• The Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency: Deputy Director -General

The Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency: Deputy Director -General



Type : Notice
Date : September 8, 2022


Deputy Director -General

Job No: 159763

 Location: Honiara, Solomon Islands

  • Exciting leadership opportunity as Deputy Director-General of the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency based in the Solomon Islands
  • Excellent salary package commencing circa $144,000 (subject to exchange rates) TAX-FREE for citizens of most countries, including COLDA and Location Allowance
  • Host of additional benefits such as super, insurance, medical, education and rental allowances!
  • Make the ultimate sea change and take your career to the next level!

About the Organization

The Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) is an intergovernmental organisation working to strengthen national capacity and regional solidarity so Pacific nations can manage, control, and develop their tuna fisheries now and in the future.

Based in Honiara, Solomon Islands, FFA’s 17member nations are Australia, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.

Since 1979, FFA has facilitated regional cooperation so that all Pacific countries benefit from the sustainable use of tuna – worth over USD $3 billion a year and essential for many people’s livelihoods in the Pacific.

For more information about The Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency, please visit their website here.

About the Opportunity

FFA is now inviting applications for the position of Deputy Director-General, based in Honiara, in the Solomon Islands, on a full-time basis.

This is a critical position in the executive team of the FFA Secretariat. As Deputy Director General, you will be responsible for oversight of the governance and conduct of the Agency’s technical and professional activities and providing direction on the Agency’s work programme.

In support of the Director General the role has responsibility for the oversight of all strategic, technical and administrative aspects of the FFA Secretariat.

More specifically, your day-to-day duties will include (but will not be limited to):

  • Supervising the Agency’s technical and professional activities and formulating and implementing the Agency’s overall annual work program and budget;
  • Ensuring efficient and effective support for members at meetings and workshops;
  • Overseeing the preparation and implementation of Treaties and Regional Fisheries Management initiatives;
  • Liaising with FFA members on their respective fisheries development needs and/or evaluation of national-specific projects;
  • Assisting in the oversight provision of IT and other technical services to members in vessel monitoring and operating the Regional Fisheries Surveillance Centre as required;
  • Ensuring accurate and timely dissemination of fisheries-related information to member countries and developing and overseeing the advocacy and public outreach for the FFA and regional fisheries sector; and
  • Implementing and overseeing enhanced gender policies and promoting the implementation of effective training programs for staff of the Agency and broader membership.

Applications are invited only from citizens of FFA member countries.

In order to be considered applicants must provide

  • Cover letter addressed to the Director General
  • A written letter of endorsement of their candidacy from their national governments
  • A completed copy of the Application form which addresses the key selection criteria.
  • A copy of their resume.

To be successful in this position, you will have a tertiary qualification in fisheries management, fisheries development or equivalent. You will also have demonstrated a high level of experience in the fisheries sector and have a background in the management of an intergovernmental organization or medium-sized national organization or corporation.

This position requires someone who can manage multiple activities at any given time and the ability to prioritise and delegate workloads as necessary to deliver work within tight deadlines. You will have exceptional written and verbal communication skills and the ability to pursue Secretariat goals within approved government parameters.

To view the selection criteria, please see the position description.

Please Note: Previous experience living and/or working in the Pacific Region is also desirable.

About the Benefits

The Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) is offering the successful candidate a competitive remuneration commencing circa $144,000 (subject to exchange rates) TAX-FREE for citizens of most countries, commensurate with skills and experience. You will also have superannuation paid at 7.5% into either a nominated fund or as an additional cash supplement. FFA reimburses all reasonable medical, dental, and optical expenses for yourself and your dependents. Insurance coverage is also provided for personal accidents, life, medical &repatriation.

Education for dependent children will be reimbursed at 75% of tuition fees (Conditions apply). If your dependent child is educated overseas, paid school travel may be available for you or your child to visit each other once a year.

Accommodation assistance is also available.

Additionally, relocation expenses will be paid, with an establishment grant paid on arrival in Honiara.  Annual airfares back to your country of repatriation will be provided, and a repatriation allowance of 2 weeks’ base salary on return to home base at the end of your contract. There is also a retention incentive of 21% of your base salary, which will be paid on the completion of your three-year contract.

On top of all this, you will have access to 6 weeks of annual leave each year, giving you plenty of time to explore this stunning part of the world!

Applications close 31st October 2022 at 5 pm (SBT).

To be considered for this role, applicants must submit their applications with additional documents requested by 5 pm (SBT), 31st October 2022.

 For further details and how to apply, please visit ffa.int/employment

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