Technical and Research Support Officer (PCRAFI)

NGO Jobs / UN Jobs Vacancy

Country: Fiji
Organization: Pacific Community
Closing date: 28 Jan 2021


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 Technical and Research Support Officer (PCRAFI) will provide support to the PCRAFI project and wider Disaster and Community Resilience Program (DCRP) disaster and risk related information management. The position reports to the PCRAFI II Project Manager.

The key responsibilities of the role include the following:

· Data Management

· Technical and Research support

· PCRAFI Management

· Pacific Resilience Partnership

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

Key selection criteria


· Bachelor of Geospatial Science or Equivalent**

Knowledge and experience

· Demonstrated analytical and technical skills with Basic GIS & RS skills

· Ability to conduct research and analyze and manage data

Essential skills

· Ability to communicate effectively with internal and external stakeholders via verbal and written communication

· Ability to work independently or as part of a team

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 30 June 2021

Remuneration – This is a full-time Band 5 position in SPC’s 2021 salary scale, with a commencing taxable salary range of FJD 1,520-1,901 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 – 28 January 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. Provide an example where you have used a geospatial data collection application, the associated data processing software, and platforms used to display the acquired data.

  2. Please describe your experience with geospatial analysis and technical and research analysis. Include specific examples.

  3. In a workplace like SPC, there may be times that you need seek the views of others on your work. When everyone says they are busy, describe 2 ways in which you would get feedback on your work.

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