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Ocean Management Officer


The Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat


PIFS is an Employer of Choice in the region, aiming to recruit and employ staff based on merit and organisational needs, and ensures that employment selection upholds its values and commitment to Forum membership, gender balance and building a diverse and inclusive organisation. PIFS is committed to achieving gender balance and being fully representative of our member countries.  Our workforce is currently over 50% female, and we have representatives from twelve of the eighteen Forum member countries.  


To achieve greater workforce representation from our member countries we strongly encourage applicants from the following countries to apply: Federated States of Micronesia, French Polynesia, Nauru, Niue, New Caledonia and Palau


The Opportunity


The Forum Secretariat invites suitably experienced and qualified individuals to apply for the position of Ocean Management Officer. The role is to is to support the work in close collaboration with the Senior Ocean Analyst and the Engagement Team and to lead the regional monitoring and evaluation of the regional and global reporting obligations and provide support to day-to-day operations of the Office. This includes the work on the Pacific Ocean Commissioner’s triennial Blue Pacific Ocean Report Responsibilities include, but not limited to:


  • Ensure the continued maintenance of the Leaders Mandate Pacific Ocean Initiatives Register to support and inform Members reporting and also raise accountability from partners, including the Voluntary National Reviews (VNR).
  • Support Members in their VNR and contribute regional inputs on implementation to UN SG Report, the Pacific Sustainable Development Report and other regional reports.
  • Coordinate reporting (including M&E) on implementation of the Regional and Global Policies and Commitments from CROP and POA, including through the triennial Blue Pacific Ocean Report, building on from the 2021 Report.
  • Support the reporting of key findings of the Blue Pacific Ocean Report to Leaders, particularly in identifying the causes of lack of implementation and identifying solutions.
  • Support regional, cross-sectoral ocean policy dialogue to foster implementation by POA Stakeholders including the 2050 Strategy for the Blue Pacific, Framework for a Pacific Oceanscape, 2030 Agenda, Post 2020 Global Biodiversity Framework.


Applicants should have a university bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline to ocean development / management / governance (and a postgraduate degree in communications, marketing, management, public policy, international development would be an advantage) with demonstrated experience in ocean governance in the Pacific, and similarly in relevant natural resource governance issues or international development.


The Benefits


The position carries a competitive and attractive remuneration and benefits package including medical and life insurance, education, and housing allowance. The position is placed at our Officer level with a starting base salary range from
SDR 31,486 to 35,421 per annum equivalent to (FJD 94,269 to 106,051) at Band 10 on our salary scale. Amounts are based on 1 July foreign exchange rate, but your final salary will be dependent on foreign exchange rates at the time of payment.


Interested applicants are encouraged to apply through our website: www.forumsec.org where an information package containing the position description and full remuneration details is available. Candidates must include in either their application or Curriculum Vitae the full contact details of three referees. For non-Fijian nationals, this salary may be tax-free. To be eligible for this position, the applicant must be a national of a Forum member country*. Applicants must be willing to travel periodically via economy class.


Deadline for applications is at 5pm (Fiji time), Friday 29 September 2023.


*Member States of the Pacific Islands Forum: Australia, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, French Polynesia, Kiribati, Nauru, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu.

Position Description

Type: Contract - International

Category: Marine

Reference ID: LN000044

Date Posted: 04/09/2023