Fiji nationals: Senior Technical Officer (Oceanography)

Pacific Community (SPC)

Suva, Fiji 🇫🇯

  • Attractive local package
  • Friendly and supportive team environment
  • Join the principal development organisation in the Pacific region


The Pacific Community (SPC) is the principal scientific and technical organisation in the Pacific region, supporting development since 1947. We are an international development organisation owned and governed by our 26 country and territory members. In pursuit of sustainable development to benefit Pacific people, our organisation works across more than 20 sectors. We are known for our knowledge and innovation in such areas as fisheries science, public health surveillance, geoscience, and conservation of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture. 

The Geoscience Energy and Maritime Division provides advice, technical assistance, research and training support to Pacific Island countries and territories (PICTs). There are three areas of scientific programming and two areas of focus within this division: 

  1. Oceans and Maritime Programme (OMP) – Driving growth in blue economies through well-informed and inclusive action from integrated solutions for ocean and coastal management and maritime and transport.
  2. Geo-resources and Energy Programme (GEP) – Strengthening the management of the Earth’s non-living resources through responsible harnessing of mineral resources, including metalliferous and development minerals, and clean and renewable energy resources, such as solar, wind, and geothermal for sustainable development.
  3. Disaster and Community Resilience Programme (DCRP) – Improving resilience and sustainability through the management of disaster risk and assessment of hazards. This includes building resilience through wider support for climate change, disaster risk management (DRM) initiatives, and water and sanitation initiatives. Several regional climate change projects are housed in this programming area.
  4. The other two focus areas within this division are Programming and Operations, responsible for driving integrated programming excellence and operational support across the division, and Geo-informatics, which is responsible for providing diverse, integrated, and unique and demand-driven services across SPC work programmes, projects and countries. This includes developing, managing, building on and retaining or preserving spatial data and information for the benefit of all scientific areas. 

The Senior Technical Officer – Oceanography is responsible for collecting data and information in coastal, nearshore, and marine areas through field surveys, remote sensing techniques, and literature reviews. The job holder will conduct quality control, process, and analyse data, and after assisting with interpretation, produce various outputs such as maps, reports and GIS databases. The job holder will also be responsible for post-survey applications of derived products, for example during training workshops and outreach activities. 

The key responsibilities of the role include the following: 

  • Project Implementation
  • Field Surveys and Data Acquisition
  • Capacity Building and Supervision
  • Technical Analysis and Reporting 

For a more detailed account of the key responsibilities, please refer to the job description provided.

Key selection criteria 


  • A degree (BSc), in an appropriate field of geoscience, marine science or geospatial science or surveying from a recognized university 

Knowledge and experience

  • At least 4 years’ experience working on multidisciplinary projects, where work areas have included coastal, atoll / reef and volcanic island environments
  • Experience in the use of field instrumentation and remote sensing tools and products used in marine / coastal surveys, habitat mapping, and resource assessment
  • Knowledge of training and transfer of skills in a workshop environment 

Essential skills

  • Proven analytical and problem-solving skills associated with demonstrated ability to take the initiative
  • A good background and understanding of organization data management issues, data quality and quality control.
  • Knowledge of GIS application
  • Excellent report preparation and communication skills 

Language skills

  • Excellent English communication skills (oral and written) 

Interpersonal skills and cultural awareness

  • Ability to work in a multicultural, inclusive and equitable environment

Salary, terms and conditions 

Contract Duration – Until 31 March 2022 

Remuneration – This is a full-time temporary position at Band 7 in SPC’s 2021 salary scale, with a commencing taxable salary range of FJD 2,232-2,790 per month, plus local benefits for staff only. An offer of appointment for an initial contract will be made in the lower half of this range, with due consideration given to experience and qualifications. Progression within the salary scale will be based on annual performance reviews. 

Recruitment principles – SPC’s recruitment is based on merit and fairness, and candidates are competing in a selection process that is fair, transparent and non-discriminatory. SPC is an equal-opportunity employer, and is committed to cultural and gender diversity, including bilingualism, and will seek to attract and appoint candidates who respect these values. Due attention is given to gender equity and the maintenance of strong representation from Pacific Island professionals. If two interviewed candidates are ranked equal by the selection panel, preference will be given to the Pacific Islander.

Applicants will be assured of complete confidentiality in line with SPC’s Privacy Policy.

Application procedure 

Closing Date – 20 October 2021 until 11:45pm Fiji time

Applicants must apply online.

Hard copies of applications will not be accepted.

To be considered for this role, you must provide us with: 

  • an updated resume
  • a cover letter detailing your skills, experience and interest in this position
  • responses to all screening questions 

Please ensure your documents are in Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF format. 

Applicants should not attach copies of qualifications or letters of reference. These documents may be requested at a later stage. 

Please ensure that you respond to all of the screening questions. If you do not respond to the screening questions, your application will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed at shortlisting stage. 

Only Fijian citizens are eligible to apply for this role. 

Screening Questions: 

  1. How do you think geospatial related information can support decision-making in PICTs?
  2. What are the coastal hazards faced by Pacific Island Countries?
  3. How do you think computer programming (e.g., Python) can boost the production and use of geospatial data?

JD – Senior Technical Officer Oceanography.doc

Type: Temporary – Local

Category: Geoscience – Energy and Maritime

Reference ID: JM000317

Date Posted: 06/10/2021