Aquaculture Technician

Aquaculture Technician

Closing on: Thursday, August 8, 2019 - 17:00 South Pacific Posted on: Fri, 07/26/2019 - 17:28

Tender Details

Aquaculture Technician

  • Attractive and competitive local package
  • Friendly and supportive team environment
  • Join the principal development organisation in the region


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 Fisheries, Aquaculture and Marine Ecosystems (FAME) Division includes the Oceanic Fisheries Programme (OFP) and Coastal Fisheries Programme (CFP). CFP’s goal is to ensure that inshore fisheries, nearshore fisheries and aquaculture in Pacific Island countries and territories are managed and developed sustainably. The programme assists governments and administrations to develop scientifically informed and socially achievable coastal fisheries management policies and systems (national and community-based). It provides a regional framework for sustainable aquaculture, including planning, research and development, and trade, for Pacific Island governments, the private sector and other stakeholders. It assists in developing sustainable nearshore fisheries in Pacific Island countries and territories to provide food security, sustain livelihoods, promote economic growth and assist climate change adaptation.

The Aquaculture Technician will assist the Pacific Island aquaculture and mariculture producers and enterprises with technical support to strengthen production efficiency through improved technical capabilities on small and medium scale enterprises through capacity development and training.

The key responsibilities of the role include the following:

  • Assist with aquaculture development through industry/expert networks and the provision on market information and trade;
  • Assist in promoting economically viable and gender balanced aquaculture including specific assistance in feed, breeding and brood stock management;
  • Collaborate with other work areas within and across SPC sections, programmes and divisions, and other regional organisations;
  • Section administration and communication support

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

Key selection criteria


  • Diploma in tropical aquaculture from a recognised institution

Knowledge and experience

  • At least five years of practical experience with small to medium-scale enterprises involved in freshwater aquaculture and mariculture, preferably in the Pacific;
  • Detailed knowledge and understanding of either freshwater or marine hatchery techniques, and grow-out techniques, for at least two of the aquaculture species commercially produced in Pacific island countries and territories;
  • Previous interaction with and knowledge of aquaculture agencies in the Pacific region.

Essential skills

  • Excellent interpersonal skills in the multicultural environment of the Pacific Islands;
  • Willingness to travel and work in the Pacific region for extended periods, sometimes under difficult conditions;
  • Excellent PC-based computer skills, including knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook.

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

Remuneration – This is a full-time position at Band 7 in SPC’s 2019 salary scale, with a commencing taxable salary range of FJD 2,177‒2,721 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.

Contract Duration – Until 31 December 2021

SPC is committed to child protection, irrespective of whether any specific area of work involves direct contact with children. SPC’s Child Protection Policy is written in accordance with the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Successful candidates will be required to provide a police clearance certificate.

Application procedure

Closing Date – 8 August 2019

Applicants must apply online.

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. Describe your experience in providing support to aquaculture farmers to strengthen their capacity at farm level?
  2. Briefly describe your experiences about communicating with small scale aquaculture farmers to find out their needs?
  3. Please provide an example of an occasion where your recognise shortcomings in the aquaculture practice of a fish farmer or group of farmers, and explain what steps you took to address the situation?

JD - Aquaculture Technician.pdf

Type: Contract - Local
Category: Fisheries, Aquaculture and Marine Ecosystems
Reference ID: JM000135
Date Posted: 25/07/2019

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