Head of the Pacific Community Centre for Ocean Science

Head of the Pacific Community Centre for Ocean Science

SPC - Secretariat of the Pacific Community

Noumea, New Caledonia

The role – the Head of the Pacific Community Centre for Ocean Science will provide direction, support and advocacy for the PCCOS. The position will oversee the PCCOS staff and work programme to develop and implement organisation-wide coordination and integrated programming in ocean science for sustainable development. The role will co-ordinate science and research development and collaboration work across all SPC’s relevant divisions/programmes and with international/regional scientific organisations to achieve excellence in ocean science, knowledge and innovation at SPC and innovative scientific partnerships.

The key responsibilities of the role include the following:

PCCOS Strategic Leadership and Management

  • Provide strategic vision and direction to guide the work of PCCOS in line with SPC’s Strategic Plan, members’ vision and relevant key regional and global frameworks;
  • Lead the establishment of collaboration with other regional/international scientific, research and/or technical organisations for amplifying the conduct of ocean research in the region and the delivery of ocean science outputs to Pacific stakeholders;
  • Coordinate the identification and retention of essential skills and experience to maintain SPC’s excellence in ocean science, knowledge and innovation through a capacity building plan;
  • Design and lead the development and implementation of an integrated work programme for PCCOS with all SPC’s scientific and technical divisions and programmes to achieve PCCOS objectives;
  • Provide effective high-level reporting and communication on progress related to PCCOS;
  • Lead the development of innovative solutions for PCCOS governance and integrated programming across SPC.

Ocean Science Lead

  • Represent the authoritative competence at SPC on ocean science;
  • Design and propose ocean science strategy for the organisation, in line with the needs of the region;
  • Input into regional/international ocean science initiatives, making visible the contribution of SPC to advance ocean science within the framework of the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development;
  • Ensure effective engagement and relationships between PCCOS and the other SPC divisions and programmes;
  • As appropriate, provide organisational leadership and coordination of collaborative ocean science and research projects involving international and regional partners and scientific institutes;
  • As appropriate, design and implement new science and research concepts and proposals in SPC’s ocean expert areas;
  • Support and coordinate the development of scientific publications documenting SPC ocean science efforts and results;
  • In collaboration with the Pacific Data Hub, oversee the management across SPC of ocean science and knowledge to make it readily available and used by SPC’s members and divisions/programmes; and identify current and future technology needs aligned to Pacific islands countries needs of ocean science.

Resource Mobilisation

  • Coordinate the preparation of grant proposals and negotiation of contracts for new science and research concepts aligned to PCCOS objectives;
  • Research potential donors and partners and submit with innovative concepts related to the development of science and research concepts and proposals to appropriate and interested donors.

Programme and Staff Management

  • Lead, support and manage PCCOS staff;
  • Ensure effective implementation of MEL-based adaptive management in the delivery of PCCOS projects;
  • As appropriate, oversee the implementation of multi-million multi-country multi-year projects/programmes as per SPC policies and rules to ensure activities and budgets are executed in accordance with contractual requirements and approved budget.

Key selection criteria


  • A Master’s degree in a relevant discipline of ocean sciences.

Technical expertise

  • At least 15 years of demonstrated management experience in a research and scientific environment developing science concepts and approaches in a specialised field of ocean sciences;
  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically;
  • A solid understanding of large multi-country programme management;
  • Demonstrated experience and ability to lead and build capacity of multi-disciplinary teams in a multi-cultural environment to achieve the organisation’s vision and objectives;
  • Proven ability to coordinate and influence work collegially and in partnership with internal and external stakeholders;
  • Proven ability to develop and present scientific information and exceptional verbal and written communication in English with the capacity to represent the organisation at regional and international forums.

Language skills

  • Excellent written and oral communications skills for effective communication in English.

Interpersonal skills and cultural awareness

  • Demonstrated experience in relationship building and working with a wide variety of scientific organisations with awareness of their work and area of expertise;
  • Knowledge of Pacific Island countries and territories is an advantage.

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