Suva, Fiji 🇫🇯


The Pacific Community 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:

  • 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.
  • Georesources 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.
  • 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 initiatives, and water and sanitation initiatives. Ridge to Reef is a stand-alone programme that pulls expertise from the three scientific areas and is located within Disaster and Community Resilience.

The other two focus areas within this division are Programming and Operations, which is responsible for driving integrated programming excellence and operational support across the division, and Geoinformatics, which is responsible for providing diverse, integrated, and unique and demand-driven services across SPC work programmes, projects and countries. This includes developing, managing, and building on and retaining or preserving spatial data and information for the benefit of all scientific areas.

The RoleHydrogeologist is primarily responsible for coordination and implementation of water resources monitoring and assessment activities for the Water and Sanitation Programme. SPC is the agency responsible for coordinating water and sanitation in the Pacific region and provides support to members through capacity building, awareness and advocacy, and technical support for the management of water resources and the provision of improved and more resilient water supply and sanitation services.

The Water and Sanitation Programme comprises three components: (i) Water Resources Management, (ii) Water and Sanitation Services, and (iii) Water Governance. The Water Resources Management component provides technical support to Pacific Island countries and territories in water resources monitoring, assessment, development, management and protection of groundwater, surface water, and rainwater with an emphasis on water resources management in climate extremes.

Please refer to the job description provided for more details about the key responsibilities of the role.

Key selection criteria

  • Qualifications
  • Postgraduate qualification in a relevant field, such as hydrology, hydrogeology, groundwater modelling or water resources engineering
  • Knowledge and experience
  • At least five years of experience in water resource assessment and monitoring
  • Experience in the use and application of groundwater modelling simulation packages such as MODFLOW, SEAWAT, and SUTRA
  • Demonstrated experience in the application, design, analysis and interpretation of geophysics for groundwater assessments
  • Hydrological data management, including the application of hydrological data to develop information products
  • Demonstrated experience of hydrologic databases
  • Demonstrated experience of working on and managing projects in remote locations
  • Understanding of water and sanitation needs in Pacific Island countries, including WASH in emergency situations
  • Working knowledge of the design and construction of sustainable water abstraction technologies suitable for remote locations
  • Essential skills
  • Demonstrated project management and organisational skills, including an ability to establish priorities and to meet project deadlines and objectives
  • Experience in analysis and interpretation of climate information
  • Advanced knowledge and experience of water resources assessment and monitoring
  • Advanced knowledge in the application and use of numerical groundwater modelling in coastal and island settings
  • Programing skills, including coding with Python
  • Advanced technical reporting skills
  • Advanced data analysis skills and understanding of geophysics suitable for groundwater assessment
  • Strong computer literacy in Microsoft Office and related project management software
  • Language skills
  • Excellent English communication skills (oral and written) with a working knowledge of French being an advantage
  • Interpersonal skills and cultural awareness
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work in a multi-cultural and gender-sensitive environment
  • Strong negotiation and relationship-building skills

Salary, terms and conditions

Contract Duration – Two years – until 31 January 2020

Remuneration – The Hydrogeologist is a Band 11 position in SPC’s 2017 salary scale, with a starting salary range of 2,884‒3,605 SDR (special drawing rights) per month, which currently converts to approximately FJD 8,422–10,527 (USD 4,009–5,011; EUR 3,647–4,558). An offer of appointment for an initial contract will normally be made in the lower half of this range, with due consideration being given to experience and qualifications. Progression within the salary scale will be based on annual performance reviews. Remuneration of expatriate SPC staff members is not subject to income tax in Fiji; Fiji nationals employed by SPC in Fiji will be subject to income tax.

Benefits for international staff employees based in Fiji – SPC provides a housing allowance of FJD 1,170–2,625 per month. Establishment and relocation grant, removal expenses, airfares, home leave, medical and life insurance and education allowances are available for eligible employees and their recognised dependents. Employees are entitled to 25 days of annual leave and 30 days of sick leave per annum, and access to SPC’s Provident Fund (contributing 8% of salary, to which SPC adds a matching contribution).

Languages – SPC’s working languages are English and French.

As an equal-opportunity employer, SPC recruits on merit; however if two interviewed candidates are ranked equally by the selection committee, preference will be given to nationals of Pacific Island countries and territories.

Application procedure

Applicants must apply online at http://careers.spc.int/

Closing Date – 17 January 2018

Hard copies of applications will not be accepted.

For your application to be considered, you must provide us with:

  • an updated resume
  • contact details for three professional referees
  • a cover letter detailing your skills, experience and interest in this position
  • responses to all screening questions

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

For international staff in Fiji, only one foreign national per family can be employed with an entity operating in Fiji at any one given time. The Pacific Community does not support dual spouse employment.

All international positions at SPC have specific screening questions. If you do not respond to all of the screening questions your application will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed at shortlisting stage.

Screening Questions:

  • What specific skills do you bring to the role of Hydrogeologist?
  • What are you ideally looking for in your next position and what is it about this role that attracted your attention?
  • Without committing you to a specific dollar value, what is the minimum starting salary that you will accept?
  • What is your notice period?
  • Have you been convicted of any offences involving children?

  • http://spc.turborecruit.com.au/position_description/773/JD Hydrogeologist 2017.docx