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.

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 now has an exciting opportunity for a Chief Economist to join their team in Honiara, Solomon Islands, on a 3-year contract, with renewal subject to performance appraisals and availability of funding.

Reporting to the Director of Fisheries Development, and leading a team of up to 4 professional staff, you will be providing technical oversight and guidance to the Economics Intelligence Unit, to ensure the development, coordination, and production of high-quality economic and financial analysis and advice on all aspects of Pacific tuna fisheries.

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

  • Overseeing the collection of data, periodic assessment, and other economic analysis for the Western and Central Pacific Tuna Fishery;
  • Leading bio-economic modelling of the WCPO tuna fishery at the regional, sub-regional and national levels, using economics to drive management of the fisheries;
  • Preparing fisheries access briefs including the development and negotiation of multilateral access arrangements for FFA Executive and members;
  • Liaising with and contributing to the work of other FFA Divisions, sub-regional and regional organisations;
  • Contributing to reporting requirements for FFA and Donors as required;
  • Leading the development of work plans for the Economic Intelligence Unit and its staff; and
  • Preparing briefing notes and advice for members in support of FFC, Sub-regional, US Treaty and other relevant meetings as required.

For the full Position Description, please click here.

About You

To be considered for this role you will hold a post graduate degree in economics, or a fisheries/natural resource management discipline with strong economics content. 

You will have significant experience in the application of economics in fisheries management and/or development, particularly in the provision of economic input and analysis in the formulation of fisheries management measures, and the appraisal of costs and benefits of fisheries development projects.

With a proven history of researching, preparing and presenting submissions to national and international forums, you will have strong communication skills, both written and oral, and be capable of providing sound economic advice and explaining relevant concepts to a variety of audiences.

Your highly developed interpersonal skills will ensure you are able to build strong working relationships with a diverse range of stakeholders at all levels. You will exhibit strong analytical skills, and be familiar with the Microsoft Office suite, to enable you to work with and present relevant information and data. 

Importantly, you will be able to work in a multidisciplinary and culturally diverse team, and will demonstrate high levels of respect for individual and cultural differences. 

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$106,563 - US$123,645 (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!

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

Applications close Tuesday 16th March 2021, at 11:30pm AEST

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