Senior Technical Officer (2 vacancies)

Pacific Community (SPC)

Suva, , FJ


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 – 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 – 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 – 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.

One such project is the Tuvalu Coastal Adaptation Project (TCAP) for which the Geoscience Energy and Maritime (GEM) Division is undertaking a coastal hazard risk assessment and environmental and social impact assessment. Another project is the Resilient Boundaries for the Blue Pacific (RBBP), which takes a risk-based approach to identifying and preserving coastal features.

The Senior Technical Officer (x2) is responsible for the effective and timely planning, mobilisation, community consultation, data acquisition, post processing technical tools and methodologies, reporting and data delivery on marine and coastal mapping and survey projects. . The role will also develop GIS databases by collecting and collating temporal and spatial data through remote sensing, literature research, field surveys, and existing data.

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


  • Degree in science in the field of geospatial, environmental or marine science

Knowledge and experience

  • At least 4 years of progressive practical experience in GIS applications and field surveys
  • Knowledge of Python with QGIS
  • Experience in the development, operation and maintenance of databases
  • Proven analytical and problem-solving skills with time series and/or geospatial data

Essential skills

  • Experience in providing training and transfer of skills
  • Good background and understanding of database management, data quality and quality control
  • Ability to work with multidisciplinary teams
  • Strong PC based computer skills, preferably with Microsoft Programmes (Word, Excel, Access, Outlook, PowerPoint)

Language skills

  • Excellent English communication skills (oral and written)

Interpersonal skills and cultural awareness

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

Salary, terms and conditions

Contract Duration – The contract end dates vary according to the projects:

  1. Tuvalu Coastal Adaptation Project – Until 19 June 2021
  2. Resilient Boundaries for the Blue Pacific – Until 31 December 2022

Remuneration – This is a full-time position at Band 7 in SPC’s 2020 salary scale, with a commencing taxable salary range of FJD 2,232-2,790 per month, plus local staff benefits. 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.

SPC is committed to child protection, irrespective of whether any specific area of work involves direct contact with children. SPC’s Child Protection Policy is written in accordance with the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Successful candidates will be required to provide a police clearance certificate.

Application procedure

Closing Date: 29th March 2020 – 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. Please describe the depth and breadth of your experience in GIS in terms of the type of work and in what sectors
  2. What experience do you have in helping design and /or implement a geodatabase? Please also describe any challenges you have experienced in doing this and how you addressed the challenges.
  3. Please describe your experience in conducting fieldwork and collecting data during surveys.

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