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Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA)

Surveillance Operations Officer

Job No: 110602
Location: Honiara

  • Are you experienced in fisheries MCS or maritime operations? Make the ultimate sea change and take your career to the next level!
  • Fantastic opportunity to be directly engaged at the cutting edge of intergovernmental Fisheries Security in the Pacific!
  • Excellent package circa AUD$127,742 (tax-free, for citizens of most countries!), including COLDA and Location Allowance PLUS a host of other benefits

About the Organisation

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 17 member 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.

FFA was established to help countries sustainably manage the fishery resources within their 200-mile Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZs). FFA is an advisory body providing expertise, technical assistance and other support to its members who make sovereign decisions about their tuna resources and participate in regional decision making on tuna management through bodies such as the Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA) and the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC).

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 important for many people’s livelihoods in the Pacific.

For more information about the FFA please visit their website here.

About the Opportunity

FFA now has an exciting opportunity for a full-time Surveillance Operations Officer to join their Fisheries Operations Division in Honiara, Solomon Islands.

Reporting to the Director Fisheries Operations, this pivotal role will see you primarily responsible for ensuring the effective and efficient fisheries Monitoring, Control and Surveillance (MCS) services are provided to the FFA Secretariat and its member countries. This includes the coordination of regional and national MCS activities.

Some of your key duties will include (but will not be limited to):

  • Providing operational advice to FFA member countries’ surveillance authorities in respect of regional coordination of fisheries MCS;
  • Developing initiatives to enhance the coordination and effectiveness of aerial and surface fisheries surveillance provided by Australia, New Zealand, United States and France and other countries through regular liaison with relevant operational authorities in those countries and FFA members;
  • Exploring emerging technologies to support regional and national MCS activities;
  • Assisting in the identification of in-country fisheries MCS needs, and developing strategies to meet these needs;
  • Providing operational oversight and guidance to the operations and management of the Regional Fisheries Surveillance Centre at the FFA Secretariat; and
  • Collaborating with FFA Members and other key stakeholders to maximise relationships and build capacity.

The full position description can be downloaded here.

About You

To be considered for this position you must have a relevant formal qualification (e.g. law enforcement, maritime operations, fisheries compliance, or similar), coupled with considerable experience in one of these areas of discipline. This will ensure your ability to quickly pick up existing systems and processes and hit the ground running in this critical role.

Due to the nature of the role, you must be well versed in developing initiatives to enhance the coordination and effectiveness of surveillance provided by international military providers and national authorities. Familiarity with relevant technology is essential, as is the ability to keep pace with emerging technologies within the fisheries / surveillance space. This will aid you in keeping abreast of new technology in order to make assessments and identify potential benefits for future use.

As you will be engaging with various multinational stakeholders, it is imperative you possess excellent communication skills and a collaborative approach to your work. The ability to manage and develop capacity of a multifaceted and diverse team will also be crucial, as you will play an important part in providing operational direction to staff members from a wide array of backgrounds in addition to member authorities.

While not mandatory, candidates that possess a relevant Master's degree and/or a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment will be highly regarded.

Please Note: A willingness to travel frequently within the region, sometimes for extended periods of time, is required.

About the Benefits

If you are looking for an interesting new challenge where you can play a key influential role in the surveillance operations of a number of countries, this is the opportunity for you!

You’ll be offered a competitive, tax-free remuneration package circa AUD$127,742 (USD$89,711 subject to change with exchange rates) commensurate with your skills and experience, that includes Cost of Living Differential Allowance, Location Allowance and Superannuation.

Your superannuation of 7.5% can be paid into either a nominated fund or as an additional cash supplement. FFA reimburses all reasonable medical, dental, and optical expenses for yourself and dependents. Insurance coverage is also provided for personal accident, 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 the country of repatriation will be provided, and a repatriation allowance of 2 weeks’ base salary on return to home-base at the end of the contract. There is also a retention incentive of 14% of your base salary which will be paid on the completion of your primary 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!

This is a fantastic opportunity to take on a senior operations role with an organisation at the cutting edge of intergovernmental Fisheries Security - Apply Now!


To apply for this role, please complete the questions below and attach your resume.

Applications close 17th May 2019 at 06:00PM AEST

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