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Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA)

Strategic Communications Manager

Job No: 117631
Location: Honiara

  • Do you have a background in communications, PR, marketing, journalism or similar?
  • Important senior opportunity to lead the communications strategies of an intergovernmental organisation in the Pacific
  • Excellent salary negotiable from US$89,292.00 - US$104,567.00 (with Base salary, basic allowances and Superannuation)
  • Make the ultimate sea change and help support the sustainable development of Pacific Island countries and protect the region's valuable tuna resources

About the Organisation

The Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) is an intergovernmental organisation formed in 1979 that works 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 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 - an important industry 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 looking for a full-time Strategic Communications Manager to join their team in Honiara, in the Solomon Islands on a three-year fixed term contract, with possibility for renewal pending performance appraisals.

Reporting to the Director-General through to the Deputy Director General and working closely with senior management, the successful applicant will primarily be primarily responsible for developing new communication strategies and driving communication initiatives that support the FFA to achieve its organisational priorities.

Some of the key responsibilities will include (but not be limited to):

  • Managing the FFA's branding and corporate identity to both protect reputation and promote the FFA's work;
  • Overseeing and managing the FFA's internal communication, across the organisation's staff, and external communications throughout the Pacific region and internationally;
  • Providing strategic oversight of communications for major projects, change initiatives, and announcements
  • Developing communication tools and resources to build the capacity of key staff and member nations;
  • Providing regular reports on progress of work and giving strategic advice/recommendations to senior management; and
  • Drafting media releases, creating social media updates, updating the FFA's website and providing oversight for other media channels, if unable to be delegated.

To view the full position description, please click here.

About You

To be successful in this role, you must have at least 10 years of demonstrable industry experience, ideally in regards to leading the creation and execution of communications strategies. Furthermore, you will have relevant tertiary qualifications in communications, public relations, brand management, marketing or journalism.

While not an essential requirement, any experience working with or for an international or regional organisation, particularly in the Pacific, will be seen as highly desirable as will experience in Fisheries and/or other natural resource management sectors.

As an experienced media professional, you will be confident in your ability to communicate expertly through both written and verbal mediums to deliver high quality tactical outputs including digital products, speeches and articles.

Your high level communication skills and understanding of cultural intricacies in the region will help you to foster strong and productive interpersonal relationships with both internal staff and senior management, and member nations at a broader international level.

The ideal candidate will possess a forward-thinking strategic mindset, capable of working both as collectively and autonomously to adapt/update the communication strategies and media relations of the FFA in line with the organisation's strategic plan.

Leading by example, you will thrive within an environment that provides opportunities to focus on both the big picture framework and the day-to-day intricacies involved in a communications role, particularly at a senior level.

Most importantly, FFA is looking for a dedicated professional able to navigate the complex international frameworks that the FFA operates within, who is able to manage complex and competing demands and operate within the confines of tight deadlines.

About the Benefits

If you are looking to make the ultimate sea change and experience life on the leading edge of Pacific development, this is the opportunity for you!

On offer for the successful candidate is a salary commencing from US$89,292.00 (with Base salary, basic allowances and Superannuation), tax free for citizens of most countries and negotiable up to US$104,567.00, depending on proven experience and qualifications.

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 dependants. 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 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!


For an opportunity to join an intergovernmental organisation committed to ensuring a sustainable future for Pacific nations - Apply Now! 

Applications close TUE 30JUN, 2020 at 11pm (AEST)

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