Economist - Fisheries

Economist - Fisheries

SPC - Secretariat of the Pacific Community

Noumea, New Caledonia

The role 

The Economist - Fisheries will provide economic advice, analysis and assessments of fisheries and aquaculture data and project proposals to government fisheries departments, stakeholders and the private sector, as well as providing training in regards to economics, cost-benefit analysis and business skills in the 22 Pacific Island Countries and Territories.

The key responsibilities of the role include the following:

Development & implementation of technical monitoring programmes for fisheries & aquaculture development initiatives

  • Design and implement surveys and data collection systems for nearshore fisheries and/or aquaculture projects, appropriately utilizing current systems if they exist, while working closely with the Coastal fisheries Information and Database Manager;
  • Utilizing and developing new collection and analysis methodologies and new technology as required by the context.

Economic analysis & modelling of fisheries & aquaculture

  • Lead CFP’s economic analysis and economic input. Providing, as appropriate, cost benefit analysis, economic modelling and evaluations of nearshore fisheries and aquaculture;
  • Use economic modelling, theory and analysis to provide fisheries policy advice and information to SPC member countries. Where appropriate working with other SPC divisions and beyond.

National & community capacity development in support of fisheries & aquaculture development

  • Formal, on-the-job training and mentoring of country counterparts including technical analysis, data collection and report writing as well as supervision of economic attachments to SPC;
  • Provide community training on data collection, record keeping, financial skills and business management to enhance profitability and chance of business success for fisheries and aquaculture businesses.
  • Inter-agency networking and cross-sectoral collaboration

  • Identify opportunities, develop and promote economic related projects within SPC and other regional and international organisations;
  • Liaise and network with new projects, such as MFAT and the EU-PEUMP programme to provide economic input and assistance where needed.

Section administration & communication

  • Manage the budgets of economic projects effectively to ensure value for money and all audit and other donor and SPC internal requirements are met;
  • Keep abreast of economic context and development aspirations of PICTs and assist the DD CFP to build these into work programme.

Key selection criteria


  • Postgraduate qualification in economics, resource/environmental economics, finance or a related field.

Technical expertise

  • At least 8 years’ experience in economic data collection, analysis and advice for development projects, government policy or/and proposals;
  • Knowledge and experience in preparing and running in-country data collection programmes, preferably experience of running programmes remotely via email, telephone or other forms of indirect communication;
  • Knowledge and experience of data analysis, including cost-benefit and related analysis, descriptive analysis and statistical analysis;
  • Ability to translate economic analysis into easily understood terms for non-experts;
  • Experience providing economic advice to governments, senior officials and fishers or community members.

Language skills

  • Excellent communication skills in English (oral and written) with the capacity to engage scientific, government, public and community audiences;
  • A good level of French will be considered as an advantage;
  • Interpersonal skills and cultural awareness;
  • Good interpersonal skills and good at working to deadlines;
  • 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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