Pacific Islander Junior Professional (Fisheries Management and Policy)

SPC - Secretariat of the Pacific Community

Noumea, New Caledonia

The role:

The Pacific Islander Junior Professional (Fisheries Management and Policy) will support the Fisheries Managers and Scientist in providing support and advice to governments, stakeholders and the private sector, in planning and implementing coastal fisheries science and management activities, focusing on developing and reviewing coastal fisheries policy, management, and monitoring control surveillance and enforcement (MCS&E).

The key responsibilities of the role include the following:

Assisting national and sub-national governments to develop review or update coastal fisheries and/or aquaculture management plans and policies:

  • Assist fisheries department staff to develop specific management plans and arrangements for species and/or areas identified as a national or sub-national priority;
  • Assist in stakeholder consultations or provide input to the development of national or sub-national fishery and/or aquaculture management plans and policies;
  • Ensure an assessment of gender and human rights issues is undertaken to ensure no bias or barriers exist in any new or revised fisheries or aquaculture management plans or policies;
  • Assist with training of local staff in the process for reviewing and updating fishery or aquaculture management plans and policies, including some attachment training in Noumea;
  • Update the coastal fisheries management, policy and regulations databases.

Collaboration with other work areas within and across SPC sections, programmes and divisions, and other regional organisations:

  • Liaise and work with the MCS&E Specialist, Legal Adviser, Policy and Management Plan Specialist, Fisheries Scientist and other section staff to integrate the work of these different areas into fisheries policies and plans, including the development of awareness-raising materials in these areas;
  • Liaise with the aquaculture section on the incorporation of aquaculture in fisheries policies;
  • Assist in gathering information for producing the 2018 coastal fisheries report card.

Section administration and communication:

  • Assist the Adviser and Coastal Fisheries Scientist to develop annual work plans and work plan reports for the section;
  • Maintain up-to-date corporate and administrative procedures for all activities undertaken;
  • Acquit any cash advances that are used for fieldwork with receipts for all expenditure;
  • Where applicable, contribute to programme and divisional publications, such as Fisheries Newsletters;
  • Produce reports for all activities undertaken, including technical reports and trip reports.

Key selection criteria:

Pacific Islander:

  • Only applicants who are nationals and residents of Pacific Island countries or territories are eligible to apply;
  • Applicants must be employed in Pacific Island fisheries or conservation/environment agency or a recognised NGO working in the field of coastal fisheries science, management or monitoring in a Pacific Island country or territory.


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in a discipline relevant to fisheries management/policy.

Technical expertise:

  • At least 3 years’ direct relevant experience in Pacific Island coastal fisheries management;
  • Proven experience in developing or implementing fisheries policies or management plans;
  • Understanding of current Pacific Island regional coastal fisheries management and science issues, and experience working with gender issues relating to fisheries;
  • Strong PC-based computer skills (Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook), with knowledge of software programmes for data entry and analysis.

Essential skills:

  • Demonstrated experience in report writing in English;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, ability to work in a team, undertake unsupervised work, and negotiate with people from different ethnic, cultural and educational backgrounds;
  • Commitment to undertaking overseas assignments (sometimes under difficult physical conditions).

Language skills:

  • Excellent English language skills, with a working knowledge of French being an advantage.

Interpersonal skills and cultural awareness:

  • Good interpersonal skills;
  • A team player, with the ability to network and work effectively in a multicultural setting;
  • Cultural sensitivity, and a demonstrated understanding of developing country environments. Knowledge of Pacific Island countries and territories is an advantage.

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