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Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA)

Legal Advisor

Job No: 137231
Location: Honiara, Solomon Islands

  • Join an intergovernmental organisation at the leading edge of Pacific development!
  • Excellent remuneration package circa US$82,019 - US$121,055 (tax-free, for citizens of most countries!) plus repatriation allowances & retention incentives!
  • Enjoy relocation & accommodation assistance, 6 weeks annual leave, return airfares & more!

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.

About the Opportunity

FFA has an opportunity for a Legal Advisor to join their team in Honiara, Solomon Islands, on a 3-year contract, with renewal subject to performance appraisals and availability of funding. Depending on where you are currently based, you may also begin the role remotely and make the move to Honiara once you are able. 

Reporting to the Legal Counsel, you will be responsible for providing legal advice on all aspects of FFA's work, implementing legal frameworks and assisting with the review of national legislation and providing advice on international fisheries law.

Core duties:

  • Provide effective technical legal advice to the secretariat and member countries on fisheries and related legislation;
  • Research and develop legal frameworks for alternative fisheries management models that would enhance management of the region's tuna;
  • Assist member countries in the development of model management and legal frameworks to facilitate the sustainable harvesting of the regions tuna resource;
  • Support the development and formulation of Negotiation Briefs for member countries in international fisheries negotiations;
  • Undertake periodic reviews of regional, subregional and national arrangements; and
  • Advise member countries in connection with the detection, apprehension and prosecution of fishing vessels engaged in illegal activities.

For the full Position Description, please click here.

About You

To be considered for this role you will hold a Bachelor of Laws degree and ideally have post-graduate qualifications in international law, international fisheries law, or marine affairs. Experience with fisheries or maritime law would be highly regarded, though a more general environmental or natural resource-related background would be considered.

You will have a strong background in government or a multi-disciplinary environment, with demonstrated experience in the drafting and preparation of legislation. Any work as a prosecutor or in a related role would be an advantage.

Able to build relationships and collaborate with internal and external stakeholders at all levels, you will need strong communication skills, both written and oral.

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.

Please note: You will need to be comfortable undertaking extensive travel, once safe to do so, to various member countries and other international areas as required, typically for an average of 2 weeks a month.

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$82,019 - US$121,055 (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 21% 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!


Applications will close on Monday, November 22nd. 


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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