Geospatial Assistant

Fiji 🇫🇯


The Geosciences Division (GSD) has three technical work programmes: Geoscience for Development, Water and Sanitation, and Disaster Reduction. Its services to Pacific Community members include assessments of the potential of ocean and onshore mineral resources, maritime boundary data collection, coastal protection and management, geo-hazard assessment, and technical advice and assistance in the areas of water, waste-water, sanitation, disaster risk management, mapping and surveying (including GIS and remote sensing) and natural resources economics.

The role – The Geospatial Assistant will implement and assist on programmes relevant to the people and governments of SPC member countries by improving monitoring, control and surveillance (MCS) and enforcement of fisheries laws through the publication of reliable authoritative maritime boundaries information.

The key responsibilities of the role include the following:

  • Create and monitor the maritime boundaries spatial database: Responsible for migrating the existing maritime boundaries spatial database (Pacific Islands Regional Maritime Boundaries Information System) in MapInfo format into an open source GIS Platform (QGIS) in a variety of geospatial formats.
  • Ensure the attributes from the original PIRMBIS are included in the new database: Transfer the data held in the GIS platform into a database in accordance with the S-121 IHO standard.
  • Enhance the new version of the PIRMBIS registry: Ensure the global maritime boundaries spatial data sets are from recognized and reputable institutions and assess the datasets before they are included in the registry.
  • Deliver the PIRMBIS dataset to the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA): Geo-reference maritime boundaries data and package them into acceptable GIS formats for the maritime boundaries database and liaise with the technical project officers to ensure the timely development of the database.
  • Ensure the PIRMBIS information is publicly accessible via a web-based system based on PacGeo: Liaise with SPC’s ICT for Development team in the design and overall outlook of the database; work closely with consultant(s) to integrate functionality and identify specific solutions that may arise with the integration of PacGeo.
  • Deliver outputs to member countries: Provide training sessions to member countries on the setup of the database and interface via PacGeo; seek feedback from the countries on the display and functionality of the PacGeo implementation of the S-121 standard and make recommendations for further improvement and a development pathway.
  • Provide assistance to the maritime boundaries project team: Undertake any additional activities that may be required by the project team.

Key Selection Criteria

1. Qualifications

  • Diploma or higher qualification preferably in the areas of GIS and geosciences (marine affairs and/geography).

2. Essential experience and attributes

  • Sound working knowledge in both GIS and geoscience.
  • A minimum of two years of relevant work experience in at least one of the following fields: GIS, remote sensing, generating maps using GIS, database management.
  • Good knowledge of GIS applications and the use of appropriate mapping software.
  • Previous experience/familiarity with international and/or regional organisationsF.
  • Familiarity with data and database management.
  • Computer literacy, particularly with GIS applications and software.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with member governments in the region, as well as regional and international organisations.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English.

Remuneration – This is a full-time position, at Band 6 in SPC’s 2017 salary scale, with a commencing taxable salary range of FJD 1,766‒2,207 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.

Application Procedure

Please use SPC’s online recruitment system to lodge your application.

Applicants must apply online. Hard copies of applications will not be accepted.

Applicants must provide a resume and cover letter, and should not attach copies of qualifications or letters of reference.

These documents may be requested at a later stage.