Geospatial Technical Officer

NGO Jobs / UN Jobs Vacancy

Country: Fiji
Organization: Pacific Community
Closing date: 5 Feb 2021

The Pacific Community (SPC) invites applications for the position of Geospatial Technical Officer in the Geosciences, Energy and Maritime Division, located at its regional office in Suva, Fiji.


The Pacific Community (SPC) 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:

  1. 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.

  2. Geo-resources 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.

  3. 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 (DRM) initiatives, and water and sanitation initiatives. Several regional climate change projects are housed in this programming area.

The Geospatial Technical Officer will implement and assist in work programmes having relevance and significance to the people and governments of SPC member countries by improving the regional maritime boundaries database through the publication of reliable authoritative maritime boundaries data and information for efficient monitoring, control and surveillance (MCS) and enforcement of fisheries laws and other maritime boundaries. The role has a requirement for establishing and maintaining an official database of Pacific maritime zones data. The job holder will quality control and analyse these data and support their dissemination and integration with various portals and marine spatial planning applications. This role will also be responsible for the transfer of geospatial ocean data and tools and their applications during training and outreach activities. The job holder will also assist with consultations and assist in workshop and project management and reporting.

The key responsibilities of the role include the following:

· Maritime boundaries solutions for fisheries enforcement and management

· Maintenance of the Regional Maritime Boundaries Spatial Database

· Technical Analysis and Reporting

· Capacity Building and Training

For a more detailed account of the key responsibilities, please refer to the job description provided.

Key selection criteria


· Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate field such as Coastal Science or Geospatial Science**

Knowledge and experience

· At least 2-3 years of progressive practical experience in GIS applications and ocean governance or marine science

· Knowledge of Python with QGIS

· Experience in the development, operation and maintenance of databases.

Essential skills

· Proven analytical and problem-solving skills with time series and/or geospatial data

· A good background and understanding of database management, data quality and quality control.

· Strong background working with multidisciplinary teams

Language skills

· Excellent English communication skills (oral and written)

Interpersonal skills and cultural awareness

· Ability to work in a multicultural, inclusive and equitable environment

Salary, terms and conditions

Contract Duration – until 31 December 2022

Remuneration – This is a full-time Band 7 position in SPC’s 2021 salary scale, with a commencing taxable salary range of 2,232-2,790 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.

Recruitment principles - SPC’s recruitment is based on merit and fairness, and candidates are competing in a selection process that is fair, transparent and non-discriminatory. SPC is an equal-opportunity employer, and is committed to cultural and gender diversity, including bilingualism, and will seek to attract and appoint candidates who respect these values. Due attention is given to gender equity and the maintenance of strong representation from Pacific Island professionals. If two interviewed candidates are ranked equal by the selection panel, preference will be given to the Pacific Islander.

Applicants will be assured of complete confidentiality in line with SPC’s Privacy Policy.

How to apply:

Application procedure

Closing Date – 5 February 2021 – 11:45pm Fiji time

Applicants must apply online at:

Hard copies of applications will not be accepted.

To be considered for this role, you must provide us with:

· an updated resume

· a cover letter detailing your skills, experience and interest in this position

· responses to all screening questions

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

Applicants should not attach copies of qualifications or letters of reference. These documents may be requested at a later stage.

Please ensure that you respond to all of the screening questions. If you do not respond to the screening questions, your application will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed at shortlisting stage.**

Only Fijian citizens are eligible to apply for this role.

Screening Questions:

  1. Please describe the depth and breadth of your experience in writing computer code to analyse scientific data.

  2. Please describe how familiar are you with the United Nation Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

    Please describe what you know about the vessel monitoring system administered by the Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA

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